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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route
« on: December 30, 2009, 02:37:11 pm »
My guess is, based on a message from ACA's mapping group, they will have it out on or about March 1. If you can locate a copy  of Bil Paul's "The Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail," it covers most of the route. (it's out of print (published in 1990); I found a used copy through Amazon). A couple of TA riders and me are considering the route for this summer. Great scenic (and challenging) route.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route
« on: December 29, 2009, 10:23:53 am »
We (old TA riders) are looking at the Cascades-Sierra (we're looking at N to S) route for next summer, too. It appears the section "MrBent" warned about goes back some time. I found a copy of "The Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail" by Bil Paul (out of print), which is the inspiration for the ACA route. Published in 1990, the section under discussion also mentioned logging trucks, RVs, as hazards. Paul noted that it was the only logical paved route from Mt. Shasta to Lassen. Perhaps ACA is researching alternatives. If none, Sunday reduces the logging truck traffic. If you'd like to correspond on route research as ACA predicts March for map publication, let me know.

Besides the excellent advice you get here, take a look at . Lots of good info on equipment, maintenance, food, et al. You can also tour vicariously with bike tourists from all over the globe. Good journeys.

General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coat
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:58:06 am »
Hi, Pilk:
Go to and search on "Atlantic Coast" in the journal category. You'll find lots of good info. Others ACA members will likely pass along some tidbits, as well. If you can, take the outer banks alternate in NC. Good luck.

Gear Talk / Re: Marathon tires. Schwalbe. Tires. Wheels.
« on: October 21, 2009, 10:55:02 am »
You are right. I got it confused. The tire I got was the Continental Contact for $37.00. I have read only two reviews of the CCs. They were favorable. One said he could get 4000-5000 miles out of a pair of CCs. The srore owner said the Schwalbe tires were superior. I suppose they are. I just want to cycle from coast to coast without having to buy and replace tires along the way.

Westinghouse: I cycled the TA back a few years ago on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, including my Bob. No flat (except one at the start due to a faulty tube patch by me). Have been riding the same tires (guessing about 6k miles) since. Still no flat. They are heavier than many (800g), as would be expected of a highly puncture-resistant tire. The difference in weight between it and a less resistant tire probably ends up as less than 1% of the total weight of a loaded touring bike and rider.

Routes / Re: Niagra falls te NY
« on: October 08, 2009, 02:25:52 pm »
Hi, Shane:
One option, at least to the eastern border of NY, is the Erie Canal path. My wife and I did the Buffalo to Albany route this summer. An enjoyable tour. Either the bike trail or NY Bike Route 31 is available. You can get more info at .From Albany, I can't help with a route to the city, but I'd guess others will reply. Good journey.

General Discussion / Re: Transporting a bike: box or bag?
« on: October 06, 2009, 09:43:33 am »
I think a soft containment is risky. My son tried it on a flight from the west coast to east on a well-known airline. He stripped it down to the frame, packing it in a duffel bag with lots of stuff around it. When he unpacked, the rear stays were bent. An expensive lesson. Luckily, he was able to recover from the airline, but that didn't help with his ride plans. I assume you looked into shipping the bike via a package delivery service to, say, a local bike shop at your destination? With airlines charging for baggage, it might be equivalent to ship ahead to insure your bike is there and ride-able. I tour with a Bob trailer and use the Cello bike-trailer shipping case for my commercial transport. On my last trip I flew along with the Cello. The Cello didn't arrive with me (plane change) and was slightly damaged on arrival. Luckily, neither the bike nor trailer was. Good luck on your tour.

General Discussion / Re: Eastcoast / Atlantic coast in November
« on: September 28, 2009, 09:15:11 am »
And in addition to that question: what about the 'Tidewater Potomac'?

A quick look at temperatures in D.C. in early November estimates an average of about 16 C, with a couple of lows near 0 C. We did a shortened Tidewater Potomac in 2007 (summer, though) due to one of the ferries at the bottom of the loop to get us across the Chesapeake Bay stopped running (Smith Point, Virginia to Smith Island) . If you decide on this route, check with ACA headquarters on their availability. We took the Henry Nice Bridge to cross from Virginia to Maryland. Bicyclists must cross via a motor vehicle. The maintenance staff may help with this; advance notice and follow-up is strongly advised; otherwise, one could ask drivers headed across at the commercial area before the bridge. Enjoy your stay.

I haven't done the Great Divide, but would recommend you look at for gpx files for the entire route, broken out a day at a time. Paula and Scott (Topofusion developer) did an excellent job on GPS mapping the route and their journal is highly informative. As to a GPSR, the Garmin 60 CSx is highly recommended by many; I use it. Good luck.

General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 02, 2009, 10:46:02 am »
As others have written, the group dynamic can be a challenge. Luck does play a role. However, our TA group started with four, picked up four along the way, with a few diverting to other routes or time schedules. The keys for us were independence and flexibility. We would pick our destination for the day and travel to at our own pace. In some cases, an individual would go farther or shorter. He would try to let us know (cell phone or message left at likely stopping points.) Rejoin was the usual outcome. Meals were at individual discretion. We did have a number of group meals, however, with each contributing. One very important factor was aid, if necessary. I was injured about 2/3 of the way. My group traveled off-route to help me, taking care of getting my gear shipped, securing meds, arranging accommodations, and my flight home. They were terrific. They turned an emotional crush into a wonderful memory of their friendship. I still correspond with a number of them years later.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS, Map and Compass or both?
« on: August 29, 2009, 03:23:45 pm »
I carry a paper map, primarily, of my route. If the route is through larger cities, I will also pack my GPSR, with the route laid in. The receiver also comes in very handy for finding POI's (food, lodging, et al.) along the route as well as confirming my location when unsure.

Routes / Re: U.S. bicycle route system map
« on: August 08, 2009, 09:06:44 am »
Have you tried a web search for bike clubs in the area? Another possible are towns on the route: recreation/public works departments may be able to help with info. Good luck.

Have you checked Warm Showers, an organization dedicated to touring cyclists (and others)? If not,

Good luck.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Adirondack Route - short version?
« on: July 19, 2009, 11:42:58 am »
If you don't get an answer from the forum, try contacting the NY DOT bicycle coordinator.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Gps route different to aca maps?
« on: June 05, 2009, 10:19:04 am »
Run a search in the forum for "ptaylor" and I think you'll find your answer. Paul has an informative piece at Good riding.

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