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It would be possible.  Just keep in mind that once you leave Fallon, NV services are about 70 miles apart in Nevada.  There won't be any food or water until you get to the next town (except for Middle gate between Fallon and Austin) so you will need to carry lots of extra water since it will be hot and dry.  Utah will be similar to Nevada. 

General Discussion / Re: Is touring the Pacific Coast in July safe?
« on: April 18, 2017, 08:08:55 pm »
Don't forget to get the detour directions around Big Sur.  The bridge there will be out until the end of the year (at least) and the trail around the bridge is off limits to bicycles.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: App Download process and update plans
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:17:40 am »
I'm not sure how to give/get update info for the digital maps.  I noticed on the Route 66 map 6 it shows leaving Cajon Rd and going through Devore.  The recent construction has reconnected Cajon Rd so you don't have to climb the hill into Devore.  Cajon Rd now continues under the freeway.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Icon colors and detail
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:00:40 pm »
I've downloaded the entire Pac Coast and parts of the Route 66 to my Android phone and now that I plan on using it I'm having trouble following the route and understanding some of the icons.  The first thing to note is that I'm colorblind.  I don't see any difference between the three icons for a community (stars) or much difference between the main route or alternate route.  They all look the same.  Which one has full service vs limited or no service?  Could you put a number in the star or make one yellow and one blue? 

I also have trouble following the route in cities.  For example Albuquerque, NM.  I don't understand/see the differences between the "blue" highlights, dotted line, highlighted route with arrows or the difference between the main route line and the alternate route line.  If there are color differences I don't see them.  For example the intersection of Tramway Boulevard and the I40 frontage road.  Headed east do I turn north, go straight, or turn south?  In other less confusing combinations you may have a highlighted route and then a blue line leaves it.  Do I follow the highlighted route or the blue line.  (Purple and blue look the same to me.)

Also on the phone (android) when I enlarge the image at some point all I get is a blue line- no map and all other markings disappear.  I don't seem to have that problem on the IPad. 

Routes / Re: LAS VEGAS
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:46:33 pm »
I've seen people cycling up to Las Vegas from the LA area.  It is approximately 275 miles depending on where you start.  Once you get past the Agricultural checkpoint (past Barstow) you will have to ride on the shoulder of the freeway until you get to Jean, NV (about 20 miles from Vegas proper).  Not sure about camping but there should be something in the near by Lake Mead National Recreation Area. 

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Route Directions
« on: March 27, 2017, 01:17:15 pm »
I'm sure there are a few individuals that will have a mount for the phone and it will constantly display the map.  The arrow and map will then be easy to follow.  However I don't have a phone mount (and no intent to get one) so I will only periodically check the app to see where I'm at and whats coming up.  I'm also a little concerned about battery life.  If the street names are visible I can plan on a turn and don't have to backtrack or find a way back to the route.  I definitely won't be riding with one hand on the handlebar and looking at my phone in the other hand.   

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Route Directions
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:40:22 pm »
I downloaded the free sample for Rt 66 and Transam and it looks like I will use this format on my next ride (if available).  It appears there is a lack of written directions or am I not looking in the right place.  Also on my phone and IPad the street names for the route are very small and difficult to see.  Since I only stop periodically to check the map when I'm riding I look for the street sign to turn.  I won't be using a phone mount on my bike to monitor my progress so larger street names just for the route will be very helpful.

Routes / Re: Pfeiffer Bridge at Big Sur work around
« on: March 18, 2017, 01:22:36 pm »
There is a link in the "Temporary ACA Road Closures" forum.  At this time this is the work around.  The footpath looks like it will be for locals only and will not accommodate bicycles.  The pictures posted on the Big Sur facebook page show a narrow trail with lots of climbing (steps).  Unless something changes it looks like the route through Big Sur will be closed at least until December.  They just started the demolition of the bridge and the estimated completion of the new bridge is 9 months.

No.  It will just be extra weight and in the way.

General Discussion / Re: Bike security - Southern Tour camping trip
« on: February 06, 2017, 01:10:36 pm »
About the only time I locked my bike on the Southern Tier was when I went into a restaurant in a "larger" town.  Then I used a thin cable with a small lock.  Just to keep them honest.  Anyone with some wire cutters could have cut the cable but it was light and served its purpose.

I haven't ridden over the Paris road bridge just driven.  The road does have low to moderate traffic depending on the day and time of day.  I wouldn't attempt to ride most of the bridges during rush hours.  Unfortunately, the old bridges in Louisiana didn't make any accommodation for any form of alternate transportation. 

There are two other industrial canal crossings that you could use.  The one with the least traffic is Florida Ave and the other is St. Claude Ave.  Both have a sidewalk to keep you out of traffic.  Don't use Claiborne.  If you get on St. Claude you will pass by Chalmette National Historical Site.  This is where the British were defeated during the War of 1812.  Then take Paris Rd north to Gentilly Rd.  You'll pass by NASA's Michoud Facility (where they use to make the big tank for the shuttle).  Then you are on Hwy 90 and past most of the city traffic.  In Biloxi, MS the bay bridge has a nice sidewalk that is on the other side of a barrier so you don't have to worry about traffic.  (Same thing on the new bridge near Bay St. Louis, MS.)  Should be nice weather, enjoy.  Just off Hwy 90 you should be able to find some hotels that aren't as pricey as the ones right on the water.

Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:26:30 am »
You shouldn't have a problem with motels except maybe during weekends during the summer unless you make reservations.  The distance between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine is about 80 miles and this is the max distance between locations with motels available. 

Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:33:35 pm »
I haven't ridden it but it looks like you can ride on Sierra Hwy as it parallels hwy 14 until it ends near Mojave.  You should be able to ride on the 14 after that.  It has a wide shoulder when it has 4 lanes.  Once it becomes 2 lanes there is almost no shoulder until it runs into the 395.  You could take the 395 all the way from Hesperia but until you get to Ridgecrest there also isn't munch of a should and it has high traffic.  The 14 will also have moderate to high traffic.   Be prepared for some long climbs.

Routes / Re: Redondo Beach (L.A. area) to Lake Tahoe
« on: January 25, 2017, 10:03:06 am »
Most of the 395 has a very wide shoulder.  I've ridden it near Bishop without any problems.  A couple of areas north of Mono lake don't have much of a shoulder.   You should be fine just carry a good supply of water for the long stretches without services.

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