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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Skeptical about Bike Route 66
« on: November 04, 2014, 08:29:11 am »
What's the sense of having a "Route 66" route that doesn't even follow Route 66? I can't speak for the road east of Shamrock Texas, but westbound from there is fine. Yes, there are many sections that have been covered in interstate, but I would rather ride in an eight foot wide shoulder completely separated from 65MPH traffic than amongst 55 mph traffic on some road with a shoulder of only 2-3 feet wide (assuming there is a shoulder at all!) ESPECIALLY west of Texas were drivers start getting rude.

And I would seriously recommend taking that double dogleg through Santa Fe and Albuquerque. After all it too is, or was a part of 66, is very scenic and certainly more pleasant than a freeway.

I took this route, and with a couple of exceptions had no problems. And Route 66 has many more accommodations BECAUSE of the freeway. Nome backwater road that no oe other than local residences use will be guaranteed desolate.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:30:20 pm »
Well, I followed Jerry McClanahan's  route 66 EZ guide and found the trip very rewarding. Sure, it meant some shoulder and service road riding, but it also gave nearly all the older alignments, which I took whenever possible. I never got lost, nor was there a place I couldn't ride, at least until I got to los Angeles, where I was planning on leaving it anyway. Even if the A.C.A. creates their own version of this route, I would still use this guide. I saw much of the sights and landmarks that remained, and finished feeling as if I HAD ridden The Mother Road.

General Discussion / R.I.P. June Curry (A.K.A. "The Cookie Lady)
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:43:27 pm »
I heard that June Curry, the long standing "Trail Angel" of the Trans Am route (ever since it's beginning, in fact) has passed away. This is certainly not by any definition 'new' news, as it happened last July 16th (

Yet for some reason there is no mention of it on any of the forums that I have found, nor in the addenda for that section of the route. So I decided to start this thread in memory of her, and for anyone to ask questions about her or what effects her passing will have on that part of the route.

I never got a chance to meet her, I was in fact on the Trans-Am trail at the time, crossing the country and looking forward to meeting her when I got there when she passed. I was in Kansas at the time ( ).

Somehow, thinking I will have to say I did the TransAmerica route without being able to see her takes a rather significant piece out of the accomplishment.

Corridor 66 Implementation / Re: Route 66 in IL and beyond!
« on: January 20, 2012, 06:18:23 pm »
Any of y'all figured out what you are going to do with the 150 miles between Albuquerque and Gallup? I found one spot: The Dancing eagle Casino and RV park, it's situated about 50 miles west of Albuquerque, but that still leaves 100 miles of nothing. That's a hell of a gap even for a western A.C.A. route.

General Discussion / Re: Choice of bike
« on: January 09, 2012, 01:29:24 pm »
How about used? You can get a lot more for a lot less that way. Check out

General Discussion / Re: Never want a flat again?
« on: January 09, 2012, 01:28:03 pm »
Needs a bumper sticker:

Honk, If you dare!

Routes / Re: Addendums
« on: December 08, 2011, 05:36:18 pm »
Just before you leave on your trip go to the following link and you will be able to print the most current addenda for your maps. We update addenda every month, though it is possible that not every map's addendum will have changed. If you look at the addenda you received you will see a date in parentheses (for example, Oct 2011) for each map panel entry. If your copy shows (Aug 2011) and the one online is (Oct 2011) that means it has been updated. That's the way you can tell if an entry has been added since you received your maps a few months ago.

If you don't have access to a computer you can call us and we will mail you the current addenda for your maps.

That part I understand (thanks), but what about the corrections on the addendums I presently have? Will the "new" addendums include any pertinent updates to them?

Routes / Addendums
« on: December 02, 2011, 11:22:16 am »
I recieved a bunch of maps and the addendums for them a few months ago. However, I won't be using them untill at least May of next year, so I'm wondering about the addendums. I'll try and ask this in a way everyone can understand (it has me confused, anyway)...

If I were to order more up to date addendums in the future, will they include the corrections listed on the addendums I have? How will they relate to the maps and addendums I have now? Is any of this any clearer to you than it looks to me (I hope)? ??? ???

General Discussion / Addendums
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:51:32 pm »
I have all the maps I will need for my upcoming TA trip, and the addendums for them. However, I won't start using those maps until almost June of next year, and I am wondering about the addendums. How long are the changes valid? Do I have to keep checking until I need them and constantly update the maps? Or do I only need the mosrt recent addendum (meaning I can throw the old ones away)?

Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:38:37 pm »
Although not related to the remote sections, we found the stretch between the base of the Sierras and Placerville to be unacceptable for touring: Way, WAY too much traffic, steep, slow hills, poor sight lines, etc.  I haven't got it mapped out, but on one trip over the Sierras we stayed on 88 a bit past Mormon Immigrant Trail (snowed in) and dropped down to Fiddle Town via, I think, Shake Ridge Rd.  You should be able to find it on Google maps.  Do some research, and you'll find a very nice alternate leading south out of Folsom and then up into the mountains.  We did it heading west.  This alternate is MUCH better.  For what it's worth, others have complained about this section of the Western Express, too.


I won't even be using the portion you mentioned, I will be accessing it via the Sierra Cascades route through Yosemite/Mono Lake to where it connects to the W.E. and heading east from there. Unfortunately, time constraints dictate that i will likely reach that point around the beginning of June. :-\

Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: September 06, 2011, 06:39:35 pm »
(Nobody in the A.C.A. forums has done this A.C.A. route? :-[)

While I have done many ACA routes, I have not done this one.  You will find that many more touring cyclists use CrazyGuy.  It seems that people new to touring come here first and then migrate to CrazyGuy for some reason.[/quote]

I think you just answered your own question. ;D

General Discussion / Re: What about your Bike??????
« on: September 02, 2011, 09:09:11 pm »
I lock the bike to the bench, a tree, post that the garbage can is locked to or whatever other immovable object may be available. if not, then I lace the lock and bike through the tent or fly lines in such a way that it would be near impossible to tamper with it without seriously jostling the tent itself (I'm a light sleeper). The panniers I keep inside the tent, which protects my gear from weather as well. One reason I prefer packs to trailers. If I'm staying in a motel then obviously everything comes in with me. I have never encountered any trouble from the management with doing this.

To the poster that mentioned making tents big enough to bring the whole bike inside, May I suggest a tent such as a 4 man timberline? That is about the smallest such tent that will let you accomplish this. if you want to carry that much, go for it. A company by the name of early winters once made a Bivy that actually used the bikes wheels instead of tent poles to give it shape. Unfortunately both it and they are history.

Edited fer speeling

Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:26:49 pm »
That is excellent, thank you guys (and gals, if applicable, it's kinda hard to tell with screen names). Yeah, I am currently looking for a larger set of panniers than what I have now, preferably ones which have pockets well designed/situated for carrying extra water jugs. I plan to be hitting this section in the beginning of June, so if climatological changes don't go to rampant by then hopefully it won't be too hot. And yes, I've read about the wild weather swings on some of the journals, and I have ridden mountains/high desert before, many times. ;D

Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: August 31, 2011, 06:22:09 pm »
Thanks, I will certainly check it out! :)
(Nobody in the A.C.A. forums has done this A.C.A. route? :-[)

Routes / Re: Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« on: August 31, 2011, 04:19:21 pm »
Great idea for a state that relies heavily on tourist dollars.  ::)

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