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From the Fort Hunter Liggett FB page: Fort Hunter Liggett and other federal installations will will no longer be able to accept California's Driver's License and those of 23 other non-compliant states as of October 10, 2017 as a form of ID. Those requesting access to the base must use another form of ID, such as a passport, U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) and U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-550). For more info visit

To be clear, in order to access the Big Sur area via N-F Road requires travel across the base and has, since 2001, required identification to enter the base. This ups the requirement.

Moderator feel free to relocate as required.

Santa Rosa, CA

Routes / Rumble Strips on Western Express?
« on: March 24, 2017, 07:53:16 pm »
This arrived in the local chat list. CA 88 is the concern. Hopefully they'll take comments after 23 March [apologies for the late post].

From: Sos, Austin@DOT<>
Date: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 4:04 PM
Subject: EA 10-1C430 Rumble Strip project in Amador and Alpine Counties

Hi all,
Attached is a project with proposed centerline,edgeline, and shoulder rumble strip locations on SR 16, 49, 88, and 104 in Amador and Alpine Counties. . Any location specific feedback on this project you can provide may assist Caltrans in the design phase of the project. You can see the project locations by looking at the attached document and a google map - link->.
Here is the legend for the map:
Green--Centerline rumble strips
Red--Edgeline rumble strips
Yellow--Centerline and Shoulder rumble strips
Blue--Centerline and Edgeline rumble strips
If you have any comments on the project, please email them to me by March 23.
Austin Sos
Native American Liason • Office of Rural Planning
Caltrans District 10
1976 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
Stockton, CA, 95205-7015
711 TTY

Routes / Cal Trans Pacific Coast Bike Route Survey for NW CA
« on: August 18, 2015, 12:06:35 am »
I'm including this text of the message as received in our Santa Rosa, CA bike forum (aka The Chatty List):

"Have you ridden the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route?  If so, Caltrans is looking for your input!  Please fill out the survey below:"
The Bicycle Coordinator for Caltrans, District 1 is asking... 
The Pacific Coast Bicycle Route (PCBR) runs through three of our four counties (Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino), and we’re looking for feedback from cyclists who have ridden any portion of it.  We developed a survey, both an online version (follow link below) and a paper copy that is similar to the online version.  ...  So far, this is a one-time effort this summer, that runs concurrently with our regular summer bike volume data collection that we do.

The survey will be available until September 30.  We would really appreciate your help in getting the word out to those who have ridden the PCBR!

Have you ridden the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route?  If so, Caltrans is looking for your input!  Please fill out the survey below:
While you're at it, one might want to check out their webpage for maps including plans and profiles. I had no idea Cal Trans has these in place for many of those roads.

Maybe someone who edits the ACA Bike Bits might want to throw out this link as well.

Keep the rubber side down,

Santa Rosa, CA

General Discussion / Amtrak changes baggage and bike policy . .
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:32:56 am »

"WASHINGTON – Effective Monday, Sept. 10, Amtrak is implementing a "refined" baggage policy which reduces the number of free checked bags per ticketed passenger from three to two and raises the extra bag fee from $10 to $20. A limit of four bags may be checked, instead of six previously. This comes from an internal memo citing significantly higher baggage volumes as a result of increased ridership.

In addition, free checked bags will be limited to 75 linear inches, including length, width, and height, compared with a prior restriction of 36 inches on any one side. A $20 charge will now apply for items between 75 and 100 linear inches. Boxed bicycles as checked baggage will now cost $20 and tandem bikes and kayaks will no longer be accepted."
This is a deal-breaker for us tandem owners and really not acceptable. It is getting harder to move a tandem around without having one that comes apart. I'm lucky that our has couplers, but not many do.

Edit: see also this link - it appears that the bike charge is $10, not $20.

Santa Rosa, CA

Routes / Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:47:20 pm »
This is rather sad news that I suspect we all knew was coming. There will be a substantial number of CA Parks closed starting this fall. See this article for the scoop. Parks that would affect the Pacific Coast route (going south) would be Westport-Union Landing, Manchester Beach (at least what's left of it), Samuel P. Taylor and Limekiln. I suspect S.P. Taylor is the one that would affect touring cyclists the most. There really isn't another spot to camp between Bodega and SF.

Santa Rosa, CA

There is a slide just 4.7 miles north of Garberville that completely covers 101 - see map panel 33. In this area there is no alternate. Closure is expected up to two weeks. CalTrans is recommending detours that take you over to I-5 - that's a long ways. More info here

Santa Rosa, CA

Update 4 April 2011: I would imagine bikes can get through now.

Route 101 (15.5) – Slide repairs 1.0 mile north of Dean Creek will continue. A full road closure is in effect. The alternate route for motorists is Interstate 5, which can be reached north of the slide from Routes 36 or 299 and south of the slide by Route 20. Beginning Monday, April 4, the highway will be open to one-way traffic from 6AM to 6PM daily. These conditions may change daily, so please call 1-800-427-7623 or visit for the latest road information. Contractor – J. F. Shea Company, Incorporated, of Redding. LC#C101XX

Routes / Western Express - Shoe Tree is gone
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:31:11 pm »
The Shoe Tree, just east of Middlegate, NV on US 50, has been chopped down by vandals. One of the scenic spots of the trip, the tree was cut down some time 30-31 December 2010.

Santa Rosa, CA

Pacific Northwest / Bike shops that support touring - a list?
« on: August 07, 2009, 02:20:10 pm »
We recently completed riding Seattle to Santa Rosa, CA on a tandem and BOB by way of the coast. The one thing I really wished I had was a list of shops that support the touring cyclist. Fortunately we found the Bike Garage in Astoria that had a tire we desperately needed (and wore out by the time we made it home). The La Vogue shop in Hoquiam was an adventure into the strange. Maybe I've missed something somewhere else here in ACA land. A list of the shops that have touring tires, other touring related gear, internet access (a plus) would be useful info. Or maybe not. Bike Newport (Newport, OR) kind of fit this profile but was lacking products I really prefer to use (e.g. Boeshield, Clif Shotbloks). I'm certainly thinking of starting such a list for the shops in my area.

My second wish would be for ACA maps with shower symbols - that is probably another discussion.

Santa Rosa, CA

Gear Talk / Lightweight Wrench for the cassette lock ring
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:12:33 pm »
Anyone have a lead/idea on a minimalist lightweight 1-inch wrench for loosening the lock ring on the cassette? Just thinking ahead on the odd-chance of having to do a field repair on a broken spoke. So far I'm hauling my Craftsman 1" box wrench and plan to make it do double duty pounding tent stakes. (It's actually lighter than the Park equivalent.)

Santa Rosa, CA
Pac Coast Southbound in July

Routes / Pacific Coast Route Camping
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:40:01 pm »
Michelle and I plan to ride from Port Angeles, WA to home here in Santa
Rosa, CA in July of 09 (after the NWTR). We'll be on the tandem pulling
a BOB and expect to camp most of the way down. We have not bike-
camped before so I have a couple of questions on the subject. Do the
hiker-biker sites ever fill up? if so, do the park folks tell you to move
on? Or does everyone just get real cozy in those sites? Other than this,
we're really looking forward to a grand adventure after too many years
of driving portions of the route and being in complete envy of those
riding it.

Any comments about traveling on amtrak with the tandem and the BOB
would be welcome as well. Thanks.

Santa Rosa, CA

This message was edited by cgarch on 12-19-08 @ 6:20 PM

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