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Hi Eleonore,

I tried to buy a few of the digital maps that ACA offers but haven't managed to open them on my computer - any tips?

Have you seen our support pages on the website for the digital data?  This blog post also outlines some of the resources found on those pages:

If you still have questions, please post them in our GPS Discussion on these forums.


SR 1 is closed from Sycamore Canyon Rd. just north of Big Sur (on map 47) to Ragged Point (on map 49) due to a mudslide. At this time (2/14/17) pedestrians and cyclists are stil allowed to use the damaged bridge though the next storm passing through may change this. See this Monterey County Weekly article for more information. To check the status of this closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at


SR 1 is closed 0.1 mi. N. of Sonoma/Marin County line due to flooding. To check the status of this closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at


General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 13, 2017, 01:16:23 pm »
IIRC, the maps only list off route camping options that are with about 3 or so miles from the route. If you want to locate camping further away, you can also try Google Maps. Pick a town along a stretch where there is a lack of camping and search Google Maps for "Campgrounds near [name of town]". If nothing shows up, zoom out. I use this method often when planning trips. On at least one occasion I found a nice, private campground that is just a little too far off the Atlantic Coast route to be included on the map. There is one shown that is about 1.5 miles off route, but the one I found was about 3 or so miles off route.

FYI: We usually include campgrounds within about 5 miles of the route unless there is a dearth of camping in which case we will expand that parameter. If you still have the information for the other campground you used, we'd be interested in looking at adding it. Thanks.


Routes / Re: Utah Road Cycling Restrictions ?
« on: February 09, 2017, 08:21:25 am »
And if you don't get your questions adequately answered by the resources already offered, you can contact the Utah Bicycle and Pedestrian staff. Contact information (and more links) found here:


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: ACA Maps on my Garmin Edge 1000
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:48:30 am »

As stated above, the 200 point limit only refers to the SERVICE POINTS. I believe you will be able to load all the route tracks you need onto your Garmin Edge 1000 before you leave.


Central California Valley Route/Corridor 93 / Re: Corridor 93
« on: February 06, 2017, 10:12:08 am »
I would suggest posting in the California discussion in the Regional Discussion Area of the forums:


Routes / Re: Looking for a multi-day wine/beer/bike trip in Pacific NW
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:39:10 am »
The Willamette Valley or coast would be great destinations. If you use Portland and Eugene as your beginning and ending points, there is great train service between the two on the Amtrak Cascades line. Just be sure to click on Add a Bike when you book your tickets.


Here is the latest from Rep. Usher via Bike Walk Montana Facebook page:


Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:23:31 am »
Just drove the section between Apache Junct. and the summit of 60 to the east.  That's some nasty riding in there.  It wouldn't be so bad going east-west because you'd be headed downhill and get through it quickly.  I saw one guy pushing his loaded bike uphill headed east.  Did not envy him.  Watch out for that bit for sure--high traffic, trucks, many places with no shoulder.  Ugh.  Might want to check into riding around the north side of the Superstitions, but that will have it's own challenges for sure.

Best of luck!  I'm feeling the need for another long tour.  Haven't been on one since 2012.


This section of US 60 is part of why we did a major reroute on the Southern Tier in late 2015: Major Route Change: Southern Tier in AZ and NM.


Routes / Re: Mojave Desert Touring Conditions
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:16:39 am »
2) It is now (since when?) legal to ride the shoulder of I 40 between Barstow and Needles. I saw a bunch of "Share the Road" signs along the way. This is key because Old Route 66 on that section has some of the worst pavement on the planet, and there seems to be zero motivation for fixing it. Also, once past Fenner, I 40 is by far the safest route down to Needles. There are some bridges under reconstruction west of Fenner, so be warned, but touring cyclists should be down in the Amboy region on Route 66 anyway--much more scenic and quiet.

This happened just before the Bicycle Route 66 maps were published in February 2015. See SOLUTION: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns blog post. Since that time, bridges have been repaired and technically I-40 is only open to cyclists from exit 23 to 50. Of course, this can change with the next major thunderstorm bringing rains that turn into flash floods in the desert.


Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:00:22 am »
I rode across the Deception Pass bridge in the autumn of 2015. Yes, it is narrow and the sidewalks are not really suited for walking or riding a bike on. I was with my husband and we rode side by side, taking full use of the lane to prevent automobile drivers from trying to pass us. I would suggest stopping short of the bridge and looking for a fellow cyclist to cross with you. Regardless, I believe taking the lane is the safest option in this situation. It's not *that* long and the views are gorgeous.


General Discussion / Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:11:45 am »

I've tried to place an ad in the "companions wanted" section a couple times but it does not seem to work as I can't locate my own ad.

Two things to note about our Companions Wanted listings:

1. You must be a current member to place a listing. You can call us at 800-755-2453 or use the Contact Us form on the website to check your membership status.
2. Each ad must be approved by a staff member in the office. You will not immediately see your listing as it may take a day or two for it to be reviewed and accepted.

I hope this helps.


« on: January 03, 2017, 09:58:18 am »
FYI: You can also determine the current printed version for each map section by looking at the appropriate page in the online store and looking for the text "Current Printed Version: 2015".

Start here for the Atlantic Coast Route maps:


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.


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