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The Kenow Fire is west of Waterton. Parks Canada is actively managing parts of the Kenow Fire that have the potential to impact Waterton Lakes National Park. The fire is primarily in British Columbia but has ignited spot fires in the park at the northwestern boundary near Sage Pass. An evacuation alert is in effect for all of Waterton Lakes National Park.

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed, with the exception of:
-Townsite
-Highway 5/6 including Entrance Road to Townsite
-Chief Mountain Highway

For more information go to https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/securite-safety/feu-fire-kenow

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The Slinkard wildfire has impacted Hwy. 89/Monitor Pass and Hwy. 395 (maps 46 & 47). Here's a link for information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5559/40072/

Presently there are 2 wildfires in Yosemite National Park. Here is information for the Empire fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5475/ and for the Railroad fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/

The Railroad fire has closed Hwy. 41 at the south end of the Park (maps 50 & 51). Keep checking the web pages above for the status of closed roads and closed campgrounds in the Park.

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Routes / Re: Truckee to Bakersfield in October 2017
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:55:17 pm »
Daniel:
I think October is a good time to ride this portion of the route. But there are some things to be aware of.

Make sure you review the map updates & corrections update sheet before you go:
https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/map-updates-and-corrections/default.cfm?RouteAddendaaction=routeAddendaDisplay:main&id=4AB96B2A-B814-AF35-29E353309EB6895E&rt=Sierra%20Cascades&s=4#results

If you click on the Terrain tab on this page here's a new feature we recently added about elevation and climbing for each map section:
https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/sierra-cascades/

The Slinkard wildfire has impacted Hwy. 89/Monitor Pass and Hwy. 395 (maps 46 & 47). You'll need to check before you leave Truckee for road closures. Here's a link for information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5559/40072/

Presently there are 2 wildfires in Yosemite National Park. Because it's been such a dry summer throughout the west many wildfires will not get put out until in rains or snows. Here is information for the Empire fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5475/ and for the Railroad fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/

The Railroad fire has closed Hwy. 41 at the south end of the Park (maps 50 & 51). It's possible it will be open again by October. Keep checking the web pages above for the status of closed roads and closed campgrounds in the Park.

I doubt you will have any bear encounters but when camping store your food away from your tent. Some folks carry rope so they can hang their food in a tree nearby. Or you can ask another camper if you can store your food in their car or their RV overnight.

Have you been training and doing lots of riding? This route is hilly and includes multiple passes to climb. Let's say the route (including into Bakersfield) is 600 miles. If you cycle 60 miles/day you can do it in 10 days. But you will want to have several rest days to be off your bike. And when you start out you might go fewer than 60 miles/day. As long as you're in good shape you can do it in less than 3 weeks.

I hope you will enjoy your trip.

 

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Alternate start to Alleghaney Mts Loop route
« on: August 25, 2017, 01:49:00 pm »
Glady, WV is a tiny community of several homes and 2 churches. There are no other services. Have you thought about where you would leave your vehicle? There is a parking area at the West Fork trailhead but I have no idea if it's OK to leave your car for a number of days. I suggest contacting Pocahontas County to ask about it.
https://pocahontascountywv.com/biking_hiking_trails.aspx#2

If you look at Glady in google maps I see there are 2 churches. One idea would be to contact them to ask if you could leave your car in either parking lot.

In the map's Riding Conditions there is one place that's mentioned but it is in Pembroke on map 1, which is on the south end of the route. "If you drive to the area, you can leave your vehicle at Tangent Outfitters, 201 Cascade Dr. in Pembroke, 540-626-4567, www.newrivertrail.com. Call in advance for this. They offer shuttles and other excursions."

Sincerely,

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On Map 1B, Cottonwood Lakes Rd./FR 447 is now closed for 19 miles (SB) all the way to FR 5405. You still need to take the detour on SR 200 and SR 83. The Monture Campground is closed also.

Rice Ridge Fire incident page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5414/

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Routes / Re: Detroit to Toledo to Sandusky
« on: August 23, 2017, 02:51:59 pm »
If you go to this link and enlarge the map of the Lake Erie area you can see the different routes we have to go around Lake Erie. If you click on the different colors it will tell you what route and section number it is.

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/

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Routes / Re: Kalispell > Missoula route suggestions please
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:46:17 pm »
You did not say when you are riding this. Are you going soon? Presently, the Rice Ridge wildfire smoke is impacting Seeley Lake and air quality is incredibly bad. Until we get some much needed rain to put the fires out US 93 is the better option even with all the traffic.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5414/38284/

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Routes / Re: Kalispell > Missoula route suggestions please
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:01:16 pm »
Even ACA office staff have differing opinions about this. There is less traffic on Hwy. 83 so that's why we use it on our maps. But it has a 10 mi. stretch south of Seeley Lake which has no shoulders and about 6 miles of that is winding with short sight lines. Some staff won't ride it. Otherwise the road north of Seeley Lake has long sight lines and minimal shoulders.

In recent years, shoulders have been added to US 93, with the exception of 5 miles south of Lakeside. But it is a very busy highway, and recent traffic counts that I can find shows it has 4 times the amount of traffic compared to Hwy. 83. All the trucks use US 93 because it is the shortest distance to go between Kalispell and Missoula. It has a lot more hills, several of them steep, especially around the lake, than Hwy. 83.

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One idea might be to go up into Canada and over to Vancouver Island on the Tsawwassen Ferry. You can't do a loop but you could ride out and back to the north end of the island on the east side.

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The bridges are all replaced so the road is open. They are grading it and applying gravel so there could be some short delays.

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Update
The public (and bicyclists) are being allowed through the closed section of US 12 by following pilot cars.

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Link to the inciweb Lolo Peak Fire website:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5375/

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Portions of the route here in Montana won't be open until we get some significant rainfall without lightning strikes. That's the only way some of these large fires will be put out. The air is so bad in Seeley Lake right now the health department is telling all residents to leave.

It's very difficult to say when there will be a major change in the weather.

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