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GPS Discussion / Is there an app for that?
« Last post by melanie10203 on September 07, 2014, 11:40:27 pm »
Just wondering if any of you know about an app for these Adventure Cycling routes?   A sort of GPS app that can show me where to go and where I am?  I walked the Camino in Spain and they had several GPS apps for the trek, but I ended up not needing them and just followed the shells.  But I think here an app would be helpful.  The app for the Camino also provided tips from other trekkers on where to eat and sleep.

Anyone know of any Adventure Cycling apps?
General Discussion / What is a century?
« Last post by litespeedlujak on September 07, 2014, 10:11:22 pm »
By definition, what is a century?  I know it's the equivalent of 100, regardless of the tie-in.  But on a bicycle, is a century 100 miles accomplished in one sitting?  What about food stops?  Or is a century 100 miles in 12 hours? 
General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« Last post by litespeedlujak on September 07, 2014, 10:06:41 pm »
I think you've made a wise choice sticking to ACA routes.  I like scooters also.  I believe 99% of the bicyclists would be happy to have you as company, so long as you buy the burritos at the Bell when you see them.  Lol. PEACE.
Routes / Re: Possible route Seattle to Boise.
« Last post by Patco on September 07, 2014, 08:29:19 pm »
I can't speak for your Washington route, but once in Oregon I would suggest taking 206 off of US 97 then 19 to US 26 outside of Dayville. Otherwise, US 26 is okay. Generally light traffic, good road, and very light traffic once you are south of Unity. Once I was in Idaho I looked for more country roads that paralleled 26, but 26 is okay.
General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« Last post by melanie10203 on September 07, 2014, 08:00:16 pm »
Okay thanks guys!  It's a motorized scooter.  Not very fast at all, plus I'm scared to go fast anyway.  I'll start mapping out all the scenic routes and  maybe my GPS can direct me away from interstates and freeways so I can hop on and off the bike path when needed.  It'll add a week or two to my journey, but that's part of the adventure.  There's no way I'll be able to keep up with traffic.
Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / TransAm Closed in Yellowstone for the Season
« Last post by jamawani on September 07, 2014, 07:33:47 pm »
The TransAm route through Yellowstone is closed for construction for the remainder of this year and, likely, for a chunk of 2015 over Craig Pass from Old Faithful to West Thumb. It is possible to detour via Canyon and Bridge Bay - - which is 30 additional miles. (It's actually a pretty nice route.) This route will remain open until November 3 unless - and quite possibly - closed earlier due to snow.

I have biked in Yellowstone since 1987 and it has gotten increasingly bike unfriendly - while the administration always bewails the crush of cars. Meanwhile - the NPS has constructed a cloverleaf interchange at Old Faithful so the thousands of onlookers can zoom away as soon as the geyser erupts; there are 40-foot pull-thru parking places at all of the major attractions; 4 people in a car pay $25 - but 4 cyclists pay $12 each or $48.

I have follow park activities carefully- especially cycling related activities. I toured in the park in late July. Never did I see anything related to earlier closure of Craig Pass or alternatives for cyclists - online at the park website, posted at ACA (which would have been a nice thing for the NPS to do), or posted within the park itself.

After 25 years of bike touring, I have to say that the National Park Service is, fundamentally, aimed at automotive visitors with their ever larger RVs and need for auto services. After all, everything is political and car visitors vote - especially retired folks in RVs. Whatever the various superintendents at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, or Glacier say about traffic - they really don't mean it.
Routes / Re: Crescent City to Seattle weather
« Last post by Louis Le Tour on September 07, 2014, 06:14:20 pm »
Well, as much as I'd like to take that ride next spring/summer it looks like it ain't gonna happen.
Routes / Re: Crescent City to Seattle weather
« Last post by John Nettles on September 07, 2014, 04:35:09 pm »
I can't answer definitively but I will say I departed the US/Mexican border on July 4th many moons ago headed north for Vancouver and I will not make that mistake again.  Note that I was a very strong 23yo rider at the time and it was work on numerous days.  I would be pedaling in my low gears into the wind as riders coming from the north who were COASTING from the wind would shout "Great day for a ride!"  I would mumble something about flat tires being visited upon them repeatedly.  I doubt they heard it above the wind.

Unless you do not have a choice, I would highly recommend doing N-S.  Not only is the wind predominantly more in your favor typically but you also have the ocean on your side of the road.  Doesn't sound like 20+ feet would matter but I was continually darting across the road (usually to take a break from the wind).  If you do not have a choice, just plan on some shorter days.

Hope you have a great ride whichever direction you go!

Routes / Crescent City to Seattle weather
« Last post by Louis Le Tour on September 07, 2014, 04:13:43 pm »
I know the spring winds along the Oregon coast are pretty nasty going north.  Do they die down as the summer months come along or are they pretty constant all summer long?
General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« Last post by adventurepdx on September 07, 2014, 01:33:52 pm »
I can't think of anywhere I I have been on an AC routes where you couldn't go with a non-motorized scooter.

The only places I can think of would be the few places an ACA route uses an Interstate or freeway, like the Lewis and Clark route in the Columbia River Gorge or the Northern Tier re-route through North Dakota (is it ND?). As far as I know, scooters can't ride them because they're not fast enough to be on the through lanes of the freeway, yet can't ride the shoulder because it's a motorized vehicle.
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