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Routes / Re: northern arizona and new mexico routes
« on: May 10, 2011, 03:29:24 pm »
Here is a link to the AZ and NM state bike/ped websites. You can see if they have any online maps to help you.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: ACA TA route re floods
« on: May 04, 2011, 10:52:02 am »
The number for the ferry operations as you get closer to Cave In Rock is 618-289-4599. I suggest the closest bridge upriver is at Old Shawneetown, IL and is about 30 miles northeast of Cave In Rock. Eastbound, from Cave In Rock, take Hwy. 1 north about 21 miles, then turn right (east) on Hwy. 13 about 9 miles to Old Shawneetown and cross the river. Go 2.2 miles, then turn right (south) on Hwy. 109. Go about 24 miles to Clay where you rejoin the route.

The link mentioned above makes more sense if you are on the Great Rivers Route, while what I'm suggesting makes more sense if you are on the TransAm. 

Routes / Re: Centrail Oregon/Sierra Cascades bike route conditions
« on: May 04, 2011, 10:08:06 am »
Here's a map showing snow water content in the west, and when the percentages are high there is still a lot of snow up high:

I suggest calling local bike shops in Bend to get an idea of local conditions - if they can't tell you maybe they can recommend someone who can.

Routes / Re: Gt Divide Snow
« on: May 03, 2011, 12:27:39 pm »
We're having a very heavy snow year here in MT, and a late spring, so snowmelt hasn't really begun yet, just at lower elevations.

Routes / Re: Carson Pass contingency plan
« on: May 03, 2011, 12:24:36 pm »
There are services over Carson Pass, though they may not be open. I suggest you call the ones that are listed on the map before you leave to find out what is available. As for camping, I think as long as you avoid private property, pull yourself off the roadside and be discreet, and pick up after yourself it shouldn't be a problem. You will be traveling through national forest land.

Routes / Re: Great Divide: North of Banff?
« on: May 02, 2011, 11:19:21 am »
Adventure Cycling hasn't done any research to extend the GDMBR north from Banff, mainly due to the reasons you mentioned.

Geologic instability and debris falling on Hwy. 1 at Alder Creek (just north of the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line) have closed the roadway completely in both directions. It will be 4-6 weeks before the road is open again. Here are several sites to refer to for updates:

Carla Majernik
Routes and Mapping Program

Routes / Re: Ca. state 1 coastal road closure
« on: April 27, 2011, 05:08:29 pm »
I checked online and it sounds like it'll be 4-6 weeks before the road is open again. Here are several sites to refer to:

Carla Majernik
Routes and Mapping Program

Routes / Re: Tidewater Potomac Route options?
« on: April 27, 2011, 12:51:34 pm »
On ACA's Tidewater Potomac map, here are instructions re: the US 301 bridge. "The MD Transportation Authority may, if manpower and time are available, transport cyclists and the bicycles across the bridge for a fee. Contact the Authority at least 24 hours prior to arrival at 301-259-4444."

Go to the online Cyclists' Yellow Pages and type San Francisco in the search. It lists some maps and guidebooks of the area. If you search California there's a wider selection.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Long Beach info please.
« on: April 04, 2011, 04:25:09 pm »
ACA's Pacific Coast Route uses the Puget Island ferry, and we have not heard of any ferry closures. I think it would be a much better crossing than the Longview bridge.

Routes / Re: The DUMBEST question <sorry>
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:52:49 pm »
No, there isn't any "on-the-ground" symbol that one can use to follow ACA routes. And more and more government entities aren't allowing folks to mark pavement. For example, Summit County in Colorado won't allow any groups to mark the roads within the county.

On the 2007 version of the map the routing east of Placerville was changed to no longer use the Mormon Emigrant Trail road due to heavy snow years and waiting for snow melt. So the map versions that have been published since then show new routing which are county roads that connect to State Hwy. 88.   

Routes / Re: Bannack State Park
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:07:38 pm »
Bannack is basically a ghost town. If you need services on a rest day I recommend staying in Dillon. The road is paved to reach it.

Routes / Re: Route Help Please
« on: March 04, 2011, 01:49:07 pm »
Contact the KY and TN bike/ped coordinators. State bike coordinators have a wealth of information that they can distribute for no charge. Almost every state publishes a bicycle map 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:

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