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Routes / Re: Great Divide Route - NFS Maps
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:33:42 am »
On the Great Divide maps, on each side in the text titled "About Map A" or "About Map B" there is a list of what USFS and BLM maps you will need.

Routes / Re: Atlanta to St. Louis route ideas?
« on: March 21, 2016, 01:57:27 pm »
Here is a blog written about planning your own routing. Contacting the state bike/ped coordinator for the states you'll go through is a good idea.

On map 14, traffic at the intersection of Grand Ave./US 60 and Bell Rd. will be re-routed due to bridge construction. The road closure begins April 1, 2016 and is expected to last 6-8 months. Here is a detour. It includes riding on smaller residential streets but the larger arterials will have increased traffic:
EB: Ride under SR 303. In 2.4 mi., turn left onto Meeker Blvd. In 0.1 mi., turn right onto W. Summerstart Dr. In 0.9 mi., turn right onto W. Aleppo Dr. In 0.6 mi., turn right onto N. Spanish Garden Dr. In 0.8 mi., turn right onto W. Whispering Oaks Dr. In 0.5 mi., turn right onto RH Johnson Blvd. In 0.3 mi., at light, cross Bell Rd. which becomes N. Nash St. In 0.9 mi., turn left onto W. Santa Fe Dr. In 0.3 mi., turn right onto Greenway Blvd. Cross railroad. At light, turn left onto Grand Ave./US 60 and rejoin route.
WB: At intersection of of 111th Ave. and Grand Ave./US 60, turn right onto Grand Ave./US 60. In 2.3 mi., turn right onto Greenway Blvd. Cross railroad and turn left onto W. Santa Fe Dr. In 0.3 mi., turn right onto N. Nash St. In 0.8 mi., road becomes RH Johnson Blvd. Cross Bell Rd. In 0.3 mi., turn left onto W. Whispering Oaks Dr. In 0.5 mi., turn left onto N. Spanish Garden Dr. In 0.8 mi., turn left onto W. Aleppo Dr. In 0.6 mi., turn left onto W. Summerstart Dr. In 0.9 mi., turn left onto Meeker Blvd. In 0.1 mi., at light, turn right onto Grand Ave./US 60 and rejoin route.       

To get updates here is a link:

Routes / Re: What the weather like in March Baker City, OR to Coburg, OR
« on: February 16, 2016, 12:14:04 pm »
Go to
Search for cities along the route. Choose one city.
Choose Monthly from the grey bar.
Scroll down to Monthly Average & High Temperatures and Precipitation.

Since it's March it's very possible you could run into snow over the passes if a storm blows through. McKenzie Pass won't be open this early but Santiam Pass will. All the highways are plowed but if a storm occurs you might have to wait it out.

Also, if you are planning to camp, many campgrounds won't be open in March so plan your overnights accordingly. And you won't have the long daylight hours like you do in the summer months.

Routes / Re: Lexignton, KY to Asheville, NC - how to develop a route?
« on: February 11, 2016, 01:11:43 pm »
Here's one suggestion:
Every state Department of Transportation has a bicycle/pedestrian coordinator — even if they are not full time in this position, they will know the resources in their state better than anyone else. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort they will send out for free. The coordinators or their state website often have more information available right there online or in print. And while the maps often aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center maintains a webpage of contact information for each state.

FYI - the Feb. 1 date has been changed to March 1, 2016. Here is the information we recently added to the online addenda for the Pacific Coast Section 5 map:

"Beginning March 1, 2016, Camp Pendleton will require cyclists be pre-registered to gain access to and ride across the base. The registration process may be completed online and is good for 1 year, a valid U.S. or State Identification Card is required. Non-U.S. citizens will require a sponsor. A sponsor should be someone known to a rider. Sponsors have the responsibly to vouch for those they are requesting to gain access to this military facility. More information and a link to register online can be found on the base website:

It is up to each cyclist to determine their eligibility for entering the base by contacting the Base Access office: Base Access Control (760) 763-7604/7605; 6AM-4PM Monday-Thursday (closed Fridays);

For cyclists who do not register in advance or who are not eligible to receive access to the base, you may legally ride on the shoulder of I-5 between Las Pulgas Rd. and Oceanside (Exits 62 to 54). For safety reasons, cyclists should exit and re-enter the freeway at the Aliso Creek Rest Area about midway through this stretch.

I'm looking at a map. It looks like the only way to get around the ferry will take you through Jacksonville. From the north side of Jacksonville, take US 17 south into the city. The highway becomes Main St. Take E. Union St./SR 115 east, then exit, going north, onto University Blvd. Take Merrill Rd. east which becomes SR 116. That will take you to SR A1A, where you rejoin the route, going south.

Here is a link to a map which will help you plan this routing. It shows any bike facilities and shoulder widths.

I've called the FL bike/ped coordinator, and he is calling the regional person who can ask local cyclists the best way to go around the ferry. I realize that won't help you for today. As soon as we know more we will post it.

Routes / Re: Crossing the Mississippi
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:50:05 pm »
You can call the MS bike/ped coordinator (though it is Xmas eve)...
Lindsey Netherland
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
ph: 601-359-7685

or check this website to see if it has any information on the 278 bridge:

On SR 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne, road construction is occurring between mile markers 126 to 131 (south of Green Mountain Reservoir). Expect delays Mondays - Fridays. Info: 970-724-4724. It is recommended to use the following detour. It has a climb/descent over Ute Pass and 12.6 miles of hard packed dirt. It was reported in 2015 that the surface is fine even for 23c/1 inch road tires:

Southbound, at Parshall on map 66, head south on paved Williams Fork Reservoir Rd./CR 3. In 4.5 miles, the road turns to hard packed dirt. Ride 12.6 miles and bear right at junction onto paved road toward Ute Pass. In 9.3 miles, turn left onto SR 9.
Northbound, at CR 15 on map 67, turn right toward Ute Pass. In 9.3 miles, bear left onto unpaved CR 3. In 12.6 miles, the road turns to pavement. In 4.5 miles, you reach Parshall and turn right onto US 40.   

We received notice that on the U.S. Marine Corps base that the Camp Pendleton Bike Path – the only bike access between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. along Interstate 5 (I-5) in northern San Diego County – is scheduled to be closed for military operations between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, 2016. Under normal circumstances Caltrans would open the freeway shoulders to bicyclists, however there is a construction project that has closed the shoulders of I-5 in that segment. Caltrans will provide a 24/7 on-call shuttle for bicyclists to pass through the closures in the I-5 corridor between Oceanside and San Clemente. The phone number for the shuttle is 619-385-3267. There will be pick-up locations at the Las Pulgas Rd. parking lot for northbound cyclists, and at the south end of the Old Hwy. 101 bike path at Basilone Rd. for southbound cyclists. Those locations will serve as drop-off locations for the opposing directions of travel. Signs at both locations will include the shuttle phone number.

In Bastrop State Park, Park Road 1C is closed from Alum Creek Rd. (next to Alum Creek) east to Buescher State Park. The detour is to use State Hwy. 71/95. Traffic is heavy so ride carefully.

Routes / Re: Bikepacking Routes for December?
« on: October 20, 2015, 10:50:47 am »
I have heard that there is some good mountain biking in northwest Arkansas. I don't know of any resources so you'll have to search around to see what you can find.

Routes / Re: route maps
« on: October 16, 2015, 10:09:44 am »
Here is a link to one of our blogs about creating your own route:

Routes / Re: Norther Tier - options around the Great Lakes
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:23:36 am »
None of the AC routes have ever gone through Madison - whomever told you that must be thinking of something else. The main Northern Tier route doesn't get anywhere near the sprawl of Chicago, though John is correct about the corn fields.

Due to a major rock fall in Zion National Park on Hwy. 9 before the tunnels the road is temporarily closed, and will remain closed through the coming weekend. Check with the park for more information or go to

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