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Routes / Re: Looking for Route Recommendations for April
« on: Today at 02:12:40 pm »
Your fall back trip plan sounds great. However, this April might not be the time to do it. Lots of flooding occurring or likely to occur in the region. You might want to follow this thread:


Chain of Rocks Pedestrian Bridge is under construction March 18 - May 4, 2019.

You will need to cross the Mississippi River on the McKinley Bridge south of Chain of Rocks. For more information and status updates, see the Mississippi Greenway website:

You may wish to use the MCT Confluence Trail shown on this map to reconnect to the route at Chain of Rocks Rd.:


Gear Talk / Re: Panniers. Waterproof or non waterproof?
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:36:30 pm »
I love my Ortliebs. It took some discipline in packing to get to that point though. I designate each pannier a purpose (kitchen/food, sleeping stuff, clothes, first aid and electronics, as examples). I also use packing cubes to help me organize the contents. REI has some great ones that also compress or expand depending on your perspective.


We've heard from ODOT and US 101 has reopened with one gravel lane, increasing to 2 soon followed by temporary paving this summer. A bigger project will ensue at an undetermined time.

From TripCheck:

Comments: Traffic is reduced to a single lane, and controlled with a temporary traffic signal. Expect delays and use caution. The bridge is limited to a single lane of traffic until summer 2019. A temporary signal is in place to provide traffic control. Expect brief delays.


Routes / Re: outdated maps
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:20:42 am »

The maps are individually updated and each is done every 4-5 years. We are working to update the digital data more frequently than that.

There are two places to find when your maps were updated:

1. The lower righthand corner of the cover shows the year.
2. The Index Map on the back cover has a revision date in bold (month and year) at the bottom of the copyright information.

You can see if your maps are of the most current version by comparing those dates to those on our Current Map Versions page. Simply type in the route name in the search box (upper right of table) and all sections will display.


Routes / Re: Olancha, CA to Lancaster, CA Hwy 395 to Hwy 14
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:13:29 am »
Google Streetview is available for this route, you could check it out from that source. Beware that it is from 2011 so not quite recent but probably fairly indicative what it's like shoulder-wise.


Routes / Re: TABR route
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:05:45 am »

Ahh, choices have to be made. This time the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Devils Tower won out.


Moments after sending that last post, I received this from ODOT:

Carpenterville is paved the entire length minus 300’ or so of gravel at the top.  All of the traffic that would use [US] 101 is currently using this narrow, winding road so we encourage folks to consider traveling during non-peak commute times.  The contractor can’t start building a temporary road on [US] Hwy 101 (which will be gravel) until the slide stops moving, it’s currently still moving about 1’/hour (it was 2’/hour earlier this week) and we need it to be in the 2-3”/hour range.

Latest reports are that the slide movement continues to slow. Hopefully the contractors can start work soon.


We don't yet have any more information about a timeline for repair of US 101 but we were sent this video showing more of the damage:


Routes / Re: TABR route
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:08:32 am »
I understand the TABR is adding an optional route through Nebraksa. Is ACA going to sanction it as a Transam alternative? What are the advantages of Nebraska? Maps coming?

We do not currently have it in our plans to add an alternate or connector to the TransAm through Nebraska. I've learned to never say never though.  ;)


On map 26, US 101 north of Brookings between Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint and Harris Beach State Park is closed due to a landslide and collapsed roadway. The ground continues to be unstable and is closed to ALL traffic. It is uncertain what the timeline may be for repairs.

Photos of the damage and more information may be seen in these two articles:

In the meantime, Carpenterville Highway/SR 255 is the only nearby route option.

To learn the current conditions of the slide and see a map of the detour, go to Oregon's Trip Check website & zoom in on US 101 north of Brookings:

Oregon DOT notes this about the route:
Carpenterville Highway is a detour but it is a steep, winding road with steep grades and an elevation change of 1,700 feet. Motor Carrier Enforcement officers are on either side of the highway to enforce length limits.

This website has a few pictures taken along Highway 255:

Wikipedia has a short article on Highway 255:

We are in touch with Oregon DOT and will post more information on the situation when we have it.


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Norfolk, Va. to ACA Outer Banks Route
« on: February 25, 2019, 08:45:56 am »
You might want to check out the bicycle map resources from Virginia to DOT to help you determine a reasonable route:

Click on "Biking NC" on the page below to see the interactive map resource in North Carolina:

I hope this helps!



Yes, this is our take on the situation as well. It probably works fine for local cyclists to go through the process to access the base on a regular basis. It's not as helpful to the one-time traveler. We have an advisory posted on the Map Updates & Corrections.



Based on the access policy put into place in October 2018, I'd say this is highly unlikely. The current policy says this (from our Map Updates & Corrections):

Camp Pendleton is changing their requirements for access to the base. Beginning October 1, 2018, to ride through the base you will need to stop at the Main/Vandegrift Boulevard Visitor Center (south end of the base) to get a guest pass. You will need a valid government issued photo ID (I.E. Real ID ACT compliant driver's license, state identification card, or U.S. passport) to establish your identity and submit to a criminal background check as well as having your photograph and fingerprint taken. The Visitor Center hours are Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

And from the base:


Due to military operations, the bicycle facility between Las Pulgas and San Onofre State Park will be closed as follows:

DATE: March 25 to March 29 (daily)

Time: 7 AM to 6 PM

During the dates of restricted access, cyclists may ride on the Interstate 5 (I-5) shoulder as an alternate route.

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