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Routes / Pony Express Route?
« on: October 07, 2019, 04:13:18 pm »
The recent Bike Bits had a link to an interesting article about a woman who researched, mapped and rode a route along the original Pony Express Route.  Wonder if it would be possible for ACA to create a mostly gravel/dirt route along the route she created?

Routes / Ferry from Ft. Meyers to Key West
« on: August 04, 2019, 06:10:41 pm »
Has anyone taken the  Key West ferry recently?  I was thinking to taking the ferry to Key West and then riding up the coast however the website for the ferry makes it seem like a touring equipped bicycle won't be permitted.  This is from the website  Bicycles must be single, standard size with absolutely no attachments, luggage racks, trailers, etc..  It appears a trailer is a definite no-go along with recumbents and tandems but it also seems as if racks are also not permitted. 

Routes / Hwy 98 - Florida
« on: July 20, 2019, 05:33:32 pm »
Has anyone ridden Hwy 98 in Florida this year?  I'm thinking of riding it as an alternative to the Southern Tier from Pensacola towards St. Augustine.  I'm particularly interested in the recovery of restaurants and hotels.

General Discussion / Article on Local Bike Shops (LBS)
« on: June 12, 2019, 11:25:07 am »
Interesting reading. Hope the link works.  Headline from Bicycling “Hey, Bike Shops: Stop treating customers like garbage”

Looks like the C&O trail still has a number of areas that are closed due to the heavy rains last year (May) that washed out parts of the trail.  No telling when the damage will be repaired.  It appears some closures affect the spur through Lancaster, PA on the NYC to Chicago trail.  Here is the website for updates to the trail.

General Discussion / Updated ACA website
« on: February 27, 2019, 10:42:45 am »
Not a fan of the updated website.  It is difficult to find the forum site.  I had to click at least 10 different places to find where forums had been hidden the first time.  I still have a hard time remembering where to find what I'm looking for.  It looks nice and may be useful for a first time user but if you already know where you want to go there are no drop down menus to help you find it.

General Discussion / Impact of Bikers (and hikers) on a small town
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:56:36 am »
There is a nice story in Outside magazine on the impact bikers and hikers have on small towns when the route takes them through or near them.
Although the story doesn't say how much additional income it brings into the town it does imply that it has definitely helped the community.  Might be a good story to relay to small town along ACA's routes.  Even providing a few basic services helps bring in some additional revenue that otherwise wouldn't be there.

Oops.  Fixed the link.

General Discussion / How long before touring after knee replacement
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:26:46 pm »
After 40 years of walking around with no meniscus and five operations it looks like I finally have to replace the knee.  I can no longer ride without pain.  If you have had a knee replaced how long before you were able to tour again.  Any problems riding while strengthening the leg afterwards or on your first tour? 

Routes / Road conditions on Chicago to NYC in Indianapolis
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:02:49 pm »
I’m currently on a trip from Newton, KS to DC.  I planned my route to do the Katy Trail and then hook up with the Chicago to NYC route in Indianapolis.  The roads (including dirt/gravel) were pretty good up until I got to Illinois.  I thought they were the worst I would see -wrong.  Indiana and more specifically Indianapolis has the worst roads I’ve seen so far on this trip.  The roads and trails on the route are in horrible condition except near downtown.  The bike trails are covered in debris and in many cases there are holes the pavement.  It is impossible to ride either on a trail/bike route or road without riding through gravel, rocks, missing pavement and miscellaneous other debris.  I wonder if just riding on Hwy 40 wouldn’t be a better option.  Anyway, there should be a note about the horrible roads in Indianapolis/Indiana.

General Discussion / Newton Bike Shop hostel/rest stop (TA Trail)
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:29:37 pm »
Just had a tour of the refurbished accommodations at the Newton bike shop.  It is awesome.  Plenty of space.   It looks almost as good as home.  The planned opening is May 1st.  Definitely worth the stop if traveling the TA trail through Newton, KS.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Maps on Apple & Android devices
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:27:29 pm »
If you purchase a map for an Apple device can that purchase transfer to an android device if you use the same id?

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Icon colors and detail
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:00:40 pm »
I've downloaded the entire Pac Coast and parts of the Route 66 to my Android phone and now that I plan on using it I'm having trouble following the route and understanding some of the icons.  The first thing to note is that I'm colorblind.  I don't see any difference between the three icons for a community (stars) or much difference between the main route or alternate route.  They all look the same.  Which one has full service vs limited or no service?  Could you put a number in the star or make one yellow and one blue? 

I also have trouble following the route in cities.  For example Albuquerque, NM.  I don't understand/see the differences between the "blue" highlights, dotted line, highlighted route with arrows or the difference between the main route line and the alternate route line.  If there are color differences I don't see them.  For example the intersection of Tramway Boulevard and the I40 frontage road.  Headed east do I turn north, go straight, or turn south?  In other less confusing combinations you may have a highlighted route and then a blue line leaves it.  Do I follow the highlighted route or the blue line.  (Purple and blue look the same to me.)

Also on the phone (android) when I enlarge the image at some point all I get is a blue line- no map and all other markings disappear.  I don't seem to have that problem on the IPad. 

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Route Directions
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:40:22 pm »
I downloaded the free sample for Rt 66 and Transam and it looks like I will use this format on my next ride (if available).  It appears there is a lack of written directions or am I not looking in the right place.  Also on my phone and IPad the street names for the route are very small and difficult to see.  Since I only stop periodically to check the map when I'm riding I look for the street sign to turn.  I won't be using a phone mount on my bike to monitor my progress so larger street names just for the route will be very helpful.

Classifieds / FS 2014 Burley Nomad - Sold
« on: October 05, 2016, 10:49:56 am »
Burley Nomad trailer.  Purchased in 2014 it has Schwalbe Marathon tires for added puncture resistance.  It has about 1000 miles on it so it almost looks new.  $200 includes shipping.

There is a large fire in the Big Sur area and according to the news they have closed the campgrounds in the state parks in Big Sur. 

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