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ACA has designed a 117-mile detour to avoid the condemned bridge. It begins near Slidell, LA and ends in Pass Christian, MS. It crosses the Pearl River in Bogalusa. The highways in Louisiana generally have good shoulders, but the highways in Mississippi have narrow to non-existent shoulders. We tried to use backroads as much as possible.

See maps of the detour below. The RideWithGPS maps include services along the detour.

Eastbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40912203
Westbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40941288

If you have already purchased the Southern Tier digital data (gpx files) from us, you can access this new detour for free by logging into your MyAdventureCycling account, navigating to your Purchased GPS Map Files, and clicking "Download" to receive the updated gpx data package. There are no services for the detour included in the gpx package.

If you have already purchased the Southern Tier in the Bicycle Route Navigator app, you can access this new detour for free by selecting Menu>Settings>Download New Map Versions. There are no services included for the detour in the app.

If you would rather ride the old 2019 Southern Tier routing (direct from New Roads, LA to Bogalusa, LA, skipping New Orleans, 125 miles), you can find maps of that routing below. Be aware that we did discontinue this routing in 2021 because of issues with limited/poor services, poor road surfaces, and dogs. This old routing connects to the detour described above in Bogalusa, which then connects to Pass Christian and back to the existing main Southern Tier Route.

Eastbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40945023
Westbound: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40945038

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UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Louisiana Department of Transportation. It doesn't look good. Bridges have severe deterioration, need $250 million worth of repairs, no funding, no bike detour, no bike shuttle, no estimated completion date. It could potentially be years before US 90 reopens.

We are still recommending the taxi/Uber/Uhaul alternative, but we are working with a local biker to help us create a cycling detour which will likely go up through Bogalusa and cross the Pearl River on SR 10/26. Check back for updates.

Amy Wally
ACA Cartographer

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The Ross Fork Fire (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8375/) burning near Alturas Lake in Idaho has closed a large portion of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. The route between Stanley and Galena Summit is closed. There is no alternate routing at this time.

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The Trail Ridge Fire (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8365/) burning near Sula, Montana, is affecting the area around Lost Trail Pass and Chief Joseph Pass near the Idaho/Montana Border. US 93 and MT 43 are currently still open, but smoke is thick and the fire is expected to grow, which may shut down the highways in the next few days. The Gibbons Pass Alternate is closed.

We have created a significant 177-mile detour to avoid the fire. It begins in Missoula and ends in Twin Bridges, and includes some riding on I-90 near Clinton, and between Fairmont and Ramsay. Also use caution on SR 2 south of Butte. The road is narrow and windy. See a map of the detour here: ridewithgps.com/routes/40852751

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ACA has reached out to the Louisiana Department of Transportation, but has not received a response regarding this situation.

In the meantime, we recommend getting a ride in a vehicle across I-10 around the closure.

Don's Taxi Service (985-290-1525) has a Honda CR-V that can fit 1 bicycle in the back with the seats folded down.

For groups up to 3, you can rent a Uhaul (www.uhaul.com) to carry you and your bikes from New Orleans/Chalmette, LA to Waveland/Bay St. Louis, MS. Each truck has a bench seat which can fit 3 individuals.

You could also try to find an Uber that is able to carry you and your bike.

We will continue to post updates as we receive more information.

Amy Wally
ACA Cartographer


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The area around the Goat Creek Trailhead/parking lot is closed due to construction, affecting the Canmore Cutoff. The Main Route should still be passable. See https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/bulletins/75F6E929-0FD6-40F7-B7A2-39E714342E2C for a map and more information.

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We've received a report from a cyclist that the bike trail between San Clemente and Oceanside near Camp Pendleton is undergoing construction. The trail is still passable, but travel may be slowed/delayed, and you may need to lift your bike over some barriers. No more information is currently known, check back for updates.

CLOSURE:The bike path from the south entrance of the San Onofre State Park to the Pulgas Gate will be closed for Camp Pendleton military operations from September 15 to 19 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.

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There is road construction on SR 76 north of Marquette from turn A (junction with CR X52) to the Clayton/Allamakee County border, a distance of about 4 miles. There will be intermittent lane closures, with flaggers and pilot cars. See https://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2022/06/intermittent-lane-closures-on-iowa-76-in-allamakee-county-begin-monday-june-20.html for more information and contact info for the project.

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Double T Catwalk Resort in Glenwood Springs has lodging and is willing to pick up cyclists if they are nearby. 77 Catwalk Rd., 303-916-0621.

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The Santa Fe National Forest has reopened.

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UPDATE: All entrances to Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions; Stay informed about road status and weather conditions.

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Roads in northern portion of Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions. See https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/220613.htm for more info. Some of the roads may be closed for an extended period of time due to the damage.

The current descriptions of the road closures do NOT affect the TransAm or Parks, Peaks, and Prairies routes, but NPS is currently "assessing damage" on these southern roads and more rain is expected.

All entrances to the park are closed and vehicles are being turned away at the entrances.

We will continue to update as more information is learned.

On the Parks, Peaks, and Prairies route, if heading eastbound, beginning in West Yellowstone you will need to follow the Teton Valley Alternate.
TETON VALLEY ALTERNATE: This 139.3 mile alternate to avoid the Park begins in West Yellowstone, MT, and heads west, south and east through Idaho into Wyoming. Here is the link: ridewithgps.com/routes/35560313. You'll ride 36 miles on US 20 through Montana and Idaho. The highway has variable shoulder widths, and continuous rumble strips in Idaho. It also has fast moving traffic. In both Idaho and Wyoming there will still be traffic, but we have routed onto several separate bike paths where possible. The Idaho state highways are mostly narrow, and have minimal to no shoulders. The alternate ends in Jackson, Wyoming, where you will follow routing to rejoin the main Parks, Peaks, and Prairies route in Ten Sleep on this link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39859124. Here is a pdf that lists services on the Teton Valley Alternate: https://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/Image/Routes_Maps/Addenda/Teton_Valley_Alternate_services.pdf

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Construction will be resuming the week of May 16, 2022. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane. See the image below for more information.

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The bridge is reported to be reopened. The detour is no longer necessary.

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