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South / Re: Off southern tier in LA
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:06:34 am »
The state of Louisiana has a Bicycle Map. Download the Greater New Orleans pdf one from this page:

Hope that helps,


There is a bridge out on SR 68 between Jackson and Norwood. It is unknown how long until this will be repaired. In the meantime, a detour is required.

Eastbound detour narrative: "...*12(19)Jackson. Turn left onto SR 952. *22.5(36)Turn left onto Grant St. which becomes Old Norwood Wilson Rd. Rejoin route. ..." (add 1 mi. to following directions)

Westbound detour narrative: "...*8.5(14)Wilson. Turn right onto Bay St. which becomes SR 952. *19(30)Jackson. Turn right onto SR 10. *21(34)Turn left onto SR 965. Rejoin route. ..." (add 1 mi. to following directions)

Illahee State Park is temporarily closed to camping due to the construction/installation of a new sewer system. It will reopen April 2011. Check Washington State Parks website for exact date.

There is a construction project on Riverside Dr./SR 136 north of Durham expected to keep it closed until spring 2011. A possible detour is outlined below.

Construction detour Eastbound, from junction of Bald Hill Rd. and Upper Village St.: 0(0km)Continue on Bald Hill Rd. *0.2(0.3)Ride straight onto Hershey Rd. which becomes Rowe Station Rd. *1.6(2)Turn left onto Cobbs Bridge Rd. *2.2(3)Turn right onto Meadow Lane Rd. *3.4(5)Turn right onto Woodman Rd. *3.7(6)Turn left onto Val Hall Rd. *5.1(8)Turn left onto Rice Corner Rd. *6(10)Turn left then immediately right onto Stackpole Rd. *7.6(12)Turn right onto Bowie Hill Rd. *9.6(15)Turn left onto Davis Rd. 11.1(18)Riverside Dr./SR 136. Rejoin the route in Durham.

Construction detour Westbound from Durham on Riverside Dr./SR 136. : 0(0km)Ride southwest on Davis Rd. *1.5(2)Turn right onto Bowie Hill Rd. *3.5(5)Turn left onto Stackpole Rd. *5.1(8)Turn left then immediately right onto Rice Corner Rd. *6(10)Turn right onto Val Hall Rd. *7.4(11)Turn right onto Woodman Rd. *7.7(12)Turn left onto Meadow Lane Rd. *8.9(14)Turn left onto Cobbs Bridge Rd. *9.5(15)Turn right onto Powe Station Rd. which becomes Hershey Rd. *10.9(17)Ride straight onto Bald Hill Rd. 11.1(18)Rejoin route at junction with Upper Village St.

This is from CalTrans.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 > District: 5 - Santa Barbara, SLO, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones - Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189


Placement of hot mix asphalt overlay on 3 ½ miles of existing highway continues from about 12 miles south of Big Sur just north of Burns Creek Bridge to south of Partington Ridge Road. One-way traffic control is in effect with daytime work hours tomorrow, Oct. 29 and overnight work next week from 6 pm to 6 am. Work is scheduled to complete by Friday, Nov. 5, weather permitting.

Construction on a retaining wall project near Gamboa Point, three miles north of Lucia is completed including striping. Traffic continues down to one lane just south of Lucia at Dani Creek with a temporary signal in place for soundwall installation. Work hours are from 7 am to 5 pm daily with work expected to be completed at the end of summer of 2011. Cyclists traveling southbound are required to press the signal button to activate a longer period to safely get through the narrow one-way uphill section.

The temporary signal about two miles south of Lucia at Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks for the bridge/rockshed project remains in operation 24/7 with the project expected to be complete in winter 2012/2013.

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY: No projects currently under construction along this stretch in SLO County.

Caltrans reminds motorists/cyclists to “Share the Road” and that “we’re here to get you there.” For more information on you can call the toll-free project hotline at (888) 836-0866 or visit
Susana Z. Cruz
Public Information Officer / Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
(805) 549-3138
(805) 549-3326--Fax --

Routes / Re: Key West to Northern Michigan
« on: October 29, 2010, 08:24:30 am »
You might want to get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Most have
online resources of some sort as well as printed materials. The coordinators have a wealth of information that they can distribute for no charge. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

Good luck and have fun!


Routes / Re: getting out of san diego, not on the interstate
« on: October 25, 2010, 07:46:23 am »
You might want to look at the map of the Southern Region found on the following page to see the condition of SR 94 out of San Diego.

Good luck and have fun.


Alaska/Hawaii / Re: Why No AK or Hawai on Route Network?
« on: October 11, 2010, 08:35:26 am »
Why does Adventure Cycle not have any AK or HW routes in this section of their webpage? 

We have discussed both Alaska and Hawaii as possibilities for expanding our route network.

In Alaska, there aren't that many roads. Services can be difficult to come by and may even vary from year to year. Though geared toward RVs, The Milepost publication, found here:, is probably the best resource for gathering that information. It is updated and reprinted often (annually, I believe) which we do not have the resources to do.

As for Hawaii, the list of researchers volunteering for this assignment is long! ;-) It's a possible destination in the future but is not currently on the schedule. Again, there are not a lot of road choices for most of the islands and getting from island to island is no cheap feat with a bicycle. Also, there are many books available on the subject. We have heard there are plans for an inter-island ferry system in the future and this would be an attractive feature that might interest us in doing it sooner.


Routes / Re: Southern Tier Nov 2010 Info appreciated
« on: October 08, 2010, 09:18:51 am »
Where you are going off route, you might also want to check and for hosts.

In west Texas, another place to look for routing and accommodation is (see blog post for more backstory on that one.


You might want to check the shops on ( They seem to list several options to look into.


Thanks, Megan!


Routes / Re: Southern Tier, ACA map/route choice for Florida section
« on: September 29, 2010, 08:41:03 am »
Hi RicemanDan.

There are multiple criteria we look at when choosing a route. Some include but are not limited to:

- where do we want to go
- road conditions such as pavement quality, presence of shoulders, traffic volume
- availability of services
- our preference has been to stay away from high density urban areas when possible and keep the routes more rural in nature

Looking at Southern Tier 6 & 7 and a Florida atlas map, I'd guess that US 90 was chosen over US 98 because it looks like US 98 is a high volume, multi-lane highway from Pensacola to Panama City. Since I-10 parallels US 90, truck traffic should prefer I-10 making riding on US 90 more pleasurable for cyclists. Also, there may have been some thought given to the frequency of hurricanes in this area. The closer the road is to the Gulf of Mexico, the more likely it is to be hit hard by hurricanes taking out roads and services during that season as well as reconstruction of the area post-hurricane.

I hope this helps. If you have further questions, ask away. Thanks for inquiring.


Colorado / Re: Pueblo, Colorado
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:33:15 am »
Nice blog! I like your use of pictures on nearly every post. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing about Pueblo. People like you will make it a better place to bike and stay.

Love hearing these stories...


General Discussion / Re: Hudson Valley RT
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:25:05 am »
Thanks for the update! I'll put your information in our files for the next reprint. That map was recently reprinted so it may be a while so hopefully they'll have the bruhaha settled by then.


Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:38:41 am »

I received this reply to your query (via email). I hope the information is useful.


Hey there--

Cycling around the big island is great!  I just did a 10 day trip around the entire island.  Though I definitely agree that the Kona side is less enjoyable due to the resorts and the higher percentage of tourists, I wouldn't say that the roads are bad.  They're more narrow in certain places compared to the other side of the island but I felt like those roads were safe and comfortable compared to a lot of what I experienced on the northern tier and pacific coast routes.  I will say that the feeling of climbing out of the dry, lava rock Kona side and then suddenly dropping down into the much more lush and green Punalu'u area was incredible.  You get a similar feeling as you leave Volcano national and drop into Hilo or Puna.  Landscape and scenery changes quickly and dramatically

I flew into Kona and rented a mountain bike and a BOB trailer from Kona Bike Works.  It worked out fine (especially on the dirt roads and trails that I chose) but I definitely missed my touring bike as I'm not used to flat bars or plastic-based saddles.

At first I just used the free map I was given on the plane but eventually purchased a map from the welcome center at Volcano National Park.  (It's this map:

I camped out every night at county parks except for 3 nights.  It's $5 for a permit ($6 online) and I found that was the cheapest option.  (I think Spencer might be the only place where they check permits but I didn't mind supporting the county parks.)

I also stayed at the Hilo Bay Hostel (really nice), Hotel Honoka'a Club (not as nice but close to Waipi'o and Honoka'a is a great town), and I camped one night in Waimanu valley which was a bit of a hike, though my favorite part of the trip.

Definitely go down and see the farms/beaches/surfing in the Pahoa/Puna area and also the Kohala coast in the north.  I think these are both areas that cyclists frequently skip since they're essentially side trips that can easily be avoided if your goal is just to go around the island.

Keep in mind that there's lots of climbing on that island! -- but it's worth it.  Hawai'i is such an intense place and it's sad to think about all the people that travel there and leave without any sense of what life is like there.

Good luck!

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