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Routes / Biking in Texas
« Last post by Scott8147 on February 08, 2016, 06:25:04 pm »
I will be riding east to west across Texas this fall.  Parts of my route would be on 380 which runs almost completely across Texas.  Looking at Google Maps, much of the road is two lane with a wide shoulder on both sides.  Other parts look like a freeway.  Does anyone know of any restrictions for riding on 380?
Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Rt 66 Section 6 Maps 91 - 95 Needles to Amboy
« Last post by jim51 on February 08, 2016, 02:21:18 pm »
Thanks John, did you take the ACA Rt 66 or some other route through the Mojave ?
Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Rt 66 Section 6 Maps 91 - 95 Needles to Amboy
« Last post by John Nelson on February 08, 2016, 02:15:22 pm »
I do not know the answer to either of your questions, but I will say that I loved riding through the Mojave Desert, and there's no way I would want to do it on Interstate 40. The desert has a certain majestic beauty that cannot be appreciated from the interstate.
Bicycle Route 66 / Rt 66 Section 6 Maps 91 - 95 Needles to Amboy
« Last post by jim51 on February 08, 2016, 01:09:52 pm »
If I read the maps correctly, when they were published, a temporary route was put into play on Rt 40 heading west from Fenner, then south at exit 78 towards Amboy.  Is this temporary route using Rt 40 still allowed?

Can we ride Rt 40 between Needles and Fenner ?

Thanks, Jim 
General Discussion / Re: Touring TN.
« Last post by RussSeaton on February 08, 2016, 10:14:47 am »
Not an answer to your question.  But I rode BRAT, Bike Ride Across Tennessee, a number of years ago.  I think BRAT was its official name.  Pleasant week of riding sometime in the summer months.  Cycling in Tennessee seems to be OK.
General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by indyfabz on February 08, 2016, 10:09:43 am »
On the NT route there is also a motel or two a bit east of Marblemount, WA. From there to Winthrop (where there are several indoor lodging options) would be the hardest day. Tonasket, WA Republic, WA, Colville, WA, Ione, WA, Sand Point, ID, Libby, MT, Eureka, MT and Whitefish, MT all have indoor lodging.
Routes / Re: Katy Trail riding conditions?
« Last post by Ben the Slow on February 08, 2016, 09:10:36 am »
I did the Katy in August, 2014 from near Washington Mo to the west end, fully loaded on 700x32C tires (cross country east to west).  The dry surface will not give you any problems.  When wet (I mean real wet) the Katy association asks that you NOT ride the trail as tire tracks dry into ruts.  Fortunately the trail dries quickly after normal rains.  I am a very slow rider and found my speed cut by maybe 2mph.

All in all, the Katy is a great trail, you will have a wonderful time
General Discussion / Touring TN.
« Last post by recumbentgerry on February 07, 2016, 11:40:30 pm »
 Has anyone tried riding across the state of TN. leaving Memphis and using hwy.64 to Chattanooga. The hwy. has wide shoulders and seems like a safe route. I am open to any pros or cons or advise.
Routes / Re: Period to begin Great Divide Mountain Bike Road
« Last post by jamawani on February 07, 2016, 05:35:38 pm »
Take it from someone who lives in Wyoming and has lived in Montana -
And have cycled paved and dirt roads all over.
September 1 is way too late.

Quite often the high country gets its first snowstorm right after Labor Day.
And there can be big snows by late September with blizzard conditions.
Yes, the weather can be glorious before and after but you can really get into trouble.

I am guessing that you are not from the U.S.
The Rocky Mountains - esp. the remote parts of the GDMBR - are not to be trifled with.

September 1 is a wonderful time to start a road trip in the Northwest -
And head southeast - ending in the Carolinas or Georgia.
You would usually have good weather the entire way. Early autumn.

Similarly, you could combine the Pacific Coast route with parts of the Cascades and Sierras.
The weather starts to change in Sept in the Cascades and Oct in the Sierras -
but nothing like trying to do the GDMBR in the Rockies.

The most concise answer I might give you is - - "98% no."

Pic - Early September Snow in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming
(Nota - The aspen trees still have leaves on them.)

Routes / Re: Period to begin Great Divide Mountain Bike Road
« Last post by John Nettles on February 07, 2016, 04:14:17 pm »
Welcome to the ACA Forums.

I assume you are going north to south.  September 1st is a little late, especially if you are wanting optimal weather AND to go slow.  This is a good journal and a good summary of when to go:

You do not mention your speed or how slow is "ride slowly" but 90 days is more than enough (60 is typical).  Please note you do stand a chance of snow at the higher elevations since you are starting late so be prepared for waiting it out and/or rerouting to a lower elevation.  If you want to ride slowly I would start at least a month earlier.

Best wishes, John
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