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Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:01:10 pm »
If you have the maps they list numbers for the USFS campgrounds - call them to find out about offseason usage. And the USFS also could answer your question about bear & cat activity. As long as you are hanging your food and not sleeping with your food in the tent I don't think you have too much to worry about.
In Butte, you could ask at The Outdoorsman to see if you could leave a vehicle there.

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On map 30, state hwy. 24 between turns A and B is closed through the fall of 2014. Use state hwy. 165 as a detour around the closure.

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Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:27:28 am »
I agree with what indyfabz suggests. MT 569 has minimal traffic, great scenery, and is a good way to get back to Anaconda. Definitely go clockwise from Anaconda. Just so you know, bikes are allowed on the interstates in MT so you can ride them to reach the route. Another option would be to go into Butte and ride the loop north of town.

Unless we have an early storm this area will be free of snow in October, though cold at night. Usually in October we have beautiful indian summer weather. Bow hunting season has already begun and rifle season starts around the 4th weekend in October. To be safe wear bright clothing.

If you wanted, from Wise River, you could ride south to reach camping. That road also has good scenery and very little traffic.

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Between Twisp and Carlton, SR 153 is closed due to a mudslide. We had a rider go through there last week and they are not expecting to open anytime soon.

Clockwise (CC:) To get to Carlton-Twisp Road: coming out of Winthrop, take the Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road (as indicated in the map already). Once you hit the T-intersection at SR 20 (still unmarked), take a RIGHT. The Carlton Twisp Road will be a HARD LEFT just a little ways down the road. The traffic is moderate as this is now the main road from Twisp to Carlton.

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Routes / Re: Seattle to Logan, UT
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:29:02 pm »
It will depend on which roads you are using. Interstates and major U.S. and state highways are almost always plowed during and after snow storms. But there are roads over passes that are closed for the winter. For example, southeast of Mt. Rainier, Hwy. 410 is closed in the winter, but U.S. 12 is open. You will have to check on state DOT websites to confirm. I think that mid-April could be a good time to leave Seattle, but be prepared for rain/snow at any higher elevations. And if a storm blows through you might have to wait a day before continuing your journey.

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Routes / Re: Great Divide Rooseville, MT to Helena, MT
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:50:52 pm »
Mathieu:
I have to admit - I was guessing at the percentage and did not take the time to figure it out. Thanks for correcting me.

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Routes / Re: Great Divide Rooseville, MT to Helena, MT
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:53:46 am »
I would estimate about 5-10% is on pavement between Roosville and Helena.

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Routes / Re: Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:43:34 pm »
ACA has mapped specific routes over the past 38 years and developed what we call the Adventure Cycling Route Network. There are groups, state and local agencies and regional organizations that also have developed/are developing bike routes, for example the East Coast Greenway and the Mississippi River Trail, Inc. And the Rails to Trails Conservancy had helped get numerous railroads beds converted to trails. We don't see these trails, and others like the GAP and C&O as a part of our AC Route Network. They certainly add to the overall choices where one can go on a bike, and we're happy to talk about them. We even use them on some of our tours. Many of these trails already have online maps or guidebooks. John is correct is saying that we try to stretch our resources instead of duplicating what is already available.

As far as I know, there isn't an online site or organization that lists all the different bike routes and trails all over the country.

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Instead of going around Flathead Lake our Great Parks North map takes cyclists up Hwy. 83 through the Swan Valley, and uses mostly smaller county roads to reach Glacier NP. If you do want to cycle around the lake US 93 has shoulders and more traffic, as compared to Hwy. 35 which is narrower and in many places has no shoulder.

If you are visiting the office you can view this map.

After you leave the Grasslands National Park you should head farther north and not stay along the border. In eastern MT and western ND the Bakken oil field is booming and this field extends north into Canada. There will be high amounts of large truck traffic and gravel roads, the same as there is in the U.S. Google "Bakken oil field map" and you can see its range.

Here is the site for online cycling journals. You could search for Saskatchewan and Manitoba to see if anyone has cycled through those provinces with suggestions of routing.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

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Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:09:35 am »
Here are tips for planning your own route:
You can get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. As mentioned earlier, nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:
http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/state.cfm

For ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/how-to-create-your-own-route/

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Randy:
You are wrong about the Basin to Butte re-route not being shown on the most recent map. It is shown - all the 6 U.S. maps were updated and reprinted in May 2014. The re-route doesn't show on the 2011 maps.

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Aaron at Gravity Sports in McCall called about the riding conditions on the Secesh Option. Basically it is unrideable in a couple of sections due to an excessive amount of downed trees and/or rutted trails:

1) From Twentymile Trailhead to Foolhen Meadows Trailhead - he was out here himself and said it wasn't suited to loaded riding of any kind right now due to the number of trees down. He only got about 5 miles in before he had to turn back.

2) From A to F on the map, in addition to downed trees, the trail is quite rutted - this was reported by cyclists coming into the shop. They had spent hours climbing over the downed trees and were frustrated by the amount they encountered.

Aaron talked to the local forest rangers and they stated it would be at least mid-September before they would have a chance to get in there and clear any of it. Apparently this is common due to the nature of the area.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« on: July 09, 2014, 09:49:53 am »
Depending on where you want to go in Seattle you can continue to the end of the Northern Tier in Anacortes. Then use the Pacific Coast Route to go south. In Bremerton there is a spur to reach the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. You can take the ferry across which brings you into downtown Seattle.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: N. Tier Westbound from Missoula
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:48:44 pm »
Hwy. 200 to Sandpoint, ID. If you email me I can send you a map pdf that gives services information.

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Thanks for mentioning this. Waverly is on #4. Due to multiple comments from cyclists we have changed the routing in that area to avoid TX 150 and updated maps have been available since November 2013. For more information please read this blog:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/reroute-on-the-southern-tier-austin-texas/

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