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On SR 126, the Barton County bridge over the North Fork of Spring River is being replaced. This road will be closed starting 3/7/11 and will be closed for 54 days.

We have discussed doing a mountain bike route along the Pacific Crest similar to the Great Divide Route. What has stopped us so far is that there is a lot more wilderness along the Crest as compared to the Continental Divide, so finding an acceptable route would be a lot more challenging. And a majority of ACA members want paved routes, not off pavement. So it's on the back burner while we concentrate on our next long distance route, Bicycle Route 66. 

Routes / Re: Indianapolis To Asheville
« on: February 10, 2011, 10:18:03 am »
Get in touch with the bike coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through. The bike coordinators have a wealth of information that they can distribute for no charge. Almost every state publishes a bicycle map of their state that they will send out for free....and while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Some states, such as Wisconsin, have outstanding information, while other states are much simpler. But every little piece of information can help. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

Routes / Re: How early can one start the NT going west to east
« on: January 10, 2011, 10:22:56 am »
Call the North Cascades National Park at 360-856-5700. Since they are local they will have a much better idea of opening dates. Remember the northwest is having a snowier year than usual so it could be a bit later than normal.

Routes / Re: Ste. Genevieve Ferry
« on: November 22, 2010, 03:46:09 pm »
Beginning in 1976, the TransAmerica Trail originally used the St. Genevieve ferry for many years. But the ferry closed at one point, and we had to change the routing to use the Chester bridge. When the ferry finally reopened the route was never changed back.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier January
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:07:32 am »
Emory Pass does get plowed during the winter, but you should watch the weather reports as you approach it. If a storm is coming through it might not be immediately plowed, and you might have to wait out the storm.

Routes / Re: getting out of san diego, not on the interstate
« on: October 27, 2010, 03:38:40 pm »
The ACA Southern Tier used to go that way until truck traffic increased to the point it was unsafe. It was about 10 years ago when the route was modified to leave San Diego along the I-8 corridor. I suggest you check with local cyclists before using Hwy. 94.

Routes / Re: Highway 2 in MT
« on: October 22, 2010, 11:20:10 am »
In the past few years oil and gas exploration has expanded in the area of eastern MT and western ND, especially east of Williston, ND. ACA has made routing changes east of Williston to get cyclists off the smaller highways we were using onto US 2 and some parallel roads. Most of US 2 has shoulders as compared to the smaller shoulderless highways.

Routes / Re: jasper to kalispell
« on: October 20, 2010, 02:31:28 pm »
I don't know but there is rail service between Edmonton and Jasper if you don't want to cycle that distance. See

Routes / Re: Florida in December - lodging and other questions
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:58:20 am »
Go to for online cycling journals.

Routes / Re: Coast to Coast with child
« on: October 04, 2010, 04:43:07 pm »
I would be hesitant to undertake the Southern Tier in the summer, even without a child. Temperatures in the southwest can easily be over 100 degrees for days on end. On the ACA tours we've had instances of folks dealing with heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Of course you could try getting around some of the heat by riding from maybe 5 AM to 10 AM but you need to stay well hydrated. And once you get farther east you have to contend with the humidity along with higher temperatures also.

Have you thought of going coast to coast north to south - Canada to Mexico - via the Pacific Coast Route? That would fit better with an 8/9-week time frame. Our executive director, Jim Sayer, recently completed that trip with his family (daughters aged 13 and 11) and was gone 2 months from mid-June to mid-August. The weather along the coast is normally very good during the summer months though there is more traffic on that route then. Jim wrote several blogs about their trip - you can find them here and search his older posts:

Otherwise, with the weeks you have I don't think you'll be able to get all the way across the country going east to west (or vice versa). You'll have to adjust your abilities to what your son can accomplish (and young kids can do wonders) but what's important is that you and your son have a trip of a lifetime.

Routes / Re: how late to start the Sierra Cascades route?
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:12:09 am »
You can go to this website and see the pass closure dates from the past few years. The route uses Monitor Pass, Lassen Loop and Tioga Pass in California.

Routes / Re: Bellingham-Tierra Del Fuego
« on: July 26, 2010, 02:27:49 pm »
Go look at the following website. It contains journals from cyclists' trips from all over so chances are there is something on the route you are considering.

In the U.S. you could ride the Sierra Cascades Route which will take you from Bellingham through Yosemite to the border at Tecate.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Self-contained ACA trip spring 2011??
« on: July 16, 2010, 12:48:40 pm »
We will be offering the self-contained trip in the fall of 2011.

Routes / Re: california route 49 conditions?
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:18:34 pm »
Contact the CA state bike/ped coordinator. I think there are local folks spread throughout the state. Here's info on how to reach them:


Ken McGuire, Chief
Bicycle Facilities Unit
Division of Local Assistance, MS-1
California Department of Transportation
PO Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
916-653-2750; Fax 916-653-1905

David Priebe
Bicycle Facilities Unit

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