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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Cue Sheets?
« on: February 13, 2021, 02:41:14 pm »
I will be biking the Southern Tier this spring and have purchased the most recent paper maps, digital maps, and the Bicycle Route Navigator. (I know, an abundance of caution.) The GPX routes uploaded to Ride-With-GPS from the ACA digital routes do not contain the Cue Sheets for each ride. How do I obtain cue sheets for this ride? It seems that when I downloaded the ACA digital GPX routes on previous rides, they uploaded including the cue sheet. Your advice?

Consider using Warm Showers to reduce your lodging cost. We are going across the Northern Tier self-contained right now. We are about 2/3 finished and have used a Warm Showers host about every fourth night. Mostly camping other than that with a few cheap hotels thrown in. If you are not familiar with the organization go to and sign up. It will save you a ton of money. The other thing to keep in mind is that sometimes there are no hotel options to be found. We did the TransAm in 2013 and found that to be true then and it is the same now on the Northern Tier. You need to be prepared to camp, sometimes it is the only option unless you can go 80 miles fairly easily.

Routes / Re: DC to CA - which direction?
« on: July 20, 2015, 10:03:37 pm »
We did the TransAm east to west in 2013 and this summer we are going from Washington DC to Seattle Washington. We think east to west is by far the better way to go. We like to ride early in the morning to beat the heat. We feel ever so much safer with the early morning sun at our backs making us more visible to drivers coming from the rear. As far as the wind goes, our experience is that the surface winds in the summer are out of the south/south west. Not really directly from the west. Prevailing winds are one thing, surface winds something entirely different. And as the previous writer mentioned, we really enjoyed experiencing the history of our country from beginning to end so Virginia to Oregon was perfect for us. The last factor we discovered about midway through the east to west TransAm is that the climbs going east to west are not quite as steep. This held true for the majority of the climbs. You'll enjoy it either way but we think east to west has more plusses.

Routes / Northern Tier - Whitefish to Libby, Montana via Rt 2?
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:26:25 pm »
We are westbound on the Northern Tier on a tandem, currently in eastern Montana. Has anyone ridden from Whitefish to Libby via Marion on Route 2 rather than the mapped routes 93/37 through Eureka? A friend wants us to come visit and we are trying to decide whether to divert off route. Thanks for any feedback.

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