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Routes / Re: Route 66 between Kelbaker Rd and Essex
« on: Today at 11:47:07 am »
Thanks for the note, Todd.

For the record, though, while it may be possible to get through on National Trails Hwy between Essex and Kelbaker Rd. during dry weather, this road is still officially closed and we cannot recommend it.  Also note that trying to ride this section in wet weather could be very dangerous.   

Safe travels indeed.

On the Hell's Gate Option, Webb Rd. is closed for construction.  Use Lapwai Alternate and River Option instead. 

For more information, see:

Construction on a bridge will close the road just north of turn I, starting May 11, 2015.  Construction is scheduled to be completed November 16, 2015.  For more information, go to:

A possible reroute:
EB: At F, Continue straight on Garth Rd./CR 614. In 5 mi., turn right onto Old Garth Rd./CR 601. At stop sign in 2 mi., at the stop sign, continue straight onto Old Ivy Rd./CR 601.  In 1 mi., bear left onto Ivy Rd./US 250 to rejoin route.  Mileage remains the same.

WB: At junction of Ivy Rd./US 250 and Old Ivy Rd - 13(21km) – bear right onto Old Ivy Rd.  At stop sign in 1 mi., continue straight onto Old Garth Rd./CR 601. In 0.5 mi. bear right to continue on Old Garth Rd./CR 601. In 2 mi., turn left onto Garth Rd./CR 601. In 5 mi., continue straight to rejoin route at F.  Mileage remains the same.

General Discussion / Re: My dog wants to go with me
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:55:23 am »
Hi scott362,

I use the K9 cruiser with my dog:

It has worked great to keep my dog out from under my tires, and she also has much less leverage to pull me over.  She is under 20 lbs.  (a Jack Russell Terrier), but has been very peppy and likes to energetically try to dart off after things.  When I used to just hold her by a leash, she would pull me over when she did this.  But with the K9 cruiser she has been unable to pull me over. 
The woman I bought the K9 cruiser from (2nd hand), had used it with a medium sized black lab, and told me it worked great with him too. 

Not sure how well it would work with a really energetic larger dog. But if you don't find anything else, it may be worth a shot.   I have been using mine for almost 10 years and love it! 

Thanks for that info Nicolai!   

We got another report that the construction area of SR 71/Sage Creek Rd. is nearly impassable if it has rained.  So consider taking the reroute if it has been wet.

There is road construction along SR 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel, making the road very rough and causing delays. Estimated construction completion is July 2015.  For updates, see

To avoid this construction, take the main route and not the White River Alternate.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Northern Tier 11, Map 143 - 2014-2015
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:43:23 pm »
There is road construction along SR 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel, making the road very rough and causing delays. Estimated construction completion is July 2015.  For updates, see

Suggested re-route:

EB: 13(21)Rochester. Turn left onto North Hollow Rd., which becomes
Camp Brook Rd. 23(37)Turn right onto SR 12. 25.5(41)Bethel. Continue straight onto SR 107.  Rejoin route.

WB: 2.5(4)Bethel. Ride straight onto SR 12. 7. 5(12)Turn left onto Camp Brook Rd., which becomes North Hollow Rd.  17.5(28)Rochester. At town square, turn right onto unsigned SR 100. Rejoin route.

Here is a suggested reroute:

12.5(20)Utica.  Continue straight on Utica Pike. 13.5(21)Turn right onto Church St.  In 0.1 mi. bear left onto Front St. 14(22)Turn left onto Ash St. In 100 ft., turn right onto 2nd St.  14.5(23)Turn right onto Walnut St. In 150 ft. bear left onto Upper River Rd. 16(26)Turn left onto Waterline Rd. (the second left at this intersection.) 19.5(31)Continue straight onto Bethany Rd. 21(34)Turn right onto High Jackson Rd.  Rejoin route at mile 23.5

10.5(17)Turn left onto Bethany Rd. 12(19)Continue straight onto Waterline Rd. 15.5(25)Turn right onto Upper River Rd. 17(27)Utica. Bear right onto Walnut St.  In 150 ft. turn left onto 2nd St. 17.5(28)Turn left onto Ash St. In 100 ft., turn right onto Front St. In 0.2 mi., bear right onto Church St. In 0.1 mi. turn left onto Utica Pike. 19(30)Rejoin route at mile 21.5.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / UGRR Section 3, Map 33 - 2014
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:34:40 pm »
Utica-Sellersburg Rd. is closed for about a mile starting at Brookhollow Way and going north.  This is part of the Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing construction project, which spans several roads in this area.  Utica-Sellersburg Rd. is expected to be re-opened in November.  For updates, see this website:

There is construction on SR 71/Sage Creek Rd. south of Rawlins - from 26 miles south of Rawlins (around mile 164 on our Great Divide Map A) to the junction of Highway 70 (on Map B). The road will be closed between 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, excluding Federal holidays.

A possible re-route if you can cross through the northern 5 miles of the construction area during a time when the road is open:
169(272)Turn right onto McCarty Canyon Rd./CR 503. 195(314)Continue straight onto Cherry Grove Rd. 203.5(328) Turn right onto CR 561. 204.5(329)Savery. Turn left onto State Hwy. 70. 209(336)Slater.  Rejoin route on Map B at mile 42.1(67.7).
(updated post 20 June 2014)

There is construction on the bridge over the Iowa River just north of Oakville on CR 99.  Louisa County will try to keep this bridge open as they work on it until September, but may need to close it occasionally for a day at a time.  Then in September they will close the bridge for about a month.  The re-route is significant, especially if you are traveling southbound, so call Louisa County ahead of time to find out the status of the bridge:
Louisa County Engineer/Road Department: 319-523-5271
One reroute option:
19(30)Turn right onto CR G62. 22.5(36)Turn right onto CR 99. 23(37)Cross Iowa River. Wapello. Route becomes Franklin St. 23.5(38)Turn left onto US 61. 30(48)Turn left onto CR H22. 37.5(60)Turn right onto CR 99.  Rejoin route 0.5 mi. south of Oakville.
1(2)Turn left onto CR H22. 8.5(14)Turn right onto US 61. 15(24)Wapello. Turn right onto Franklin St./CR 99. 15.5(25)Cross Iowa River. 16(26)Turn left onto CR G62. 20(32)Turn left onto CR X61. Rejoin route 3 miles south of CR G56.
CAUTION: US 61 can have high traffic and has no shoulder.  Use caution.
To avoid US 61 you can ride through Illinois instead of Iowa.  However, the closest to Oakville that you can cross the Mississippi river is Muscatine from the north and Burlington from the south.
See the Illinois bicycle maps for routing on the Illinois side of the river:

I do mean US 20. 
EB: 37.5(60) Ride under US 20. 
WB: 31.5(50)Ride under US 20.

Thanks for the catch!

CR Y13 is closed between Farley and Cascade.  At the end of the construction season this year (2014), the road will be re-opened as a gravel road.  Next year (2015) CR Y13 is scheduled to be re-paved.

Recommended re-route:
EB: Map 92
G 33(53) Farley. Turn left onto 1st Ave., which becomes Old Hwy Rd.  37(58) Epworth. Turn right onto Center Ave. S. 37.5(60)Ride under US 20. Route becomes Placid Rd. 41(66)Turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. 41.5(67)Turn left onto Roller Coaster Rd. 43.5(70)Turn right onto N Cascade Rd. 47.5(76)Turn right onto US 151.  Warning:  This mile of US 151 can be busy and has no shoulder.  Use caution. 48.5(78)Exit right toward Cascade.  Turn left onto Fox St. 49(79)Turn right onto1st Ave.  Rejoin route on panel 93, turn A.

WB: Map 93:
20.5(33)Turn right onto US 151. Warning:  This mile of US 151 can be busy and has no shoulder.  Use caution. 21.5(35)Turn left onto N. Cascade Rd. 25.5(41)Turn left onto Roller Coaster Rd. 27.5(44)Turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. 28(45)Turn left onto Placid Rd. 31.5(50)Ride under US 20. Route becomes Center Ave. S. 32(51)Turn left onto Main St. which becomes Old Hwy Rd. 36(58)Turn right onto 1st St. which becomes CR Y13. Rejoin route on panel 92, second part of turn H.

The bridge over the Waccamaw River is out on Red Bluffs Rd./CR 31.  Road construction is expected to be finished mid September 2014. 

Suggested Reroute:
SB, map 54: G 20(32) Continue on SR 90.  22.5 (37) Turn right onto Old Reaves Ferry Rd./CR 105.  29.5 (50) Turn left onto SR 905.  Resume route.
NB, map 55: 21(34) Turn right onto Old Reaves Ferry Rd./CR 105.  28(45) Turn left onto SR 90.  G Rejoin route at SR 90 and CR 31.

Check SCDOT for more information:

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Arizona - New Mexico Route 66 Tour
« on: November 07, 2013, 04:09:43 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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