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Classifieds / Re: Wanted - Atlantic Coast Section 7 Map
« on: September 13, 2011, 09:02:07 pm »
The older one would be great!  I really just need routing through downtown Miami.  I can check the addendum for updates.

Please send me an email and I'll provide the address to mail it.

Thank you so much!

Classifieds / Wanted - Atlantic Coast Section 7 Map
« on: September 05, 2011, 11:52:18 pm »
Hello All,

I had previously purchased the Atlantic Coast section 7 map as part of a group of maps used for my cross country tour in 2009 (  I had some international cyclists stay with me earlier this year through and they had damaged their iPhone they were using as navigation so I loaned them my map.  They said they had sent it back several months ago but it hasn't arrived yet - I'm thinking they sent it to the wrong person.  I'm planning a tour with a friend from Fort Lauderdale to Key West and back in October and even though I did that trip last November and probably don't need a map for it, I would still like to have one.  I'm all for supporting Adventure Cycling but really can't afford a new map plus shipping charges right now (I just renewed my membership).  If anyone has one they no longer need I would greatly appreciate it.  We are leaving on October 9th 2011 so time is a bit short.  Please let me know asap.  Thank you in advance.

Dennis - Fort Lauderdale

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: December 11, 2009, 06:50:14 pm »
I have Hypoglycemia in daily life so I was concerned on my tour.  I always kept some Fig Newtons in my handlebar bag.  They worked perfectly - but the secret is to recognize the problem and attack it immediately. The longer you push on after you feel the bonk coming - the worse the problem will be and the longer to get out of it.  As others have said - know your limits.

1 can Hormel Chili - add one can water (or a bit more), heat to boil and add Idahoan Three Cheese instant potatoes - eat out of the pot.

I don't know about healthy but it certainly is hardy!

Routes / Re: Badlands NP & Mount Rushmore is it possible?
« on: December 04, 2009, 08:34:27 pm »
Hey Tony,

I did a similar trip this year (2009) and thoroughly enjoyed my ride through the Badlands and Black Hills - it was one of the best parts of my trip.  I grew up in South Dakota (now living in Ft. Lauderdale) and was amazed at how much more enjoyable the area was to visit on bicycle. 

To answer your question - I rode the Cowboy Trial (or the nice road right next to it) to Newport, NE and then up to Burke, SD - on to Winner, SD and then to Presho, SD where I picked up the road that runs next to I-90 almost all the way to Wall, SD.  I didn't go into Wall the first day but rode into the Badlands and camped there - then rode though the Badlands the next day - on to Wall, SD where I camped at a nice campground just to the S. side of Main Street.  From Wall I had to ride I-90 into Rapid City (legal in South Dakota).  The next day I rode to Mount Rushmore (but didn't stay there long) and continued on to Crazy Horse Monument which is right on the Mickelson Trail.  I rode the Mickelson Trial (fantastic!) to almost Lead / Deadwood and then got on Hwy 14 to Spearfish, SD and all the way across Wyoming.  Mount Rushmore is a steep climb but not too long and certainly beautiful. 

I agree with the other posters that you continue on to Wyoming like I did unless you are looking for an easier (and possibly less exciting) ride.  The Big Horn mountains were the most challenging of my trip especially with the weather conditions I encountered at the top, but also the most rewarding.  Yellowstone was beautiful but very biker unfriendly with narrow roads WAY too much traffic and Huge RV's taking up the whole road - but I would possibly do it again.  It was suggested to me to rather take a road north of Cody, WY which is a very scenic bypass of Yellowstone and I can get that information for you if you would like.

On my blog you can see a google map of my entire route.  It was a fantastic trip.

The google map is here:,-101.25&spn=28.815161,50.361328&z=4

I'd be happy to answer any other questions for you if needed.


I rode this on my trip (which I am still on) and it was a great route.  The road from Lincoln is actually Hwy 15 but be sure to take the road to Rising City over to 81 as it has a nice sholder where the road past David City to 81 has no shoulder and lots of trucks.  81 has a great shoulder and a very nice road all the way up to Norfolk where you can pick up the Cowboy trail.  The trail is very nice but there is also a very nice road running right next to it with wide shoulders and rumble strip between traffic and you.  I rode on both.  I took this route until I was able to go north to Burke, SD which is also a nice road.  The road to Winner has small shoulder and rumble strip (not the really bad type) but traffic is low.  There are no services between Winner, SD and Presho SD but after that you can ride on the Interstate or the road that runs right next to it all the way to the Badlands.

Gear Talk / Re: Does anybody bring a cooler on the tour?
« on: April 16, 2009, 09:02:32 pm »
The replies are what I was expecting - thanks everyone.  I was not really thinking of bringing beer or whatever on the bike but thinking more about having a way to keep it chilled at the campsite.  Guess I need to drink faster!  :)

Gear Talk / Does anybody bring a cooler on the tour?
« on: April 15, 2009, 11:00:41 pm »
I'm curious if any bicycle tourists carry a small cooler on the bike for food and of course beer!  I'm debating about it myself - thoughts?

Routes / Re: Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: March 05, 2009, 10:31:43 am »
Thanks Valygrl - you have been very helpful!  :)

PS - that would be so cool if Frank would let me stay in his yard with a view of the tower!  I will check that out for sure.

General Discussion / Re: trans-wyoming bike trip
« on: March 04, 2009, 09:14:42 pm »
Hello all,  I'll be riding this route this summer and appreciate all the advice!  Thanks for taking the time to write all this up.


I'm doing a cross country ride starting April 25th and my proposed route is posted here (Mostly ACA Routes),-111.047058&spn=1.393762,2.304382&z=9

I'm visiting a sister in Lincoln NE and then heading to Pierre, SD.  Rather than backtrack to the ACA route, I was thinking of heading North from Lincoln on Hwy 79 until I get to the Cowboy Rail Trail, then following that trail until I can connect with the L&C route at Bonesteel, SD.  Has anyone ridden on the Cowboy trail?  It starts at Norfolk, NE.  Anyone have opninions for or against this proposed route between Lincoln, NE and Bonesteel, SD?

Thanks in advance!


Routes / Re: Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: March 04, 2009, 08:22:33 pm »
I did one of those Google Maps like the Schultz's did (thanks BTW) with my intended route (using mostly ACA maps that I bought).  If anyone is still watching this post - can you please check my route between Rapid City, SD and Gillette, WY to see if what I have is the best route (or the route you took or recommend)?  It was hard to tell from the Shultz map exactly where they went (and I think they had a side trip to Deadwood).  Anyway, let me know what you think.  I was originally going to go directly from Pierre, SD to Belle Fourche but why miss the best part of South Dakota?  I also wanted to use at least some of the Mickleson Trail through the Black Hills.,-111.047058&spn=1.393762,2.304382&z=9

Thanks again for all the advice!


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Pierre, SD to Yellowstone
« on: February 24, 2009, 07:05:01 pm »
That's great advice for me and others!  Thanks again and happy biking!

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Pierre, SD to Yellowstone
« on: February 21, 2009, 09:43:29 am »
Thanks again Valgryl - and here is a possibly stupid question - how do you go about finding campgrounds?  Is there possibly a state map that has them listed?

Thanks again for all your help!


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Pierre, SD to Yellowstone
« on: February 20, 2009, 05:26:05 pm »
Great reply Valygrl - thanks for the advice.  Will finding camping spots be an issue across Wyoming?

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