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Going south to north, after Florida expect hills. Not at all times, but they will be there.
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: TransAmerica and Cincinnati
« Last post by Pat Lamb on Today at 10:56:21 am »
Coming from the west, you could jump on the underground railroad route (UGRRR?) just after you cross into Kentucky and go up to Cincinnati.  Just looking at the route overview for that section, I might be tempted to stay north of the Ohio in Indiana and see how good the vaunted off-road bike path system is near there into Cincy. 

Going east from there (especially if you haven't circled back per the official route), you might recross into northern KY and work your way back down to Berea.  Other options would be to pick up the Northern Tier, or cross to Pittsburgh and take the GAP/C&O Canal over to D.C.

One note is that by the time you ride nine sections of the TA, you'll be fairly comfortable both with riding on the roads and with figuring out from a map what roads are likely to be good to ride on.  In other words, you'll be able to pick out your route and it'll be fine.
Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on Today at 07:15:44 am »
All I remember is the ball of my foot throbbing nonstop about the time I hit the Washington/Oregon border.

Yeah. That's "hot spots".
Cycling Events / Re: USA A Journey Cross Country
« Last post by John Nelson on Today at 03:02:58 am »
It doesn't help to post the same thing more than once.
Are you raising money for charity or to pay your expenses or both? It's hard to raise money unless you have a unique angle and a talent for attracting media attention. Some (not many) just seem to have a knack for that. You have to be a good salesman. Otherwise you're a dime a dozen. I sincerely doubt anyone will pay for the privilege of riding with you. You may get a few contributions, but I suggest you have a Plan B for funding (I.e., start saving your money). With mostly camping in fee campgrounds, I average about $33 a day on tour. You can do it much cheaper if you find free places to camp, but you'll have to be okay with missing showers.
I rode the Southern Tier route Two years ago.  I was wondering what the Atlantic Coast route was like.  My wife wants to join me and doesn't particularily like to climb the hills.  The Southern Tier from SD to Austin, TX was difficult enough for me.
Any info you could provide would be helpful on the elevation and areas.
Connecting ACA Routes / TransAmerica and Cincinnati
« Last post by Nyimbo on October 09, 2015, 11:43:08 pm »
I'm planning to leave from Oregon coast on the TA in May.  I would also like to pass through Southwest Ohio to see my Grandparents birthplace as I've never been there.  Does anyone have a suggestion to get there staying for the most part on the ACA routes

I could move NE from Cave-in-Rock and after my visit in Ohio continue north to the Northern Tier or somehow return back to TA. I also see on the big map I could continue north from Montana on the N. Tier but probably not, I think I'm looking forward to going through Colorado.  Where I end up on the East Coast doesn't matter too much.  I have very little East Coast experience except for Virgina so I don't mind going North and missing VA.

Thanks for any ideas!
Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« Last post by DaveB on October 09, 2015, 09:01:33 pm »
Another vote for "clipless" pedals.  Try them and you will never go back to clips and straps.
Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance
« Last post by SNMTA on October 09, 2015, 08:05:00 pm »
The Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance, based out of Las Cruces, NM, has the mission to connect communities through trails and the outdoors. We are coordinating user groups to preserve and enhance trail and outdoor recreation opportunities in Southern New Mexico, West Texas and borderland region.

If you are biking through Southern New Mexico or West Texas and want need some information, help or would like to volunteer, please contact us. We wold also like to present a slideshow on the Southern Tier route. If you are interested, let us know.

More information, events, trail links and maps and email signup is at:

Happy trails.
Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« Last post by PacificNorthwestRider92 on October 09, 2015, 11:43:06 am »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions and the history! I'll take a look when I get back on Sunday from a camping trip I'm about to leave on. I'm 23 and fairly new to road biking but I do have experience with long distance biking including a Seattle to San Diego run a few years ago, on a hybrid bike with regular plastic pedals but I was 18 and didn't know better. All I remember is the ball of my foot throbbing nonstop about the time I hit the Washington/Oregon border.
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