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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Unable to download map tiles for offline use
« Last post by Craig309 on May 23, 2024, 10:45:17 am »
I'm getting an error message when I try to activate the "use offline map". I'm connected to WIFI, and I get a message that says: "error unable to download offline Mao tiles at this time (The SSL connection could not be established, see inner exception) Possible network error."

Any workarounds?

ACA Mobile Route Apps / URGENT: App not working!!
« Last post by BrilliantSky on May 22, 2024, 07:54:01 pm »
My Bicycle Route Navigator App stopped working today! I wasn’t able to view my previously purchased map sections even on wifi, so I deleted the app and restored my purchases to try to reset it and now I don’t see any of my purchased maps on the “My Routes” tab and going to the “Epic Routes” tab to buy more maps turns up a blank page!

HELP please! I’m on tour at the moment in a remote area and relying on the app for crucial navigation.

UPDATE: my boyfriend downloaded the app and it keeps crashing on him. I am also seeing on Reddit that others are having issues with the app not working.
General Discussion / Re: Best weather app for GDMBR ?
« Last post by Noosa_nomad on May 22, 2024, 06:35:15 pm »
Hi, I have 2 power-banks, just in case😅 I also have a Garmin In-Reach if I’m desperate. I use the Bureau of Meteorology app where I live in Queensland and it is very good. I was trying to find a similar one-stop solution for the USA. Like a lot of things on this ride it will be a steep learning curve for the first few days/weeks. Thanks to all for their advice.
Classifieds / Looking for several riders. TransAm West to East. Early season.
« Last post by niahartman on May 22, 2024, 05:41:47 pm »
For my 65th BD I am doing the TransAm in 2025.  50-70 miles a day.  Mostly hotel stays in the wet west so we can start in early season.  April?  Planning a route with ACA maps but modifying for lower elevation gains by detouring on Rails-To-Trails routes.  Planning on Portland to DC but that could change as the group wishes.  Some highlights ACA Headquarters Mousula Montana, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmoor, Cowboy Trail, Katy Trail, Erie Trail, C&O Canal.  I am planning on making the route friendly to drop-in riders who want to join us for a week or two for special segments.  Young adult friendly.  Planning on mostly eating in local restaurants to support small towns and for the feel of the communities. We may have non-rider spouses or friends sag with a vehicle to carry gear.  As you can tell we are in early planning stages and if we get a core of 10 or so riders we can modify to their desires.  We can go fully self supported but that might exclude some want-to-be riders so we are open to volunteer suppporters.  I plan on video taping the whole route and posting for our friends and clubs to follow along.  With enough people maybe we can even get sponsors for gear.  I would be interesting in sponsoring a young adult in need of an epic adventure. We could meet up with RAGBRAI as many TransAms do but I am doing RAGBRAI for the 3rd time this July so another route is fine.
General Discussion / Re: Suggestions for fully or semi supported Transam
« Last post by mhayen on May 22, 2024, 01:21:23 pm »
Thanks John!
The bridge is now open for bicyclists and pedestrians.
General Discussion / Re: Best weather app for GDMBR ?
« Last post by davidbonn on May 22, 2024, 10:14:34 am »
Carry a power bank or two for sure.

Why do you need an app?

I find either of these Siri incantations do the job most of the time:

"Hey Siri, what's the weather like?"


"Hey Siri, what's the weather like in Eureka Montana?"

Also, nothing is stopping you from googling "salida CO weather" or "fernie BC weather" and you'll get decent enough results.

My own opinion is that the NOAA weather product is superior to the Accuweather and Weather Channel products, and the Environment Canada is better than NOAA.

General Discussion / Re: Suggestions for fully or semi supported Transam
« Last post by John Nettles on May 22, 2024, 09:10:39 am »
First, welcome to the ACA Forums! 

As far as supported tours of the official TransAm, you might check the classifieds section of the ACA magazine as there are several companies that lead cross USA tours.  I do know that ACA itself has/had (already started) a supported tour of the TransAm Express for 2024 but the ACA Tour offerings vary each year.  While they used to offer several guided self-contained TA tours each year, they only offer this on a limited basis anymore, probably due to changing demographics or client travel preferences.

You might reach out to ACA themselves to see if they have suggestions and/or are planning a guided TA tour in the future.

Tailwinds, John
General Discussion / Re: Best weather app for GDMBR ?
« Last post by jamawani on May 22, 2024, 07:51:02 am »
Tim -

You are aware that there are many long stretches of the GDMBR with no connectivity
and also long stretches without any place to recharge devices.
Satellite phones and solar chargers do get around this,
but part of the attraction of the GDMBR is the disconnection.

General Discussion / Suggestions for fully or semi supported Transam
« Last post by mhayen on May 22, 2024, 05:28:34 am »
First post on this forum for me. I have plans for riding the Transam within a few years. My first question about this is: are there organizations that organise supported rides? I know some people think the charm of a massive bike tour is to arrange everything by themselves. For me, I prefer that some things are taken care of, like the places you stay the night. I don't mind camping, but it would be a relaxing thought for me that I know at the start of every new day, that the lodging is taken care of. Any suggestions of traveling agencies, bike tour organizations, etc. that organise these tours?
Thanks a lot.
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