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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - Whitefish to Libby, Montana via Rt 2?
« on: July 21, 2015, 10:40:05 am »
Here's a link to the MT bicycling map done by the MT DOT that will give you some information:

Routes / Re: Berkeley to Davis
« on: July 06, 2015, 04:51:13 pm »
I would wait. Other folks comment on these posts and it's very possible you'll get information you want so you won't have to buy a map.

Routes / Re: Berkeley to Davis
« on: July 06, 2015, 03:34:37 pm »
Adventure Cycling's Western Express #1 map shows routing from Vallejo to Davis. From the link, click on the blue text "Detail" on 1. San Francisco, CA to Fallon, NV (310.5 mi.).

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.

If going northbound, a detour is to take Ute Pass Rd./CR 15, then unpaved CR 3 to Hot Sulphur Springs. This is a few miles shorter, but requires 1,200 feet of extra cumulative climbing. Quite a few miles of it are also unpaved (albeit a good quality).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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