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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.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by litespeed on September 07, 2014, 10:33:00 am »
As a general rule you can ride the shoulders of interstates (well away from large cities) west of the Mississippi. I once rode interstates most of the way from southern California to San Antonio TX. In states like Montana, with no large cities, you can ride them most anywhere. It is often convenient and sometimes there is no choice.
General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« Last post by chippedtooth on September 07, 2014, 10:22:20 am »
Hi again everyone,
Bikes are now sorted, thank you for the advice!

I was planning on simply following the TransAm route but given I want to start around March/April, that doesn't really fit in with the plan.

My current idea would be to start somewhere in Cali (LA possible) on the Pacific Coast route and head south before picking up the Southern Tier route for a few legs. The next part hinges on whether the GDMBR would be rideable on non-mountain bikes (which is the advice I am after here)... I want to then pick up the GDMBR where it hits the souther tier in Silver City and head north into Colorado before then heading East on the TransAm where the two meet.

My thoughts on this over simply heading East through Utah and Nevada into Colorado are simply that for two novices, these stretches would be (apparently) very challenging.

Will this work-around work do you think? It adds a fair few miles but that isn't really an issue.
General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 07, 2014, 06:29:26 am »
What routes are you considering and are you talking about a motorized scooter or non motorized one?

For the most part yes you can since most of the way on the AC routes you will be on public highways.  There are some sections of some routes where bike trails are used, and motorized traffic would not be welcome, but you can easily take alternate routes in those few cases.

I can't think of anywhere I I have been on an AC routes where you couldn't go with a non-motorized scooter.

For cross country, I have ridden the Trans America and the Southern Tier and see no reason you couldn't do either route on either type scooter.
General Discussion / Can scooters ride the routes?
« Last post by melanie10203 on September 06, 2014, 11:38:13 pm »
Will cyclists get upset or is it against the law?  I'm not looking to stir up any trouble.  I want to go cross-country on a scooter but obviously I need to avoid highways and even some major roads can be tricky.  Sorry if the idea of a scooter on the route offends anyone but I don't know the rules of the route yet  :)
Gear Talk / Re: Straight up Noob bike/gear advice.
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on September 06, 2014, 06:57:11 am »
bogiesan, you offer excellent advice, but it's not necessary to ride 100 miles a day on a tour. My tours are 50 to 70 miles a day, and I generally take one day a week off (or more). Somebody else might ride even less. I tour because I enjoy traveling under my own power, and experiencing the world as only a cyclist can. It's not about the miles, at least for me. Nevertheless, riding a tour is a lot different than going out several days a week. I took several supported rides before my first tour. And I'm glad I did.
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