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General Discussion / Re: Difference on maps?
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:08:45 am »
We are just finishing the Lewis & Clark. The map panels have a elevation profile along with mileage chart.

Not all of our routes have elevation profiles, older maps that have them are in a single strip on the back side of the map. Beginning with the Lewis & Clark route, we started adding them to the individual panels.

Also on the map it would show mileage between point byway of black dots. These features are not on the Subject maps.

Pacific Coast 1, 2 and 3 have been updated with GIS information and some new formatting. The black dots have been replaced with red karats and red numbers in between to show those distances.

I hope this helps,

Routes / Re: North south route from Bozeman to Tucson?
« on: July 25, 2014, 03:04:52 pm »
If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at the resources available from each state for bicycle maps and routes. The following website lists contact information and website links:


As stated earlier, if you are traveling with your passport one alternative to continuing westbound from the Northern Tier route, you can go north and ride across Canada to Vancouver. A couple of cyclists came through the office today and recommended this routing from their experience:

From Tonasket, ride US 97 north to Oroville. Then northwest on Loomis-Oroville Rd along the Similkameen River for 21 mi.
Then leave the river to continue north to the border crossing where the Loomis Oroville Rd. turns south. (The border crossing has limited hours, see this website for more information
Continue north on Similkameen Rd. to Crowsnest Hwy./PR 3.
Ride PR 3 north to Hope, then west on Lougheed Hwy./PR 7 to Vancouver.
As you enter Vancouver route will become Broadway St. As Broadway St. gets busier you can go south 2 blocks to 10th St. which is the bike route into the city.


General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:57:20 pm »
Slight seqway on this topic.  How were the hiker/biker sites in California from SF south to the border?  I've head that quite a few no longer have hiker/biker sites (eg South Carlsbad).

From the Pacific Coast Section 5 addenda (

Some of the CA state parks have closed their hiker/biker sites due to vagrants. You can find a updated list of hiker/biker sites by searching "Activity/Facility" at this site:

Hope that helps.

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:


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