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Can anyone fill me in on likely weather conditions in Mid-May on the Florence Alternate portion of the TransAm? (This is in western Oregon). We don't want to cycle that far south along the coast before heading east if weather/road conditions aren't conducive to cycling. Thanks...I think it would be open and fine for the alternate portion. It might be wetter than later though. After you rejoin the main TA you may find McKenzie Pass still closed at that time some years. It opened May 16 last year, but is sometimes closed into July. It does open for bikes a bit ahead of when it opens for cars. If it is closed Santiam pass is generally open, but it would be a shame to miss McKenzie.
Several questions, so please pardon. I am moving from long distance hiking to cycling, and am looking at doing the TransAm. Given variables in weather from year to year, is there a typical "season" or start date for doing the TransAm going West to East? What about going East to West? If anyone keeps stats, do most riders go Eastward or Westward? Is there a cycling "bubble"? If so, when do the bulk of the riders start at each coast? Thanks for any info you can provide.Not sure when the bubble is, but we started W-E early June in the west and McKenzie pass was not yet open to cars but was for bikes. That was perfect that year, some years McKenzie might not open until sometime in July. There is an alternate route, but I'd hate to miss McKenzie.