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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Arizona - New Mexico Route 66 Tour
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:09:43 pm »
Nice description of what sounds like a great ride, John.  Thanks for the notes - and the contact information.  We'll keep you on our list of contacts for this route. 

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A cyclist wrote in and said she was indeed able to bike through this section.


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I talked with Neosho County Road and Bridge Dept. today, and the Elk Rd. construction is now to a point where cyclists can get through.  Road construction is expected to be complete late Sept 2013.

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On Map V, the frontage road between Terry and Fallon is closed due to a landslide.  Length of time for the closure is unknown.  You can take I-94 as an alternate.  Check http://roadreport.mdt.mt.gov/map/ for updates.

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There is major flooding in Alberta and British Columbia on and near the Great Divide route.  For general information, see http://environment.alberta.ca/forecasting/advisories/ for Alberta and http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/index.html for British Columbia.  For more local information, contact municipalities and National Parks.

If you have more information about specific route closures or suggested reroutes, please post. I will update this discussion if I receive further information.

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US 6 will be closed starting Monday, May 13, near Joppa Rd. between SR 61 and SR 60 for the replacement of a culvert.  It is expected to reopen June 3, 2013.   Check the Ohio DOT District 3 website for updates (http://www.dot.state.oh.us/DISTRICTS/d03/Pages/default.aspx).  The detour given by Ohio DOT leads traffic to limited access SR 2.  Use the following detour instead.

Eastbound:
0(0)Continue on Cleveland-Sandusky Rd./US 6.* 2(3)Turn right onto Frailey Rd. *3.5(6)Turn left onto Darrow Rd. *5.5(9)Turn left onto Barnes Rd. *8(13)Turn right onto Cleveland-Sandusky Rd./US 6.  Rejoin route on map 117

Westbound:
*19(31)3 miles after Vermillion, turn left onto Barnes Rd. *21.5(35)Turn right onto Darrow Rd. *23.5(38)Turn right onto Frailey Rd. *25(40)Turn left onto Cleveland-Sandusky Rd./US 6. Rejoin route on map 117.

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A bridge is being repaired on Strecker Rd. between SR 269 and Billings Rd. (W. of SR 4).  The construction is estimated to be finished in late May.  While the road is closed, use the following detour:

Eastbound:
Ignore the last turn (I) at the end of Map 115 and stay on S. Ridge Rd./CR 175.  Starting Map 116: 0(0 km)Continue on S. Ridge Rd.\CR 175. *3.5(6)Bend right following Portland Rd.\CR 175.  *6(10)Turn right onto Billings Rd. *7.5(12)Turn left onto Strecker Rd.  Rejoin route on map 116.

Westbound:
*18(29)1.5 mi. after SR 4, turn right onto Billings Rd. *19.5(31)Turn left onto Portland Rd.\CR 175. *22(35)Bend left following S. Ridge Rd.\CR 175. 25.5(41)Rejoin route on map 115.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: May 06, 2013, 08:41:52 am »
Hi Mathieu,

Thanks for these recommendations!   I'll check out your crazyguyonabike blog and again, may get in touch if we decide to use this as an alternate. 

For the section between Grants and Gallup, we came to the same conclusion about the safety of that interstate segment and plan to avoid it.  Very scary indeed!

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: May 02, 2013, 08:48:20 am »
Mathieu,

Thanks for your ideas on routing between Ash Fork and Williams, AZ!  We generally avoid dirt roads because many do not like to ride them, but we will consider this as an alternate if we have room as we are laying the route out.  We may be in touch for more details if we decide to include this alternate.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: May 02, 2013, 08:44:57 am »
Jeff,

We have not mapped out services yet, but between Flagstaff, towns with services are spread out at reasonable riding distances of 40-60 miles (see any map of the area).  There is not much in between, though.  So you'll want to carry enough food and water for the entire day, plus a bit extra for emergency. The area with the fewest services is between Holbrook and Gallup, but when last checked there was a hotel, restaurant, and gas station in Chambers.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:14:52 am »
Thanks for your ideas on Route 66!  Suggestions from riders who have been to the area are big considerations for us as we choose a route.   

Mcallawa, the route you described was actually considered as research was done, but because of some of the reasons you mention here (bad pavement, discontinuous frontage road, in addition to unsafe riding conditions), we agreed on the route you see on the New Mexico Touring Society website, after doing research and collaborating with that group.
 
Jamawani, your suggested route sounds beautiful!   However, when conditions allow, we are trying to keep the route as close to Route 66 as possible.
 
In general, for our Bicycle Route 66, we are trying to follow Route 66 as much as possible, as long as it would provide a good long distance bike tour.  The route will, however, veer off in places where we feel like Route 66 no longer makes a good bike trip (keeping our members and customers in mind).   Things that we consider are safety, traffic, pavement condition, shoulder width, visibility, available services, scenery, and historical points of interest.
 
If you have other ideas/suggestions, please keep them coming.  We definitely value your input.

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