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The 2020 Holiday Farm wildfire burned along SR 126 from Leaburg east to past Blue River. Salvage logging operations have begun, and it's predicted that up 200 logging trucks will be on SR 126 per day throughout the summer. Usually logging trucks begin running as early as 4:30 A.M., and taper off after 3:00 P.M. A local member has suggested this detour to avoid portions of SR 126.
It uses the gravel/dirt Leaburg Canal Trail. Services are still available between Walterville and Vida, though all the services in Blue River are gone.

We are posting a significant detour between El Centro, CA, and Peoria, AZ on the Southern Tier Section 1 map. On the print map this affects panels 5 to 15. It is 16.4 miles shorter than the main route. Plan your riding days carefully. Here is the link:
This detour avoids the winding, narrow, and hilly SR 78, and the associated truck and recreational traffic hazards between Brawley and Blythe, CA. Eastbound, it leaves the main route just east of El Centro, at the intersection of Old Hwy. 111 and E. Evan Hewes Hwy./CR S80, passes near the full service town of Yuma, includes approximately 45 mi. of interstate riding, and rejoins the existing ST #1 in Peoria in the Phoenix metro area. Westbound, in Peoria, it begins at the Rio Vista Community Park and follows the New River Trail and city streets south through urban areas to SR 85, then I-8. You will ride on interstate shoulders, frontage roads, highways, county roads, city streets, and the New River Trail.
There are very limited services along the detour, especially along 86 mi. of interstate and frontage roads from Wellton to Gila Bend. The California cities of Holtville and Winterhaven, and the Arizona cities of Tacna and Dateland have partial services. Wellton, Gila Bend, Buckeye, Avondale, and Peoria have all services. Between Tacna and Dateland there are no services for 25 miles. Between Dateland and Gila Bend there are no services for 49 miles. We advise you carry extra water and food with you. Indoor lodging options are extremely limited, and you will likely need to go off route to find them. 
Between Holtville and Yuma there are primitive camping opportunities at several BLM Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA). The amenities available at these locations can be very limited. Potable water, garbage, and restrooms may or may not be offered. If visiting during the off season from Sept. - Apr., a permit (available at is required to camp. Be prepared to share these areas with motorized recreation enthusiasts.
Camping is available at the Mittry Lake Wildlife Area (BLM). It’s located from the junction of Laguna Dam Rd. and Mittry Lake Rd., off route 2.9 mi. S. on unpaved Mittry Lake Rd., 928-317-3200.
Camping is available at the Holtville Hot Springs Long Term Visitor Area (BLM). It’s located at 3700 Evan Hewes Hwy., 760-337-4400.
In Dateland, the Dateland RV Park (pvt.) is located at 1737 Ave. 64 E., 928-454-2772. Register at the gift shop. Arrive earlier in the day so that maintenance can mark a site for a tent. RVs enter the park at night, and might not see a tent set-up.

Cotton Gin Rd., NE of Uhland, is closed for road reconstruction for 3/4 mile. A detour is to use High Rd./SR 127, which parallels Cotton Gin Rd. to the northeast.

The Ticonderoga ferry crossing Lake Champlain is temporarily closed due to COVID.
To detour around it, eastbound, you need to ride north on SR 9N for 11.3 mi. Turn right onto SR 185. In 4.1 mi., cross Lake Champlain on bridge and enter Vermont. Follow SR 125 east for 16.2 mi. to Middlebury, where you rejoin the route.
To detour around it, westbound, at Middlebury, take SR 125 west for 16.2 mi. Cross Lake Champlain on bridge and enter New York. Follow SR 185 for 4.1 mi. At "T", turn left onto SR 9N. Follow it for 11.3 mi. to Ticonderoga where you will rejoin the route.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to temporarily close a popular bike path in Ventura County on the nights of July 30 and July 31 for construction.

Crews will construct smoother and safer shoulders on the recently repaved bike path along State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) between the city of Ventura and Emma Wood State Beach.

The bike path will be closed at the following times:
Between 7 p.m. July 30 (Thursday) and 6 a.m. July 31 (Friday), and
Between 7 p.m. July 31 (Friday) and 6 a.m. August 1 (Saturday).
The schedule is weather-permitting, and all dates and times are subject to change.

The temporary closure involves 1.2 miles of the coastal bike trail. The western end of the project is the State Beach Access Road north of Emma Wood State Beach. The eastern end of the project is the park access road to Emma Wood State Beach’s Ventura River Group Camp, just west of the Ventura River.

Bicyclists are not allowed into Glacier National Park from the east side, where the Blackfeet Reservation is located, this summer. The reservation is closed to limit COVID exposure. The only open way for a cyclist is to ride the Marias Alternate on U.S. 2, since Going to the Sun Rd. in the park and Canada are off limits. The tribe is asking that all bicyclists plan to NOT stop on U.S. 2 between East Glacier and Cut Bank (distance of ~47 mi.), so Browning is unavailable for services.

All hiker/biker sites at the Oregon state park campgrounds are closed for the summer of 2020. For more information see

In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached an agreement with Canada to limit all non-essential travel across borders. The closure is now extended to July 21, 2020. For more information go to

This affects the Great Parks North Route, the Northern Tier Route, the Great Divide Route, the Lake Erie Connector, the Underground Railroad Route, and the Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate Route.

Construction will close ~4.5 miles of the Cedar Lake Regional Trail between the town of Hopkins and France Ave. S. through Fall 2021. Currently, this is the only project closing the route, but other area projects have been planned for the near future that could have an impact on the route. Here is the detour that ACA suggests, which is very similar to official detours linked below but avoids a couple dangerous turns.

Here are official posted detour maps (which includes the Cedar Lake Regional Trail):

And here is the website for regional trail construction projects for the foreseeable future, including a schedule:

Realignments around the washouts on FR 227 east of Bowns Campground/Smoky Bar will commence on-the-ground work starting May 18. The plan is to close the washout area to all travel, including bicycle and pedestrian traffic while the work is being implemented from May 18 until approximately the end of July. There will be signs or reader boards at Featherville to warn those bicyclists coming from the west that the route will not be passable (if they go through and reach the worksite they will be turned around).

 In addition there will be a period of time in July when traffic will be stopped during the day west of Worswick Hotsprings on the FR 227, through the narrows, while the company collects large rock for the washout work. This could affect the routes folks take after coming over Dollarhide Summit from the east.

A bridge is being replaced on SR 38 between Hartville (map 105) and the intersection of SR 38 and SR E (map 106). Work is scheduled to begin August 31, and will last for 3 months. SR 38 is closed. The detour is 5.5 mi. longer than the route. A detour will be posted, and here is the map for it:

A resurfacing project on SR 83 will begin at the end of April 2020 and lasts until the end of July 2020. It is 16.3 miles in length. It begins on SR 83 at milepost 47.8 (5 mi. N. of Condon), and ends at milepost 31.5 (11 mi. S. of Condon). This construction will affect only 1.6 mi. on the Great Divide Route, from turn P (Kraft Creek Rd./CR 561 to turn Q (Holland Lake Rd.). The contractor will accommodate bicyclists through the construction zone. The project will occur in stages, so riders may or may not encounter this project. There will only be flaggers at each end of the project, and a pilot car will lead motorists/cyclists through the zone. They are required to maintain a surface that cyclists are capable of riding on, and providing plenty of time for cyclists to make it through the zone.

A resurfacing project on SR 83 will begin at the end of April 2020 until the end of July 2020. It is 16.3 miles in length. It begins at milepost 47.8 (5 mi. N. of Condon), and ends at milepost 31.5 (11 mi. S. of Condon). The contractor will accommodate bicyclists through the construction zone. There will be a flagger at each end of the project, and a pilot car will lead motorists/cyclists through the zone. The contractor is required to maintain a surface that cyclists are capable of riding on, and providing plenty of time for cyclists to make it through the zone.

Both lanes of the Natchez Parkway in the greater Jackson, MS area from I-55 to SR 49 are closed due to concerns over potential subsidence of the road shoulder. A detour is posted for cars, but we've been told that bicyclists will be allowed through. Most of this section uses the multi-use trail alongside the Parkway so it only affects 2.5 miles of the Parkway. The work should take about a month.

An extensive process to repair the ramp system at the North Carolina Ferry Division’s Southport Terminal is now underway. Barring weather or other delays, ferry service between Fort Fisher and Southport is tentatively scheduled to resume Oct. 1.

If anyone can recommend a detour we would appreciate it.

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