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Just drove the section between Apache Junct. and the summit of 60 to the east. That's some nasty riding in there. It wouldn't be so bad going east-west because you'd be headed downhill and get through it quickly. I saw one guy pushing his loaded bike uphill headed east. Did not envy him. Watch out for that bit for sure--high traffic, trucks, many places with no shoulder. Ugh. Might want to check into riding around the north side of the Superstitions, but that will have it's own challenges for sure.
Best of luck! I'm feeling the need for another long tour. Haven't been on one since 2012.
2) It is now (since when?) legal to ride the shoulder of I 40 between Barstow and Needles. I saw a bunch of "Share the Road" signs along the way. This is key because Old Route 66 on that section has some of the worst pavement on the planet, and there seems to be zero motivation for fixing it. Also, once past Fenner, I 40 is by far the safest route down to Needles. There are some bridges under reconstruction west of Fenner, so be warned, but touring cyclists should be down in the Amboy region on Route 66 anyway--much more scenic and quiet.
I've tried to place an ad in the "companions wanted" section a couple times but it does not seem to work as I can't locate my own ad.
As you climb Togwotee Pass, keep your fingers crossed for clear weather just over the top for a view of the Tetons. It's the most magnificent view I know.
That reminds me...When I did that portion of the TransAm back in '00 there was a joint ACA/U.S.F.S. cyclist only primitive camp site on the west slope of Togwotee, maybe 5 miles up from Moran. If it still exists and is listed on the map, I highly recommend it. It has an amazing view of the Tetons. It was a bit difficult to access. There was a post-rail fence with a gap in it and a sign indicating no motor vehicles were allowed. I had to push my through the gap and up a small hill and walk with the bike a bit further, but it was worth it. There was a bear locker and, IIRC, a picnic table or two, but that was basically it. Saw some moose tracks and stumps that had been ripped up, likely by bears looking for grub. No water or toilet, so you'd have to practice primitive camping techniques. You'd also have to carry everything you need from DuBois. (I was going east to west.)
For cyclists who do not register in advance or who are not eligible to receive access to the base, you may legally ride on the shoulder of I-5 between Las Pulgas Rd. and Oceanside (Exits 62 to 54). For safety reasons, cyclists should exit and re-enter the freeway at the Aliso Creek Rest Area about midway through this stretch.
Walla Walla the town so nice they named it twice. Section 7, Map 99 of the ACA Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail shows Detail A as crossing Hwy 12 at Lower Waitsburg Rd/N. Clinton St. This highway crossing is not open to pedestrians/cyclists. Coming in westbound on Middle Waitsburg Rd as you pass the airport turn left onto Blue Mountain Dr. and immediately right onto Rainer Dr./Wellington Ave. which will lead you under Hwy 12 and into Walla Walla. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18002423