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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Northern Tier, Map 1, Loup Loup Pass
« Last post by jamawani on April 23, 2017, 10:39:46 pm »
Loup Loup Pass is closed due to a major washout.
Detour EB - From Twisp Hwy 20 then Hwy 153 to Pateros, US 97 to Brewster, Old 97 to Hwy 20 4 mi S. of Okanogan
Detour WB - Hwy 20 4 mi S. of Okanagan, Old 97 to Brewster, US 97 to Pateros, Hwy 153 to Hwy 20 & Twisp

* Given the damage to paved highways, I would not attempt an early season detour on dirt forest roads.
Not only will they be snowy/muddy, but they will have big washouts, too.

BUT WAIT !!! - THERE'S MORE !!!
The North Cascades Highway remains closed and will likely be quite late opening this year.
Too often, easterners and folks from overseas just don't realize how long winter remains in the Northwest.
Not only is there the possibility of snow into June, but the heavy snowpack this winter has to melt out.


OKANOGAN – Work is under way to repair washed-away portions of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass, but motorists will have to take the long way between the Okanogan and Methow valleys for several more weeks.

http://www.omakchronicle.com/news/2017/apr/18/repair-work-underway-loup-loup-pass/

From Washington State DOT

SR 20 is closed in both directions from four miles west of the Loup Loup Pass summit at milepost 211 to Rock Creek at milepost 223 due to water over the roadway, mud slides, and road repairs. Currently there is no estimated time for reopening and no local detour available. Motorists can use SR 153 through the Methow Valley as an alternate route.
WEATHER:

Updated: Sunday April 23, 2017 1:33 AM


https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/louploup/default.aspx

North Cascades Highway -

Conditions:
Pass is closed for the season. Spring clearing work is underway and could take as many as 8 weeks to reopen due to the volume of snow.
Weather:
Not Available
Restrictions Eastbound:
Closed for the season
Restrictions Westbound:
Closed for the season


https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/passinformation.aspx?_ga=1.235887617.1854627326.1473713465#northcascadehwysr20link

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/Passes/NorthCascades/updates2017.htm
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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Not showing distance and elevation profile
« Last post by justechoc on April 23, 2017, 09:24:08 pm »
I have downloaded the ACA' TransAmerica iPhone app, to use with my Iphone 5s, and the map screen sometimes can't show the distance and elevation profile of my desired map sections, for both sections 11 and 12 of the TransAm. I say sometimes because it works on and off, and sometimes stops without me doing things any differently. Any support would help a lot!
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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Help I Need a Durango detour from 66
« Last post by John Nettles on April 23, 2017, 08:47:24 pm »
I'm from Tulsa.  We used to go to South Fork, CO every summer when the kids were young.  Pretty area.

You basically have two options, shorter or slightly more scenic.  For shortness, go up to Skiatook via the rail trail, continue to Bartlesville, then turn left and take US-60 until it runs into US-64 west of Pond Creek.  Take US-64 to Chama, NM, and take US-84 to Pagosa Springs, CO, and turn left onto US-160 to Durango.  Not much scenery unless you like WIDE open country.  Also, LONG stretches with no services.

The other option is to take the BR66 route to near Las Vegas, NM, the take NM-518 to US-64 in Taos.  Turn left onto US-64 and follow above into Durango.  Longer route, slightly more scenic.

I guess a third option (and one I would take if biking) is to head WNW up to the TransAm (I have a route if you need it) then take that to Pueblo then jump on the Western Express.  At Ridgeway, CO, turn south toward Durango.  You will have much more scenery but at the expense of some MAJOR pass (10k+ feet) and a longer route. 

I will be traveling in early June but if you would like some more detailed info, contact me privately.

Happy Trails and glad to see you back in the saddle!

John
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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: 66 in Tulsa is dangerous
« Last post by PeteJack on April 23, 2017, 08:26:42 pm »
Thanks Moni.

I'm planning on restarting my ride from Tulsa on May 1 and plan on taking your better route, the one on Crazyguy, through OKC I like the idea of quiet roads. I'd rather stay in one piece than be a 66 purist. In fact the guys at Phat Tire Bike in Tulsa have a safer way for me to get through there that I plan on using.

I would still like to visit the National Memorial. Will that be difficult?
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Connecting ACA Routes / Help I Need a Durango detour from 66
« Last post by PeteJack on April 23, 2017, 08:03:21 pm »
On May 1 I'm restarting my Route 66 tour from Tulsa OK where I had a mishap and had to come home. Some friends of mine are going to be in Durango CO about the time I'll be there and I would like to make a detour from the ACA route to meet them. I could simply go to Santa Fe and head north from there but  I'm hoping there's a way I could leave 66 earlier and rejoin it past Santa Fe. As it is my wife and I are planning on a non-cycling trip to Santa Fe later in the year so I won't be missing much. Suggestions please.
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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by jcostanz on April 22, 2017, 05:43:46 pm »
A route from Rouses Point (NY/VT/Quebec) border to Montreal is mostly low traffic and easy.  Then Leave Montreal following the bike route along the St Laurence.  This will connect tot he Waterfront trail (both on road and off road)that will take you Toronto right along the waterfront.  At Hamilton you need to decide if you want to head towards Niagara Falls or West.  If you head to Niagara Falls, I would follow the waterfront trail thru Niagara On The Lake and join the Northern Tier route in Queenston and either take the Northern Tier south along Lake Erie or take the Lake Erie Connector along the Northern Shore of Lake Erie and then connect to the Northern Tier with the Pelee Island Ferry mentioned on the Lake Erie Connector.  Avoiding Detroit is mostly required as it hard to cross the border on a bicycle in Detroit.  (it is only with the bus driver discretion on the tunnel crossing in Detriot.)  The options for crossing between Ontario and Michigan in that area are on the Algonac Ferry North of Lake st Clair and the Bluewater ferry (Sombra /Marine city).  It is possible to cross the Bluewater bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron, but requires a ride from the bridge authority at their convenience.

Jeff
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California / In Need of a New Bike Light?
« Last post by jlaity on April 21, 2017, 03:30:47 pm »
Hey All,

I recently came across a giveaway for a free bike light. Alas, I can't enter, because I don't live in California. I figured I'd share here in case anyone was interested in trying to win. You can find the the giveaway here: http://www.injury-attorneys.com/giving-back/light-the-night/. If anyone finds a bike giveaway for Maine send it my way!

Regards,

John
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Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: Is touring the Pacific Coast in July safe?
« Last post by ridingsomewhere on April 21, 2017, 11:07:30 am »

- a mirror (optional extra)

I would say that the mirror is a critical piece. I too come from an urban commuting background where you're constantly doing shoulder checks and I never felt I needed a mirror, but when I started riding rural roads (longer stretches, fewer cars but faster-moving) I found a mirror to be an absolute game changer and I'd never tour without it. I bought the $20 Zefal Spy Mirror and mounted it to the drop bar.

Otherwise, yes to everything said above. I'm hoping to be out that way in July/August!
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If you travel through Canada with your bicycle (i.e., it is with you when you enter Canada), there is no customs fee. However, if you ship it ahead of you and you are not there to receive it, it could be interpreted as an import into Canada, hence the customs fee.

It is essentially the same process for Canadians travelling through the US by bike, also.
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