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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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For anyone planning to ride on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Minnesota during 2016 and 2017, MN highway 371 will be reconstructed between Jenkins and Nisswa. The guess is that sections of the PBT will be closed to accommodate the construction. The project web site is http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/hwy371/ Three sections of the Paul Bunyan Trail will be relocated (orange areas on the map of the MN 371 project map).

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There is a road closure due to resurfacing and tree clearing on SR 425 N. of New Bridgeville from April into June, 2015. Chapel Church Rd. is a reasonable alternate rather than the posted detour which carries large trucks and is out of the way.

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In Yellowstone National Park, east of Craig Pass, a bridge is being replaced from June 11 through Sept. 10, 2015. Expect traffic delays of up to 30 minutes.

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Routes / Re: Bakken Oil Field Influence
« on: April 14, 2015, 11:00:03 am »
I meant it would avoid most of the oil/gas truck traffic but not other traffic.

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Routes / Re: Bakken Oil Field Influence
« on: April 13, 2015, 10:11:15 am »
The Bakken oil field stretches north into Saskatchewan almost to Regina. If you google "Bakken oil field map" you can see where it's located. It looks like Hwy. 1 across the province would avoid most of the traffic.

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Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Loop 2015
« on: April 10, 2015, 01:29:29 pm »
I suggest you call the national forests listed on the main route map in the USING THIS MAP text. They will be able to give you a good idea of snowpack. It sounds a bit early to me but some parts of the northwest have had a mild winter.

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