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I just heard from a cyclist heading west on the Northern Tier who made the following report about the fire situation in Washington:

FYI...Just spoke [on the afternoon of July 22] with Fire information out of Winthrop/Twisp and was told the following:
1) fire had burned thru route 20 several days ago, not much left to burn
2) route 20 is currently open.  It has been closed off and on over the last couple days so that utility crews could restore power lines, not because of smoke or fire.
3) he said that as an alternate if 20 gets closed again, we could take 97 to 153 and that those roads have been more open than 20 because of the larger number of people living in those areas.

In summary, as of now, we are planning on taking route 20 at Okanagan on Thursday [July 24] heading towards Twisp.  Here is the Fire Info contact number tel:509-996-9971 if you want to call to get the latest updates.  The number is open from 7am-7pm.


If you are riding westbound and are traveling with your passport another option might be to head north at Tonasket and enter Canada. The Canadian fires don't seem as ferocious at the moment. You can see an interactive map of fire activity here:


SR 200/A1A will be undergoing construction in stages over the next couple of years.

1) The section of SR 200/A1A from Still Quarters east to Rubin Lane will begin construction this fall.  [2014]

2) The SR 200 from Rubin Lane east to CR 107 is tentatively scheduled for construction beginning in Late 2015/Early 2016.

3) The Section from Still Quarters west to I-95 will start construction late 2016/early 2017.

Still Quarters Rd is just west of US 17; Rubin Lane is east of US 17 near the intersection of SR200/A1A and Miner Rd.  CR 107 [SR 107 on the map] is also called Old Nassauville Rd. 

For stages 1 and 2, Pages Dairy Rd. can provide a feasible detour around some of the work. Southbound Pages Dairy Rd. ends at Chester Rd., turn right onto Chester Rd. then left onto SR 200/A1A. Northbound turn right onto Chester Rd. then left onto Pages Dairy Rd. Turn right onto SR 200/A1A.

For stage 3 there is not currently a clear detour to avoid the construction.


More information from a cyclist on the road, via Twitter, on the detour option:

On 395 at john day to 63 west to 380 thru Paulina apparently, tho no services.


there might be a ranch in Paulina that'll take cyclists in, waiting to hear back atm. [at the moment]


Routes / Re: Bakersfield California to Darby Montana
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:55:25 am »
Early quit no doubt. :)

Nah, musta been a bike ride! ;)

BTW...Tim Carey, the Travelling Bike Nurse, who you may know (I know some of your staff does) is an aquainance of mine. Early this month he rode up north into Canada. Not sure if he's still north of the border or headed back here.

I don't know of Tim but I probably should. Sounds like an interesting combo, nursing and bicycle travel.


Routes / Re: Bakersfield California to Darby Montana
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:38:33 pm »
As I think I noted in my trip report, United Airlines is to blame for my late arrival. I did stop in on 6/28 around noon. Only two people in the office. Already making good use of my Bikelingual bandana.

Hmmm, wonder where we all were?? =) Glad the bandana is working out for you.


Routes / Re: Bakersfield California to Darby Montana
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:34:13 pm »
Hey Indyfabz

First, I'm bummed that we missed meeting in the office while you were in Missoula!

Second, I think you must have an older TransAm #4 map. Once the bike path was completed, we changed the route to do just as you suggest below:

The official AC route gets off the trail and crosses the river onto East Side Highway at Stevensville. No need for that. The East Side Highway is busy and has no real shoulder to speak of. Stay on the trail towards Hamilton.


There is also highway construction which impacts the trail in Rochester, between East Henrietta and Kendrick roads.  There is a posted detour.

We also received a cycling-specific detour suggested by a local cyclist. It is posted on Map 131 on the Northern Tier 10 addenda.


I snuck in a changed Melissa's original post. =)


I hope I'm in the office when/if you come by on Thursday. I am typically off by 3 so it could happen.


There is road construction occurring on US 2 over a 4 mile stretch from just east of Havre. For more information, see the Montana DOT interactive Travel Map:


Hi Brian,

As part of my tour this summer, I'll be riding from Sidney to Victoria, BC, then catching the ferry to Port Angeles, WA. I'm having a hard time finding a map for the Lochside Trail, anyone know where to find one?

I think these two resources include maps of that trail:

Hope this helps!


Thanks for the local intel! Appreciate you thought of posting your experience here.


Routes / Re: Great Divide -- Silverthorne to Salida
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:53:35 pm »
You might check this site for snow pack information:

Hope this helps,

Historic Columbia River Highway closed due to mudslide. See this blog post for more information:


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