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I've reread the Caltrans information a couple of times and this is my current take.  The shoulder will be available (just try to stay as far to the right as possible).  Even though the on ramp is closed you should still be able to get on the shoulder. 

You can access the dirt road (Cleghorn/Forest Service) directly from where Cajon Blvd ends at the interstate. 

Looking at google maps it appears you may be able to access the Santa Fe fire road where Cajon ends.  It will be a lot less time on a dirt road if you are forced to take one of them because you can't get on I-15.  I'll try to call Caltrans tomorrow to see what they say about cycling on the shoulder and let you know. 

The information from Caltrans indicates the onramp from Cajon/Cleghorn will be closed.  Supposedly there is an emergency shoulder available (whatever that is).  There is forest service road that will take you to the 138.  Not sure about Santa Fe road.   

There is only one small section where you have to ride on the I-15 and it is near the scales.  Unless I'm mistaken the construction hasn't affected the old road - Cajon Blvd.  This is accessed by going through Devore and using Kenwood.  It ends near the scales so you get on I15 for about a mile and get off at the next exit (hwy 138). Right then take a left on Summit Valley Road.  This puts you in Hesperia.

Routes / Re: Los Angeles to Hilton Head, SC
« on: April 07, 2015, 08:01:30 pm »
Another route it to go through Victorville.  The route may be what route 66 uses.  You go through Devore and get on Kenwood Blvd.  It ends at Cajon Blvd.  The parallels I15.  It ends just before hwy 138 so you ride on the interstate only 1 mile before you get off at hwy 138.  Go east until Summit Valley Rd.  This takes you to Hesperia and Victorville  Work you way through those two cities until to get to Hwy 18.  Pass under the freeway and it becomes N D st.  This turns into the National Trails Hwy (66) (go straight at the light).  This will take you to Barstow.   For sure in Barstow you will connect to 66.

Routes / Re: Los Angeles to Hilton Head, SC
« on: April 06, 2015, 10:50:18 pm »
Looks like there is a bridge at Natchez, MS and the east bound side has a wide shoulder.  It may be another way across the river.

Routes / Re: Los Angeles to Hilton Head, SC
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:37:40 pm »
Check out the new maps for Route 66 from Adventure Cycling (ACA).  They will take you from LA to OK and minimize the miles on the interstates.  For the other states you may want to go the their DOT bicycling sites and they give you an idea of the suitability of roads you may want to take to get across the state.  As an alternative you could take the ACA Atlantic Coast route south from SC to connect to the Southern Tier.  This route will put you on roads that minimize the amount of traffic plus the maps will let you know how the distance between services. 

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Mid-summer heat on Route 66
« on: March 30, 2015, 06:43:20 pm »
It will be hot in the South West.  However, it is doable.  There are plenty of posting on how to handle the heat.  Search for riding the Southern Tier during the summer.  I've ridden through AZ in July and yes its hot and dry but it was still good riding if you like that sort of thing.

Routes / Re: Southern Utah routes in Mid-April?
« on: March 14, 2015, 12:45:10 pm »
You should be ok on the cliffs route this year.  Not much snow or rain so the roads should be clear.  Temps should also be good.  Might be a little chilly at the higher elevations.

Routes / Re: Myrtle Beach SC to Palm Springs CA
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:03:50 pm »
Since you say you are ok with the heat the most direct route would be to take the ACA Atlantic Coast route south till it meets up with the Southern Tier.  Take the Southern Tier until Blythe.  You could then take the I-10 to Indio.  It would have more services available than going through Paker, AZ and Twenty nine Palms.  It will be hot when you get to the desert so carry plenty of water and sunscreen.

Classifieds / Free Pacific Coast and Great Rivers Maps GONE
« on: March 13, 2015, 11:09:29 am »
I have some older maps that someone may be able to use.  Pacific Coast is Section 2, 3, 4 and the code is 1612-06L.  Great Rivers South Section 2 1812-06L and Section 3 1813-09.  Just send me a self addressed stamped envelope  Send me an email and I'll give you the address to send the envelope.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions on solo touring.
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:41:53 pm »
If you head east from SF using the ACA maps you'll wind up going through Nevada.  It will be warm/hot as you leave Carson.  Not sure it will be any better if you take the Southern Tier.  It is doable but just be prepared to carry extra water as you will need it.  If it gets too hot you may want to avoid riding during the heat of the day and ride early and late during the day. 

Routes / Flint Hills Nature Trail
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:08:34 pm »
Thinking of incorporating the Flint Hills Nature Trail in a tour later in the spring and I'm wondering if anyone has used this trail.  If so what are your thoughts and impressions.

Southwest / Re: Possible to cycle from Vegas to Grand Canyon?
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:49:13 pm »
It is possible to cycle from Vegas to Grand Canyon but there are only a couple of ways to get there and they involve some interstate riding.  You could ride from Vegas through Boulder to Kingman, AZ on Hwy 93.  You can then connect to old hwy 66 that will take you to I40 near Ashfork.  You can then ride on I40 to Williams, AZ and then hwy 64 to Grand Canyon.  Not sure of the services available on old 66 or the condition of the road.  (It may be part of ACA's new route for hwy 66.)  Going north from Vegas involves a lot of interstate travel.

General Discussion / Re: folders
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:23:59 pm »
I've seen plenty of "Bike Friday's" on tours and the riders seem to do just fine.  Bike Friday even makes a trailer you can use on the trail then put the bike in for shipping or storage.

General Discussion / Re: Waterproof printer paper
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:20:18 pm »
The ink is soluble but the paper is different.  I have the Nat Geo paper and it feels like coated paper.  My guess is the "coating" somehow binds to the ink so it won't run.  I've submerged mine in water and there is no noticeable loss of iink.

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