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Routes / Re: Anyone use the downloadable maps?
« on: February 24, 2009, 05:08:31 pm »
All the same features that are on the regular maps are on the downloadable maps. They are designed to be printed on 8.5" x 11" sheets and can be folded into thirds to fit into a handlebar bag to show a map panel. The Green Mountains Loop map is a bit harder to read since it is a loop going in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions and alternates are also shown on the map panels, but if you have used other ACA maps you'll be able to figure it out.

The Lewis & Clark section 6 map shows the routing and services between Missoula and Great Falls. It still might be slightly snowy over Rogers Pass - it depends on what the May storms bring. Portions of Hwy. 200 do not have shoulders. The MT DOT publishes a brochure on traffic data for bicyclists, here's the link:
If you click on Bicycling Map a pdf will appear. To get a hard copy email

Routes / Re: Jacksonville, FL to Amelia Island
« on: February 02, 2009, 01:27:35 pm »
Do you have the Atlantic Coast Route section 6 map? From Jacksonville, if you go to Callahan and head east to Fernandina Beach the route then takes you south along the coast so you wouldn't be doing any backtracking. Due to the rivers in the area you can only approach Fernandina Beach from the west or south.

Connecting ACA Routes / Northern tier to Pittsburg
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:18:53 pm »
The Lake Erie Connector ends in Ft. Erie, ON. You can cross the Peace
Bridge into Buffalo, NY and follow the ACA Underground Railroad section
5 routing to Erie, PA. From there you can take the Underground Railroad
Pittsburgh Spur to Pittsburgh to connect to the Allegheny Passage.  


Connecting ACA Routes / Los Angeles to Western Express/Trans-Am
« on: June 04, 2007, 04:53:58 pm »
There are certain places in CA where bicyclists ARE allowed - the Southern
Tier Route uses a portion of I-8. It is our understanding that bicycles can
use an interstate if there are no parallel roads. But to be sure, you should
check with the CA bike/pedestrian coordinator, Ken McGuire, email:, website:

If you know the law then you can mention it if a highway patrolman stops


Connecting ACA Routes / Trinidad-Eureka, CA Bypass
« on: May 29, 2007, 11:25:12 am »
In January, 2006, we published new routing between Arcata and south of
Eureka to avoid US 101. Before that we already had avoided almost all of
101 between Trinidad and Arcata. So it's possible the cyclists you see on
101 aren't using our maps, or have an older version. The new routing
appears on map #BC-1621 06L.

Thanks for writing.


Underground Railroad / Is UGGR all Onroad?
« on: February 15, 2007, 11:51:59 am »
Yes, the route is all on pavement, except for a 9-mile portion on the
Georgian Trail in Ontario. This trail is crushed limestone, and parallels a
busy highway, so we chose to use the rail-trail instead.


Underground Railroad / UR route in Ohio
« on: January 24, 2007, 04:17:06 pm »
Sorry I didn't answer this sooner, but we've been very busy the past few
weeks. The 3 remaining Underground Railroad maps just went to the
printer last week, and should be available by mid-February. The route
begins near Cincinnati, and heads northeast across the state to Ashtabula,
From there it will go east along Lake Erie into PA and NY.

Routes & Mapping Dept. Director


Underground Railroad / Crossing the Trace
« on: April 05, 2006, 04:20:34 pm »
The Undeground Railroad Route will use about 10 miles of the Natchez
Trace just south of Tishomingo, MS.


Underground Railroad / Xenia, Ohio
« on: April 05, 2006, 04:13:49 pm »
At this point we don't know of any Underground Railroad sites in Xenia. At
Xenia Station, a bike hub and visitor information center, over 50 miles of
paved bike paths radiate outward throughout Greene County. Here's a link
to Xenia Station's website to find out what is available around the town:

The route is going past the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural
Center in Wilberforce, which is just northeast of Xenia. We aren't going to
Yellow Springs, but there is a bike path from Xenia northward to Yellow
Springs which is 10 miles.  


Underground Railroad / Western Reserve Greenway
« on: January 05, 2006, 01:28:52 pm »
We have already chosen the Western Reserve Greenway to be a part of
our Underground Railroad routing.


Underground Railroad / Any Progress?
« on: March 18, 2005, 08:47:53 pm »
We've been stalled for several months now due to losing a staff
member, Rachel Gooen, who left at the end of December. She was
handling a lot of this research. We are in the process of hiring a new
person, and plan that by May we'll be moving ahead full steam.


Underground Railroad / route thoughts
« on: April 28, 2005, 03:16:00 pm »
FYI - a mapped bike route has already been published as a connector
between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. ACA sells it, here's the link:


Underground Railroad / Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club
« on: June 28, 2005, 07:47:58 pm »
That's great that you did a ride. Keep it up!


Routes / Western Express - in March?!
« on: January 07, 2009, 02:41:24 pm »
ACA recommends starting this route from the west in May. The Western
Express uses Carson Pass - the suggestion for checking with Caltrans is a
good one. In NV the passes range from 6,300 feet to 7,700 feet - it's very
possible you'd run into snow if a storm comes along. East of Cedar City,
UT, the route goes through Cedar Breaks Natl. Monument and that road is
over 10,000 feet, though there is a way around it if the road is closed.
Two passes in CO are over 10,000 feet and 11,000 feet. All of the roads
(Cedar Breaks being the exception) over the passes on the Western
Express are open year round, but storms could close them at any time
until the plows have cleared the snow.  


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