September 28, 2017 - Geopoints blogger Jenn Milyko is Adventure Cycling's Routes & Mapping Assistant Director
Earlier this year we released the first of our route-specific mobile apps for navigating the TransAmerica Trail, Bicycle Route 66, and Pacific Coast routes, followed by the Chicago to New York City (CNYC) route a few months later.
And today, I am happy to announce a fifth addition to our route app family, the Southern Tier Bicycle Route, just in time for those planning to ride this venerable, cross-country route as an autumn or winter adventure. Leave your navigation worries behind!
Along with the Southern Tier, our app developer, Steve Resnick, has recently updated all of our route apps with a wind speed and direction layer. Will it be a headwind? Tuck in and pedal on. Or will you enjoy a tailwind, ensuring smooth sailing for a bit? And then there’s the possibility of a side wind. Will it blow you towards the road or the shoulder? It’s all good information to psych you up for the miles ahead.
Very importantly, the Southern Tier and Pacific Coast apps have an exclusive feature: a severe weather warning events layer. This would have been especially handy during hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And while the West burned with wildfires this summer, this information will be practical for potential winter landslides along the California coastline.
Note: The weather-warning feature will go live in the Pacific Coast app the week of October 2, 2017.
Speaking of those extreme weather occurrences in Florida, bear in mind they will have left a lot of damage in their wake from washed out roads to closed or reduced services. These areas — from Jacksonville to Daytona and Fort Myers through the Keys, as well as many in between — will be recovering from the effects of the storms for months to come. Additionally, in Texas some roadways have been affected due to residual flooding.
Where repairs are being made, know there is a ripple effect. Often, visiting, temporary workers tax the available services. Campgrounds and lodging options could be full, and supplies at convenience and grocery stores may be experiencing higher demands.
Beyond the app’s severe weather warning layer, you’ll also want to monitor our forums, forums.adventurecycling.org, and specifically this board: Temporary ACA Route Road Closures. Adventure Cycling’s Routes & Mapping staff often post gathered information here, and we encourage you to do the same, but the best information you’ll find here comes from area cyclists and concerned locals.
Please comment below! How many of you are planning a ride on the Southern Tier this fall or winter?
Photo courtesy of Christi Horton
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.