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UPDATE: The construction is complete and the bike path has reopened! See attached news release.

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UPDATE:

The southbound shoulder will now be closed due to heavy equipment being located there for the construction. The northbound shoulder will remain open, but the shoulder is narrow and the traffic is heavy and fast.

Another option for southbound and northbound cyclists is SR 150, Santa Ana Rd., and Ventura Ave. to connect Carpinteria to Ventura.

SR 150 is a narrow, 2-lane, winding mountain highway, use caution. Santa Ana Rd. and Ventura Ave are 2-lane roads with moderate shoulders.

Check with Caltrans (https://dot.ca.gov/) for any further updates.



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The Ralph Fertig Coastal Bike Path along US 101 south of Carpinteria on Map 56 will be temporarily closed for emergency construction to repair damage to the bike path and adjacent slope caused by Tropical Storm Hilary. Construction is anticipated to begin January 15, 2024 and is estimated to take 30 working days. During construction, the bike path will be fully closed between Bates Road (Turn G/Exit #83) and Old Pacific Coast Highway (at the Cliff House Inn) to ensure worker and public safety.

You will be required to ride on the shoulder of US 101 during construction.

For further information, please contact James.Medina@dot.ca.gov

A map of the closure is available here: https://bit.ly/Rincon101

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There has been an update to this closure. Please see the message below from the Camp Pendleton staff.

 

“Planned closures published for Nov 30 - Dec 2 and Dec 4-6 have changed.  Due to military operations, the bike path from the Las Pulgas Gate to the southern edge of the San O Beach State Park will be closed to the public from Nov 27 to Dec 3; the closure will be daily from 6 AM to 6 PM.   Public should monitor Camp Pendleton social media for updates to closures.”

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Due to military operations, the bike path from the Las Pulgas Gate to the southern edge of the San Onofre Beach State Park will be closed to the public from 30 Nov to 1 Dec and 4-6 Dec ; the closure will be daily from 6 AM to 6 PM.  Public should monitor Camp Pendleton social media for updates to closures.

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The Dace Ave bridge in Sioux City is closed due to construction. Use the posted detour that uses the 4th Street bridge. All work is anticipated to be completed by June 2023. See https://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/local-news/dace-avenue-bridge-construction-resumes-in-sioux-city/ for more info.

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Can you comment on the quality of the detour?

A couple things to note about the Salinas Valley Detour:

-If you ride the detour in summer, it will be MUCH hotter than the coastal route. The average high in Soledad in July/August is 99°F, vs. the average in Big Sur is 76°F. Proximity to ocean affects the temperature/weather significantly. Check the weather forecast before riding to ensure will not be riding in extreme heat.
-The detour will have significantly less tourist traffic than the coastal route in the summer, but you will have to deal with more farming trucks/equipment on the road. The Salinas Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, nicknamed the "Salad Bowl of the World" producing primarily lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and tomatoes.
-The detour does NOT use US 101 at all, although it crosses it twice.
-There are limited services between King City and Paso Robles, a distance of about 62 miles. This section is also quite hilly.
-Most of the detour does not have shoulders, but it is also mostly rural with low traffic. Traffic will increase around the small towns, and recreational traffic will increase near Lake Nacimiento.
-The last 22 miles of the detour uses SR 46 from Paso Robles back to the coast. Traffic will be much higher on this 2-lane highway, but it has wide paved shoulders.


Here is a blog post of someone who rode the Salinas Valley Detour in 2017: http://www.spokenfly.com/blog/bigsurdetour

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Also, if anyone has biked through Carmel Valley I'd love to hear how that is! I think that could be an alternate route for the detour.

We do not recommend biking through Carmel Valley. The road is very narrow, hilly, and curvy with no shoulder and short sight distances, making for dangerous biking conditions.

Here is the link to the forum thread from the last time this detour was posted in 2017: https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=14377.0

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A portion of the GAP trail is closed between Ohiopyle, PA and Confluence, PA (between mile markers 68 and 69) until April 28, 2023 due to construction. The trail is entirely impassable.

See https://gaptrail.org/trail-alert/closure-in-ohiopyle-state-park-no-detour-possible/ for more detail.

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Below is the detour we have used to get around landslides on Highway 1 in Big Sur in previous years:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35120765

The 147.9 mile detour begins in Marina, and rejoins the Pacific Coast route just south of Cambria. The detour does not use US 101 at any point.

California is currently undergoing historic flooding, so parts of this detour may also be currently flooded as well, particularly where it crosses the Salinas River. Please ride with caution and never attempt to cross floodwaters.

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Hurricane Ian has caused widespread catastrophic damage across the state of Florida. The area surrounding Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda was the most seriously affected, but flooding and wind damage has also damaged infrastructure inland and on the Atlantic Coast. The Florida Connector Route is almost entirely affected. The northern portion of Section 7 of the Atlantic Coast Route is also affected.

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There are three bridges on I-10 over the Pearl River where the shoulder narrows or completely disappears. Even if biking on the interstate was legal here, we do not recommend it for safety reasons. It would be extremely dangerous. I-10 sees a high amount of traffic, and a large percentage of that is semi-trucks.

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ACA has designed a 117-mile detour to avoid the condemned bridge. It begins near Slidell, LA and ends in Pass Christian, MS. It crosses the Pearl River in Bogalusa. The highways in Louisiana generally have good shoulders, but the highways in Mississippi have narrow to non-existent shoulders. We tried to use backroads as much as possible.

See maps of the detour below. The RideWithGPS maps include services along the detour.

Eastbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40912203
Westbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40941288

If you have already purchased the Southern Tier digital data (gpx files) from us, you can access this new detour for free by logging into your MyAdventureCycling account, navigating to your Purchased GPS Map Files, and clicking "Download" to receive the updated gpx data package. There are no services for the detour included in the gpx package.

If you have already purchased the Southern Tier in the Bicycle Route Navigator app, you can access this new detour for free by selecting Menu>Settings>Download New Map Versions. There are no services included for the detour in the app.

If you would rather ride the old 2019 Southern Tier routing (direct from New Roads, LA to Bogalusa, LA, skipping New Orleans, 125 miles), you can find maps of that routing below. Be aware that we did discontinue this routing in 2021 because of issues with limited/poor services, poor road surfaces, and dogs. This old routing connects to the detour described above in Bogalusa, which then connects to Pass Christian and back to the existing main Southern Tier Route.

Eastbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40945023
Westbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40945038

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UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Louisiana Department of Transportation. It doesn't look good. Bridges have severe deterioration, need $250 million worth of repairs, no funding, no bike detour, no bike shuttle, no estimated completion date. It could potentially be years before US 90 reopens.

We are still recommending the taxi/Uber/Uhaul alternative, but we are working with a local biker to help us create a cycling detour which will likely go up through Bogalusa and cross the Pearl River on SR 10/26. Check back for updates.

Amy Wally
ACA Cartographer

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The Ross Fork Fire (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8375/) burning near Alturas Lake in Idaho has closed a large portion of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. The route between Stanley and Galena Summit is closed. There is no alternate routing at this time.

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The Trail Ridge Fire (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8365/) burning near Sula, Montana, is affecting the area around Lost Trail Pass and Chief Joseph Pass near the Idaho/Montana Border. US 93 and MT 43 are currently still open, but smoke is thick and the fire is expected to grow, which may shut down the highways in the next few days. The Gibbons Pass Alternate is closed.

We have created a significant 177-mile detour to avoid the fire. It begins in Missoula and ends in Twin Bridges, and includes some riding on I-90 near Clinton, and between Fairmont and Ramsay. Also use caution on SR 2 south of Butte. The road is narrow and windy. See a map of the detour here: ridewithgps.com/routes/40852751

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