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The Arrastra Fire is located north of Lincoln along Beaver Creek Rd./FR 4106 and Huckleberry Pass is closed as of July 21. The estimate is that it will be closed for at least 2 weeks. The detour is to ride State Hwy. 200. Some portions of the highway are winding with sharp turns and have minimal shoulders so ride defensively.

For more information see

Routes / Re: TransAmerica - Types of roads
« on: July 20, 2017, 01:57:34 pm »
We have a volunteer who is working on calculating the different road types on all our routes. For the TransAm this is what he has:
State Road miles: 2,134
Federal Road miles: 1,075
Local Road miles: 1,229

If a road shares both state and federal designations it is in the federal category. At this point, any interstate mileage is in the federal category, and any separate paths are in the local Road miles. He is working on separating out the interstate and bike path miles.

FYI - in Montana from Missoula to Hamilton it's now 50 miles on a separate bike path!

Four bridges are due to be replaced on the Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway (miles 73.5 - 90.3). The road closure is from Monday, July 17 to Monday, August 14.
Southbound detour: At mile 33.3, ride east for 5.4 mi. on State Hwy. 324. Bear right onto dirt/gravel Old Armstead Rd. (This road stays south of the Clark Canyon Reservoir). In 6.0 mi., turn right onto paved Red Rock Rd. N. In 2.8 mi., cross under I-15 and continue south on the frontage road on the east side of I-15. In 13.4 mi., you reach the town of Dell. Cross under I-15 and ride south on the frontage road on the west side of I-15. In 1.5 mi., rejoin the route at mile 90.3.

Routes / Re: TransAm Halfway Point?
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:44:39 pm »
It is on section 7, map 76, 3 miles east of Ordway.

Routes / Re: GDMBR from Banff to Whitefish
« on: July 06, 2017, 03:26:57 pm »
No, that section is not open. There are detours listed on the map updates & corrections sheet. See Map B.

There is a potential closure mentioned on Map A but we haven't heard yet if they've started the closure.

Information sent in today from a cyclist:

Harriman Trail is also currently closed due to high water levels, as is Old Galena Toll Road. Information from the Galena Lodge states that Old Galena Toll Road will be open soon but Harriman may be damaged due to flooding. Valley Road and Decker Flats Road are both open for bicycle traffic.

Routes / Re: PCH. Advice sought...
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:18:19 am »
Due to a bridge out north of Big Sur and a massive slide south of Big Sur a long section of the Pacific Coast Highway is closed, probably until 2018. Please go to this post and read - there is a detour posted that takes you inland. The detour leaves and returns to our Pacific Coast Route maps.

Construction will be occurirng to repair and/or replace three bridges on the Historic Columbia River Highway (US 30) between Mosier and The Dalles. Work includes repair of the historic Mosier Creek and Dry Canyon Creek bridges and a complete replacement of the Chenoweth Creek Bridge.

Work will begin in late June. For repair of the Mosier Creek and Dry Canyon bridges, expect single lane closures and delays up to 20 minutes.

The replacement of Chenoweth Creek Bridge, located approximately ¼ mile north of The Dalles City limits, will require a full closure of US 30 at the bridge from August 1 - 21st. Traffic will be detoured via Exit 76, Rowena.
Construction will be complete by the end of November, 2017.

The Utah DOT has closed Highway 143 between Parowan and Panguitch -
which includes the section traversed by Utah Cliffs.

Details: Fire Affecting Roadway SR 143 between MP 3 and 50 (S of Panguitch) Iron Co.
Closed Both Directions, Use Alt Route
Last Updated: 06/23/17 07:20 PM

A detour is available by continuing on Hwy 14 east from Cedar City to US 89
Then take US 89 north the Hwy 12 turn-off to Bryce.
(Read in reverse for westbound . . .)
You may wish to take a few extra miles to resupply at Panguitch.


Just before the intersection of Clay Pike Rd. and Spry Rd./Wolfe Run Rd. work on bridge reconstruction over Salt Creek will close the road. It will be closed from June 26 for 70 days through September 3.

EB detour: At turn C, continue on Chandlersville Rd./SR 146. In 9 mi., turn left onto SR 313. In 5.5 mi., rejoin route at turn E.
WB detour: At turn E, continue on SR 313. In 5.5 mi., turn right onto Chandlersville Rd./SR 146. In 9 mi., rejoin route at turn C.   

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:09:30 pm »
In October of 2017 we updated and reprinted the section 3 map where Tulsa (and Oklahoma City) are located. We changed the routing in both of the cities based on locals' advice due to safety concerns. Pete had let us know last summer about his accident.   

SR 20 remains closed in both directions from eight miles west of the Loup Loup Pass summit at milepost 207 to Rock Creek at milepost 223 due to mud slides, washouts, and road repair work. Currently there is no estimated time for reopening and no local detour available.

Here is the detour for both vehicles and bikes. It adds about 30 miles.
Detour EB - From Twisp Hwy 20 then Hwy 153 to Pateros, US 97 to Brewster, Old 97 to Hwy 20 4 mi S. of Okanogan
Detour WB - Hwy 20 4 mi S. of Okanagan, Old 97 to Brewster, US 97 to Pateros, Hwy 153 to Hwy 20 & Twisp

For information:

Routes / Re: Route advice Boise to Salmon ID
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:58:50 am »
From your description, it sounds like you are looking at following State Highway 21. It is paved but you'll have to climb 3 passes between Idaho City and Stanley. It's possible there might be some snow at the passes but it's melting quickly. The nice thing is you'll pass several hot springs. And there's camping available. This is all shown on our ID Hot Springs main route map. At Stanley you can take State Highway 75 and US 93 to get to Salmon.

Another way to go, which keeps you more in the flats and out of the mountains, is from Mountain Home, take US 20 east to Arco, then north on US 93. There still is one pass to go over. Another nice scenic road is to head northeast from Arco on State Highway 22/33, and then take State Highway 28 north. But there's minimal services on 28. 

Routes / Re: Does anyone still use paper maps?
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:26:33 am »
Every state Department of Transportation has a bicycle/pedestrian coordinator — even if they are not full time in this position, they will know the resources in their state better than anyone else. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort they will send out for free. The coordinators or their state website often have more information available right there online or in print. And while the maps often aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center maintains a webpage of contact information for each state:

As far as I know, I have never heard of anyone producing a "Trip Ticket" for cyclists.

We are going to tweet this information every other week beginning now through August on both the TransAm and Western Express routes. Hope it helps.

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