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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: App Download process and update plans
« Last post by JMilyko on April 18, 2017, 12:34:14 pm »
I'm not sure how to give/get update info for the digital maps.  I noticed on the Route 66 map 6 it shows leaving Cajon Rd and going through Devore.  The recent construction has reconnected Cajon Rd so you don't have to climb the hill into Devore.  Cajon Rd now continues under the freeway.

You can send feedback to us at cartographyATadventurecyclingDOTorg or via the Map Correction Form on the website.


I'll put this information in the hopper. We're in the midst of finishing up the Chicago to NYC route maps at the moment. We'll get to updating the addenda as soon as they are complete.

EDIT: Actually, I just checked the addenda. I think it's in there now:

(Dec 2016) Cajon Blvd is now continuous between Kenwood Ave. on the west and Devore Rd./Glen Helen Pkwy. on the east, it is no longer necessary to turn at (B) and [D].

The digital data will be updated with this information when we have compiled enough changes to justify an update.


Jenn
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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by jamawani on April 18, 2017, 11:34:38 am »
Have you considered head directly west from the Chicago area across Iowa and Nebraska?

The Sandhills of Nebraska are THE most beautiful way to cross the Great Plains. Plus empty roads.
Because of the sand, they were never plowed - so you have empty, natural grasslands.
Not mile after mile of wheat fields with mind-numbing straight roads.
Basically Hwy 92 from Broken Bow to Ogallala:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406654

You could then swing down into northeast Colorado from Julesburg to Walden and reconnect with the TA.
US 138 and Hwy 14 have very light traffic, High Plains camping near Briggsdale.
Fort Collins is an awesome college town - with all needed services.
Then the Cache la Poudre Canyon will blow your socks off.
Just over Cameron Pass is a canal service road that takes you deep into the backcountry Rockies.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20406751
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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: App Download process and update plans
« Last post by aggie on April 18, 2017, 11:17:40 am »
I'm not sure how to give/get update info for the digital maps.  I noticed on the Route 66 map 6 it shows leaving Cajon Rd and going through Devore.  The recent construction has reconnected Cajon Rd so you don't have to climb the hill into Devore.  Cajon Rd now continues under the freeway.
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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by indyfabz on April 18, 2017, 10:51:32 am »
One great way to link the TA and the NT out west is to take the Great Parks North route from Missoula up to Columbia Falls.  It's worth a few days to backtrack to West Glacier and Apgar to see Glacier N.P.   

Great tip there. That looks like a better option than trying to do the Divide trail on a road touring bike. I'll probably miss a few views, but Missoula is just as good if not better than Helena.
Wouldn't to the Divide on 32c/37c.

I will be going back to Glacier N.P. again this June to ride up the west side of Going to the Sun to Logan Pass and back down again. This will be during a loop tour from/to Missoula. Here is the entire route:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19192705

The latter miles show the link between Missoula and Glacier, only in the opposite direction you would be going. Much of it is part of ACA's Great Parks North route.

There is camping in/around Seeley Lake and further up MT 83 at Lake Alva. (One of the two campgrounds there has no water. Lake Inzez Campground is also dry.) In Big Fork, Wayfarer's State Park now has hike/biker sites. Note that getting to and from W. Glacier involves some dirt at mile 428/511 on the above map unless you want to brave a shoulderless section of U.S. 2 going towards Hungry Horse. 32c shouldn't be a problem, and it's pretty and quiet back there. The pavement picks up at some point at the easterly end of Belton Stage Rd.

In the park you could set up camp and Sprague Creek Campground or further up the road at Avalanche Campground and then ride up to Logan Pass and back. Sprague Creek is smaller (nice tent pads and bear boxes for hikers/bikers) but it's also close to the road. I like it there because you can walk to Lake McDonald Lodge, which is a must-visit. However, if you stay at Avalanche you have a shorter ride up to the pass and you can catch the free shuttle if you want to go the lodge for dinner and/or a beer down by the lake. Personally, I don't like to be dependent on shuttle schedules.

In Whitefish, on the NT, Whitefish Lake S.P. also has new hiker/biker sites with lots of amenities. Lots of train noise though, so bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.

BTW...If you want to take what is supposed to be a very nice detour off the Northern Tier, take a look at the section of the above map between mile 255 and mile 339. (You would, of course, be going in the opposite direction.) From what I have read (including a journal on Crazy Guy), it's supposed to be very nice. You can see the portion between mile 255 and Yaak at mile 297.4 on Street View. There is camping in Yaak itself at what appears to be a lodge/restaurant. There are also a couple of forest service campgrounds with water west of Yaak at mile 292 and 294.5. There is also a store in Yaak, but I don't know how well stocked it is.  Closer to Troy, there is a campground at mile 260.7. Troy has a legitimate grocery store. Really excited about riding this section. The journal entry I read says the climb from Lake Koocanusa up the summit at mile 226 is a tough one. I will be going in the opposite direction. It looks like that way is easier grade-wise.
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Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by dstromberg on April 18, 2017, 10:06:37 am »
Ty, I put your $6 in the mail this morning. I hope this didn't cause any issues for your trip. Dan
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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by dcg1080 on April 18, 2017, 10:05:39 am »
One great way to link the TA and the NT out west is to take the Great Parks North route from Missoula up to Columbia Falls.  It's worth a few days to backtrack to West Glacier and Apgar to see Glacier N.P.   

Great tip there. That looks like a better option than trying to do the Divide trail on a road touring bike. I'll probably miss a few views, but Missoula is just as good if not better than Helena.

I'm not much for the paper type, so I'm hoping to just take digital maps. Shouldn't take extra space. Speaking of does anyone have any app recommendations I may not have heard of before? I've got good apps for just maps purposes, but I haven't run across one yet that's real intuitive. I would like to be able to add my own custom route (like the map app on iphone for directions except the directions are custom) and it also includes the ability to track the actual ride with data, etc.

I've seen several options for either or of these (and probably some that do both and I haven't realized yet), but I would really prefer an app that's kind of all inclusive so I never have to worry about switching while riding.
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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by dcg1080 on April 18, 2017, 09:57:13 am »
I'm not entirely sure of my start date yet, but I'm aiming for mid-May. It's going to depend on wrapping a few other things and finish up a state to state move before I can start gathering what gear I don't have and hit the road.

I'm not entirely sure what that will make my dates out west since I am not going to be following a hard schedule or anything, but I figured if I'm flexible enough on timing it shouldn't matter.
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Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by dstromberg on April 17, 2017, 08:54:43 pm »
I am sorry and will happily send you your $6 back. I'll have it in the mail tomorrow.



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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by jwrushman on April 17, 2017, 07:25:21 pm »
When are you planning to go?  I'm doing Albany to Anacortes via Great Lakes and Northern Tier starting June 1.
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General Discussion / Re: Is touring the Pacific Coast in July safe?
« Last post by BikeFreak on April 17, 2017, 06:17:06 pm »
I live in Europe and biked the Pacific Coast in the summertime. I can assure you that the traffic in Europe is much worse.
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