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As you climb Togwotee Pass, keep your fingers crossed for clear weather just over the top for a view of the Tetons.  It's the most magnificent view I know.

That reminds me...When I did that portion of the TransAm back in '00 there was a joint ACA/U.S.F.S. cyclist only primitive camp site on the west slope of Togwotee, maybe 5 miles up from Moran. If it still exists and is listed on the map, I highly recommend it. It has an amazing view of the Tetons. It was a bit difficult to access. There was a post-rail fence with a gap in it and a sign indicating no motor vehicles were allowed. I had to push my through the gap and up a small hill and walk with the bike a bit further, but it was worth it. There was a bear locker and, IIRC, a picnic table or two, but that was basically it. Saw some moose tracks and stumps that had been ripped up, likely by bears looking for grub. No water or toilet, so you'd have to practice primitive camping techniques. You'd also have to carry everything you need from DuBois. (I was going east to west.)

Ah, that was an early Cyclists Only campground we established at the suggestion of a Bridger-Teton National Forest staffer. Unfortunately, the staffer moved on to another forest and interest in maintaining the site waned. It was officially closed it when they realized state Game & Fish were dumping elk and deer carcasses (road kill, etc.) in a spot very close by -- a veritable grizzly bear snack stand. I don't know if that situation still exists though I would guess remnants of the campground still linger.


Routes / Re: Help with route
« on: December 30, 2016, 10:42:27 am »
I don't have a specific route suggestion but I can point you to some tools.

You can get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators and some online materials:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:

I hope this helps!

Gear Talk / Re: Best bike computer for bike tour on the Pacific Coast?
« on: December 23, 2016, 01:08:18 pm »
I'd suggest reading this thread in the GPS Discussion:

And this information from our Digital Data for Devices section of our website:

GPS Devices:
Mobile Devices/Apps:

You can purchase digital data for use in both devices for the Pacific Coast route either by section or the entire route:

I hope this helps!


Routes / Re: Camp Pendleton - access North to South for touring cyclists
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:52:57 am »
Hi Peter,

I don't know what the odds are that you will get through without pre-registration. I've heard it go both ways. However, if you don't want to chance or are denied access when you try to get through, note the following from our addenda:

For cyclists who do not register in advance or who are not eligible to receive access to the base, you may legally ride on the shoulder of I-5 between Las Pulgas Rd. and Oceanside (Exits 62 to 54). For safety reasons, cyclists should exit and re-enter the freeway at the Aliso Creek Rest Area about midway through this stretch.

I hope this helps.


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier Route
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:49:20 am »
Early March is a good window to shoot for. You might want to read this blog post for other thoughts on when to ride the Southern Tier Route:


Pacific Northwest / Re: Walla Walla, WA on the Lewis & Clark Trail
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:32:33 am »
Thanks for the additional information, everyone.

AKJeff, don't worry about getting out there and taking pictures. I trust what you and the others are saying. I noticed your route uses Old US 12 sooner than ours. We currently go from Sumach St. to W. Rose St. then Wallula Ave. before intersection with Old US 12. Do you do this for the access to services? Or better road conditions?

After I understand your choices, I may want to post your RWGPS link to our addenda as an improved route. Would that be ok?


Pacific Northwest / Re: Walla Walla, WA on the Lewis & Clark Trail
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:06:35 pm »
:)  Walla Walla the town so nice they named it twice.  Section 7, Map 99 of the ACA Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail shows Detail A as crossing Hwy 12 at Lower Waitsburg Rd/N. Clinton St.  This highway crossing is not open to pedestrians/cyclists.  Coming in westbound on Middle Waitsburg Rd as you pass the airport turn left onto Blue Mountain Dr. and immediately right onto Rainer Dr./Wellington Ave. which will lead you under Hwy 12 and into Walla Walla. 

Can you give me more information about why this intersection is not accessible to cyclists and pedestrians? Has there been recent construction there? All images I can find on Google Maps and Bing seem to show it as an intersection without any restrictions.

I have looked at your suggested change and it does look more pleasant than that crossing. Would you continue on Wellington Ave. to Melrose St. and reconnect to the mapped route from there?


General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:45:02 am »
I understand that downloads for the northern routes are not available for RideWithGPS. 

Actually, the turn waypoints for these routes are available as a gpx track. They are rough and do not exactly follow the road. If you are member, you can also download the service waypoints. Both sets of files are available here:

That being said, by early spring 2017 we hope to have the enhanced version of the data for the Northern Tier, Lake Erie Connector and North Lakes routes available for sale. You can learn more on our Digital Data for Devices page.

Have a great tour!


Bikecentennial / Re: Trans-America
« on: November 29, 2016, 11:13:15 am »
Excellent! Happy to help.


Bikecentennial / Re: Trans-America
« on: November 28, 2016, 01:55:05 pm »
Hello Clive,

This is great you are writing about your bicycle travels!

I wanted to clear a few things up and point you to some resources on our website that might help.

You mention the "Bike Travel Association." I've never heard of this organization.

As far as I know, there was and is no Bike Travel Association. It was a tagline used by Bikecentennial in the early years of the organization.

You list the distance of the TransAm as 4275. I guess it might have been that when you rode, but the ACA currently lists the distance as 4228.

Indeed. While the TransAmerica Trail is still mostly the same as it was in 1976, there have been modifications made along the way. The result would be changes in total mileage for the route.

If you want to clarify your organizational history we have a detailed article available:

Also a timeline of when different things have occurred over the years:

And to reminisce about the story in one place along with some great photos, see our 40th Anniversary book about the Trail:

I hope this is helpful!

Jennifer Milyko

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Roll Out For Enhanced GPS Data
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:18:26 am »
Hi Pete,

Thanks for asking about our digital data product. While we have an internal roll out schedule for the digital data, it is in some flux so we'd rather not post it publicly at this time. I can tell you the Great Divide data won't be out until 2018 when the entire route gets a refresh for the the 20th anniversary.


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: ACA Maps on my Garmin Edge 1000
« on: November 18, 2016, 09:14:56 am »
Hi Tom,

Not sure how the 200 waypoint limitation comes into play.

From the Adventure Cycling website regarding the 200 point limit on the Garmin Edge 1000 as it related to the service points:

Service Points

We do not recommend using the service points on the Edge 1000 yet. We have found the following limitations:

The device can only store 200 waypoints at any one time, regardless of where the file is stored. In a majority of cases, that will be enough for one section only. As you travel from one section to the next, you will need to remove old points before adding new ones.
Deleting and replacing points is very difficult. We have found only 1 way to do this:
Manually deleting points one at a time on the device
Consider viewing service points using your mobile device. It offers larger screen, quick browsing, higher capacity for all points along a route, and more details about each point.

If you still want to use the service points on your Edge device accounting for the limitations, see the FAQ on this subject for more information.

I hope this helps,

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: November 16, 2016, 12:11:17 pm »
I wouldn't recommend it in the fall. I've just rode from Seattle to San Fransisco this Sept/October. The weather was a challenge, headwinds and rain much of the way in Oregon and California. I got as far as Gualala and caught a buses to SFO rather than battle more rain and headwinds on narrow shoulderless roads.

We must have hit different weather windows. I did a stretch of the Oregon coast (Manzanita to Florence) beginning Labor Day weekend and in our 7 days out (including getting to Eugene, a day off and short mileage days) we only had a half day or so of wet and the winds were mostly crosswise rather than headwind. I can't imagine it was much fun riding any of it with a headwind.


Routes / Re: How to know if newer map version has re-routes?
« on: November 08, 2016, 12:04:20 pm »
Hi Dave,

Just FYI, this question came up in the context of discussions I was having with our Oregon DOT Bike & Ped program manager and the Central Oregon DOT regional active transportation liaison about USBRS 76 adoption in Oregon (I didn't sense a lot of interest). This does raise an interesting question of how ACA changes to the TransAm route would impact USBRS 76 routes that were adopted and signed (sorry for the thread drift).

Since USBRs are designated by DOTs, they can also be modified by them in a similar process through AASHTO. When Adventure Cycling routes come up for updating, we are checking to see if USBRs have been designated in the meantime. In some instances, we have changed our routes to match USBRs. We do so on a case by case basis.

If you want to talk about this further, feel free to give me a call on my direct line at 406-532-2745.


I think it would be tough to stay indoors every night on this route. If you have the maps in hand, you can rough out your expected daily mileages and check for lodging options based on them.


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