Welcome to TWACA or touring with Adventure Cycling Association

This web site uses WordPress and  several WordPress Plugin Registry plugins designed and developed for bicycle touring planning journal writing using Adventure Cycling’s maps and resources.

The first tour to use this site will be a 2016 Trans American Trail ride starting in Astoria Oregon and ending in Pueblo Colorado. When completed will close out the route started in 2013 that went from Yorktown Virginia to Pueblo Colorado via the Katy Trail.

On this site is a page with a public use map editor, see the plugin website for information on using it.

The WordPress Plugin Registry plugins used to support planning and journal writing are

  • IBS Mappro is used to define the route, places to stay, and points of interest. Used also to provide a map tracking by email posts. The posts are added to the blog but also can position a named marker and update a message. The map editor targeted the Adventure Cycling’s digital data for outlining the route. However the route is over written with a new route following the roads and broken down by each day’s travel.
  • IBS Calendar is used to show the plan and note special occasions that may coincide with the tour. The calendar also shows the Google Holiday calendar.
  • IBS Events is used to create events that are posted and show in the IBS Calendar view.
  • Postie is used to handle email postings can include image attachments.  The emails may also include tracking information.
  • Weaver II Pro and its associated plugin this is the site’s theme which is customized. The goal was to have a clean and simple presentation that was mobile adaptable and responsive to various devices. Its plugin is used to present posts in a chronological ascending order rather than descending order in blog postings. Overall it is a very flexible theme and plugin.

Utah Utopia Summary

Oren was an excellent tour guide and we visited some awesome places, Arches, Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef National Parks. In addition I was able to add Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse, and Goblin State Parks to my list. And we also did some hikes that were great too.

But as a sag driver I was only able to do sag duties two days as the weather made bike riding untolerable. The one opportunity we had to camp, with decent weather, at Goblin State Park the campground was booked and the few places left that were available was in the mud and the tent pads pools.

I have mixed emotions about having a sag on a bike tour. It seems to offer a too easy of a way out when the weather is bad, as we experienced. Without a sag you just have to tough out the weather and soldier on.

On this route riding fully loadable and camping would be rather difficult because there were some huge climbs and some smaller but rather sharp climbs most of the way. And none of us were exactly young either. The alternative is either a credit card tour or a longer loaded tour with shorter mileage.

This seemed be an anomaly with the weather we experienced as the end of September and the beginning of October are normally the prime time for southern Utah.

Long Canyon Slot

In Torrey, Utah at an art gallery I bought a framed photograph/media of this slot canyon. The photographer told me the location where he took the picture. This is the place where it was taken In Long Canyon. Actually this was taken looking out of the slot.

Cabins at Bryce

Rain today. This is Harolds Place with great little cabins and restaurant about 12 miles west of Bryce and at the start of Utah 12 scenic highway. Harpo standing there.

Oren Spoon

On a hike. At the west entrance to Zion there is great overlook we hiked to to look into Zion. Oren, our tour guide knew about all these great little hikes.