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Northern Route (going westbound)
Exit I-90 at Regis, MT. Go east on Hwy. 135 to Hwy. 200. Go north to Thompson Falls. Turn west onto MT Secondary Hwy. 471 to Thompson Pass. Continue over the pass into Idaho passing through Murray, Prichard, Enaville and Kingston. Rejoin I-90 at Exit 43. The road is paved all the way, very scenic and frequently used by cyclists.
Southern Route (going westbound)
Note: There is no viable southern option for road cyclists.
However, if bicycles are set up for gravel, i.e., a mountain bike or a bike with at least 700x32c tires; there is a much shorter detour—only 11.5 miles. It is the NorPac Trail. Details can be found at http://friendsofcdatrails.org/maps/for_all/09_NorPac_Trail.pdf
Going westbound the trail starts at the Lookout Pass Ski Area on I-90.
Go to the ACA Routes main Page > Maps Section >Green Mountains Loop (right side of page). Then click on the "GPS" section near the top of the Green Mountain Loop section summary. That will take you to the GPS data page. Be sure you are logged in to be able to download the info.
The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to close the Camp Pendleton Bike Path—the only bike access between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. along Interstate 5 (I-5)— for military operations between this Monday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Under normal bike path closure circumstances Caltrans would open the freeway shoulders in this segment to bicyclists, however there is a construction project that has closed the shoulders of I-5 in that segment. Caltrans will provide a 24/7 on-call shuttle for bicyclists to pass through the closures in the I-5 corridor between Oceanside and San Clemente. The phone number for the shuttle is (619)385-3267. There will be pick-up locations at the Las Pulgas Rd. parking lot for northbound cyclists, and at the south end of the Old Hwy. 101 bike path at Basilone Rd. for southbound cyclists. Those locations will serve as drop-off locations for the opposing directions of travel. Signs at both locations will include the shuttle phone number. Please share this information and make your plans accordingly. We apologize for any inconveniences in advance.
The first, and probably easiest, has you leave the current route at St Augustine (if you are going north) and head over toward Green Cove Springs on SR 16/SR13, then up the east coast of Lake George and the St Johns River on Madrid Ave. This is shown as a high traffic road on our Bicycle Friendly Roads app, but it is the preferred route of the local cycling club. I expect they are using it during off-peak traffic times, and apparently folks on this route are used to seeing cyclists.
You cross into downtown Jacksonville on the Acosta Bridge, then take Main Street/US 17 north to rejoin the existing bike routes. Main Street/US 17 is a multilane road, and there are bike lanes north of the railroad tracks (we need to reflect this on the website) but not south of the RR tracks. Cyclists can take the outside lane, or they could use one of the smaller parallel residential streets instead (that’s what I’d probably do.) You can see these on the website.
The second alternative would be to continue north to US 90/Beach Blvd, due east of Jacksonville, and ride that west toward Jacksonville. US 90 has spotty bike lanes most of the way in, but as you get close to town you’ll want to jump off onto the local grid and connect to the Acosta Bridge, then it’s north on 17 as described above.