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Routes / Re: getting out of san diego, not on the interstate
« on: October 25, 2010, 07:46:23 am »
You might want to look at the map of the Southern Region found on the following page to see the condition of SR 94 out of San Diego.

Good luck and have fun.


Alaska/Hawaii / Re: Why No AK or Hawai on Route Network?
« on: October 11, 2010, 08:35:26 am »
Why does Adventure Cycle not have any AK or HW routes in this section of their webpage? 

We have discussed both Alaska and Hawaii as possibilities for expanding our route network.

In Alaska, there aren't that many roads. Services can be difficult to come by and may even vary from year to year. Though geared toward RVs, The Milepost publication, found here:, is probably the best resource for gathering that information. It is updated and reprinted often (annually, I believe) which we do not have the resources to do.

As for Hawaii, the list of researchers volunteering for this assignment is long! ;-) It's a possible destination in the future but is not currently on the schedule. Again, there are not a lot of road choices for most of the islands and getting from island to island is no cheap feat with a bicycle. Also, there are many books available on the subject. We have heard there are plans for an inter-island ferry system in the future and this would be an attractive feature that might interest us in doing it sooner.


Routes / Re: Southern Tier Nov 2010 Info appreciated
« on: October 08, 2010, 09:18:51 am »
Where you are going off route, you might also want to check and for hosts.

In west Texas, another place to look for routing and accommodation is (see blog post for more backstory on that one.


You might want to check the shops on ( They seem to list several options to look into.


Thanks, Megan!


Routes / Re: Southern Tier, ACA map/route choice for Florida section
« on: September 29, 2010, 08:41:03 am »
Hi RicemanDan.

There are multiple criteria we look at when choosing a route. Some include but are not limited to:

- where do we want to go
- road conditions such as pavement quality, presence of shoulders, traffic volume
- availability of services
- our preference has been to stay away from high density urban areas when possible and keep the routes more rural in nature

Looking at Southern Tier 6 & 7 and a Florida atlas map, I'd guess that US 90 was chosen over US 98 because it looks like US 98 is a high volume, multi-lane highway from Pensacola to Panama City. Since I-10 parallels US 90, truck traffic should prefer I-10 making riding on US 90 more pleasurable for cyclists. Also, there may have been some thought given to the frequency of hurricanes in this area. The closer the road is to the Gulf of Mexico, the more likely it is to be hit hard by hurricanes taking out roads and services during that season as well as reconstruction of the area post-hurricane.

I hope this helps. If you have further questions, ask away. Thanks for inquiring.


Colorado / Re: Pueblo, Colorado
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:33:15 am »
Nice blog! I like your use of pictures on nearly every post. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing about Pueblo. People like you will make it a better place to bike and stay.

Love hearing these stories...


General Discussion / Re: Hudson Valley RT
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:25:05 am »
Thanks for the update! I'll put your information in our files for the next reprint. That map was recently reprinted so it may be a while so hopefully they'll have the bruhaha settled by then.


Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:38:41 am »

I received this reply to your query (via email). I hope the information is useful.


Hey there--

Cycling around the big island is great!  I just did a 10 day trip around the entire island.  Though I definitely agree that the Kona side is less enjoyable due to the resorts and the higher percentage of tourists, I wouldn't say that the roads are bad.  They're more narrow in certain places compared to the other side of the island but I felt like those roads were safe and comfortable compared to a lot of what I experienced on the northern tier and pacific coast routes.  I will say that the feeling of climbing out of the dry, lava rock Kona side and then suddenly dropping down into the much more lush and green Punalu'u area was incredible.  You get a similar feeling as you leave Volcano national and drop into Hilo or Puna.  Landscape and scenery changes quickly and dramatically

I flew into Kona and rented a mountain bike and a BOB trailer from Kona Bike Works.  It worked out fine (especially on the dirt roads and trails that I chose) but I definitely missed my touring bike as I'm not used to flat bars or plastic-based saddles.

At first I just used the free map I was given on the plane but eventually purchased a map from the welcome center at Volcano National Park.  (It's this map:

I camped out every night at county parks except for 3 nights.  It's $5 for a permit ($6 online) and I found that was the cheapest option.  (I think Spencer might be the only place where they check permits but I didn't mind supporting the county parks.)

I also stayed at the Hilo Bay Hostel (really nice), Hotel Honoka'a Club (not as nice but close to Waipi'o and Honoka'a is a great town), and I camped one night in Waimanu valley which was a bit of a hike, though my favorite part of the trip.

Definitely go down and see the farms/beaches/surfing in the Pahoa/Puna area and also the Kohala coast in the north.  I think these are both areas that cyclists frequently skip since they're essentially side trips that can easily be avoided if your goal is just to go around the island.

Keep in mind that there's lots of climbing on that island! -- but it's worth it.  Hawai'i is such an intense place and it's sad to think about all the people that travel there and leave without any sense of what life is like there.

Good luck!

Routes / Re: Farmington Canal Trail Question!
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:34:26 am »

Is this the trail you are looking for?

I hope this helps.


General Discussion / Re: Palm Springs Ca to White House in Washington DC
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:44:55 pm »
Each state will have some resources on bicycling. Check with the Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinators and/or check out their websites when available. Contact information can be found here:

Good luck and have a great ride!


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Great Divide Section 1, Map B - 2010
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:18:59 pm »
At mile 216.6(348.5), FR 9814 is closed due to logging. You will need to detour onto State Hwy. 83 at mile 210.1(338.1). Beware that there is minimal to no shoulder on the highway. The duration of the closure is unknown.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Great Divide Section 1, Map B - 2010
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:12:52 pm »
FR 175 is closed from Mile 154.9(249.3) to Mile 161.8(260.5) at Morning Glory Mine due to heavy truck traffic and construction. This will continue until November 1.

Routes / Re: East Coast USA Cycleway
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:06:29 am »
Sounds like you're seeing information on the East Coast Greenway. You can see more here:

Enjoy the rest of your trip!


General Discussion / Re: east to west southern tier
« on: August 24, 2010, 10:41:49 am »
Another thing to consider when touring this time of year, the number of daylight hours available. This will limit how many miles you can cover in a day.


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