Author Topic: Looking for route suggestions? Tips to help others help you.  (Read 1808 times)

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Offline JMilyko

This discussion area frequently sees requests from riders looking for route suggestions, on and off the Adventure Cycling Route Network. There are a number of experienced, knowledgeable touring cyclists on the forum who would like to help you. You can help them do so by providing some information up front in your request:

  • What is your timeframe for riding this route? Include at least beginning and ending months.
  • What kind of riding do you like? Dislike? Consider things like scenery, hills, urban settings.
  • Are you interested in taking in historic or cultural sites? Or are you on the fast track?
  • What are your overnight preferences? Camping in campgrounds, stealth camping, hotels, Warmshowers, a combination?
  • What is your plan for eating? Restaurants or cooking in camp?
  • How many miles a day do you intend to ride?
These are good questions to be asking yourself anyway as you plan a trip so share them up front when asking for advice.

If you have other suggestions to go on this list, let me know and I'll add them.


Jennifer H. Milyko
Assistant Director, Routes & Mapping

Adventure Cycling Association
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Offline Grattdh

Re: Looking for route suggestions? Tips to help others help you.
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2017, 06:28:18 pm »
I m planning a roughly 480 mile ride starting in NYC on August 20th and ending up in Portland, ME on August 25th going on the inland route (e.g. NOT along the atlantic).  I intend to hit the Adirondack Park Loop at Niskayana just above Albany, then jump to the Northern Tier at Ticonderoga and jumping off roughly at Naples, ME to go to Portland, ME.  I'm an experienced long-distance cyclist, like doing about 80 to 110 miles per day.  My issue is getting from NYC to the Niskayana area.  I understand BR 9 will get me to Poughkeepsie (and that's just over 80 miles from Central Park, where I'll be starting.)  My next leg was going to be from there to Saratoga (108 miles).  But I understand that is west of BR 9.  Any advice on whether I should stay east or go to the West of the Hudson for that part? Any established routes that I seem to be missing?  I hotel/motel/B&B it, eating in local restaurants.  This is solo and unsupported, though at 6'4" and 220 personal safety is a bit easier for me.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Looking for route suggestions? Tips to help others help you.
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 11:03:32 am »
Thanks for writing this up!  Hopefully, those who are seeking route suggestions will review this and answer ALL the points when asking for suggestions.

Thanks for all you and the ACA staff do!

Best, John
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

Offline MountainMoose

Re: Looking for route suggestions? Tips to help others help you.
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 10:20:05 am »
Thank you for your suggestions.  Encouraging hearing about other older riders