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Please note, as of January 9, 2018,  another mudslide has re-closed SR 1 south of Big Sur.

From the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services:

For those in Big Sur, this just in from Caltrans tonight. Rock slides from heavy rainfall have CLOSED #Hwy1 overnight south of Big Sur at Mile Marker 42 near Coast Gallery. Crews will assess damage & begin clean-up at dawn.

To follow the progress, check the following sites:

If this closure persists, you will need to take the original detour posted in an earlier discussion thread found here:


South / MOVED: good months for the southern route
« on: December 18, 2017, 09:29:41 am »

Bicycle Route 66 / MOVED: Route 66 - 2018 - Who & When?
« on: December 15, 2017, 08:49:49 am »

Southwest / MOVED: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:11:27 am »

Routes / Re: Green Mtns Loop
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:01:26 am »
This bit of info is found on the Green Mountains description page:

The prettier and more rural, but hillier 68.9-mile East Alternate leaves the main route in St. Johnsbury and rejoins it in South Royalton. A highlight of this alternate is pedaling through picturesque Peacham which has appeared in more Vermont Life photographs than any other town.


Routes / Re: Route advice - Oregon to Maine
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:12:32 pm »
Where is Meadow View Campground in Lowman, ID? I have been planning a loop from Boise and don't see it on Google Maps.

I wonder if he meant Mountain View CG (USFS) just east of town.


General Discussion / Re: San Francisco to Eureka?
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:46:39 pm »
Have you seen our Pacific Coast route? Section 3 would get you from San Francisco to Eureka with all the information you need.

See route overview here:

Map Features here:

And you can zoom into the route for a bit more detail on our interactive route map:

You don't say when you'd be riding this route. Be aware that if it's summer, you'll probably have headwinds most days.

Hope this helps,

General Discussion / Re: Bike touring travel insurance
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:01:26 am »
For our tour participants we suggest TripAssure:

And for members in general it looks like there are a couple of options to look at where discounts are available: See specifically Global Rescue and Velosurance.

TravellingTwo has a page with information you might find helpful as well:

Disclaimer: I don't have any experience with any of the above personally or professionally.


We have learned about a business that is offering shuttles around the Mud Creek landslide. You should schedule ahead at least a few days and you may wish to join forces with other cyclists to make it budget friendly:


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPX for North Star II guided ride?
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:45:07 am »
Any advice on route from Anchorage to say Banff would be great, the North Star II guided ride seems to follow interesting route, is it possible to download GPX for that route?

We do not have gpx files of any of our tours available for purchase. However the North Star tour does use our Great Parks North map set. You can purchase gpx data for that much of the route. You can learn about the data on our Digital Data for Devices pages. There is a link to the online store there as well.

As John Nettles says in his post, there are very few roads so routing is limited. We use the Milepost book as a guide on our tours and recommend it to others going on their own. It is updated regularly and is a trusted resource by the RV community.

I hope this helps. Be sure to stop by the office if you decide come through Missoula!


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Transferring purchased routes to ACA App
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:24:23 am »
Thanks for the clarification. I purchased the in-App route from Chicago to St. Louis. The tap feature to determine distance and elevation between two points is a very useful feature. One other question: in the .gpx track version that I had previously purchased, is there a list of abbreviations for all Service Waypoints that show up when viewed in Pocket Earth?  For example LIB = Library

No, there is not an abbreviation file that comes with the date. For reference in advance, you can view all the abbreviations we use on this page:


I have an edge 800 as well. The ACA data gpx file page has a section on how an edge 800 isnt really good enough given it's 200 point limit (even less than the old gpsmap60csx, at least that has 500!)

For what it's worth, that note has to do with the number of service points the Edge 800 can handle. It will handle the route gpx file just fine.


Yea, sometimes in the end route selection boils down to personal preferences. =)


ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Transferring purchased routes to ACA App
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:48:49 pm »
Hi Doug,

Unfortunately, the app does not accept gpx files. You must purchase the map sections from within the app. If you want to see how the app works, I believe there is access to a free set of routing to play with.


Hi John,

As you might guess there were a few reasons for the change.

We had heard a number of cyclists were making the change on their own because the climbing is a little less fierce on the new routing in Arizona. The community of Duncan was also vocal in wanting our route to officially pass through their town. They love the cyclists. And on the USBR front, the new New Mexico routing should match up better with Arizona USBR 90.


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