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State Highway 89 is closed due to the Yarnell fire on maps 16 and 17 from mile marker 283 north of Peeples Valley to Date Creek Rd. south of Yarnell (about 14 miles). Here's a link to more info:

We are strongly advising that, because of the extraordinary flooding and flood damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia on June 19 and 20, cyclists should not attempt to ride the Canadian section of the route this year.

I understand that this is an unusual warning, but in all my years at Adventure Cycling, I have never seen such a complete washout of a route. We are receiving many reports of washed-out bridges, destroyed roads, and fast-moving rivers and creeks, which could compromise a cyclist’s safety. In our judgment, there are also no viable alternatives to the route. It would be much wiser for people to wait until 2014 to ride the Canadian section.

FYI... Going from Banff to Radium Hot Springs and down to the border at Roosville is mapped on the Great Parks North #1 and #2 maps. You will still need to check on the roads to find out if they are open. From all the reports we're hearing you don't want to follow the GD Canada routing at all - there's too many bridge closures and road washouts and damage.

The roads on the Great Divide Route through the Santa Fe National Forest between Abiquiu and Cuba are closed to all travel. See this link for more information:

The easiest detour: from Abiquiu, go west on US 84, continue west on SR 96, then south on SR 96, then SE on US 550 to Cuba.

FR 150 was closed June 23 due to the Silver Fire. It's closed from just south of the Beaverhead Work Center (mile 99.1) to Hwy. 35 (mile 146.2). There's lots of fire vehicles on the road and the fire, which is east of the road, is heading north and west so that's why it was closed. It'll be closed anywhere from 7 -14 days.

The easiest detour would be to take Hwy. 12 west (mile 39.0), then south on US 180 to Silver City.

For information:

You can try contacting the state bike/pedestrian coordinators for IN, OH, KY and WV. They might be able to suggest something. Whatever way you go I suspect it will be hilly. Here's the link to the coordinators:

Routes / Re: Pittsburgh to Columbus, OH
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:41:47 am »
Here is a link to the states' bike/pedestrian coordinators. They might have information for you:

Routes / Re: Southern Tier timing and direction
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:59:32 am »
ACA has run a fall Southern Tier for many years beginning in Sept. and ending in Nov. This year it goes W-E beginning Sept. 14 and ends Nov. 17. So there is a precedence for going in the fall.

Routes / Re: Please advise: is Sept to late for Portland to Missoula?
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:05:21 am »
Typically, late September/early October in western MT/Idaho is dry and sunny - what they call "indian summer." Nights could reach below freezing in the higher elevations but that probably wouldn't occur until you almost reach Missoula.

Yes, you are correct. The TransAm intersects with the Underground Railroad about a mile south of the Ohio River ferry crossing in KY.

There is a bridge reconstruction on Wabash Rd. Going southbound you should continue west on Reamstown Rd. and follow the detour signs.

There was a post written about this about a year ago, mentioning using US 17 northward from Florida. Here's the link:

Routes / Re: Looking For Route Recommendations
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:57:35 pm »
In Alberta, Canada the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise north to Jasper has wide shoulders and tremendous scenery

Routes / Re: Charlotte, NC to Cherokee, NC
« on: May 02, 2013, 05:09:16 pm »
You can check with the NC bike/ped program to see if they have any information:

Lauren Blackburn, AICP

phone: 919-707-2601
fax: 919-715-4421

NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
North Carolina Department of Transportation
1552 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC   27699-1552

Routes / Re: Portland to Sun Valley, ID
« on: May 02, 2013, 05:03:01 pm »
For routing in OR go to this link. There's several bike maps you can order:

I don't know if ID has any specific bike maps but you can check this page:

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