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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.

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.

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.

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.

Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« on: February 20, 2015, 04:24:49 pm »
For a map of hiking trails in Glacier here are several sites. I think that the visitor centers would also sell hiking maps of Glacier.

Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:35:59 am »
Have you called anyone on the shuttle sheet that is available online on our Great Divide page? Go to this link and under the Logistics tab there is a link to a shuttle pdf.

Also, try calling the listed bike shops in Helena or Butte to see if they have any ideas.

Routes / Re: TransAmerica then Pacific Coast Summer 2015 (First Tour)
« on: February 03, 2015, 04:17:21 pm »
Leaving in mid-May sounds reasonable from the east coast. That is when our Tours groups leave.

Plan on riding less mileage for the first few weeks. One, you are getting used to riding day after day and your muscles need to adjust, and two, the Appalachians have many steep hills which you'll encounter those first weeks. You can make up the mileage later in the trip. And remember to plan a rest day every 7-10 days.

The cheapest way to go is to camp and cook your own meals. Assuming you have all the necessary gear before you leave, a budget of $35-$50 day should be enough to pay for camping fees and groceries and still stash a bit away for unforeseen expenses like repairs or gear replacement. Going dirtbag-style, it’s possible to travel on $10/day or less.

Routes / Re: ROUT HELP! Chicago, IL to Hilliard, OH
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:07:01 am »
You can get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through. Many states have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:

Routes / Re: Rt. 2 across North Dakota
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:40:04 am »
Send me your email address and I can send you a pdf showing information about services between Missoula and Sandpoint.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: GDMBR Addenda for Canada
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:29:13 am »
Yes, Steve, you are correct. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We'll get it changed.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier San Diego from mid February
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:12:06 pm »
All the highways that the route uses are open all year around in the western states. So Aggie is correct, if a pass is closed due to a snow storm, the road departments will be plowing it soon thereafter.

Routes / Re: Route from Glendale, Arizona to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
« on: January 20, 2015, 11:48:43 am »
The Arizona DOT has several bike maps available that might help you. They have a state map plus several city maps. Here is the link:

Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier #1 map shows routing and services between Glendale, Wickenburg and Quartzsite. To see a Detail Map for #1 routing, after you click on this link, go to "1. San Diego, CA to Tempe, AZ (413 mi.)" and click on the word Detail.

Routes / Re: Missoula to Ovando, G-town Lake, Wisdom
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:01:33 am »
Go to the MT state tourism website - under Places to Stay it lists campgrounds so you can find options.

Routes / Re: Rt. 2 across North Dakota
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:29:02 am »
Here is a link to the blog that was written about the route changes in North Dakota:

The Bakken oil field stretches up into Canada so you will encounter just as much traffic and unsafe road conditions if you try to go north to get around the area. We looked at that as our first option to avoid the Bakken. Even on our new routing to the south folks are encountering oil and gas traffic but it's much less than the area around Williston. To avoid the area entirely you'd have to drop down to South Dakota to cross.

Routes / Re: I90 into Missoula
« on: December 22, 2014, 04:00:30 pm »
Email me directly and I can send you a pdf showing the frontage roads you can ride on between Missoula and Clinton.

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