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Thanks John & zzzz for the info!!!
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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Food services not showing right TransAm app
« Last post by gregh11 on March 28, 2017, 02:03:51 pm »
If a town has multiple services it will just show the town icon. A green icon designates that the town has all service types. An orange icon designates that the town has limited service and touching the icon will show what types of services exist within the dialog. A red town icon designates that there are no services in the town. If a food service exists outside of a town, it will show the blue icon. I'm seeing two of these on the TransAm section 1 data.

When turning Adventure Cycling service data on and off you do not need to hit the "Go" button after toggling the switches. Hitting the "Go" button does perform a search against the Google maps API and that is why you are seeing the Google icons in your second screen shot.

 Hope this helps.
Thanks for the reply. So if I turn only lodging on, then view the map, I see the ACA lodging icons along the entire section of the route. I tap an icon and see something like "Holiday Inn .2 miles of route." Then I can click that popup and see the service's street address and phone number. Why doesn't it work the same for food?  If I turn food on I see only those 2 icons on the entire first section.

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Another alternative to consider is to fly into Bellingham, Washington and ride up to the border. At Peace Arch, you can cross into Canada with your bike (to make it official) without going through Canadian customs and immigration. If you prefer, you can ride all the way up to Vancouver--you're halfway there anyway at the Peace Arch. If you ride your bike up to Vancouver, there will be no problem with customs. One of the main reasons I flew into Bellingham was not necessarily to save the hassle of Canadian customs and immigration, but that I could find much cheaper flights (for both me and my bicycle) to Bellingham than to Vancouver. And, if you pick your airline well, taking your bike on the plane is no more costly than shipping it. I prefer to put my bike together at the airport and ride out the door. The Bellingham airport is sleepy enough that you can easily find a place to do it.
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Shipping into Banff last year I was assessed something like $170 Canadian on my bike in which the declared value was $3000. I have since heard, but do not know definitively, that if you save your customs receipt you can get that fee refunded at the customs office when you leave. The amount of the customs fee is a bit of a mystery but whoever signs for your box will need to be willing to pay up for you or you will need to send them a check proplahalacticly and work out your change when you get there.

I have always shipped my bike to the LBS because I trust there wrenching ability more that mine. If you have no concerns in that regard you may be better off shipping to a host or hotel as then you don't have to work around the bike shops hours.

Use either ShipBikes or BikeFlights for shipping. The rates they have negotiated are a fraction of what you will pay at the window. They will also provide you w/ all the proper paperwork. Also note that there is a maximum size for your package for international shipping before it falls into another, more expensive, category (sorry, can't remember the dimensions). Depending on how big your bike is it may require quite a bit of dis-assembly to fit in a box that size.

That's what I got.

Pete
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Do the people following your tour really care exactly what roads you use?  If not the tracking may not really add much useful info.  I found that my friends and family were fine with a short text entry each day saying where I was staying, how far I rode, and mentioning any interesting points or events along the way.  They especially like it if I add some pictures and interesting anecdotes now and then.

Pete, I agree except for the occasion when you're in the boondocks, your family wants to know where you are, and you're in a place with no recognizable places on the ACA map.  Dad called me one evening asking where I was.  I told him, he couldn't find it on the map, so I told him it was about 15 miles east of Owl Creek.  (Don't know how I can remember that!)  He couldn't find that either, but was finally convinced we were doing well wherever we were.
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I'm flying into Vancouver in May to start my ride from Canada to Mexico. Anyone have any advice or experiences shipping through Canadian customs. Don't want my bike to be held up or refused. Should/can I ship it to a LBS, host or hotel? Thanks.
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Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by indyfabz on March 28, 2017, 10:12:42 am »
BTW...If you do the entire NT proper there is an early foray into Canada (after Glacier National Park) at Chief Mountain. Was just up that way again back in '09. I highly recommend including this and going off route a bit to Waterton Village, where there is a great towne campsite in a dramatic setting. Note, however, that someone on this or another forum pointed out that this year is a big anniversary for Canadian parks and places are expected to be packed. As such, a reservation would be advisable.

Back in '99, crossing back into the U.S. at Del Bonito was a snap. Didn't see one other vehicle. In fact, I don't think we saw any vehicles between the border crossing and the outskirts of Cut Bank, MT.
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I like Easy Trails: http://www.easytrailsgps.com/

There is also an app called Easy Groups where you can set up a group that can follow your track and see where you are.
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Thank you for your response. I am trying to record my tour to show to others via blog.
Do the people following your tour really care exactly what roads you use?  If not the tracking may not really add much useful info.  I found that my friends and family were fine with a short text entry each day saying where I was staying, how far I rode, and mentioning any interesting points or events along the way.  They especially like it if I add some pictures and interesting anecdotes now and then.

Otherwise I kind of like mapmyride when I want more data.  For me that is more for my daily rides around home, not my tours.  Great_egret is spot on about airplane mode with location services on.  That really extends battery life, especially in remote areas where battery is used up searching for a cell signal.
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Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by canalligators on March 27, 2017, 10:32:33 pm »
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I believe the main reason for routing thru Canada is to shorten and make easier the route as staying in the US either requires crossing the Grand Island bridges or going around Grand Island.

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You get a better view of the falls from the Canadian side, and the park setting is nicer.  Also the route is a nice bike trail, rather than walking across the Grand Island bridges or taking busy roads through Tonawanda.

If you don't want to see the falls, you could stay in the US and take Riverwalk and the Erie Canalway Trail, directly to Lockport.  It's probably about 20 miles shorter, and no passport is required.
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