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Routes / recommended route for cycling with children
« on: August 25, 2008, 05:33:02 pm »
The US does not have many long distance separate paths for cycling the
way that Europe does. Here are several ideas you might want to check out
KATY Trail in Missouri,
Erie Canal in New York,

Be prepared for hot, humid weather in the mid-west and east. If you end
up anywhere in the west (not the coast) you'll have hot, dry weather.


Routes / Arkansas '09
« on: August 25, 2008, 05:08:27 pm »
Contact the AR bike/ped coordinator. Maybe he will have some suggestions:

Paul Simms
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Dept
10324 I-30
PO Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203-2261
501-569-2100; Fax 501-569-2597


Routes / Chicago to California
« on: August 11, 2008, 03:43:38 pm »
As for routing from Chicago to San Diego your son could get in touch
with the bike coordinators for the states in which he'll be traveling
through. The bike coordinators have a wealth of information that they can
distribute for no charge. Most every state publishes a bicycle map of their
state that they will send out for free....and while the maps aren't as
detailed as ACA's, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling
through their state. Some states, such as Colorado and Wisconsin, have
outstanding information, while other states are much simpler. But every
little piece of information can help. Here is a link to the contact
information for all of the bicycle coordinators:


Routes / Thoughts on Biking the Great Lakes
« on: August 11, 2008, 02:53:52 pm »
I don't know about trails along any of the Great Lakes - you'll have to use
roads almost all of the time, I suspect. Here is a website for Great Lakes
Bicycle Touring guidebooks:


Routes / Route suggestions, please
« on: July 30, 2008, 06:57:27 pm »
I would not suggest doing the New Mexico portion of the Great Divide in
January. The terrain north of Silver City is above 6,000 feet so snow can
fall at any time and gravel roads usually aren't kept open going through
forest lands. The days are also very short. The following website is a local
bike shop in Silver City, NM, and if you want to find out more about the
weather I think you could contact them and ask a few questions:


Routes / Eureka to Whitefish
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:04:33 pm »
The existing route stays off U.S. 93 as much as it possibly can by taking
paved side roads. As for gravel alternates you can try Lupfer Rd. (shown
on map 22 south of Olney) plus there are roads on the west side of Dickey
Lake (map 21). You can also ask the locals to see if they have any


Routes / seattle to kennewick
« on: July 01, 2008, 04:29:54 pm »
The state of Washington publishes a bicycling map. Go to the following


Routes / Going To The Sun Road
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:17:02 pm »
On Going -to-the-Sun Rd. the section between Apgar Campground and
Sprague Campground along Lake McDonald (for riders in both directions)
and the section from Logan Creek to Logan Pass (for eastbound riders)
are closed to cyclists from 11 AM to 4 PM between June 15 and Labor Day.
The ACA groups try to allow 5-6 hours to get to Logan Pass by 11 AM, but
they are riding with loaded bikes. At the pass you can hike, explore and
rest until 4 PM when you can descend back the way you came up. It is
doable in one day.


Routes / Problems with Western Express
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:05:00 pm »
Thanks for the info on the road conditions. We'll look at changing the
route the next time we update the maps.


Routes / LA to Phoenix
« on: June 03, 2008, 07:00:13 pm »
The mileage is about 530 miles, maybe a bit less depending on where
exactly you start in LA and end in Phoenix.


Routes / Bike House Not Yet Open
« on: April 15, 2008, 02:32:45 pm »
Yesterday I was in contact with a friend of June Curry. The Bike House will
be open, and anyone who wants to stay there needs to contact Debbie at
540-456-4547 to see if space is available. Shelter and food will be
offered to bicyclists on a limited basis. This information is also listed on
the TransAmerica Trail Section 12 online addenda (BC-1543 07) version.


Routes / Southern Tier Route through LA/MS/AL
« on: September 20, 2005, 03:23:03 pm »
Can any local cyclists in the states affected by hurrican Katrina send
info to me regarding conditions for cyclists riding the Southern Tier
within the next 2 months? How are roads and services? Any advice/
comments are welcome.


Routes / Lewis & Clark Questions
« on: September 08, 2004, 08:44:27 pm »
Will your group be supprted by a vehicle, or will you be
carrying all your own equipment? Cyclists can average more
miles a day if they have vehicle support. Ft. Mandan to Ft.
Peck is approximately 390 miles. If you do 60 miles/day you'll
finish that in 7 days. But you'll have to plan your overnights
where there are services, so some days may have more
mileage, and some days may be less.

Yes, 4-5 days would be average to travel the Lolo Motorway.
It will be much easier with vehicle support, but the riding will
still be difficult. It's quite a climb up to the ridgetop, and then
there's a series short, sometimes steep climbs and descents.
But it's beautiful, and you can see what the Corps of
Discovery saw (hopefully without the snow, of course!). There
are only 2 designated campgrounds along the route, very
near each other, but there are many spots for informal
camping. Most of them are used for horse packing or hunting
camps, and are located near running streams. Remember to
bring water filters with you.


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