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You'd have to purchase the GPX data, then upload it into RWGPS. There is no way to go from the BRN to RWGPS.

Routes / Re: camping on the Northern Tier
« on: May 23, 2022, 04:57:41 pm »
In our service directory it says the Colonial Campground has hiker/biker sites. You should call to confirm (206) 386-4495 or 854-7200, but I don't think you can reserve a hiker/biker site. We do try to note the campgrounds that have hiker/biker sites.

Jason - From the Ride with GPS links, you can download them as a gpx file.

Thanks for letting me know. I've corrected the link in the original post.

The Carson and Santa Fe National Forests will implement forest-wide stage 3 closures on Thursday, May 19, at 8 AM. Fire danger remains extreme with record conditions only expected to worsen over the foreseeable future. These closures will be rescinded after significant moisture has been received and overall conditions improve. The Cibola National Forest will issue stage 3 closures within the Mount Taylor, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts, also on Thursday, May 19, at 8 a.m.

The route goes through the Carson National Forest on #5 map B, the Santa Fe National Forest on #5 map C. It goes through the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District, on #5 map C and #6 map A.

Southbound, here is a paved detour from near the CO/NM state line to Abiquiu, NM:

Southbound, here is a paved detour from Abiquiu to Cuba, NM:

From Cuba, you can choose to ride the Chaco Alternate to Grants (#5 map C), or you can stay on the main route until you reach turn T, 164.3 miles. The following detour uses CR 75 (a paved road) that crosses a very short stretch of the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District. CR 75 is open to the public.

From Grants, you will need to ride the El Malpais Alternate to Pie Town (#6 map A) to avoid the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District.

On #6 map B you will ride the route until you reach turn H, 64.8 mi. At that point you'll need to see this post to avoid the road closure on the Gila National Forest:

We will keep this information updated as we hear more.

Routes / Re: Parking for two weeks in Orchard Park, NY
« on: May 16, 2022, 05:01:08 pm »
If there's a local bike shop I would call it for suggestions. You could also call the chamber of commerce, or the police station. It is farther away, but I'm sure there's long term parking at the Buffalo Niagara Airport.

Also, many campgrounds in the northeast close after Labor Day, though some may be open through leaf peeping season. You'd have to call/confirm beforehand.

The Black Fire in the Gila National Forest, which was discovered 5/13/22, has grown to over 19,000 acres. It has overrun FR 150, north of Black Canyon, and is west of the Meown Work Center, and 24 miles north of Mimbres. FR 150 is closed between Meason Park to the intersection of 150 and Diamond Creek. For more information see:

Southbound, here's a partial gravel/paved detour. From Map B, turn H, 64.8 mi.: At “Y”, bear right following FR 28 toward Willow Creek and Snow Lake. The gravel road may also be signed SR 159 and/or Bursum Rd.This is a one lane road, with gravel/dirt and rocks embedded in the road surface. It is extremely rough in places and certain parts have switchbacks. The Willow Creek USFS Campground is 22.5 miles after turn H. The tiny town of Mogollon is 39.5 miles after turn H. The road becomes paved, and it's another 9.5 miles to the intersection with US 180. At US 180, turn left onto US 180 and follow it for 65 miles to Silver City. See:

Southbound, an easier paved detour begins on map B, at turn D, 34.5 mi., continue west on SR 12 for 40 miles to US 180. Then ride south and east on US 180 for 92 miles to Silver City.

The bridge crossing Braud Bayou near Carville, LA is being replaced. The detour on SR 30 and SR 3115 has good shoulders.

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The eastern end of the PPP is in Minneapolis at the airport. The Northern Tier section 7 map begins in Stillwater, MN, which is about 30 miles east of the airport. The Northern Tier section 6 map shows routing between those points; it's called the Minneapolis/St. Paul Spur. But you'd have to purchase the section 6 map for only those 30 miles so here's a cheaper option. Go to this link to get the Twin Cities Bike Map to plan your route to Stillwater.

Routes / Re: Altoona PA to Raleigh NC
« on: March 21, 2022, 11:17:13 am »
You can check state bicycle resources and get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free, and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. While the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

Routes / Re: Northern Tier Map 3
« on: February 11, 2022, 02:18:39 pm »
Here is what we told folks as to why we rerouted the original route on U.S. 2:
"Due to safety, a major reroute occurred in late spring 2020 on the Northern Tier Section 3 in Montana. We began receiving more reports about increasing amounts of high-speed traffic, and little to no shoulders on U.S. 2, the “Hi-Line.” The new route aligns with the Lewis & Clark Trail to the south of U.S. 2, and goes from Cut Bank to Circle for 406 miles."

For 2022 there is a reason why you might want to stay on U.S. 2. There is major road construction on SR 200. Crews will return early spring 2022 to finish work on the Little Dry Creek - East segment, and start the second construction phase, Junction 462 East & West. Junction 462 East & West includes reconstructing approximately 9.5 miles of SR 200, from 17 miles east of Jordan to just east of the Little Dry Creek Bridge (on map 45). As far as we know, the contractor hasn't made any accommodations for bicyclists, so we recommend asking a pickup truck driver if you can get a ride by putting your bike in the pickup bed.

Routes / Re: Camping Along Pacific Coast Route
« on: January 27, 2022, 11:05:17 am »
Here is a CA state Park website that gives information about each park. You can click on each state park to find out open/close dates, etc.

Routes / Re: Counsel on Southern Tier W to E starting mid March
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:27:06 am »
If you want to do 80 miles per day be aware that in the initial 71 miles you will be going from sea level to the 3980' Tecate Divide.

Routes / Re: March Trip from Phoenix - Looking for best route
« on: January 11, 2022, 11:32:00 am »
The Utah Cliffs Loop is 50% pavement and 50% dirt/gravel. I don't know if you and your friend want to ride that much off pavement. More information is under the Logistics tab on this page:

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