Author Topic: transamerica Missoula MT to Bend OR  (Read 691 times)

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Offline jane_marie

transamerica Missoula MT to Bend OR
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:02:54 am »
My husband and I are planning a trip through this area.  As I have never taken any of the trails listed on the adventure cycling webpage I am quite curious about the conditions of this trail.  Specifically I would like to know if this trail incorporates roadways or is a dedicatedc biking trail. 

Thanks.

Offline John Nettles

Re: transamerica Missoula MT to Bend OR
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 10:22:32 am »
The vast majority of each ACA route is on roads.  Occasionally, a dedicated separate biking trail is utilized, i.e. the Katy Trail as part of the Lewis & Clark route.  However, that is indeed the exception.

That said, most of the roads are on low-traffic roads and usually have decent shoulders.  The portion you are considering has been used since 1976 by tens of thousands of cyclists over the years so the motorists are accustomed to seeing cyclists on the road.  ACA usually gives a heads up in the narrative if you are to expect increased traffic.

The Lochsa River portion of the route you are considering has been one of my all-time favorite sections almost 35 years of touring.
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John