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General Discussion / Re: Yosemite
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:57:49 pm »
Ha! LOL No worries.


Pacific Northwest / Re: Winter touring the Alcan
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:15:45 am »
Though oriented toward the RV traveler, The Milepost is probably the best resource of this kind of information. They have this specific page on their website for the Cassiar Highway:

I'm sure the printed volume will have even more information.


General Discussion / Re: Yosemite
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:08:51 am »
Hello Malk,

I don't think it's necessary to be in a group when you bicycle through Yosemite. The park itself has some basic bear aware information as a good start to educating yourself:

I hope this helps. I'm sure there are others who will have more suggestions from personal experience.


General Discussion / Re: Doing southern route in March, share costs?
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:13:15 am »
Or, if you are an Adventure Cycling member you can also post a Companions Wanted ad. Even if not a member, it might be worth a scan to see if someone else is looking.


General Discussion / Re: Impact of Bikers (and hikers) on a small town
« on: December 26, 2018, 08:31:42 am »
Thanks for sharing the Outside article. As the article implies but doesn't state outright, Atlantic City, WY is not only on the CDT, it is also on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

We actually have a whole section on our website devoted to the economic impact of bicycle travel (which extends to other foot-powered travel such as hiking) on our Building Bike Tourism pages. There are links to studies that quantified the effect in various places across the country and around the world as well as tips for communities looking to support bicycle travel. It's a real thing.


Routes / Re: ACA routes and Warm Showers hosts
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:04:21 am »
It is all personal preference for hosts. A few years back we had a short series on our blog about being a guest and a host. I'd surmise as a WS host already you know these things but maybe there will be something useful to you regardless. Check them out here:

How to be a Good Guest
How to be a Good Host


Routes / Re: San Clemente, CA to Temecula, CA round trip overnight
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:32:51 am »
FYI: Camp Pendleton has changed their requirements for access to the base. Beginning October 1, 2018, to ride through the base you will need to stop at the Main/Vandegrift Boulevard Visitor Center (south end of the base) to get a guest pass. You will need a valid government issued photo ID (I.E. Real ID ACT compliant driver's license, state identification card, or U.S. passport) to establish your identity and submit to a criminal background check as well as having your photograph and fingerprint taken. The Visitor Center hours are Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If riding southbound, it makes more sense to ride the shoulder of I-5 between Las Pulgas Rd. and Oceanside (Exits 62 to 54) avoiding the base entirely. It is about 8 miles. For safety reasons, you should exit and re-enter the freeway at the Aliso Creek Rest Area about midway through this stretch. If riding northbound, you may do the same or stop at the Main/Vandegrift Boulevard Visitor Center and see about gaining a guest pass.

For questions regarding base access, please call 760-763-8435.


Routes / Re: Northern Tier maps
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:17:45 am »
Hi Yakfish,

Northern Tier Section 11 is not on the reprint schedule at this time so the current map, dated October 2015 is the most current version. Be sure to check out the Map Updates and Corrections for this section before you leave on your trip.

I hope this helps,


PS You can always find the most current version of our maps on the [/size]Current Map Version[/size] page.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS Advice
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:01:20 am »
Does Adventure Cycling have downloadable maps for these Etrex or GPSMAP® 64st units?  More than likely I will follow Adventure Cycling routes most of the time but may stray off to see something.

Yes, we have GPX Data available for use on a Garmin GPS device. You can learn more about what the data is and how to manage your device on our website.

I hope this helps get you started.


Routes / Re: Westbound TransAm Dip to Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:12:22 am »
You can find links to a lot of the information John Nettles suggested you look at (AADT and bike maps) here:

Good luck and have a great trip!


Routes / Re: Washington DC to East Lansing MI
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:15:36 am »
John Nettles suggested looking for Ohio cycling maps. Here are a couple of sources.

ODOT Bicycle Pedestrian page:

ODOT mapping site where you can create your own map with their data. Choose Create a Map and then start looking through the data options on the left to build.

I hope this helps,

A couple more resources for finding suitable roads are:

Illinois DOT:


I hope this helps,


Routes / Re: Rt. 36 out of Denver
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:08:52 am »
This interactive map from the Colorado DOT looks like it could be a great planning tool:


Great Lakes / Re: Advice for a short wisconsin/michigan bike tour
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:01:56 am »
No problem, Melanie! Have you seen our interactive route network map? With over 47,000 miles of mapped routes it is quite possible you and your fiance will find a route (or parts of multiple routes) to us for your early forays into touring.

Our maps have many features important to touring cyclists from campgrounds to locations for food to bike shops and libraries. You can learn more on our Map Features page.

Good luck and have a grand adventure!


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