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Routes / Re: getting out of san diego, not on the interstate
« on: October 27, 2010, 03:38:40 pm »
The ACA Southern Tier used to go that way until truck traffic increased to the point it was unsafe. It was about 10 years ago when the route was modified to leave San Diego along the I-8 corridor. I suggest you check with local cyclists before using Hwy. 94.

Routes / Re: Highway 2 in MT
« on: October 22, 2010, 11:20:10 am »
In the past few years oil and gas exploration has expanded in the area of eastern MT and western ND, especially east of Williston, ND. ACA has made routing changes east of Williston to get cyclists off the smaller highways we were using onto US 2 and some parallel roads. Most of US 2 has shoulders as compared to the smaller shoulderless highways.

Routes / Re: jasper to kalispell
« on: October 20, 2010, 02:31:28 pm »
I don't know but there is rail service between Edmonton and Jasper if you don't want to cycle that distance. See

Routes / Re: Florida in December - lodging and other questions
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:58:20 am »
Go to for online cycling journals.

Routes / Re: Coast to Coast with child
« on: October 04, 2010, 04:43:07 pm »
I would be hesitant to undertake the Southern Tier in the summer, even without a child. Temperatures in the southwest can easily be over 100 degrees for days on end. On the ACA tours we've had instances of folks dealing with heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Of course you could try getting around some of the heat by riding from maybe 5 AM to 10 AM but you need to stay well hydrated. And once you get farther east you have to contend with the humidity along with higher temperatures also.

Have you thought of going coast to coast north to south - Canada to Mexico - via the Pacific Coast Route? That would fit better with an 8/9-week time frame. Our executive director, Jim Sayer, recently completed that trip with his family (daughters aged 13 and 11) and was gone 2 months from mid-June to mid-August. The weather along the coast is normally very good during the summer months though there is more traffic on that route then. Jim wrote several blogs about their trip - you can find them here and search his older posts:

Otherwise, with the weeks you have I don't think you'll be able to get all the way across the country going east to west (or vice versa). You'll have to adjust your abilities to what your son can accomplish (and young kids can do wonders) but what's important is that you and your son have a trip of a lifetime.

Routes / Re: how late to start the Sierra Cascades route?
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:12:09 am »
You can go to this website and see the pass closure dates from the past few years. The route uses Monitor Pass, Lassen Loop and Tioga Pass in California.

Routes / Re: Bellingham-Tierra Del Fuego
« on: July 26, 2010, 02:27:49 pm »
Go look at the following website. It contains journals from cyclists' trips from all over so chances are there is something on the route you are considering.

In the U.S. you could ride the Sierra Cascades Route which will take you from Bellingham through Yosemite to the border at Tecate.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Self-contained ACA trip spring 2011??
« on: July 16, 2010, 12:48:40 pm »
We will be offering the self-contained trip in the fall of 2011.

Routes / Re: california route 49 conditions?
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:18:34 pm »
Contact the CA state bike/ped coordinator. I think there are local folks spread throughout the state. Here's info on how to reach them:


Ken McGuire, Chief
Bicycle Facilities Unit
Division of Local Assistance, MS-1
California Department of Transportation
PO Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
916-653-2750; Fax 916-653-1905

David Priebe
Bicycle Facilities Unit

Routes / Re: Northern Tier Mileage Reduction
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:16:02 pm »
You can cut off miles on map section 2 by using the Marias Alternate which saves 90 miles and on map section 5 by using the Little Falls Alternate which saves 117 miles.

Routes / Re: Banff to Roosville Route Questions
« on: June 17, 2010, 05:41:43 pm »
No one on our staff has ridden the entire Canadian part of the Great Divide, though some have done portions of it, though none of us have done the new re-route. Here are some links to things written about the new part of the route:

What kind of questions do you have? I am familiar with the route, and maybe can answer them. Call me 406-721-1776x218.

You can contact the ID bike/ped coordinator to see if she can give you info on those 2 highways:
Maureen H. Gresham
Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
Idaho Transportation Department
Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707-1129
208-334-8272; Fax 208-334-4432

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast - starting in Bellingham or Seattle?
« on: June 03, 2010, 03:55:20 pm »
Here's the site that shows where all the WA ferries go:

Routes / Re: cascade rail trail
« on: June 01, 2010, 05:50:45 pm »
 A website is listed that gives information about the Cascade Trail on the map in the Riding Conditions text.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Utah Cliffs Loop 2010
« on: May 24, 2010, 02:19:39 pm »
Zion Road Construction Schedule

Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that reconstruction of the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway will begin June 1, 2010 and end October 28, 2010. The road construction will occur from the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the East Entrance, a distance of 9.5 miles, including The Switchbacks. Delays and closures will occur Monday through Thursday, with Friday through Sunday open for regular traffic. The construction will not impact Zion Canyon, the most visited area of the park.

Bicycles and pedestrians will be prohibited in the construction zone. Bicyclists and pedestrians wishing to cross the park Monday through Thursday will need to arrange for a private vehicle to take them
between the Canyon Junction and the park's East Entrance.
Zion National Park will remain open for the duration of the project. People traveling to Zion National Park on State Route 9 from Interstate 15 will be able to enjoy Zion Canyon's recreational opportunities, access the park shuttle, campgrounds, and Zion Lodge, and frequent the businesses in Springdale without being in the construction area. Those traveling between US Highway 89 and Zion Canyon will be affected by the following
construction schedule.
June 1-June 4
Short delays, no closures.
June 7-October 28
Monday through Thursday:
8:00am-6:00pm the road will be closed to all vehicles.
6:00pm-7:30am the road will be open for transit only. The last car allowed through will be at 7:30am. There may be short delays if night work is occurring.
Tunnel hours: 6:30am-7:30am and 6pm to 8:30pm through July 31. After July 31 the hours will shorten due to lack of daylight. All vehicles 7'10" wide or wider and 11'2" tall or taller are required to have an escort and can only travel during these times. This includes most dual wheeled pickup trucks, recreational vehicles and tour busses.
No vehicles will be able to stop or park at any time between the East Entrance and the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Monday through Thursday. Remember that Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and is one hour ahead of Nevada and Arizona. All vehicles must be through the barricades by 7:30am to drive across the park.
Friday through Sunday:
The road will be open as normal.
Tunnel hours: 6:30am-8:30pm through July 31. After July 31 the hours will shorten due to lack of daylight.
The road will be graded gravel in the work sections and the surface may be uneven at times. Please use caution and low speeds in these areas.
Alternate routes of travel between Zion Canyon and U.S Highway 89 are Utah State Route 59 from Hurricane, Utah to Arizona State Route 389 (better for large vehicles) or Utah State Route 14 from Cedar City, Utah to Long Valley Junction (high elevation/steep grades). During the construction period, travelers may want to consider using one of these roads between Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon or Grand Canyon National Parks Monday through Thursday.
People visiting Zion Canyon via the park's South Entrance at Springdale, Utah, who are camping, accessing the shuttle system, staying at the Zion Lodge or in the town of Springdale will not be in the construction zone. Visitors in Zion Canyon are encouraged to use the town shuttle to avoid possible delays entering the park. Look for blue Park and Ride signs in Springdale and ride the free shuttle to the park entrance.
For updated information, Call 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4) or visit the park website at

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