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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPX for North Star II guided ride?
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:45:07 am »
Any advice on route from Anchorage to say Banff would be great, the North Star II guided ride seems to follow interesting route, is it possible to download GPX for that route?

We do not have gpx files of any of our tours available for purchase. However the North Star tour does use our Great Parks North map set. You can purchase gpx data for that much of the route. You can learn about the data on our Digital Data for Devices pages. There is a link to the online store there as well.

As John Nettles says in his post, there are very few roads so routing is limited. We use the Milepost book as a guide on our tours and recommend it to others going on their own. It is updated regularly and is a trusted resource by the RV community.

I hope this helps. Be sure to stop by the office if you decide come through Missoula!


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Transferring purchased routes to ACA App
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:24:23 am »
Thanks for the clarification. I purchased the in-App route from Chicago to St. Louis. The tap feature to determine distance and elevation between two points is a very useful feature. One other question: in the .gpx track version that I had previously purchased, is there a list of abbreviations for all Service Waypoints that show up when viewed in Pocket Earth?  For example LIB = Library

No, there is not an abbreviation file that comes with the date. For reference in advance, you can view all the abbreviations we use on this page:


I have an edge 800 as well. The ACA data gpx file page has a section on how an edge 800 isnt really good enough given it's 200 point limit (even less than the old gpsmap60csx, at least that has 500!)

For what it's worth, that note has to do with the number of service points the Edge 800 can handle. It will handle the route gpx file just fine.


Yea, sometimes in the end route selection boils down to personal preferences. =)


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Transferring purchased routes to ACA App
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:48:49 pm »
Hi Doug,

Unfortunately, the app does not accept gpx files. You must purchase the map sections from within the app. If you want to see how the app works, I believe there is access to a free set of routing to play with.


Hi John,

As you might guess there were a few reasons for the change.

We had heard a number of cyclists were making the change on their own because the climbing is a little less fierce on the new routing in Arizona. The community of Duncan was also vocal in wanting our route to officially pass through their town. They love the cyclists. And on the USBR front, the new New Mexico routing should match up better with Arizona USBR 90.


General Discussion / Re: ACA Tour catalog question
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:46:31 pm »
I wonder where the photo on the upper right corner of the cover was taken. Outside Boulder CO? Boulder Canyon? Was it on one of the tours? I grew up in Boulder and would love to combine a family visit with a tour.

I've been told by the catalog designer this photo is actually in Idaho in the Yaak region near the Kootenay River.

Another beautiful spot in the west to tour by bike! It would be part of the Selkirk Splendor tour:


The bike path south of Carpinteria is closed October 9-11, 2017 for repairs. An alternate route through Ojai is SR 150 between Carpinteria and Ojai, and the Ojai Valley Trail between Ojai and Ventura. This is 30+ miles and includes a hill. You may wish to seek a ride across this distance.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is also an option:

For more info see:


General Discussion / Re: ACA Tour catalog question
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:44:57 am »
It seems to me that the OP is perhaps asking what "13 Riders" means. Is "13" the min, max or average?

Ah, good catch, John. I think you may be correct.

If that is correct, I have the answer! That number is the maximum number of riders for that tour.


General Discussion / Re: ACA Tour catalog question
« on: October 03, 2017, 11:03:07 am »
Hmm, I see the pages and listings you are referring to. It looks to me like all numbers (other than dates) have a descriptor attached to them: ex. 12 Days, 13 Riders, Page 52.

Next time you look at those pages, if you have a specific listing example that is missing this information or is confusing, let me know and I'll look at it, too.


General Discussion / Re: ACA Tour catalog question
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:13:08 am »
I just received a Grab Your Bike & GO catalog and in the index listing of tours there is a number that ranges from 10-80. Is this number a minimum for the trip to be a go, or is it a maximum number allowed, or an average number of riders participating?

I'd like to help. Can you be more specific about where you are seeing this number that is unclear? Perhaps a page number and tour name where you are seeing this?


California / MOVED: Pacific Coast Northbound advice wanted
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:00:35 am »

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: How Often are WayPoints Updated?
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:41:54 am »

We are planning to update the digital data more often as it gets rolled into our processes. Subsequently, the data within the apps will also get updated since the source for these two products is the same. If we learn of changes that need to be made to routes due to a safety situation, we are updating and releasing the data as quickly as we can, in advance of the paper maps. Paper map users will get those changes via the Map Corrections and Updates.

At this point it is a higher priority to keep creating new data for distribution than make minor updates to existing data when that information is available via the Map Corrections and Updates pages.


Are you an Adventure Cycling member? You can post a Companions Wanted listing on our website if you are:


Pacific Northwest / Re: wildfires along the pc
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:46:44 am »
You can get an idea of the fire activity along our routes on this interactive map:

We don't control how often the data is updated so you should click on the links for each fire to see the most current info.


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