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Hi Bob,

I'm glad you were able to make the trip. Thanks for reporting back on your experience.


General Discussion / Re: 2 General Questions
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:18:52 am »

For a trip beginning in June, you are safe to buy your maps now. It sounds like your other questions have been answered by your fellow traveling cyclists.

Have a great trip!


Hello Ladyworldcyclist,

I don't doubt the utility of older maps. They certainly can be useful in a certain capacity. If the routing is the same or similar enough, the older maps would definitely make a great second set for a riding partner.

I was mostly concerned by your comment, "Yes they are quite old.  But the route data should still be reasonably accurate" and how some folks might interpret it. I thought it important to point out that maps of that age could -- and some certainly do -- have significant route changes since their publication.

That being said, all maps are dated the instant they are published so none of them are as current as users might like them to be. =)


Wow, what a stash of old maps!

Please note that while maps of this age may be good resources for planning purposes, we do not recommend using out of date maps for navigation. Most of the maps listed will have had minor route changes and some more major. All will have had service changes as well as improved notes in the Riding Conditions.

It is our recommendation that if there is no longer an addenda available online for a map, that a new map be purchased. Generally, this means maps older than about 8 years should be updated with new maps for the best experience.


The final stage of the new bridge over the Ohio River from Madison, IN to Milton. KY is now taking place. It is unclear when this phase will be complete. You can check the progress here:

During the closure, you will need to take the following detour recommended by a local cyclist.

Northbound on map 35:
0(0 km)Continue straight (east) on SR 56. 20(32)Vevay. Route becomes SR 156. * 26(42)Turn left onto SR 101. Cross Ohio River, enter Kentucky. Route becomes SR 1039. * 33.5(54)Ride over I-71. SR 1039 curves left. Turn right onto Boone Rd./SR 465. * 35(56)Turn right onto Sparta Pike/SR 35. 37(59)Sparta. Rejoin route on map 36.

Southbound on map 36:
* 20.5(33)Sparta. Turn right onto Sparta Pike/SR 35. * 22.5(36)Turn left onto Boone Rd/SR 465. * 24(39)Turn left onto SR 1039. Ride over I-71. * 31.5(51)Cross Ohio River, enter Indiana. Turn right onto SR 156. 37.5(60)Vevay. Route becomes SR 56. 57.5(92)Madison. Rejoin route on map 35.

NOTE: SR 56 is not in great shape -- it is broken in places and there is no shoulder -- and you will be sharing it with 55 mph traffic. Ride with caution.

On map 16, the Three Capes Scenic Route is closed due to a landslide. We've been advised by county officials that the landslide is unstable and continuing to shift. You will need to use the Netarts Highway Alternate south of Tillamook.

It is unknown when this will be repaired.

For updates call Tillamook County Road Department at 503-842-3419.


We just received information about a rock slide on SR 1 in Big Sur, south of Andrew Molera State Park. The highway has been closed, we do not know for how long.

From Caltrans Road Conditions (



Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:44:41 am »
Hello OldDogBC,

I'm route planning for an April 2015 Southern California to Bar Harbor, ME trip and was wondering if the Route 66 map project was still scheduled for publishing this year? Just curious and hoping it will provide options / detail for the CA - AZ- NM part of the journey.

We are just finishing the layout of the Bicycle Route 66 maps. The intended publication date of the maps is targeted for early 2015.


Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:25:39 am »
Any thoughts to when this route becomes snow free? This year or average?

From the press release:

When planning their tour, cyclists should time their itinerary with the seasonal sweet spot for Northern Rockies backcountry travel: after the snow has melted up high, but before wildfire season starts — sometime between late June and late July. Autumn can be another good time for a trip, with its cooler nighttime air temperatures, which make the route’s numerous hot springs all the more inviting. For an autumn excursion, cyclists should shoot for early September to mid-October.
Entire release can be read here:


General Discussion / Re: Great Divide Shuttles
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:39:15 pm »
You might also want to check with the services listed on the Logistics tab of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route description page:


We recently received this report from a local cyclist in southern California. This information pertains to map panel 56:

I took a drive yesterday north of Ventura, CA specifically to check out some new Caltrans construction areas along SR-101 (aka U.S. 101) which we knew would affect cyclists along the Pacific Coast Route.

The construction area is about 10 miles south of Santa Barbara and begins (on its north end) at the Santa Barbara - Ventura County line (which is Bates Road) and extends south easterly for about 5-6 miles (i.e along south bound SR-101) to Seacliff Drive. 
The former south bound bike lane, which were actually located on the SR-101 roadway between those two points, currently is closed due to construction. The north bound bike lane between those two points has been somewhat rerouted but remains open behind K-rail construction barriers.

At Bates Road (i.e. the county line) exit at Bates Road and turn left, proceed under the SR 101 bridges and link up with the north bound bike path. Travel south bound on the north bound path until it rejoins the existing bike facilities about 5-6 miles south at Seacliff Drive.   

Riders should be made aware that they will be counter flowing against traffic (but behind a K-rail barrier), and that they will also be facing oncoming cyclists heading north bound along this temporary path.


Thanks for keeping this thread up to date, TheBigLug!


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: TransAmerica Trail, Section 9
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:57:40 am »
That is great news. Thanks for sharing the article, John.


Routes / Re: BR35
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:54:31 am »
USBR 35 is definitely firm in Michigan. You can see the entire route here:

Have a great trip.


Routes / Re: Florida to Ohio routes? maps?
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:15:19 am »
I'm sorry to read that you didn't get the additional information for cycling in Florida at that resource that you needed.

Also, it looks like the page I directed you to earlier has changed. If you now go to you can select Florida from the dropdown menu and see a number of resources below the contact information that might be more helpful.


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