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General Discussion / Re: ACA 2016 calendar cover photo location
« on: January 20, 2016, 10:52:37 am »
Thanks for checking, but I just found this by changing my tactic and searching on the photographer's name.  Turns out that it's in Italy.

WILL DAVIES – A self-portrait along the Colle del Nivolet, the tenth highest paved road in Europe, in the Graian Alps in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Search via Google Maps: Colle del Nivolet, AO, Italy

For anyone with an iPhone or iPad, I think a great option for simple and convenient blogging is the TrackMyTour app.  It allows you to post locations on a map for waypoints along your trip with any text and/or pictures you want to include.  It's a great way for friends and family to follow you on your tour.  They all really like seeing where you are on the map.

And if you don't have cell service or Wifi at the time you can save these posts offline and then post them after you are back in an area with service. 

Sometimes I just initially post items with a few notes about the waypoint so I don't forget some key details and then re-edit them later to fill in more information when I get to stopping point for the day with more time to compose my thoughts.

You can register your tour as private or public.  Also lots of great public tours out there you can search on to check out tours on routes you may be planning to do in the future.

General Discussion / ACA 2016 calendar cover photo location
« on: January 15, 2016, 10:55:16 am »
Does anyone know the location of the photo on the ACA 2016 calendar?  My guess is Switzerland.  I'd like to know the specific road/pass this was taken on.

Routes / Re: What is better? Zion or Bryce Canyon?
« on: December 12, 2015, 10:31:37 pm »
You can definitely bike on the main canyon road in Zion.  Biking is the best way to see Zion from this road.  Since the views are so big and fantastic you can take it all in when riding a bike.  If you are in a car or shuttle bus, the roof obstructs much of the view.  Another plus for biking here is that for most of the year, cars are not allowed on the main canyon road.

Another must Zion hike is The Narrows where much of the hike is IN the Virgin River.  This is best when the water temperatures and water level are conducive for this.

Of course, I like Bryce too.  Totally different and amazing scenery than Zion so hard to choose between the two.  Bryce's elevation makes it much cooler temperature-wise in the summer.  Also the night sky is amazing in Bryce so try to be here during a new moon to take full advantage of this.

One of my all time favorite bike rides was as an ACA ride where we got to bike to both Zion and Bryce, along with several other national parks in Southern Utah.

Routes / Re: US Route 83
« on: December 28, 2014, 06:42:30 pm »
Thanks for all of the replies and information. 

Guess it was too good to be true for such a simple route sheet through the middle of the country.

As we know from the ACA routes, it takes a lot more research to plan a route like this.


Routes / US Route 83
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:42:17 am »
Has anyone travelled on US Route 83?  I'm wondering how suitable it is for cycling?

The cue sheet for this route would be amazing:
1.  Turn South on US Route 83
2.  Stop at the Mexico border.

 U.S. Route 83 runs 1,885 miles from the Canadian border just north of Westhope, N.D. to Brownsville, Texas, on the Mexican border.   It is one of the last and longest stretches of highway in America and little of it is spoiled by soulless four-lane Interstate. It passes through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. It also continues into Canada as Manitoba Highway 83 to its northern terminus just east of Swan River.  Along with US 83, Manitoba 83 is part of the longest continuously numbered north-south highway in North America with a combined distance is 3,450 kilometers (2,140 mi).

Routes / Re: Washington State Route 9 from Canada to Seattle area
« on: June 28, 2012, 05:07:15 am »
How is WA Rt. 9 in terms of having shoulders?

Routes / Washington State Route 9 from Canada to Seattle area
« on: June 27, 2012, 03:23:48 pm »
I'm starting my Pacific Coast tour in Lynden, Washington (after going up to Canada border and back).  My plan is to use the ACA maps for most of the tour, but was wondering if Washington State Route 9 would be a good biking route.  I need to pass though Federal Way at some point so I thought maybe staying inland might be a good idea.  Also I've ridden in the Whidbey Island area before so I know what that is like.

Does anyone have any experience riding Washington State Route 9, and can provide any pros/cons to this route vs the ACA route in this area?

Also, it looks like I may be able to use the Centenniel Trail in the Snohomish area (which seems to parallel WA Rt. 9).  Any comments about that?

Any other ideas, routes, comments or suggestions are welcome.


Routes / Start date suggestions for Pacific Coast (north to south)
« on: February 19, 2012, 12:08:43 pm »
I am planning on riding the ACA Pacific Coast route later this summer.  From what I've read it is best to ride north to south due to prevailing winds in the summer.  Do these winds usually last through September? (wasn't sure if the ACA comment about winds was for meteorlogical summer through Labor Day or actual summer through Sept. 21st)

I've also read that tourist traffic on the route is higher in the summer (no real surprise).  I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to start earlier than the Labor Day weekend to get to California coast just after Labor Day?  Or would it be better just to wait until after Labor Day to start the whole trip?

Any comments on start dates from those who have ridden this route will be appreciated (and if you have links to any blogs or journals those would be appreciated too).


Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:19:33 pm »
If you have any plans to veer off the ACA maps in Wisconsin, see the web site for some very good bicycle maps for Wisconsin.

I used their "Northern Section" map this past summer when I took a more northerly route from Dalbo, MN to Conover, WI, to shorten my ACA Northern Tier route this past summer.


Routes / Re: Route 464 (Duck Lake Road) from Babb to Browning, Montana
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:07:20 pm »
Just thought that I would update this to answer my own question since I did take this route this past summer.

I asked several locals and park rangers in the area and they all agreed that Duck Lake Road was the better and safer route for biking from Babb to Browning, Montana.  While there aren't any services on this route, there is also very little traffic.  Several people mentioned how terrible Rt. 89 was with narrow shoulders and many curves without good sight lines.  Duck Lake Road had great sight lines so you and the traffic could see each other a long ways off.

This route also provided me with a great introduction to the Big Sky of Montana and a nice view of the Rockies disappearing behind me.  There are some climbs and descents on this route, but it's nothing compared to Going-to-the-Sun Road.

I liked this route so much that I think Adventure Cycling should offer this as an option for those who want to visit the Many Glacier area but do not want to venture up into Canada when riding the Northern Tier route.


Routes / Route 464 (Duck Lake Road) from Babb to Browning, Montana
« on: April 18, 2009, 08:38:44 pm »
I'm planning my summer bike trip via the Northern Tier route (west to east).  I am planning on going through Glacier National Park, but due to time constraints I won't be able to take the loop up to Waterton in Canada.  I am planning to stay at Many Glacier campground after riding on Going-to-the-Sun Road.   

After leaving Many Glacier, I need to get to Browning to pick up Route 2 and head east.The typical route I've read about is taking Route 89 to Browning.  I've also read a journal where they took a short cut via Starr School Road bypassing Kiowa.

Here's my main question.  Route 464 (Duck Lake Road), off Route 89 just south of Babb seems to be a shorter and less hilly way to get to Browning.  Do you have any knowledge of this road and whether it would be a good alternative for biking?


Routes / Key West, Florida
« on: January 25, 2004, 05:22:42 pm »
Does anyone know why the Adventure Cycling East Coast route ends in Fort Meyers, Florida and doesn't go any further south?  I'd like to keep going to Key West and would welcome any suggestions for bike routes and maps that are available.  Do you have to work you way back to the Atlantic coast or is there a way to get there staying on the Gulf coast?  Any pros/cons to either way?  My tentative plans would put me in Fort Meyers in late September or early October.

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