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General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« Last post by bobbys beard on August 30, 2015, 05:13:58 am »
Google maps is great for manually planning a route, especially through towns and cities, but I wouldn't trust its directions, especially on a bike. I've tried it locally and the directions were pretty poor and hard to follow.

Ive used ACA maps on two routes and sight seeing doesn't appear to be a big factor. Sometimes they have an alternative route to a city, or somewhere such as the Gila cliffs, but those are optional and rejoin with the original route.
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Underground Railroad / Re: Niagara Falls to Columbus, OH
« Last post by Jeredutt3 on August 30, 2015, 03:35:38 am »
Did you do this ride ? I am looking to do parts of the ohio to erie section possibly fall or spring. Interested in how it is by lake as well.
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Bicycle Route 66 / Current advice and ideas for western portions of Route 66
« Last post by dianamaps on August 29, 2015, 08:56:44 am »
Hi all. Our 18-yr-old son is currently traveling towards California following the ACA Route 66 maps. He's in western OK today, about to get into TX. He left New York about a month ago and is usually doing 70-80 miles/day.

He's had lots of luck using WarmShowers to find hosts so far, but now they're obviously farther and fewer between. He has camping gear with him but often wishes to find others for conversation in the evenings. (He's v stubborn and strong willed; didn't want to do the trip with a group, or when weather was cooler, or from west-to-east for prevailing winds, etc.)    We have friends in all of the big cities coming up (ALB, Santa Fe, Flagstaff), but the rural areas are hard on him.  But he's having a great time and all good adventures so far.

I'll make sure he's aware of the current info about the problematic sections of having to travel on Rt 40 in California, and Cajon Pass, etc.

Any suggestions, encouragement, ideas, free camping sites, etc., are welcome.

Thanks!
Diana
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General Discussion / Tips for giving away books while touring?
« Last post by RestlessSpinster on August 28, 2015, 07:39:51 pm »
Hey fellow riders,
Inspired by cycling librarians (see bibliobicicleta.org  and  magazine.good.is/articles/bike-libraries), I've hatched an idea to combine a cross-country tour with a love of books and a concern about racial/social justice issues to... give books away to people living in "book deserts" along the route. Thinking of calling it "Biking, Books & Black Lives Matter." Working title.

Has anyone out there ever done anything like this? Cycling around my home town of Seattle would be one thing, but cross-country is quite another. I imagine partnering with libraries/book stores/community groups along the way, shipping books ahead and then distributing them from hubs.  (Rather than hauling a load of books every pedal stroke of the way.)

Would love to hear any tips or resources you can pass along. Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by Iowagriz on August 28, 2015, 11:54:00 am »
Heavily dependent. WA 20 sounds like it's out. Significant fire activity near Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogon and Omak, WA. If you look at the Winthrop KOA web site there is an alter noting that while the campground is open, portions of WA 20 east and west of the facility are closed.

There is also a fire near Chelan, WA. Also, one near John Day, OR, which I believe is on the TransAm route, has grown and could get bigger:

http://news.yahoo.com/firefighters-holding-own-against-giant-wildfire-075139846.html;_ylt=AwrBT7cWfuBVV9IAbTlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyODRjcmJxBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjAzNDFfMQRzZWMDc2M-

I may not have been clear, continue on the train to Spokane or Whitefish.  I agree that you wouldn't be able to ride along the northern tier route due to the smoke and fires (or it wouldn't be any fun). 

For the limited amount of time left, get to the National Parks the easiest and quickest possible way and then tour around those areas.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by indyfabz on August 28, 2015, 11:31:30 am »
Another smoke and fire dependent route recommendation.

Take train north to Seattle and east to Whitefish.  Then do the National Parks routes.  Since you are in the US, no better place to tour than Glacier and Yellowstone Parks.  Tourist season is winding down (after Labor Day) and the roads should be nice and quiet.

Heavily dependent. WA 20 sounds like it's out. Significant fire activity near Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogon and Omak, WA. If you look at the Winthrop KOA web site there is an alter noting that while the campground is open, portions of WA 20 east and west of the facility are closed.

There is also a fire near Chelan, WA. Also, one near John Day, OR, which I believe is on the TransAm route, has grown and could get bigger:

http://news.yahoo.com/firefighters-holding-own-against-giant-wildfire-075139846.html;_ylt=AwrBT7cWfuBVV9IAbTlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyODRjcmJxBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjAzNDFfMQRzZWMDc2M-
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from nov to feb in the 70degs, 60degs, 80degs this time of the year and my load on my bike is fine,
and it is are rainy season
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Sounds like it's going to be a fun but hot ride. Make sure you stock up on gels and other types of nutrition to keep your body energized. The other thing to consider is the weight you'll be carrying. If ur rear load is too heavy and ur tires are under inflated and not up to the challenge, you'll be getting a heck of a lot of flats.


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Yes, it is open again.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by Iowagriz on August 27, 2015, 10:34:50 am »
Another smoke and fire dependent route recommendation.

Take train north to Seattle and east to Whitefish.  Then do the National Parks routes.  Since you are in the US, no better place to tour than Glacier and Yellowstone Parks.  Tourist season is winding down (after Labor Day) and the roads should be nice and quiet.
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