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Hi Mike,

I am riding the TransAm now, westbound, and noted this detour.  I am using the BC-1542-07 version of the Section 11 map, and was surprised to see that this detour is not on the route that my map shows.  In comparing with another rider, it looks like the route was changed at Vincent, KY between 2007 and 2009, and now runs south and uses US 421 instead of SR 399, SR 587, CR 1209, etc. 

How can I find out:
a) why the route changed?
b) how I would be made aware of such a fundamental change (I don't see it in the addenda for either the 07 or 09 map)?
c) would the old route be a viable way to go now to get around this detour?

a) The best way to find out why a route changed is to ask us. Doing so via the Forums is fine. You can also send an email to Routes & Mapping via the Ask Questions link our Contact Us page:

b) You will generally only find service updates and route changes due to permanent road closures or new construction requiring new narrative and mileages or safety issues on the addenda. There are times, such as this one, where new routing is suggested and incorporated because it enhances the overall character of the route, shortens distances, and/or has improved road conditions.

c) In this case, the old route is a viable option as a detour.

I hope this helps.


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:


More information was posted in another discussion on this situation, also.


Thanks for the update on the situation.



Thanks for the info and update. We appreciate it.


At the end of my 2nd day a log truck forced me off the road in Abbeville, Al. Iwasn't hurt bad just banged up and very sore. But I damaged my right peddel enough I posponed the trip until next spring.
     I did use the In. state map site and I'll use your routes in In. from the other post

 planning for 2012.      Thanks,   Michael<><

Sorry to hear about your accident. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


This section has been rerouted on the latest version of the map. Or you can read the addenda for the 2009 map:

Hope this helps.


Routes / Re: Portland to Boise
« on: May 31, 2011, 10:57:09 am »
Jennifer - what program do you use to see elevation?

The elevation profile I was referring to above is the one on our Lewis & Clark map, Section 7. These profiles were created for us by someone who wrote his own program to do so. We now use a GIS program (ArcGIS from ESRI) to create profiles for our new maps. Google Earth can also display profiles. After you create directions between two points, you can right click on the route and Show Elevation is an option in the drop down menu.

I hope that helps.


Routes / Re: Portland to Boise
« on: May 31, 2011, 08:33:42 am »
Is it quite a flat route on the northside of the Gorge (HWY 14)?

How does it compare to the southside - I know that goes up and down a bit!

In looking at the elevation profile, it looks like it is flatter in general but there is a pretty good climb between Washougal and Skamania.


General Discussion / Re: Spring Snow in the West
« on: May 31, 2011, 08:29:44 am »
The North Cascades Highway (SR 20) is now open:

Cycle on!


International / Re: Type of bike for international travel
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:26:00 am »
What type of bicycle do you use for your international travel?  Folding?  S&S couplers?  other?  Please specify.  How do you get it from one land mass across water to another land mass?  Thanks. ;D

You might want to check out this discussion going on in the General Discussion area for ideas on transporting your bike:


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.


Hi Carl,

From what I can see on the Illinois Dept. of Transportation website, those roads are open. - see the Road Closures page from here.

Or call them for up to the minute information:

Hope this helps.


Hi CHA7,

You might want to start your search with some state resources, check with the South Dakota and Wyoming bicycling pages. They road suitability and traffic count maps can be helpful in assisting you to avoid no shoulder and/or high traffic roads. Links follow:

South Dakota:


If you don't see what you need, you can also contact their bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for more information.

Hope this helps,


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