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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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The area around the Goat Creek Trailhead/parking lot is closed due to construction, affecting the Canmore Cutoff. The Main Route should still be passable. See https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/bulletins/75F6E929-0FD6-40F7-B7A2-39E714342E2C for a map and more information.

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We've received a report from a cyclist that the bike trail between San Clemente and Oceanside near Camp Pendleton is undergoing construction. The trail is still passable, but travel may be slowed/delayed, and you may need to lift your bike over some barriers. No more information is currently known, check back for updates.

CLOSURE:The bike path from the south entrance of the San Onofre State Park to the Pulgas Gate will be closed for Camp Pendleton military operations from September 15 to 19 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.

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There is road construction on SR 76 north of Marquette from turn A (junction with CR X52) to the Clayton/Allamakee County border, a distance of about 4 miles. There will be intermittent lane closures, with flaggers and pilot cars. See https://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2022/06/intermittent-lane-closures-on-iowa-76-in-allamakee-county-begin-monday-june-20.html for more information and contact info for the project.

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Roads in northern portion of Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions. See https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/220613.htm for more info. Some of the roads may be closed for an extended period of time due to the damage.

The current descriptions of the road closures do NOT affect the TransAm or Parks, Peaks, and Prairies routes, but NPS is currently "assessing damage" on these southern roads and more rain is expected.

All entrances to the park are closed and vehicles are being turned away at the entrances.

We will continue to update as more information is learned.

On the Parks, Peaks, and Prairies route, if heading eastbound, beginning in West Yellowstone you will need to follow the Teton Valley Alternate.
TETON VALLEY ALTERNATE: This 139.3 mile alternate to avoid the Park begins in West Yellowstone, MT, and heads west, south and east through Idaho into Wyoming. Here is the link: ridewithgps.com/routes/35560313. You'll ride 36 miles on US 20 through Montana and Idaho. The highway has variable shoulder widths, and continuous rumble strips in Idaho. It also has fast moving traffic. In both Idaho and Wyoming there will still be traffic, but we have routed onto several separate bike paths where possible. The Idaho state highways are mostly narrow, and have minimal to no shoulders. The alternate ends in Jackson, Wyoming, where you will follow routing to rejoin the main Parks, Peaks, and Prairies route in Ten Sleep on this link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39859124. Here is a pdf that lists services on the Teton Valley Alternate: https://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/Image/Routes_Maps/Addenda/Teton_Valley_Alternate_services.pdf

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The Gaviota rest areas are currently closed and undergoing renovations. They are expected to reopen in April 2022.

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On March 22, 2022, a large tornado touched down in the New Orleans area, with significant damage in Arabi. Be prepared for roads and services to be closed or inadequate for the next several weeks.

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The Dixie Fire is burning near Lake Almanor in Northern California on the Sierra Cascades Route, Section 3. Parts of SR 36, SR 70, and SR 89 are currently closed. The town of Greenville has burned, and many if not all of the services in town and surrounding area are gone. There are no feasible detours at this time (August 5th, 2021).

See the InciWeb page for more information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/7690/

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In Ovando, a bear attacked and killed a bicycle camper around 3:30 AM Tuesday morning, July 6th, 2021.  Authorities are currently searching for the bear, and all tent camping in Ovando is closed until further notice. Nearby campgrounds are still open at this time, but be aware that bears can travel up to 20 miles in a day. The Powell County Sheriff is asking travelers to avoid the area if possible, and to use extreme caution. Always carry bear spray, and secure your food, garbage, and other attractants well away from your bike/tent. Do not travel alone, or after dark. The sheriff has set up bear traps in the area; if you see the traps please stay far away and do not disturb them. This is an active situation and may change quickly. For more information, see a news article here: https://advcy.link/ovandobear

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State Highway 9 south of Kremmling, Colorado will be undergoing a chip seal project from July to September 2022. It will affect about 11 miles of the route between Kremmling and the Green Mountain Reservoir. CDOT is planning to shuttle bikes via their Traffic Control truck.

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A 4-mile stretch of US 50 between Cimarron and Sapinero will be undergoing major construction until November 2022. There will be significant traffic impacts. During the weekdays, the roadway will be open for single-lane, alternating traffic. Parts of the roadway will be reduced to dirt and gravel. Expect long wait times, and note that the area of construction is in a remote area with no nearby services. The construction zone will be fully open to two-way traffic on the weekends (5:30 PM Friday to 8:30 AM Monday), although traffic will be higher. There are no detours around the construction zone less than 100 miles. The contractor hasn't made any accommodations for bicyclists, so we recommend asking a pickup truck driver if you can get a ride by putting your bike in the pickup bed. See www.us50info.com  and https://www.codot.gov/news/2021/april-2021/us50-little-blue-creek-detours for more information.

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In January 2021, a section of Highway 1 at Rat Creek (north of Lucia, map 48) collapsed when the cliffside below gave way amid torrential rain. Both the northbound and southbound lanes washed away. The road will be impassable for an undetermined amount of time, at least several months. Check the current status of Highway 1 here: roads.dot.ca.gov

The recommended detour is 147.9 miles long, beginning in Marina and ending in Cambria. Services are limited between King City and Paso Robles. See the detour here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35120765. Note that it can be significantly hotter inland than it is on the coast.

EDIT: This post originally included a detour for southbound riders using Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, which we have since learned is closed due to damage from the Dolan fire.

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A portion of River Road between Portland and Belvidere is closed to replace a culvert. See https://umbt.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Detour-Plan-for-River-Road-Bridge-Replacement.jpg for a detour.

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Lower Brule and Crow Creek Indian Reservations are closed to outsiders due to COVID-19. This requires a detour between Chamberlain and Pierre. See the detour here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33634482

If your prefer a detour without interstate riding, here is a longer and less direct detour. Services are limited. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33634695

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