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Routes / Re: running route 66
« on: February 25, 2013, 12:59:17 pm »
Here is more information on biking Route 66 in New Mexico and Illinois:

Developed by the League of IL Bicyclists -

Developed by Chris Marsh:
Go to Maps, then you can download the pdf at the top of the page.

Routes / Re: great divide road after Banff
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:46:24 pm »
I haven't ridden any of the Canadian Great Divide, but have heard a lot. The gravel roads will sometimes be sandy or washboarded, and the trails will be dirt and possibly rutted. The gravel will be pea-sized up to larger rocks imbedded in dirt. If it's been a heavy snow year the roads and trails can be eroded by excessive runoff.

The new main route south of Sparwood (Fernie is now on the alternate) will be like what I said above. There is a quarter-mile of trail at the south end that is very steep and you will have to unhook your trailer and drag it up separately from your bike.

Routes / Re: great divide road after Banff
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:36:16 pm »
Your post is somewhat unclear to me. Do you want to find out what the route is like between Castle Junction (on Great Parks North #1) and Banff, about 20 miles? Or are you asking about the Great Divide Route between Banff southward to Fernie, about 190 miles?

Routes / Re: Underground Railroad or Great Rivers
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:29:29 am »
Between Waverly and Tishomingo, the Great Rivers Route follows the Natchez Trace for another 100 miles northward before leaving the Trace to head to Waverly. Services are sparse right along the Trace; you need to go off route to access many of them. You will find more services along the UGRR.

I suspect, though I don't have actual knowledge, that traffic levels will be similar on both routes. You're in the rural parts of Mississippi and Tennessee and small towns are the norm. The speed is limited to 45 mph on the Trace, and no trucks are allowed.

In comparing terrain, the Trace is rolling, then gets hilly once you leave it. The UGRR will be hilly all the way.

Routes / Re: Canada mortorists
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:10:01 am »
ACA's Underground Railroad section 5 map shows routing from Owen Sound southward  over to Niagara Falls and tends to avoid the major highways. Here's a map:

« on: January 22, 2013, 11:11:12 am »
Please see the earlier post about the SS Badger, which is the ferry crossing Lake Michigan.

Routes / Re: Allegheny Gap
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:08:25 am »
If you go to there's a lot of info, trail maps, etc.

Routes / Re: Bicycle Route
« on: December 26, 2012, 10:38:47 am »
Unfortunately, we do not have a route with those specific endpoints. I suggest you get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for UT and ID. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

Routes / Re: Utah cliffs route
« on: November 21, 2012, 10:53:26 am »
All of our routes have mileage information and more about the route itself on our website. You can go to this link for the Utah Cliffs Loop:

Mid-April is most likely too early to ride that loop. Some of the roads are at high elevation and will still be closed by snow. I wouldn't recommend it before early to mid-June, depending on what kind of snow year it is.

Routes / Re: Best route to Cape Cod from Atlantic Coastal route?
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:46:25 pm »
Go to the following website for detailed bike maps of Massachusetts:

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Connection Advice (LA & NM)
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:44:30 pm »
On the Southern Tier section 5 map (which includes a spur into Baton Rouge), in the Riding Conditions text there is information on who to contact to get routing into New Orleans.

Routes / Re: Eureka MT. to Helena, MT. days?
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:40:31 pm »
It's 360 miles from Eureka to Helena on the Great Divide. If you can ride 40 mi./day on a loaded mtn. bike or pulling a trailer it'll take 9 days. You might want to have a rest day in there somewhere. But you should also plan on where your overnights will be so that will affect your daily mileage. There's 7 passes to go over and the route is fairly hilly so I would suggest underestimating your mileage instead of overestimating.

Routes / Re: Asheville NC to Nashville TENN looking for a safe route ASAP
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:59:26 am »
You can check with the Tennessee bike/pedestrian coordinator to see if he can suggest anything. Here's a link to get contact info:

Routes / Re: Allegheny Loop Info
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:34:18 pm »
Hi AnnieBikes!
I appreciate what Ben wrote about the route - it's great to hear from folks who have ridden it. I plan to incorporate some of his comments into our online description of the route.

Routes / Re: Alternative to Interstate-- Great Divide
« on: September 25, 2012, 04:21:46 pm »
Thanks. we'll seriously consider for the next update of the route.

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