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Detour from John Day -
South on US 399 to Izee Road to Paulina
West on OR 380 (Paulina Hwy) to Prineville

Not that much further - pretty remote - limited services in Paulina & Post
General stores in both communities.

Please Note - most of the land along the route is private and fenced.
Also there is extreme fire risk - - thus, don't stealth camp.
Folks in Paulina will probably be accommodating.
General Discussion / Re: trip from georgia to southern ontario
« Last post by John Nelson on July 18, 2014, 03:01:07 pm »
Not only dirt roads, but sometimes hiking trails and sometimes private roads. Whereas Google bicycle directions might be good for getting you to the supermarket, I prefer Google driving directions with the "Avoid Highways" option for getting you longer distances. Bicycling directions might have a hundred times as many turns as the driving directions, and some of the directions are things like "turn left" without specifying the name of the thing you're turning left onto (because it doesn't have a name).
General Discussion / Re: trip from georgia to southern ontario
« Last post by spininin on July 18, 2014, 12:50:54 pm »
Be aware that Google Maps bicycle routing can take you onto a lot of dirt roads.  You can use these routes to get started in route planning but then adjust for your preferences. 
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: UGRR to TransAm
« Last post by spininin on July 18, 2014, 12:37:00 pm »
I'm in Mountain View, MO.  Started from Union City, TN 3 days ago.  Took the ferry from Hickman, KY and then did a long, long ride over the levees and bottomland along the Mississippi.  Rode 50 miles and only saw one gas station.  Nothing but farm land.  Very, very few homes.  You can ride for an hour and not see a car.  I felt I was lucky to be riding this section with the temp in the 70's.  90's with no shade and no water stops would not be fun.  (But it sounds like that's typical out West.)  Be sure to have plenty of water when you leave Hickman.  The ferry is a very small operation.  I think it hangs out on the MO side until they have a car to carry or someone pushes a button on the KY side.  Both sides use boat ramps.  On the KY side there's a sign with instructions to push a button to call the ferry.  I waited about 20 minutes and was the only one riding back over to MO.  No cars.  Just me and the bike.  Call the ferry to be sure it's running before committing to that route (731-693-0201).
After an 85 mile day, I spent a night in Dexter, MO and I've been on Hwy 60, more or less, the rest of the time.  From Dexter you can ride about 50 miles to Pinewood Lake Campground near Elsinore.  A ranger told me it had just reopened and had a pit toilet and no drinking water.  Camping is free.  I camping on a mowed lawn next to the lake because the camping loop didn't look very inviting.  From there it's about 60 miles to Blue Spring Campground (near Mountain View on Hwy 00 about 5 miles off Hwy 60), another primitive camping area.
I've had several opportunities to go up to the TransAmerica Trail but chose to stay on 60 because it's the fastest way to cover the miles.  It's like riding on an interstate shoulder.  10 or 12 feet wide and mostly in very good condition.  And the route is straight and the elevation changes are not as extreme.  But, again, if the temp was in the 90's, no shade and not so much fun.  Gas stations about every 6 to 10 miles.
I'm planning to get off 60 in Diggins, MO and then hit the TransAmerica in Marshfield.
I know I've missed some beautiful scenery on the roads in the Ozarks and Current River area but I'm fighting a little bit of a time deadline so I needed to cover some miles.
SR 200/A1A will be undergoing construction in stages over the next couple of years.

1) The section of SR 200/A1A from Still Quarters east to Rubin Lane will begin construction this fall.  [2014]

2) The SR 200 from Rubin Lane east to CR 107 is tentatively scheduled for construction beginning in Late 2015/Early 2016.

3) The Section from Still Quarters west to I-95 will start construction late 2016/early 2017.

Still Quarters Rd is just west of US 17; Rubin Lane is east of US 17 near the intersection of SR200/A1A and Miner Rd.  CR 107 [SR 107 on the map] is also called Old Nassauville Rd. 

For stages 1 and 2, Pages Dairy Rd. can provide a feasible detour around some of the work. Southbound Pages Dairy Rd. ends at Chester Rd., turn right onto Chester Rd. then left onto SR 200/A1A. Northbound turn right onto Chester Rd. then left onto Pages Dairy Rd. Turn right onto SR 200/A1A.

For stage 3 there is not currently a clear detour to avoid the construction.


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Road Fire/Closure - TA Section 2 Map 16
« Last post by JMilyko on July 18, 2014, 10:08:34 am »
More information from a cyclist on the road, via Twitter, on the detour option:

On 395 at john day to 63 west to 380 thru Paulina apparently, tho no services.


there might be a ranch in Paulina that'll take cyclists in, waiting to hear back atm. [at the moment]

Gear Talk / Re: Packing a DSLR?
« Last post by JDFlood on July 18, 2014, 09:47:04 am »
Being a pro I think you would appreciate the Fuji X-2 or better yet the new weatherized one. I normally shoot a Nikon D800. The sensor on this camera is simply astonishing for a APS-C, wayyyy better than any smaller sensor end camera. The 35mm f1.4 is incredibly sharp, and I keep coming away with better close ups with the 90mm macro than my Nikon and the 105mm. I just throw in the handlebar bag. If I want to get into photography, I can. The sensor / fast lens is great in the pacific NW where it is dark much of the year. I use for backpacking and some hiking. Way better than my Leica APS-c.
Gear Talk / A home made flashlight mount.
« Last post by zerodish on July 18, 2014, 09:13:08 am » This is why I use the regular front rack folks. Already this is the best bicycle light I have ever had. There is room for a 4D mag light there you could use these with AA to D adapters. These are made that take 3 or 4 AA's each though with the 4 type you have to be careful not to use over sized batteries.
Southwest / Re: New Mexico - northwest region
« Last post by jamawani on July 18, 2014, 01:48:43 am »
I have toured Chaco Canyon as part of longer bicycle trips a couple of times.
I tour on a Trek 8000 - but you can do it on a Trek 520 with care.
(I took some insane two-tracks from the west on one trip.)

I'm not sure what your overall route is - -
But there are only two entrances to Chaco Canyon - north and south.
The highway from Cuba to Crownpoint is paved and quite good.
There are little stores at Torreon and Pueblo Pintado.
You can also get water at a number of Navajo chapter houses.
The road from the south is usually far better.
It may vary, but the north road usually has horrible washboards -
And you have to access the north road from a busy US 550.
Not to mention that the south road goes by stunning Fajada Butte.
The turnoff from IR 9 to the south road is at an abandoned trading post.
There is potable water and camping at Chaco.

General Discussion / Re: Big Bend Loop II, Van - Nov 2-10, 2014
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 17, 2014, 11:33:38 pm »
I have done the ACA Big Bend Loop and I don't think you have anything to worry about. Lots of individual rode solo and others break up in to two's and threes's. Finishing times varied all over the map depending on stopping and taking pictures and doing hikes. There is always the sweep and sag wagon. Distance shouldn't be a problem for you. There are some stiff stiff climbs though.
Some notes on my tour.
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