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Due to the Rim Fire burning in Yosemite National Park, part of the road through the park on the Sierra Cascades Route is closed.

For current closures and alternate routes, see the Yosemite National Park page:


There is a bridge out between Bridgeton and Pollocksville on CR 1004. It is expected to be reopened by the end of the month.

In the meantime, you can us US 70 and US 17 between the two towns. These highways are busy but have pretty good shoulders for most of the distance.


There is a bridge out west of Gatesville on SR 137. It is not likely to be replaced until 2014.

A detour around the closure is as follows:

SB: From [D] in Gatesville continue north on SR 37. At "Y" in 1.6 mi., bear left onto US 158, then in 1.2 mi., turn left onto Harrells Church Rd., then in 2.1 mi., turn left onto Turner Rd., then in 0.7 mi., turn right onto SR 137 rejoining route. In 6 mi, continue narrative at [E].

NB: From [E], continue east on SR 137. In 6 mi, turn left onto Turner Rd., then in 0.7 mi., turn right onto Harrells Church Rd., then in 2.1 mi., turn acute right onto US 158, then in 1.2 mi. continue straight on US 158, SR 37 joins route. Rejoin route. In 1.6 mi., continue narrative at [D].


A bridge is being replaced on Stagecoach Trail north of Afton. Updates on the project and a map of the posted detour are available from Washington County on the following page:

This will be in effect until September.


We've received reports that there is a bike path closure in Monterey that will last until July 10.

It has been suggested that if heading southbound, you should ride from Pearl St. onto Jefferson St., to Veteran's Park, to Skyline Dr. to SR 1.

If you have other suggestions for reroute, please post. I will update this discussion if I receive further information.


There is a fire in Silver City, New Mexico closing the route through the area. See this blog post for a suggested route around:

Also, follow the fire on the InciWeb site:


We've received a report that sections of the Katy Trail, which makes up the route on maps 1-8 of Lewis & Clark Section 1, are closed due to flooding.

The best resource for information is Missouri State Parks website:
Once there, scroll to the bottom to see Alerts and Advisories under the Things to Know heading on the right. From there, choose Katy Trail State Park from the drop down menu to see the most current report.

The report as of June 5 is here:

Missouri Dept of Transportation has an interactive map showing the flooding conditions across the state:

It is advisable to avoid Routes O and F around Fulton. They are narrow and carry a lot of traffic. If you must use them, 8am to 2 pm are probably the best hours, 3-5pm the worst.

You can use the resources from the Missouri Bike-Ped Program to help find detours as needed:


Cycling Events / MOVED: Patagonia to Alaska
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:43:00 am »

Due to a mud slide, Cape Mears Loop Rd. on the Oregon Coast is closed. This affects TransAm Section 1, Map 3 and Pacific Coast Section 2, Map 16.

You will need to use the Netarts Highway Alternate during this closure.


Underground Railroad / MOVED: UGRR help
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:46:15 am »

A bridge is being repaired on SR 36 causing a closure of the road requiring the detour as written below. It is estimated to last from now until early June:

Northbound on map 35:
0(0 km)Continue straight (east) on SR 56. 20(32)Vevay. Route becomes SR 156. * 26(42)Turn left onto SR 101. Cross Ohio River, enter Kentucky. Route becomes SR 1039. * 33.5(54)Ride over I-71. SR 1039 curves left. Turn right onto Boone Rd./SR 465. * 35(56)Turn right onto Sparta Pike/SR 35. 37(59)Sparta. Rejoin route on map 36.

Southbound on map 36:
* 20.5(33)Sparta. Turn right onto Sparta Pike/SR 35. * 22.5(36)Turn left onto Boone Rd/SR 465. * 24(39)Turn left onto SR 1039. Ride over I-71. * 31.5(51)Cross Ohio River, enter Indiana. Turn right onto SR 156. 37.5(60)Vevay. Route becomes SR 56. 57.5(92)Madison. Rejoin route on map 35.

NOTE: SR 56 is not in great shape -- it is broken in places and there is no shoulder -- and you will be sharing it with 55 mph traffic. Ride with caution.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:37:20 pm »
I don't know how many of you had conversations with Fred Hiltz, but I'm sure all have benefited from his presence as a moderator on the forum -- in this discussion area in particular -- and I wanted to let you know that he has passed away from a long fought illness.

In 2002, Fred volunteered to be part of the then-new GPS waypoint project. (blog post: His support was invaluable. He established naming conventions, wrote user and admin guides and generally walked us through the process. The original round of waypoints for the entire route network were created by him.

He then extended his volunteer time and became a forum moderator helping us keep the spam-bots in check and answering questions from his deep well of bicycle travel experiences. He was most active in the GPS Discussion helping countless cyclists get their GPS units up and running, but also chimed in the General Discussion and Routes areas regularly.

He was the Adventure Cycling Volunteer of the Year in 2008 ( and was a Life Member. He will be missed.

There is to be a Circle of Remembrance for him in his community on April 20. If you would like to express your gratitude for his efforts, I will collect and share them with his widow, Ann.


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