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Due to an eroding roadway/shoulder, River Rd. is closed. Riding southbound, there is a posted detour on Oberly Rd. from Carpentersville Rd. which will return you to River Rd. Riding northbound, the detour is signed on River Rd. and will return you to Carpentersville Rd. near I-78. It is unknown how long this detour will be in place.


We were just alerted to a road closure due to construction in Kendall County, Texas. A bridge is being replaced on Zoeller Ln. You can detour around closure.

Eastbound: From Waring, ride 3.1 mi. N. on Waring Welfare Rd., then 3.2 mi. E on Rd. 473 to rejoin route at Zoeller Ln.
Westbound: At Rd. 473 and Zoeller Ln. junction, continue W. on Rd. 473 for 3.2 mi., then 3.1 mi. S. on Waring Welfare Rd to Waring and rejoin route.


We have just been alerted to a closure due to bridge repair on SR 30, south of Vincent. This will likely continue until July 31. There is a detour posted on SR 846 and 11 to return to the route in Booneville. It is approximately 16 miles.

You can follow Kentucky DOT progress at:


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / UGRR Section 1 - Map 14
« on: May 23, 2011, 11:43:13 am »
We  just received a report from the road on Underground Railroad Section 1, Map 14.

Smithville Mississippi was hit pretty hard by the April 27 tornado. The gas station is the only building left standing, don't expect any services to be avaible. Red Cross and FEMA are in the area and the road is closed from 7:30 pm to 6:00 am.


The St. Marks Trail out of Tallahassee, south of (SR 319) to Woodville is closed for resurfacing. The detour is to ride on SR 363.  It has a four foot shoulder and smooth pavement. We received this information from our Southern Tier Tour leader. To stay up to date on the situation, you can check the following website:


We heard from one of our ambassador members in Southern Illinois that due to high waters, the Cave in Rock Ferry will be closed for approximately the next week. This affects the TransAmerica Route on map 118 and the Great Rivers Route on map 18. He has posted detour routing on this crazyguyonabike discussion:

You can also check with the Kentucky Transportation District 1 on their Facebook page for updates:
(You don't need a Facebook account to read their page.)


We just received this notice from our Southern Tier tour group currently on the road:

Fires still burning in fort davis, tx. We arrived yesterday afternoon
but shuttled riders immediately to alpine, tx. Spending rest day there.
Just drove back to get mail. We were last ones out before another road

May want to post that fort davis should still be avoided. Lingering
smoke in the air and still a threat of another evacuation. Shifting
winds may bring flames back tomorrow to finish off what wasn't burned
already. Some businesses open again but not sure how long.

You can read more in his blog posts found here:

April 10:
April 11:

For information about the probable opening date of the Cascade Highway/SR 50 on the Northern Tier #1 - Maps 4 & 5, Sierra Cascades #1 - Maps 5 & 6 and Washington Parks #2- Maps 26 & 27 please see press release below:

Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS

North Central Region - PO Box 98, Wenatchee, WA 98807-0098, 509-667-3000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             March 30, 2011

Contact: Jeff Adamson, Communications Manager, 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee)       

Clearing the North Cascades Highway starts April 11
Deep snow and avalanche danger forces latest start in 20 years

TWISP – It’s shaping up to be the latest reopening in 20 years for the North Cascades Highway. Up to 15 feet of snow has fallen in the last month and the avalanche danger is extreme, forcing the reopening to begin later than normal this year.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plans to begin clearing State Route 20 on Monday, April 11. The 34-mile stretch between the Skagit and Methow valleys has been closed since Dec. 1.

Last year, crews started clearing snow on March 22, and only four weeks later Tootsie Clark was serving her famous cinnamon rolls to the first drivers at the gate when it opened April 16.

WSDOT cannot shift the avalanche crew and snow-clearing equipment from Stevens Pass to the North Cascades Highway until the threat of snow and avalanche danger subsides. “We’ve received a third of a normal season’s snow total in just the last month,” said Avalanche Supervisor Mike Stanford. “We haven’t seen this much snow in years. Right now, there’s a lot of deep, unstable snow in the avalanche chutes above the highway.”

Avalanche control was required today on Stevens Pass due to new snow overnight followed by heavy rain and warm temperatures.

On the annual North Cascades assessment trip on March 17, crews found snow 60 feet deep burying the road below the Liberty Bell Mountain avalanche zone. Pictures are posted on Flickr

The work is expected to take as many as six weeks to complete this year.

For maps, pictures, frequently asked questions and a history of opening dates for the North Cascades Highway, visit the website

Subscribe for reopening e-mail updates here:


We just received notice from the Missouri DOT that they will be replacing some bridges on the Great Rivers Route this spring, summer and fall. They are:

GR #1 - Map 7, CR W, just south of CR WW over Ramsey Creek, approximately 2/23 - 4/23
GR #1 - Map 7, CR W, north of Pike/Lincoln County line over Guins Creek, approximately 5/31 - 7/30
GR #1 - Map 7, CR W, south of CR F over Bryants Creek, approximately 5/9 - 8/9
GR #1 - Map 12, SR 49, over Ottery Creek overflow, approximately 9/12 - 11/1
GR #1 - Map 12, SR 49, over Ottery Creek, approximately 8/1 - 10/1

You can see their recommended detours of these sites by visiting the Safe and Sound website. Select the bridge you want more information about and it's location and a detour will appear in the lower right.


We just received notice from the Missouri DOT that they will be replacing some bridges on the TransAmerica Trail Route this spring and summer. They are:

TA #9 - Map 101, SR 126, between SR J and US 71, beginning 3/9/11 for 56 days
TA #9 - Map 102, SR K, between SR 39 and SR M, beginning 8/1/11 for 53 days
TA #9 - Map 103, SR BB between SR 123 and SR Z, beginning 7/19/11 for 44 days
TA #9 - Map 105, SR 38, between SR F and SR 5, beginning 4/23/11 for 44 days

You can see their recommended detours of these sites by visiting the Safe and Sound website. Select the bridge you want more information about and it's location and detour will appear in the lower right.


Just received this report via Twitter:

> Long-term closure on #acapacificcoast between Palo Colorado Rd and Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. 40ft of road disappeared today.

This occurs on Map 47. CalTrans also reports that SR 1 is closed from 2.5 mi. S. to 1.5 mi. S. of Big Sur. No detour evident.


Gear Talk / MOVED: The Great Divide Trail
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:46:04 am »

Bicycle Route 66 / Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: December 22, 2010, 02:33:26 pm »
As you may or may not know, Adventure Cycling recently announced our intention to create Bicycle Route 66 which will follow the historic US Route 66 highway as much as practical. You can read more in this press release:

And these two blog posts:

The main purpose of this forum area is to provide a place for cyclists to talk about the development of Bicycle Route 66, offer suggestions and generally stay up to date with the project as it unfolds.

We look forward to the conversation.


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