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Classifieds / Re: 2020 World Tour
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:45:56 am »
Sounds grand!

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General Discussion / Re: Maps
« on: October 08, 2019, 04:52:48 pm »
Hi mjandersen,

John was quicker in his response that I! Thanks, John. You said it better than I. ;)


The biggest battery saver for me when using my phone for navigation on tour is to keep my phone in Airplane Mode. The GPS tracking ability, ie. blue dot, will continue to work. My iPhone has a Low Power Mode that I also use. It keeps the phone from looking for connections (among other things but I don't know the specifics) except when I specifically ask it to. if you're touring with someone and are using texting to stay connected when you get separated, this can be a bit more problematic and requires some communication in advance.

Also, for longer stretches between turns or for a couple of memorized turns, I turn the screen off.


Thanks for the pointer on Simpson Lumber as a place to start.


The ACA recommends taking Tillamook River Road south from Tillamook then Ekloff road.  This adds 10 times as much riding on gravel than going over Cape Meares, with the added benefit of meeting logging trucks on a narrow road. 

Do you have personal experience of this logging activity? I don't doubt it has occurred. It's just that the route doesn't appear to be on either state or national forest land. Knowing how recent logging activity was noticed may help us figure out who it is and how long it will last.

Because of the Cape Meares "closure" many cyclists just take State 131 from Tillamook to Netarts Bay -- a very dangerous section that has claimed the life of one experienced touring cyclist.

For what it's worth, on the 2018 version of the map, we do have a note warning cyclists NOT to take SR 131 any longer.


Don't quite understand your questions as a mobile device is typically considered a mobile phone.  Do you already have a smart phone (not a flip phone)?  If so, just download the ACA route app and purchase the map data.

Just to be clear (and split a few hairs) , our app, Bicycle Route Navigator, and our GPX data are two separate things and do not work together.

If you download the free app (Bicycle Route Navigator) you will purchase routes through the app.

If you purchase our GPX Data, you will need to use a different app (of your choosing) to display and navigate the route.

Great Lakes / Re: New Bike Path in Michigan (Muskegon to Hart)
« on: August 14, 2019, 09:40:02 am »
We'll have to look into this more closely but it looks like an interesting option.

Thanks for the suggestion!


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: POI Abbreviation
« on: August 09, 2019, 10:59:31 am »
No worries! I hope you have a great trip!


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: POI Abbreviation
« on: August 09, 2019, 08:48:29 am »
These are the abbreviations we use in the GPX data and I believe they should be the same in the app. And yes, they are on the paper maps according to what services are actually on that map. ;)

AS: City, All services (Includes a restaurant, post office, grocery and/or convenience store, and motel or B&B)
B&B: Bed & Breakfast
BAR: Bar
BKH: Bunkhouse
BRD: Border Crossing
BS: Bike Shop
CBN: Cabin
CG: Campground
COC: Cyclists Only Camping
COL: Cyclists Only Lodging
CS: Convenience Store
FER: Ferry
G: Grocery
HOS: Hostel
HS: Hot Springs
INF: Information (service)
LIB: Library
M: Hotel/motel or Cabin
NS: City, No Services
OS: Outdoor Store
POI: Point of Interest (on IHS, also Hot Springs)
R: Restaurant
RA: Rest area
RST: Restroom
TP: Teepee
WAG: Wagon
WS: Water Stop
YRT: Yurt


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: POI Abbreviation
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:55:34 am »
Hello PastorJoe,

The abbreviation CS means Convenience Store.

Also, the symbol should be blue with an apple and a bottle of juice or milk. Check for an app update soon to correct this.


The US Forest Service has alerted us to an additional day of construction that will close this section of the route on Monday, August 12th. The gate will be again closed from 0700 to 1800.


Thanks for the update ggwbikemt!

Routes / Re: L&C - Best time to start; gravel road
« on: August 07, 2019, 09:03:52 am »

in 2020 we want riding  the L&C Trail. What time is the best time to start the trail in Hartford. Our idea is to start end of May. We will plan to ride our bicycle a little bit more than 2 month.

This could be ok timing but you should be prepared to detour occasionally in the Midwest. In recent years there has been more flooding in this part of the US closing and damaging roads and services. This year we sent out an alert to riders about the flooding:

We have two section with gravel road ; one ist only 2 miles (map2 sec. 26) the other in Map 3 section 39 start at Akaska and has 9,5 miles gravel. We have touring bikes with 25 mm tires (Schwalbe   Durano Plus ROAD 25-622; we used this tires on our TransAm und NT without any puncture  :)). The questions is: is there smooth gravel or big gravel; can we ride this part? is there a alternative route?

Sec 2, Map 26: The first section of unpaved route is packed dirt and gravel. I know of no way to avoid this. The roads in this area all have sections that are unpaved.

Sec 3, Map 39: This route was designed to closely follow the travels of Lewis & Clark which means staying near rivers. At this point, specifically the Missouri River. You could probably stay on highways US 83 and US 12 between Akaska and Mobridge to avoid the gravel if you are concerned about it.

I would say your 25 mm tires may be a bit narrow for doing a lot of gravel. The extra cushion of wider tires makes it more comfortable and doable on a fully loaded touring bike.


Routes / Re: Ferry from Ft. Meyers to Key West
« on: August 05, 2019, 10:35:58 am »
Hmm, I'd say you may want to call and verify this policy. It may be that they are discouraging large groups but the solo or small group is accommodated based on this crazyguy journal from November 2018:

I'd be curious to know the eventual outcome.


Routes / Re: Northern tier #10 Cananda alternative
« on: August 02, 2019, 01:27:46 pm »
Thanks for the support and input on a solution, John! ;)

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