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Thanks, Paul, for the info. I'm doing some local trials to acquaint myself better with this unit. It has so many more features than my old eTrex Summit.

Did you use the off-road transition feature for a route? The manual for the 60CSx notes it, but doesn't explain its context. It sounds like it might be used where a segment of the route is off-road(?)

Thanks again.

I've been following the Garmin/MapSource discussion with Kathy. Thanks to all who contributed; I recently bought a 60CSx and CityNavigator, so the information was helpful in laying out my own route for an ACA GPS map. I have another question: the ACA route downloads as a direct series of waypoints (Garmin's "Use Direct Routes" rather than "Use Auto-Routing" under the Preferences menu. I understand that that allows routing over bike trails and other non-designated pathways in CN. When you actually start your tour with "Navigate," do you still use the "Off Road" option or, if that day's route does not include any non-road stretches, do you select "Follow Road"?

I also picked up the advice to cut waypoints (wp) that are not intersections to reduce the number of waypoints. When there is a long, twisting stretch of road, where your location at any point may be some distance from the next wp and off the road, does one ignore the GPS display until you reach the next intersection? Thanks.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Handlebar map
« on: November 27, 2007, 04:52:50 pm »
May be a little late, but have you looked at the RAM mounts? I've used one on my MTB for years; plenty of rough handling and held on with no problem. Also, lots of flexibility in mounting location. See
if still looking.

Routes / Atlantic Coast
« on: December 03, 2008, 11:26:09 am »
We did a reverse loop in '06 of your proposed route, starting and ending in Kitty Hawk (the Adventure Bound Campground was very accommodating, allowing us to leave our car there). Your winds should be more favorable. We traveled US 64/264 south, which was very scenic (along the Alligator River) with low traffic. The shoreline route is beautiful, with plenty of services (maybe too many, except in the National Seashore). The ferries are a major plus. Just check schedules. Enjoy.

Routes / Biking Across New York
« on: August 31, 2008, 11:17:23 am »
Hi, Abigail:
Take a look at
They have lots of details on the trail. My wife and I just ordered their trail guide for a possible tour when the leaves change. Good riding.

Routes / Biking Across New York
« on: August 03, 2008, 06:16:44 pm »
Very entertaining video. The route looks interesting, too. May give it a run this fall. Thanks for the submittal.

Routes / VA Campsites
« on: July 15, 2008, 11:01:35 am »
Have you searched There are many journals on the TA, with info on overnights. We did E to W in '05, using ACA map suggestions for camping. I believe the Cookie Lady's in Afton is no longer available, however. Good riding.

Routes / State Bike routes - PA, NY, MA
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:12:05 am »
Have you checked ? Using their search tool, you should be able to see a number of routes described for the areas your interested in. I'm in western MA, north of Springfield. If you think you'll be traveling through this area, I may be able to help ( Good luck.

Routes / Tidewater Potomac Route
« on: February 28, 2008, 11:04:32 am »
If someone has done this ACA route and is willing to take some questions, please email me, Jim Fox, at

Routes / Outer Banks of N.C. 240 miles
« on: July 20, 2007, 04:45:08 pm »
I'd roughly guess 15-20 miles of shoulder-less/minimal shoulder roadway. Regarding drivers, I did not notice any driver who did not give us plenty of space in passing, even in narrow sections. Paul's advice about the ferrys was a good suggestion. During the summer, they do run frequently and at low or no cost for cyclists. They add to the pleasure of the ride, too.

Routes / Outer Banks of N.C. 240 miles
« on: July 19, 2007, 05:35:47 pm »
My wife and I just did the portion from Ocracoke to Kitty Hawk (as part of a loop which included Route 264 on the mainland (wonderful cycling)). Camping/lodging/food will be easy to find. Most of this section has adequate shoulders; however, there are sections, especially on the National Seashore, where shoulders are non-existent (but most scenic). Crossing Oregon Inlet can be quite exciting/scary, especially if the wind is howling, which is not unlikely. All in all, it's a wonderful ride, with the usual cautions for cyclists in a vacation area. Good riding.

Routes / L&C:Kamiah, ID to Missoula, MT - 2 days.
« on: May 17, 2007, 04:19:22 pm »
The climb up to Lolo is a "good" one. I did it last year.  Stayed at Powell CG, which was much superior to Jerry Johnson, and had the extra benefit of being right next to Lochsa Lodge. We left around dawn; the climb was tougher than expected (we were gear-loaded), but the scenery.... By the way, we stopped at Wilderness, too, a nice CG. Made a short day to Powell.

Routes / Trans Am Oregon to Wyoming/ Narrow Roads?
« on: May 17, 2007, 04:29:35 pm »
I did this route last year(Portland to coast, then ACA to Grand Teton). I agree with Fred about the shoulder question. If you've settled on a two-wheeled trailer... However, I rode the year before (TA from VA to GTNP) with a rider using a two-wheel. If you're concerned about shoulder width, you may want to look at an alternative. He had a number of one-wheel drops on those narrow/no shoulder roads when traffic got close. I used a Bob (single wheel), which tracked exactly; panniers work, albeit they may not be suitable for some cumbies. Good luck. The route was spectacular.

Routes / NC Outer Banks Question
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:46:12 pm »
Planning a bike tour of banks (starting around Kitty Hawk) and looping back to area. Anyone know of a place to leave a vehicle for about a week or so? Thanks, Jim Fox

Routes / Trans Am Route Camping spots
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:01:13 am »
Our group did the TA last summer, east to west. The ACA maps identified numerous overnight options for the communities we passed through. Many of the towns offered city parks for bikers. The majority had showers, pools (free), barbecues, and even covered pavillions in case of rain. We often met other tourers at these parks. Churches, too, often offered sleeping areas plus. With planning, you can ID churches in communities not mentioned in ACA maps and contact them directly about your needs; we found a number of pleasant overnights this way. A small donation was always done. Good luck.

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