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US20 over Santiam Pass has been the alternate route for TransAm riders since OR242 over McKenzie Pass was closed due to the Milli fire (see Aug 22 post). Today a new fire closed US20 for several hours west of Santiam Pass. A single lane is now open using pilot cars between MP 75 & 80 but conditions could change rapidly.

The air quality index in from Prineville through Sisters has been in the "unhealthy for everyone" range today.

For more information on Oregon road conditions and closures:
For current air quality readings:

Oregon 242 over McKenzie Pass is closed to through traffic due to the Milli fire west of Sisters. TransAm riders will need to follow the TA alternate route over Santiam Pass. Westbound at Belknap Springs continue on OR 126 to the US 20 junction, follow US 20 over Santiam Pass, rejoin the main route in Sisters.

There is no projection of when OR 242 may reopen. Current information:

There are multiple active fires in the Oregon Cascades, riders may encounter areas of smoke on US 20 and OR 126.

Routes / How to know if newer map version has re-routes?
« on: October 11, 2016, 04:32:28 pm »
I just noticed accidentally (I now live in central Oregon) that on Section 2 of the TransAm Trail the 2013 map printing routes along Hwy 126 between Redmond, OR and Prineville, while the 2016 version apparently moved the route north to Hwy 370/O'Neill Hwy. This was a great idea given the increased traffic on Hwy 126, but re-route doesn't seem to be mentioned in either addenda (2013 or 2016).

So two questions:

1) How would I know before heading out that my -1 generation map doesn't follow the same route as the newer one? I have no problem buying the newer one if necessary, but I always assumed printing the addenda would keep me current at least for two map generations. I frequently buy maps a year or two in advance for planning purposes.

2) Would it make sense to add a statement to the addenda for the older version if the route has changed on a newer version?



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