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

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.

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:

[Great Divide section 1 and Lewis & Clark section 6]
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:

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.

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  and for more information.

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:

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: 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.

A portion of River Road between Portland and Belvidere is closed to replace a culvert. See for a detour.

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:

If your prefer a detour without interstate riding, here is a longer and less direct detour. Services are limited.

We have received a report from a cyclist on the road that Old White Bird Hill Rd. southwest of Grangeville, Idaho has been recently chipsealed with fairly large-stone gravel. This road is steep and windy, ride very carefully.

The bridge over Little River between Quincy and Midway (High Bridge Rd./CR 268) is closed until further notice for repair. US 90 can be used as a detour. See for a map of the reroute.

Also see for more info

In Wolcott, Mill St. is closed while a bridge is being repaired. You will have to detour south onto SR 104, which has wide shoulders. The detour should be signed. The construction is expected to be finished by Fall 2019. See for more information.

In Blaine, WA, Sweet Rd., Hughes Ave., and Bell Rd. are closed for construction. You must cross I-5 at a different location. Here is a link to the detour:

The construction is expected to be done in Fall 2019.

Highway 61 between Lake City and Wabasha is being resurfaced and traffic is being detoured onto CR 10 and CR 4. To avoid riding with the heavy truck traffic being detoured onto CR 4, CR 9 and CR 33 south of Lake City can be used as an alternate. See for more information. The construction is expected to end August 16, 2019.

A four mile section of the route between the left matchline on map 70 and turn B on CR 58 is undergoing reconstruction and is currently unpaved. It is planned to be paved in August 2019.

-Amy, ACA Cartographer

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