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On SR 9 north of Silverthorne, road construction is occurring through July between mile markers 126 to 137. Expect delays Mondays-Thursdays. Info: 970-724-4724.

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John:
I like the idea to use the Inside Fork Rd. I haven't been between Polebridge and Columbia Falls using the North Fork Rd. in years but it used to be as summer progressed, the gravel North Fork Rd. turned into horrendous washboards from traffic. At Polebridge Charlie can ask the locals to see what they say.

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FYI... The original Great Divide route never went through Polebridge and further south via the North Fork Rd. It has always gone up over Red Meadow Pass. We've always recommended cyclists go to Polebridge for supplies - the general store is a great place to visit.

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On FR 477 between Little Shanley Creek and Black Canyon the road will be closed due to construction from July 15 to around Sept. 1. Please check with the USFS ranger office in Seeley Lake to confirm when construction is complete. Here is a detour around it. It's not known if these roads are signed. You can see them on the forest service map but they aren't shown on the Great Divide map.
9.1(14.6)Bear right onto Cottonwood Lakes Rd./FR 9976.
9.3(14.9)Road forks, stay to the left.
12.4(19.9)Turn left onto Woodworth Rd./CR 67.
14.8(23.8)Bend right.
20.0(32)Continue straight onto Upsata Lake Rd. Woodworth Rd. goes right.
20.9(33.6)Pass Upsata Lake fishing access.
22.2(35.7)At "T", turn right.
23.1(37.1)Turn left onto SR 200.
26.5(42.6)Turn right toward Ovando. Rejoin route.

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Routes / Re: My First Cycling Tour From Michigan To Oregon!
« on: June 12, 2015, 01:57:49 pm »
Jamie:
Here
Here's a link to a blog post about creating your own route:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/how-to-create-your-own-route/

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Routes / BicyclePA route V
« on: June 02, 2015, 05:26:46 pm »
I am looking for feedback from anyone who has ridden this specific route in Pennsylvania. I'm interested in hearing about road conditions, traffic, lengths between towns and services, topography and whatever else you might want to share. We know that these BicyclePA routes were designed using state highways so I'd like to hear about any deviations to the route on county roads.
http://www.pahighways.com/other/bicyclepa.html
ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/bikes/state_mapV.pdf

Thanks!

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Routes / Re: Foreigner needs assistance with epic solo bike trip.
« on: May 27, 2015, 04:09:33 pm »
The Allegheny Mountains Loop does include pavement, gravel roads and a portion of the Greenbrier River Trail. It's hilly but it sounds like that wouldn't be a problem for you. If you want to read more about it go to this website and search for The Allegheny Mountains Loop. I'm almost certain folks have ridden this route and written about it.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

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Routes / Re: Choosing a Western Route B&B to B&B
« on: May 26, 2015, 02:06:46 pm »
There is a website called Bed, Breakfast and Biking which lists B&Bs along many bike routes. You can look there to see what is listed for the Grand Canyon Connector.
http://www.bbbiking.com/

The ID Hot Springs Loop is a mountain biking route and you will most likely need to carry panniers and a tent since there's more miles between towns than you can comfortably ride in a day. And I think only Boise and Ketcham would have B&Bs along the route.

And I believe the Utah Cliffs Loop would be similar to the ID Hot Springs Loop in that there might be 2-3 more B&Bs in towns along the way, but you might not find one for every night.

You might want to consider riding what we call the Glacier Waterton Loop which consists of the Great Parks North section 1 and 2 maps. There still could be a few nights you'd have to stay in motels but I think there are more B&Bs than the other routes you mentioned. If you click on the detail maps on this page you can see where the loop goes:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-parks/

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On US 93 south of the Conner Cut-off Rd. (south of Darby) there is a 6.4 mi. stretch of highway that is narrow and winding with minimal to no shoulders. When the MT DOT widened US 93 and added shoulders years ago they didn't do that stretch. I can't remember why it wasn't done but they had reasons for it.

Otherwise, there are shoulders on US 93 up to Lost Trail Pass. And on Hwy. 43 to Wisdom there are a few minimal stretches without shoulders but traffic on that road is light.

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Routes / Re: Connecting from Northern Tier to TransAM near Missoula
« on: May 22, 2015, 06:07:44 pm »
Our Great Parks North section 2 map shows routing and services for the 158 miles between Columbia Falls and Missoula. It's not the most direct route but it's safer.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/cyclosource-store/route-maps/great-parks-north-and-south/sp/great-parks-north-section-2/

The most direct route is to take US 93 from Whitefish south to Missoula. It's about 120 miles. US 93 does have decent shoulders in most places between the 2 cities but it also has much more traffic than the Great Parks North routing. There is Hwy. 35 around the east side of Flathead Lake but the road is narrow and winding in spots, and has minimal to no shoulders. It also carries a moderate amount of traffic, so it's better to stay on US 93.

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Road construction is occurring on SR 602 from May 18 thru late July, 2015. A detour is posted. Following it adds 3.6 miles to the route.

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In Half Moon Bay, a bridge that the bike path uses is out. Please stay on Highway 1 to get around it.

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A detour is listed on our online addenda. FYI - on this detour the northern 6.7 miles are within the construction zone so plan accordingly.
Detour: ...169.0(272)Turn right onto McCarty Canyon Rd./CR 503. 195(314)Continue straight onto Cherry Grove Rd. 203.5(328)Turn right onto CR 561. 204.5(329)Savery. Turn left onto State Hwy. 70. 209(336)Slater.  Rejoin route on Map B at mile 42.1(67.7).

Yes, I was incorrect in saying it was 21.5 miles. It will be corrected ASAP.


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Sage Creek Rd. will be closed for construction from April 20 - Nov. 30, 2105. The closure is 31 miles in length. Currently the road is in reconstruction, with road closures scheduled. Closures of up to four hours will be allowed during daytime hours. Traffic will be allowed through the project from 7 am to 8 am, 12 noon to 1 pm, and 5 pm to 6 pm daily. There are no closures scheduled between 6 pm and 7 am. During times of closure all vehicles will not be allowed though, including bicyclists. Last year it was noted that cyclists were camping on the roadway alignment and awoke in the morning amidst construction activities.  Closures of the road is necessary to prevent the intermixing of the traveling public and construction traffic, thus providing the maximum possible safety of the public.

Cyclists - DO NOT camp on the roadway alignment. Plan your day to avoid construction times.

North terminus:
41°29'24.14" N 107°12'05.38" W
South terminus:
41°07'08.02" N 107°09'20.69" W
 
 Currently the road is in reconstruction, with a road closures scheduled.  Road closures of up to four hours will be allowed during daytime hours.  Traffic will be allowed through the project from 7 am to 8 am, 12 noon to 1 pm, and 5 pm to 6 pm daily.  There are no closures scheduled between 6pm and 7am.  During times of closure all vehicles will not be allowed though, including bicyclists.  Last year it was noted that cyclists were camping on the roadway alignment and awoke in the morning amidst construction activities.  Closures of the road is necessary to prevent the intermixing of the traveling public and construction traffic, thus providing the maximum possible safety of the public.

The road will be open on Sundays and the following holidays this year. Memorial Day Weekend: Noon Friday to 6:00 am Tuesday; Independence Day: Noon July 3 to 6:00 am July 5; Labor Day Weekend: Noon Friday to 6:00 am Tuesday. During these times, public traffic can transverse the roadway unimpeded.

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Bull Run Rd. will be closed from 6/5 to 11/6, 2015. Here is a detour:

Southbound: At [F], continue straight/bear right following SR 624. In 1.5 mi., at Craley, turn left onto SR 425 toward New Bridgeville. At , Rejoin route. Add 0.5 mi. to remainder of map.

Northbound:  At I, continue straight on SR 425. in 1 mi., at Craley and flashing red light, turn right onto unsigned SR 624 toward Wrightsville. At [F], Rejoin route. Add 0.5 mi. to remainder of map.

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