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Routes / Re: Lewis & Clark Trail: What is it like?
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:13:07 am »
Have you read about the route on the website page? I recommend you doing that and clicking on the tabs - Terrain, Logistics, etc. It gives a lot of general information about the route.
https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/lewis-clark/

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Routes / Re: ride along hotels or B&B
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:08:26 am »
There is a website that lists B&Bs along biking routes. It's http://www.bbbiking.com/

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Routes / Re: Trying to remember the name of...
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:04:58 am »
The route no longer goes through Washington, LA. We changed it more than 5 years ago. I do remember a campground there but not the name of it.

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Routes / Re: Should/could I take my dog on the Great Divide Route?
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:01:25 pm »
I understand wanting to take your dog for companionship (I have 2 dogs) but whatever breed your dog is can she continue that sustained pace for days on end? Even if you can do 75 mi./day that's still over a month's worth of riding and what wear and tear would be done to her body and joints, etc. And paws! I think she'd need to wear booties to protect from thorns, sharp rocks, etc. When you think about cattle dogs and border collies (working breeds) they have bouts of high energy but it's not sustained for 8 hours/day. Can she get up and do it day after day after day? And are you prepared to carry her if she gets hurt?

I think it's a good idea to leave her at home.

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If you want further information about the detour around the Mud Creek Slide please see this post: https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=14873.msg77294#msg77294

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When ACA first mapped the Pacific Coast Route in the mid 1980s U.S. Highway 101, especially along the WA coast, did not have adequate infrastructure for bicyclists. It didn't have shoulders and lots of logging trucks used the road. That's why we stayed inland.

When we published the Washington Parks Route in 2008 we used major portions of Highway 101 along the western coast, due to the fact that shoulders have been added. But we didn't look at highway 101 south of Aberdeen so I'm not sure of the road conditions.

Here is a link to the Washington DOT state bike map that might help you.
https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/statemap.htm


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On SR 79 1/2-mile south of Louisiana, the highway is closed due to construction on two bridges. The posted detour by Missouri DOT is about 24 miles. The highway is closed until November 2017.

The cyclists who notified us detoured via US 54 to Bowling Green, then US 61 to Troy. Elevation on their detour was almost flat due to the way US highways are graded. Both highways have wide, paved shoulders so they felt safe on these roads.

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast - Road closures in Big Sur area
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:28:12 pm »
The bridge and mud slide that has closed the highway will not be finished and cleared this year. There is now a hiking trail built around the bridge which means you don't have to take the entire detour mentioned above.

Go to this topic "Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017" mentioned in the "Temporary ACA Route Road Closures" forums and see Reply #26. It gives information about the hiking trail (bicyclists are allowed) and also read Replies #27 and #28 for more info.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: GDMBR Between Fernie and Whitefish
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:32:19 am »
You will need to read through the posts here in the "Temporary ACA Route Road Closures". Since fires close roads temporarily we post closures here instead of in the addenda. Look for any posts titled "GDMBR" with 2017 in the title. Some of these fires have been burning for 2 months. It's only in the last week that it's rained in Montana so fires aren't out yet. In the posts there are links to a specific fire page which should give you up-to-date information.

Between Fernie and Whitefish the Gibralter Ridge fire is burning east of Eureka, MT. There's a detour listed due to road closures.

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Routes / Re: Allegheny Mountains Loop
« on: September 13, 2017, 11:05:13 am »
Dave:
I can't speak to actual conditions but I suspect you'll find varied surfaces on the gravel Forest Service roads. Since it's the end of the year some portions might be washboarded from lots of vehicle use. Roads that are remote might be more dirt than gravel.

Another thing to check is when does hunting season occur in West Virginia. If you're riding during hunting season make sure you wear some blaze orange.

You might want to check this website to see if anyone has written about a recent trip on the route.

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(Sept 2017) The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in August and September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, in the area please consider changing your plans.

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(Sept 2017) The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, in Florida please consider changing your plans.

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The devastation caused by hurricane Irma in August and September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, along the southern portion of the Atlantic Coast Route please consider changing your plans.

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The fire blew up and as of today the road to Waterton townsite is closed and the Chief Mountain border crossing is temporarily closed.

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Due to wildfires northeast of Detroit (map 23) Forest Road 46 is closed. Because there is no way around this closure Forest Road 42 (on map 21) is also impacted. From what we can see the best detour is from US 26 on map 21, continue on southeast US 26 to Madras. Take US 97 south through Redmond into Bend. Rejoin the route near Bend on map 25. 

See the Whitewater Fire for info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5420/

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