January 19, 2017
With 48,629 miles in Adventure Cycling’s mapped bicycle routes, it can be a challenge to learn all the details about each of them. We have an interactive route network map, very helpful with the big picture, but you’ll find much more information on the Adventure Cycling Route Network pages.
Each route, like the Northern Tier route shown above, has its own page chock full of details found within the five tabs just below the route’s lead photo. Today, I want to point out what can be found within those tabs.
1. The Overview tab has a handy table listing each map section in a route, showing its beginning/ending points and mileage. It also features a link to a more detailed overview map and Addenda.
Following the table is a text description narrating the route from the first section to the last, including tidbits for traveling the route.
2. The Terrain tab outlines the high and low points on the route and describes the general lay of the land a cyclist will encounter across the miles.
3. The Logistics tab reports the availability (or lack thereof) of services, including especially long stretches between bike shops, and tips for camping. It also offers best times of the year for traveling the route.
4. The Resources tab is broken into two parts. The first part notes some highlights, section by section, of the route while the second part has links to more resources such as local maps and trail information. Many of these links are also found in the Riding Conditions on our printed maps.
5. The Twitter tab shows the most recent tweets using the route-specific hashtag, see the blog, Routes & Mapping now on Twitter, for a list of those. You don’t need to be a Twitter user to have access to this information. However, if you do have a Twitter account, when you click the hashtag at the top of the information, it will take you to a page where you can log in and interact with the tweets from there.
I hope this rundown of all the information on Adventure Cycling’s mapped bicycle routes whets your appetite for some off-season reading and planning.
Photo by Robert Downes
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer ‘Jenn’ Hamelman, Routes & Mapping Assistant Director, and appears once a month, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.