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Routes / Re: Western Express - NV - early June
« on: January 16, 2010, 09:12:35 am »
Don't have the map yet, still trying to decide on the route plan.  Hope to learn something useful from my post. 

Routes / Western Express - NV - early June
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:49:39 pm »
I plan to ride from SF to Ely, NV following the Western Express route departing SF 6/01/10.  Plan to do this credit card style, no camping or cooking.  Wonder about services (water, food & lodging) when in NV.  Wonder about weather along the whole route.   Please advise. 

I plan to leave the WE route after Ely staying on US 6 toward Provo, UT, then US 191 and finally US 40 to cross Colorado as I head for Boulder/Longmont.   Any thoughts on that route across Utah?   


Colorado / Re: WELCOME !
« on: January 04, 2010, 12:44:27 am »
What do you know/think about US 6 and US 138 from Brush to Nebraska?  I am thinking at US 36 is too far south, perhaps US 34 if paralleling I-76 & then I-80 is not good. 

Colorado / Re: Western Express modification and Eastern CO
« on: January 03, 2010, 05:30:04 pm »
I am planning to bike across the country starting about June 1, 2010 using motels.   Plan to use the Western Express through most of Nevada and then branch north using US 6, 191, & 40 to go to Longmont via Steamboat Springs & Trail Ridge.   After a break in Longmont I plan to bike to Milwalkee and take the ferry across Lake Michigan.   Looking for routing help, especially in Eastern Colorado.   Also willing to take on additional riders.


Hello, fellow-cyclists --

We have started this forum in response to requests from many of the folks who were at a member gathering in the Denver area last September.

It took a while to get it set up, because the folks in ACA's Missoula office had to wait until they acquired new software to manage their online forums. Nevertheless, we're finally up and running with the first-ever electronic exchange for Adventure Cycling members in a single state.

We'll be moderating this forum, and we look forward to meeting and cycling with many of you.

Frank Moritz & Wally Werner

California / San Luis Obispo to Palm Springs
« on: October 05, 2009, 02:32:03 pm »
Planning a tour from SF to Palm Springs starting later this month (October).   Somewhere we need to head inland to an eventual destination of Palm Springs.  Might do so at San Luis Obispo or much closer to LA, perhaps as far as Santa Monica.   One of our riders is older and riding an recumbent so avoiding a lot of steep, long climbs would be good.   Advice?   

Connecting ACA Routes / Anacordes to Cape Cod
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:46:29 pm »
I plan to do the N. Tier from Anacordes to Grand Rapids MN (or at least to eastern ND) and then go to Dulth, St. Ignace, down the Michigan Lake Huron shore to Port Huron, across Ontario to Niagra Falls, along the Erie Barge Canal and across Mass to Cape Cod.  Any advice on routing would be welcome.   Hoping that a late spring, early summer ride makes for some more direct riding than some of the more circuitous portions of the NT route.  Also would like to know a good route from Fargo ND to Manatowc WI in case we are ahead of schedule I might do some R&R near Ludington, MI.   

Would also like some advice on timing like suggested departure date, (and/or miles/day) as I need to arrive in Rogers City, MI (60 miles from the straits) no later than July 9.  I plan to motel the route and will not be carrying camping gear.   Have many miles (over 50K) under my saddle but only 500 doing unsupported touring.   

Tom Dettloff
Longmont CO

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Duluth, Minnestota
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:29:29 pm »
What is GCoB?

My wife and I live in Bay City and toured around Superior last year (2008).  We went through Munising.  The Bong Bridge at Superior/Duluth was a great experience.  It is very high, very long, and very safe.  There is a separate path that is walled off from traffic.  We posted the tour on CGoB "Lake Superior - Clockwise".  Hope the info helps your planning.  Day 34 and 35 have pictures of the bridge. 

Routes / Re: Northern Tier next summer
« on: May 12, 2009, 02:27:45 pm »
Bob et al.
I plan to do the NT in 2010.  Thinking of starting in Anacordes in late May with the idea of getting to the Straits of Mackinac around July 8 as I have a high school reunion to attend in Rogers City (US23, Lake Huron shore).   We plan to cross into Ontario at Port Huron/Sarnia and then into NY at Niagara.  Ultimate goal is Cape Cod.  Think the barge canal route across NY state would be nice.   

I would like hear from anyone regarding the timing of the start, branch from NT across Michigan's UP, Ontario crossing, and route from Niagara to Cape Cod. 



You and I corresponded earlier this year about the NT route.  Mine is finalized as follows.  We will follow the route from Anacortes to Osceola, Minnesota which is on the Wisconsin state line north of St Paul.  We will proceed due east through Wausau and return to the Great Lakes routes near Shawano, Wisconsin from where we will follow the route to Manitowoc.  We will cross on the ferry from there to Luddington, Michigan and then take the connector route across Michigan into Ontario entering at Marine City.  We'll cross Ontario basically along the north shore of Lake Erie and rejoin the NT at Erie Fort.  From there it will be the NT into Bar Harbor.

I've got it plotted out at about 3,800 miles and 65 riding days averaging a little less than 60 per day.  We plan to leave Anacortes on June 2 and hope to arrive in Bar Harbor about August 20.

Bob Willis

I would like to load all the waypoint data for two sections of the ST route into MapSource and download both the map, waypoints, and route data to my GPSmap 60CS so I am not dependent on my computer for the ride across the two sections.  Please advise me of how to do that.   

Also, in general I would like to not erase existing downloaded MapSource data when I download new data unless I run up against a memory constraint in the 60CS as I would like to keep my local area map data there.   Again, please advise.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Michigan Hiway 23 to Mackinac bridge
« on: April 19, 2009, 11:38:00 am »
I am familar with the northern part of that route, Harrisville to Mackinaw City.   The hills by Harrisville are a treat if you like climbing.   Alpena has lots of services.   Check out the League of Michigan bicycle tour info that is fixed base from Rogers City.  Near RC the traffic is light and shoulders good.  Overall, I think US23 is a good way to go.  Near the lake, light traffic compared to the direct routes up the center or the more touristy routes alond the Lake Michigan side. 

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