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Based on what I see in the Google Streetview, i wouldn't want to ride it. Grated and no shoulder.

Additionally, it is closed until November 2019:


In addition to the changes Iowagriz mentions, the map style has been dramatically changed. Admittedly I am a bit biased but I think the 2018 maps are a vast improvement over what we've offered in the past both visually and featurewise.

From the GD route description page:

In 2018, for the 20th anniversary of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, we completely redesigned the maps. They now feature shaded relief, consolidated narratives that may be cut off and carried separate from the maps, a UTM and lat/long grid, point to point mileages and the often requested south to north narratives. We also upped the scale to show greater detail aiding your navigation, especially helpful on many of the lesser known roads and trails this route showcases.

I think you'll be happy you got the latest maps.


Hi Joe,

While Eurovelo does not seem to give actual elevation profiles, they do have an elevation category on the page below that might be helpful:

If you click through to the route you are looking for, it appears there is a general elevation profile for each one here:

I hope this helps!


Routes / Re: Antelope Wells, NM to Mena, AR
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:13:07 pm »
You might check these state DOT resources for choosing your route:



If you use Google maps for any of your planning, be sure to check the satellite and/or Streetview images to help you decipher road conditions.


I (an ACA cartographer) do haunt these forums but BikeliciousBabe's suggestion to submit your info via the online map correction form is generally the safer way to submit your information. Let me know if you did that. If not, I can print something from this discussion to get it added to the next update.


The bike path between Georgetown and Silver Plume is being repaved and will be closed through June 21. After this it will be passable with stretches of gravel. Repaving will be complete by July 13, 2019.

Note: It is illegal to ride I-70. The Clear Creek County bus may be able to transport you and your bike. See their website for more information:


To repair damage from a mudslide earlier in the spring, Loup Loup Pass is closed May 28 - June 4 to repair the road.

If this time is shortened or extended it will be noted here:

This closure will require leaving the route between Twisp and Okanogan. Here is the suggested detour:

It is 64 miles long (36 miles longer) and passes through Pateros and Brewster which both appear to be All Service towns.


Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:10:44 am »
About riding the route solo, from the map under Riding Conditions:

We discourage you from attempting to ride this route solo; in fact, a minimum group size of three is strongly recommended. If a rider is debilitated in the backcountry, you will want to have at least one person to stay with the injured/sick rider, and another to go for help. A growing number of backcountry travelers are carrying cell phones for such emergency situations – but be aware that reception is very spotty along much of the route.

InciWeb is probably your best bet for tracking fires across the country:


Though the websites have not yet been updated, the Chain of Rocks Bridge is now reopened according to the Facebook page and others who have contacted us.


Routes / Re: Northern Tier East to West start date
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:39:23 am »
I thoroughly enjoyed my riding experience on the Lake Erie Connector. Many of the roads along the lake are residential and felt like a great big bike path to me. I was shocked at the price of Provincial campgrounds (though to be fair it was Canadian $$ and probably was less when translated to US $). I had a great Warm Showers host, too along the way.


Routes / Re: Northern Tier to Newport, RI
« on: May 08, 2019, 08:49:24 am »
Are you riding east from Ticonderoga on the Northern Tier? If so, you will connect with the Atlantic Coast route in Brunswick, ME. You can take that to RI. From there check out the resources Rhode Island puts on here:


Routes / Re: Northern Tier route question - Bowlus to Fargo
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:58:25 am »
My experience at Bowlus Park is that there is a charge (maybe $10/tent?) and when the park/recreation building is open there is a restroom with water. The cafe has good, standard cafe food. It was a bit difficult to get a satisfying meal for me since I eat vegan but I was used to that by then. They were as accommodating as they could be.


Routes / Re: Northern Tier route question - Fergus Falls to Fargo
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:54:12 pm »
Ack, my bad. Sorry.

From my recollection, that route change came as a suggestion from a local cyclist passing through the office. It seemed like a reasonable one to us, especially since I would guess many folks often opt to go for a more direct route and were skipping our routing anyway. There is no significant or safety based reason for one routing over the other. Rider's choice. ;)


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