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General Discussion / Re: Miles Per Day
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:14:31 pm »
Steve - Did that stretch about 7 years ago fully loaded and found that 50 - 60 miles per day worked nicely for me cause of the general flatness.  I remember being surprised at the hilly-ness of Tallahassee (sp?).  I noted that to the extent I wished to 'motel' there were mostly decent options every 50 miles.  The ACA maps were very accurate for my entire spin all the way you have bracketed.

General Discussion / Re: 2 General Questions
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:03:30 pm »
Reply to Q. No. 2:
1.   Regarding how far in advance to arrange for motels (can not speak to campsites), when I was riding thru eastern Montana and western N. Dakota, which I did in the earlier/beginning days of the oil/gas boom, I could find no/zero motel openings even 4 days in advance.  Now that the 'boom' has grown.... hopefully the motel capacity has as well.  Some days I would just knowingly go to the fully booked motel and be there at the front desk at the time that non-guaranteed reservation rooms were released cause the people did not show by that designated time, and I was, thereby, successful in getting a room.  Elsewhere in the USA I would consistently call ahead to a motel 1 day ahead & book a guaranteed reservation ... I found it valuable to ask if the guaranteed reservation was cancellable, and if so, by exactly when!!!  I had several cases where I had to cancel guaranteed reservation due to 'unanticipated circumstances.'  And, while having to mess with cancelling (and not always having the cell reception to do so) for me, I preferred the certainty of k-n-o-w-i-n-g that I had a motel room awaiting me at days end  :D
2.  Regarding ACA map accuracy & adequate detail, only in the above section of the country did I find a need for a backup set of maps (I used DeLorme software at the time cause 'smart phones' were not as info rich, nor was reception/towers as unbiquitous).... everywhere else the ACA maps worked adequately to nearly perfectly.  One of the factors causing the maps to be inaccurate was due to the fast changing conditions due to the economic growth of the oil/gas fields area(s).

South Atlantic / Re: Atlanta to Savannah
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:51:19 pm »
Santiago - Did you ever do the route from Atlanta to Savannah ?   If yes what did you learn? Thx.

South Atlantic / Bicycle Ride Across GA in June
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:46:47 pm »
Anybody going to be participating (Sunday, June 8 thru Saturday, June 14 / Washington to Darien; ?

General Discussion / Re: Fort Myers to Key west
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:13:03 pm »
".... this is the first attempt at camping while cycling, I have done organized rides but never a solo trip. What should I take along on a trip like this?* I know I need a tent, I'm good with the bike and gear..."
jfgll - I am aware that you may well have left by now, if so, Godspeed, if not and still researching *what to take (& not + 'how come,' on both counts :- ), the best single source of information I have ever encountered, and from which benefited significantly, is the text available thru ACA CycloSource entitled The Essential Touring Cyclist - A Complete Guide.... 
At least 40% of what I needed to know when I "converted" from group tours to solo touring was presented to me in that single 'study' text. 
Over the last 20 years I have re-read it about every 4 years and am reminded of 'things' that are good about which for me to be reminded.
If you have further interest, for convenience, here is the ACA link:
Best wishes in your current & future expedition(s) !

General Discussion / Re: Best routes for newbies?
« on: March 07, 2014, 12:22:25 pm »
Hello Sauntrer -
What I am about to describe to you are GA/AL ("1" & "2") and, also, Virginia - North Carolina ("3") venues. I mention this so that if this geography is NOT of interest to you, you will not need to spend any of your time reading further.
1.  In GA, west of Atlanta to the GA/AL border is a completely traffic free paved route entitled The Silver Comet Trail (SCT).  Your campsite on the link/map diagram that follows is just east of the town by the name of Rockmart... the campsite is wide-open and friendly to cyclists and is called The Rock.
The Rock:
2.  At the state line the SCT connects with another paved trail that runs from the GA/AL line to just north of Anniston, Al (Anniston is an exit on I-20 and you will find that it is located east of Birmingham, AL.).  It is entitled the Chief Ladiga Trail.  I can not speak to the campsites along this trail.
3.  Forgive me if I missed any above reference to The Skyline Drive / Blue Ridge Parkway, so I will go ahead and suggest this, as well, for your consideration (NOT a winter ride - but this is now March :- ) ..... with the exception of Roanoke, Asheville and the southern terminus vicinity of Cherokee, I found it to be only about 4 vehicles an hour.  This route will take some serious research for campsites, as well as, where to get on an off....not to mention re-supplying.  This route is classified by most as the same time it is as beautiful as any slice of Heaven.  There are MANY sites for your research... here are the ones from the Natl Park Svc:

Many thanks, Jennifer. 
- Fred 
P.S. Received the maps last week for the N.T. to Minneapolis/thanks, as well.  They arrived in 4 days or less     
(to Atlanta ! :- ).

I have read that Idaho State Route 41 has no shoulders and has plenty of RV traffic this time of year.   Would it be safer taking U.S. 395/2 north out of Spokane or heading east towards Coeur d'Alene and then north on U.S. 95?
Thank you.

Hello - I have learned from reading The Northern Tier Book not to take Idaho State Route 41.  Looks like my only other options are either U.S. 2 north out of Spokane, or travel east to Coeur d'Alene and go north on U.S.95. 
Any thoughts on which of these has the widest shoulders (if any) and the least traffic?  
Or, perhaps there is another approach shot of which I am unaware?
- Thank you.

Hello - Looking for education on the traffic levels & existence (or lack there of :- )/width of shoulders?  I am trying to get a sense of what it takes along that stretch to avoid mixing it up with a motor vehicle.
Many thanks.

Routes / Re: Cheif Ladiga/Silver Comet
« on: June 22, 2009, 03:01:32 pm »
Hello CLM,
Would encourage you to give Don Weaver's B & B (above post) a try, though it is about 10 miles west of the states' line in just south of Piedmont, AL.
Meanwhile, recognizing your main interest in camping... the only campsite of which I am aware is call The Rock ( ). The Rock is a few miles east of Rockmart, GA about 1/4 t 1/2 mile south of the SCT... you may encounter a couple hundred yards of hardpacked gravel getting to this rv/tent camp location.  I have never stayed there; however, the owner, Johnny, and I have spoken several times by phone and gives the impression of being accomodating.

« on: February 01, 2005, 10:51:03 pm »

[  ] has been building support  for its vision of a  bicycle interstate since 1987.
For the last three years, it has been using its Mayors' Rides to connect population centers across America with worthy bike routes.
This year, for the first time, their route comes through the Atlanta to Knoxville area.
Rider(s) will leave the Atlanta City Mayor's office and head by a route of your choosing (approx. 300 miles or  60 miles per day over 5 days if you don't ride on either NBG-MAYOR MEETING Day) to the Mayor of Knoxville, TN's office, Friday, April 29 to Thursday, May 5, respectively.
To LEARN what is needed TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POPULAR CHALLENGE, please click on  'How to ride…..'
Within the  schedule itself (click on 'Mayors' Ride' at the top of the screen), you will see the reference to the Atlanta to Knoxville ride- 300 miles between April 29 and May 5 on the lower right side of the graphic.
If you would like to participate contact Founder/Director Martin Krieg at

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