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As of July 25th, 2011, south of Banff, Goat Creek Trail is closed:

Goat Creek Trail and vicinity: Effective immediately, the Goat Creek Trail is closed from the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Road (Highway 742) to its junction with the Spray River Trail in Banff National Park. The closure is due to structural damage to the Spray River bridge which has resulted from abnormally high flows due to water diversion by TransAlta Utilities. For further information regarding water flows, please contact TransAlta at 1-877-547-3365.

This information is from the Alberta National Parks page:

We've also had a report of Spray Lakes W. Rd. being closed but cannot find confirmation.

Contact Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation for alternate routing information


Routes / Re: Crossing Mississippi (East to west)
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:56:03 am »
You might also want to check the Mississippi DOT resources:

A map can be downloaded from the following page by hovering over Maps until the dropdown menu appears, then choose Bicycle Map.

Have fun!


Routes / Re: Addenda Confusion
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:46:28 am »
Guess I need to look at the back of the maps more :D.  Been a couple years since I've used ACA maps and I guess I forgot about that climate, riding, etc section. 

No worries! Sounds like you need to plan another ACA-map based tour.  ;)

Routes / Re: Addenda Confusion
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:45:45 am »
Morning Spokey,


Section 7 works now. 

Still have a question for section 6 although it doesn't look like it ultimately matters but might help further clarify.

In the ATLANTIC COAST ADDENDA, Section 6 (BC-1403 2009) addenda is
The shoulder of SR 200/A1A from Yulee to Amelia Island Pkwy. is in bad shape, ride with caution (Aug 2011)
I haven't gotten my new 2011 Section 6 yet but I don't think you usually see that sort of thing on the paper map.  So shouldn't that be in a 2007 addenda? 


what's this vacation stuff?  Who said you guys get to take vacations!?

have a good weekend!

Thanks for pointing out that addenda item. Looks like it came in after the map went to the printer so I have added it to the 2011 addenda. This is information that typically will show up on the paper map in the Riding Conditions section.

As for vacation, they are highly encouraged and we do occasionally take them around here.  ;D

Have a good weekend yourself.


Routes / Re: Addenda Confusion
« on: August 26, 2011, 08:20:00 am »
Hi all,

There is a lot of conversation here about the addenda process. I will take a stab at addressing all the issues. Let me know if you have further questions.

We update the addenda at least bi-monthly. During the summer we aim to have them updated monthly. We do our best to verify the information on every card and comment that comes in before posting it. This takes time. If we can't find confirmation of the item, we hold the card to see if anyone else reports the same thing and try again to confirm what we are told. We are human so we make mistakes and either miss things or misstate things. If you believe we have missed something you sent in, please feel free to follow up with us. Sometimes the online/email items fall into the internet black hole and we never see them. Sometimes the post office loses the cards before they get to us.

The person who receives the online correction cards is on vacation right now so response to anything submitted is going to be a little bit slow. I'll scan her email more closely to prevent the time urgent items from being missed.

Regarding Atlantic Coast 6: The 2011 version started selling AFTER we posted the August 2011 addenda updates, that is why you will see items for the 2009 addenda dated August 2011. (The date you see on the addenda items is the date we posted it, not the date we received it.) I believe Sales JUST started selling the 2011 version of that map in the last week or so. I have updated the form so now 2011 appears and shows no addenda items.

As for Atlantic Coast 7, I'm not sure what technical glitch was going on there but I think I have it fixed at this time. As of this morning, there is only one item for the 2011 version of the map.

I know this process is confusing from the outside. Some days, it can feel that way from this side as well.  ;) I hope this clears up the questions Spokey had that started the conversation. If not, ask again and I'll do what I can to clarify.


South / Re: Off southern tier in LA
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:08:19 am »
Thanks for that link, Jenn, I downloaded it myself. I don't suppose you know of any more for Goergia, Mississippi, Alabama and/or Texas, do you? :)

You're welcome. I hope it helps your planning. You can find contact info for the resources of every state on this page:

Have a great trip!


New England / Re: Coast of Maine? Anybody do it?
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:03:18 am »
You might want to take a look at the resources mentioned on this Maine DOT page:

Hope this helps.


Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:58:33 am »
I don't suppose you know of a web site that shows places to spend the night either on or near the highway (camping or motel)? I can find alternate routes on my map program for the sections where the interstate covers it.

You might want to check the resources in these two blog posts to fill your gap:

I hope this helps.


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Routing Software
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:46:19 am »
I have just put up my map editor which was soley intended to handle the Adventure Cycling routes as a planning tool. I believe it allows more flexibility than any of the other mapping facilities in terms of editing existing routes. You can take a look at it here Recommend taking a moment and reading the write up first though.

Thanks for posting this. Definitely appears to be a good option for some folks.


Hi pgash and John,

Thanks for your discussion on the routing between Chester and Farmington. I'm not sure how much of the suggested re-route was once the TransAm route (my memory is not as good as John's and my usual resource is on vacation). I will file the info and put the topic on the table for the next reprint. If we decide to make a route change and need more information regarding current services and road conditions, I may get in touch with you later this year.


Routes / Re: Northern Tier Update and Reviews
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:19:19 am »
Thanks for the info johna and Fred. I'll add your comments to the Northern Tier files.


Routes / Re: Safe routes from central Arizona to Flagstaff
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:16:11 am »
You might also want to check out the maps produced by the Arizona Bicycle and Pedestrian program:


Routes / Re: Pere Marquette Rail-Trail in Mi.
« on: August 12, 2011, 07:47:57 am »
Great information. We currently use the Pere Marquette from Clare to Midland. I will file this information for future updates.



Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: August 11, 2011, 07:48:36 am »
Hi Bicycle Rider,

Anybody have any wild ideas as to when this A.C.A. route might just come into existence?

It will likely be late 2014 before the first map sections will be available.


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Chesapeake Bay Tunnel to ACA AC Route
« on: August 10, 2011, 08:42:00 am »
Hi Spokey,

I read a blog a couple years ago that you could call the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel folks and for the price of the toll, they would cart you to Virginia Beach.  I think that I called them at the time and verified this and my brother is going to do it again (soon I hope), but was wondering if anyone here could verify this and/or provide other information.  How long did it take?  How well did it work?  How much advance notice?  etc.

You can contact the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel staff via the information at the Virginia Department of Transportation website to get most of your questions answered:


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