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Routes / Re: Seeking assistance for route
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:35:06 am »
Hi there,

Since we do not have a route with those specific endpoints. I suggest you take a look at the routes we do have mapped to see which parts
you could potentially use:

Once you get to that page, in the right side navigation bar there is a link called Map of All ACA Routes that is a download of a pdf that clearly shows our network and how it intersects with itself.

The next step is to fill in the gaps. Start by getting in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Most have online resources of some sort as well as printed materials. The coordinators have information that they can distribute for no charge. Most every state publishes a bicycle map of their state that they will send out for free. 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:

Once you have an idea of routing, you might want to come back here to solicit feedback and refinements to your proposed routing.

Good luck and have fun!


Routes / Re: I-80 through Wyoming
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:29:37 am »
It's not allowed to ride a bicycle on I-80 in Nebraska according to the signs on the on-ramps.

In case you're interested, here is information on highway riding in Nebraska:



General Discussion / MOVED: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: July 07, 2011, 08:16:25 am »

We recently received this detour information for getting around Minot as they deal with flooding:

We did a drive-around so we could give you a current report.

US 2 is blocked at 52. Officially 52 is also closed, but it is open
via a 9" deep ford just west of Velva. Continue on 52 to Anamoose,
north on County rd. 11 nine miles to junction county rd 19, then east
14 miles to junction of 3 (goes north to Rugby). This puts you back on
route. All the roads are good (11 no shoulders), but resources are
scarce ... only at Velva & Anoose. I think you can camp both 'towns'

Total detour distance 82 miles vs 90 on the route. Would make good
alternate to get off 2, but for no services for so many miles.

Also, North Dakota DOT has a pdf of alternate routes available from their homepage as of today (7.6.11):


When we were there jeffrey city appeared to be barely hanging on, I believe the mining had fallen on hard times.

I've read some recent reports that things in Jeffrey City have gotten much better. I don't have the links to posts at the moment but seem to recall that there is now a restaurant that specifically welcomes cyclists and another camping option.


International / Re: Refills on medicine
« on: June 24, 2011, 02:47:09 pm »
I don't know about your specific question on prescription medicines but I can point you to a blog post about how to use General Delivery in the US:

This Wikipedia entry has information on a few other countries and their system:

I hope this helps,


Routes / Re: Bunk House on the Northern Tier in MN
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:56:51 am »
Don is a great guy and has put together a lovely set up for traveling cyclists. I wrote a blog piece about him:



Routes / Re: Allegheny Mtns Loop is wonderful!
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:03:10 am »
Thanks for some excellent advice/information.  Just rec'd my AML 'we print' maps last week.  Hope to ride it in late Fall or early Spring in prep for a cross-country trek next year.  This kind of anecdotal info is really appreciated.

humunuku's post helped to inspire my latest GeoPoints Bulletin blog post. You might want to check it out as well for other bits of info helpful to planning your tour"


Routes / Re: Canal Trail, Rochester NY
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:01:09 am »
Thanks for the info on Erie Trail conditions. Specifically, it looks like the section you are referring to is on the Northern Tier, section 10, map 131.


General Discussion / Re: Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 15, 2011, 08:00:29 am »
Thank you Jennifer, you are the best. Happy & Safe Cycling.

You're welcome, Tourista829! We do our best to stay on top of things over here. Unfortunately, it appears we're in the midst of a wave of spam.

And thank you, too. It's great to be able to refer cyclists looking for advice to these forums and know that the answer is either already here or someone is likely to chime in with a thoughtful response.


We've been informed there are two detours on TransAm section 12, map 148.

1) Willis Church Rd. near the Malvern Hill Battlefield. Take posted detour. Scheduled to be completed by December 2011.
2) SR 156 within 4 miles of Mechanicsville. Take posted detour. No word on completion date.

These detours will take you away from some services, be sure to carry water and snacks with you.


Due to increased flooding and collapsing levees, parts of the Lewis & Clark route in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas are not accessible. We know that Hamburg, Iowa, Atchison, Kansas and the Steamboat Trace specifically have been affected. To keep tabs on the situation, please check the individual state Department of Transportation websites. Links to those sites are listed here:

Once you arrive at the site, look for links to Travel Advisories or 5-1-1 information.

Steamboat Trace status is found here:


General Discussion / Re: Flying with Bicycle on Small Planes
« on: June 14, 2011, 10:29:56 am »
Syncjeonosogs,  ??? As we say in the South, one of your posts was more than a gracious plenty. I request the moderator to delete these numerous posts. Thank you.

Duly deleted.


Due to an eroding roadway/shoulder, River Rd. is closed. Riding southbound, there is a posted detour on Oberly Rd. from Carpentersville Rd. which will return you to River Rd. Riding northbound, the detour is signed on River Rd. and will return you to Carpentersville Rd. near I-78. It is unknown how long this detour will be in place.


Routes / Re: Going to the Sun Road Status
« on: June 10, 2011, 08:09:20 am »
This is what the National Park Service has to say about the status of Going to the Sun Rd.

It's possible it could be opened to bicyclists a few days before cars.


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