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Routes / ACA Discontinuing some Paper Maps
« on: November 11, 2020, 03:56:06 pm »
This came in the Adventure Cycling Association's November Newsletter:

"Our mapping department is discontinuing some paper maps, since in the past five years demand has increased for our digital maps and decreased for paper copies. We’ve decided to stop reprinting the paper maps on 15 of our lowest-selling map sections. These are the Detroit Alternate Route, the Underground Railroad, the Pittsburgh Spur, the Great Parks South Route, the Tidewater Potomac Heritage Route, the Green Mountains Loop, the Utah Cliffs Loop, the Allegheny Mountains Loop and the Adirondack Park Loop. Once sold out, these paper map sections will no longer be available. All of these will still be available digitally, and continually updated."

I personally think this is a major dis-service.  Unless you are doing a re-route, just print less maps or at the very least, offer them in a pdf format which should be fairly easy I would think.  Some of us old school folks strongly prefer paper.

What do others think and be sure to fill out the poll above?

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General Discussion / Website Error???
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:30:39 am »
Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone else has an issue with double spacing?  I don't know if you too have had issues when posting here that the paragraph spacing is sometimes missing even though you know you put it there.
By that I mean you have a sentence like this.  Then you hit "return" twice so there should be space between the two paragraphs.
But then there is no space in the paragraphs like this. Believe it or not, when I wrote these first three paragraphs there WAS a space between this paragraph and the one above when I type it out it but it doesn't show for some reason when posted.
I have discovered that if you put a space at the end of the paragraph before you hit hit return, it will show the spacing.  For instance, here I added a space after this >>> period.

And (black) magically, the paragraph spacing occurs.

Anyway, thought I would mention until ACA is able (hopefully) to get this fixed.

Tailwinds, John

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A new informal group has been started for all self-contained touring cyclists who live in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  It is called the KAMO Bicycle Touring Group.  The goal of KAMO is to bring members together for at least an annual tour in the region so we can meet other touring cyclists and maybe ride in a new area.

If you live in one of the member states, feel free to check out the KAMO Facebook page and request to join.  It is a closed group (to reduce spam) but as long as you tour (or plan to tour) you are welcome to join.

The KAMO Facebook page can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/347810902453909/

Tailwinds, John

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A new informal group has been started for all self-contained touring cyclists who live in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  It is called the KAMO Bicycle Touring Group.  The goal of KAMO is to bring members together for at least an annual tour in the region so we can meet other touring cyclists and maybe ride in a new area.

If you live in one of the member states, feel free to check out the KAMO Facebook page and request to join.  It is a closed group (to reduce spam) but as long as you tour (or plan to tour) you are welcome to join.

The KAMO Facebook page can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/347810902453909/

Tailwinds, John

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Routes / New ACA Arkansas Highlands Route
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:01:51 pm »
Out of curiosity, is the upcoming Arkansas Highlands route most unpaved, paved, or what? Thanks, John

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Hey ACA, gotta question for you?

I had a WarmShowers guest recently who was doing BR66 late in the season (E-W) and was considering jumping to the ST due to the expected cold lows in northern New Mexico.  As I was showing him the ST on the ACA website, I noticed it had been rerouted onto NM-90 down to Lordsburg, NM from Silver City, then up on US-70 to Safford, AZ.  The old route went NW on US-160 from Silver City then left onto NM-78/AZ-78 then onto US-191 before connecting with US-70 east of Safford.

Just curious as to why it re-routed that way?  More services, less remote, easier, high quality roads, transportation, ???  There are definite pros and cons to each route so just trying to read your mind. 

Thanks for all you do!  John

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Routes / Sticky
« on: May 11, 2017, 10:00:42 pm »
The forums frequently get requests for route suggestions.  However, frequently the poster may not know it is very helpful if additional information is provided.

Is it possible to have someone develop and post a "sticky" that tells potential route requesting posters to provide basic information such as specific dates (at least start & ending months), preferences & aversions (scenery, hills, traffic, fastest, historical/cultural, etc.),  lodging preferences (tent or hotel), cooking preferences (cooking or eating out solely), number of average miles per RIDING day, etc.?

This would greatly help out those of us that try to be helpful to others.

Thanks for considering this suggestion!

John


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Just read that the bridge across the Mississippi by Chester, IL is closed due to flooding.  This is on the TA route.  Hopefully, the water/damage will subside soon.  Here is a link: 
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/35325576/flooding-prompts-closure-of-chester-bridge

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Routes / New ACA Chicago to NYC Mapped Route
« on: January 22, 2017, 04:53:38 pm »
Carla/ACA,

The Feb 2017 issue of Adventure Cyclist implies there is a new mapped route coming out, Chicago to New York City.  Can you let us know when the maps will be ready?  I "assume" it will be before the ACA van-supported Tour following the same route beginning in early June. 

Thanks for all you do, John

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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / BR66 GPS Data
« on: March 05, 2015, 11:47:32 pm »
Out of curiosity, when will the BR66 GPS data be made available?  The riding season is rapidly approaching and some of us like to bring a GPS.  Thanks!

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General Discussion / Donate to ACA through Amazon (no cost to you)
« on: March 02, 2015, 10:49:59 am »
Normally, I hate fundraisers but I enjoy both Amazon and ACA so I thought I would let you know about this.

Today, I had the option to use "AmazonSmile" http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/about.html/ref=pe_830720_114782360_smi_em_wel_ft_abt so I could donate to ACA.

From what I gather, if ACA decides to signup, they will get 0.5% of my purchases as a donation.  No additional cost is added to my bill, no special codes to enter every time*, etc.

If ACA chooses not to accept the donations or you prefer a different charity you can change at anytime.  There are a surprising number of local small charities also.

This is what AmazonSmile is:
"AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support."

*=The big caveat is that you have to begin the Amazon purchase (after you have signed up with AmazonSmile) with the smile.amazon.com website (as opposed to the regular amazon.com website).  I just changed my bookmark so it is no big deal.

Also, be sure to search for "adventure cycling" on the link as there are a few "primary" organizations so you have to search for ACA and select it instead.

Please note, I am not affiliated with Amazon or ACA other than a heavy user of Amazon and an avid touring cyclist who has been with Bikecentennial/ACA since the magazine was printed on newspaper-type paper (way back in the 70s which would be a really cool way to celebrate the 50th year by printing that issue in newspaper stock but I digress).

I hope ACA signs up (ACA, please let us know if you decide NOT to and why) and that you consider ACA if you use Amazon.

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Routes / Florida Connector Hotel recommendations
« on: March 20, 2009, 02:43:43 pm »
We are getting ready to depart on a hotel-based (wife doesn't want to camp!) Florida Connector tour.  I have read about some conflicting hotel reports in a few towns and was wondering if anyone happened to have recommendation based on first hand knowledge (at least seen if they look okay as riding by) of motels/hotels/B&Bs in Port Charlotte, Wachula, Haines City, and Deland, Florida.

We don't need a Ritz-Carlton but don't want a dump either.

Thanks!

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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / General GPS How To Sticky?
« on: February 13, 2009, 06:08:29 pm »
While I don't see it, is there a general, basic primer on GPS on here?  I have found lots of stuff but it is getting me confused again.  If not, perhaps someone could put something together??  Thanks!

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Connecting ACA Routes / Connect from TransAm to Southern Tier
« on: May 17, 2007, 10:52:14 pm »
I am in the early stages of planning a connector route that will connect the TransAm & So. Tier in the center of the country, i.e. Kansas to Texas.  I see this route as a solution to those starting the trip a little late/early and need the southern route to complete a cross-country trip or another north/south cross country route (assuming you connect with other routes).

I hope to complete this by 2008 Spring.  I am trying to work with the involved States so this route can be made an "official" route (at least get free map, signs, etc.).

My question is which do you prefer as the starting & ending points?  If you pick "Other" please give the route start/end points.

Now is your chance to help develop a route!!  The top spot in both directions will be strongly considered.

Please feel free to give your comments, thoughts on what the ideal route would include (other than downhill, free campgrounds, etc. :) ), suggestions, etc.!!

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Boy Scouts on Katy Trail
« on: October 06, 2006, 05:12:27 pm »
Wow, I get to do the honors of being the first to ask a question on this forum.

My son is in Boy Scouts and his troop is considering a multi-day trip along the Katy Trail in Missouri next summer.  What do I need to consider (other than my sanity) if we do take 10-25 twelve to fifteen year old males on a trip like this.  Most are not that experienced so some of the obvious (lower miles, get bikes in shape, etc.) will be factored in.

What about stuff "you wish you knew before you had done this" type stuff?

Thanks in advance!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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