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Routes / Re: Norther Tier - options around the Great Lakes
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:23:36 am »
None of the AC routes have ever gone through Madison - whomever told you that must be thinking of something else. The main Northern Tier route doesn't get anywhere near the sprawl of Chicago, though John is correct about the corn fields.

Due to a major rock fall in Zion National Park on Hwy. 9 before the tunnels the road is temporarily closed, and will remain closed through the coming weekend. Check with the park for more information or go to

Routes / Re: Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway (Oregon)
« on: September 23, 2015, 10:08:23 am »
Here is a link for the Adventure Cycling companions wanted:

CLOSURE: between Sept 28th and Oct 2nd 2015, the S. Fk. Salmon Rd. (FR 674) will be closed between Warm Lake Rd. and Poverty Flats Campground. There will NOT be an opportunity for cyclists to walk around. The reroute is Johnson Creek Rd. (FR 413) to Yellow Pine, then FR 412. Or vice versa.

If you are going this way there is a hot spring to access that is not on the map. I believe it is called Johnson Creek Hot Springs, but not sure on that. To access the spring start at the airstrip located between Ice Hole and Golden Gate Campgrounds. Here are the directions i found online:

 - "There's a trail from the middle of the airfield on the west side, take that about 2ish miles and it'll go right to it. I sat in it for over an hour... nuff said."
 - "The tub is on the east facing slope, aligned north/south. The hike takes about an hour to get to the tub. Roughly 3/4 of the hike is south, then for the last 1/4 you'll make a 90 degree turn to the west, uphill to the tub. It sits in a patch of rock. Nice, easy hike worth doing."

There is also a picture here:

Ashton-Flagg Ranch Rd., also known as Reclamation Rd., will be closed for heavy maintenance on the following dates or until the work is weathered out: September 21 – September 28, October 5 – October 11 and October 19 – October 26. The closure will include the area eastward from the junction of Jackass Loop Rd. to the road to Camp Loll (FS 027). During this time no other vehicles will be permitted on this section of road because the equipment will be blocking access along the road and to avoid any issues with safety of Forest users. The Forest Service is closing the road because of heavy equipment operating on the road. The equipment will be crushing the large rocks in the road, spreading gravel and grading this section of road. Drainage will be improved to reduce sediment runoff and erosion.

Liz Davy, the Ashton island Park District Ranger, says bicyclists will be allowed through but they need to stop and ask the workers to stop the machine so they can get through the construction. 

If McKenzie Pass is closed the maps show the alternate over Santiam Pass which is open year around.

From the Forest Service website:
Due to a strong rainstorm that went through the area last night, Forest Road #227, commonly known as the ‘Featherville - Ketchum Road’ on the Fairfield Ranger District has washed out and is impassable. It is closed from Big Hole to Skeleton Creek.

This closure will prohibit travel from Big Smoky to Featherville. Signs have been posted at the Forest boundary on the west side of the Fairfield Ranger District and at the Big Smoky Junction on the east side.

Due to the severity of the washout it may take some time to repair. Employees from the Fairfield Ranger District are on site today and a team of experts will be evaluating the road and assessing the damage. As soon as additional information about the damage and repair to the road is known, an update will be provided.

CONTACT: Carol Brown, Public Affairs Officer
PHONE:  208-622-5371

At this point we haven't seen an update. We suggest you call Carol to see if bicyclists can walk around the washout and/or provide a detour around it.

Yes, it is open again.

Please send them to


Do you have any written cues/mileages from leaving the GD route at Butts Cabin to entering Waterton NP? I've heard of one or two others doing this and I'd like to get more specific information on road conditions, etc.

On August 4 a wildfire started near Roosevelt, WA. Currently the Corps of Engineers campground is closed until further notice because the firefighters are camped there.

Routes / Re: Bad spots on the Transamerica
« on: August 07, 2015, 10:59:41 am »
If you want to read some journals about riding the TransAm you can search on this website:

Routes / Re: Biking in Yellowstone
« on: August 05, 2015, 03:21:09 pm »
Get on the road early in the morning - there will be less vehicles than in mid-day. Having vests and the flags is a great idea to make yourselves more visible. During the summer months there's no way to avoid the tourist throngs since those will be some of the same places you'll want to see. Check the Yellowstone National Park website for possible road construction & closures. And here's a link to biking in the park:

There is construction near Condon. Bridge replacement between Cold Creek campground and Holland Lake.
N 47°39.766' , W 113°49.722'

They are letting people ford the river, it's not too difficult.

As John said, there are several campgrounds along US 12 and are listed on the map. Here's the USFS link where you can click on the campground name and see if it has water.

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