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Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 17, 2017, 12:49:04 pm »
We have discussed the dog issue in Kentucky on the TransAm numerous times in the office, and have listened to various solutions. The most suggested one has been to change the route. The difficulty in doing that is that we can't guarantee a cyclist won't run into dogs if we move the route to Maryland or West Virginia or Pennsylvania or North Carolina. Rural areas are more likely to have dogs that are left to run loose. Dogs are used as an "early warning" if someone approaches a house, and are used to protect property. As someone said, this happens in other states, and not just in the Appalachians.

Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 10, 2017, 06:18:28 pm »
The bridge itself does not have much of a grade. But I'm guessing the road to reach Cranberry Lake Campground and the beach on the west side might be that steep, though it's been a long time since I was there. Hopefully someone else can comment on this.

We have just heard that the closed road is now open.

Routes / Re: Arkansas Highlands Mountain Bike Route
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:57:09 am »
At this point in time, nothing has been scheduled.

The I-90 interchange at turn B is under construction. The work is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2016. From the MN DOT: Pedestrians and cyclists travelling on the Northern Tier and the Mississippi River Trail will be detoured along the Apple Blossom Trail during the construction of the new interchange. The detour is to remain in place until further notice and circumvents the current Mississippi River Trail corridor from La Crescent to approximately 5.5 miles north of Dakota.​

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: September 09, 2016, 11:40:22 am »
If you do decide to go to Anacortes via the Bremerton ferry (which I think would be the best way to get there) a better ACA map for you would be the Washington Parks #1 map. It has the same routing as the Pacific Coast Route between Bremerton and Anacortes, but also shows routes on Lopez, San Juan and Orcas islands. And this map has a loop route around the Olympic Peninsula if you want to do more bike touring in the future.

The map can be a bit confusing at first. Once you get to Bremerton you'll be on the Sound Alternate. You take that northward to Port Hadlock, where you will join the main route and continue north through Port Townsend to Whidby Island, over Deception Pass, and onto Anacortes.

The Little Miami Scenic Trail will be closed between Senior Road in Morrow and Route 350 in Oregonia from September 12 through the end of November, 2016. No detour is available. The trail will be open for planned event participants only on certain weekends.
The closure in this area near Fort Ancient is due to erosion of the Little Miami River riverbank as its course has changed to undercut the trail berm. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the remediation which includes stabilizing the bank and building a small bridge over the affected area to accommodate trail use while allowing natural changes in the course of the river.
For updates on all trail closures please see the Friends of the Little Miami State Park website:

The Berry fire has closed Grassy Lake Rd./FR 261 from the east side of Targhee National Forest (mile 231.7) through to Flagg Ranch (mile 265.6). For updates go to:

To avoid the fire there are 2 detours and both are extensive. #1: from mile 183.6 you can head north, then east on US 20 to West Yellowstone and go through Yellowstone National Park to the south entrance where you will rejoin the route. But fires within the Park have made the area very smoky. #2: from mile 221.7 you can work your way south on county roads, State Hwys. 32 and 33 through Tetonia, Driggs and Victor over Teton Pass into Jackson, WY where you can join the Jackson Spur.

Routes / Re: Loops out of San Fran
« on: August 30, 2016, 05:30:30 pm »
You might want to take a look at this local company that produces bike maps of the area:

Routes / Re: Weather concerns for fall cross country?
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:27:15 am »
Here are several things to think about when traveling in the fall. Many campgrounds close after Labor Day so if you are depending on a campground call ahead to make sure they are open. Also, the days get shorter as fall progresses so you will have less daylight and more time in your tent.

The passes in Colorado are high, though almost all the highways remain open all year around. But the later you're traveling the more likely you will encounter a snow storm which might close a pass for a day or two. Check the weather reports often and be prepared to stay in motels if need be.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier in Minnesota: which loop?
« on: August 23, 2016, 04:08:38 pm »
Here is a blog post that we did after changing the routing to use more of the rail trails in Minnesota. This might help you.

Ellicott City had a major flood on 7/30/16. Main St./SR 144 is temporarily closed. Follow the posted detour around the town. For more information:

Due to extensive sewer line replacement construction on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Albuquerque this road is temporarily impassible in both directions. Fortunately there is an excellent alternative, which is shown in Ride with GPS. Eastbound:

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:24:57 am »
We do our best to show campgrounds within 5 miles of the route, though occasionally some might be missed. And there are also the campgrounds, mainly RV Parks, that don't have tent camping. We don't list them.

Routes / Re: Western express to transAm
« on: August 08, 2016, 03:22:18 pm »
The TransAm intersects with the Underground Railroad just south of the Ohio River ferry at Cave In Rock, IL. You could take that northeast into Ohio and leave the route to head east into PA. You can also get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and 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. And 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 and some online materials:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:

And once you have an idea of routing, you might want to solicit feedback and refinements from the Forums community of cyclists on our Forums.

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