Author Topic: TransAm Alternate Routes You Would Recommend  (Read 13895 times)

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Offline Pat Lamb

Re: TransAm Alternate Routes You Would Recommend
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2023, 09:28:37 am »

One of the most important alternate routes - especially this year, 2023 - is in Yellowstone.
There are two major, ongoing construction projects of the TransAm route in Yellowstone.
Both were targeted for 2022-2023, but with the massive flood damage last year, they will go into 2024.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/road-construction.htm

2) The West Thumb to Old Faithful section of the Grand Loop Road is being repaved.
This has always been a dicey section - narrow with two "kinda" passes.
(West Thumb 7800; Shoshone Divide 8530; DeLacy Creek - 7900; Craig Pass - 8280; Old Faithful - 7360)
Because there are very few tourist spots along the section, cars tend to go fast.

Without disparaging jamawami's suggestions for more time in Yellowstone, I didn't have any problems on the West Thumb to Old Faithful section.  The traffic was fairly fast, but "clumpy," so I was able to ride from pullout to pullout virtually alone.  Take the lane, and cars, trucks, and RVs will catch up to you a hundred yards shy of the next pullout.  Stop and have a drink (it's pretty high so you'll need to drink a lot), hop back on the bike and ride.  Just short of the next pullout the traffic will catch up to you, so lather, rinse, and repeat.

Online jamawani

Re: TransAm Alternate Routes You Would Recommend
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2023, 10:11:26 am »
I didn't have any problems on the West Thumb to Old Faithful section.

Add major construction in 2023 and, most likely, into the 2024 season.

Offline Jake Northrup

Re: TransAm Alternate Routes You Would Recommend
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2023, 08:21:55 pm »
Again, great thread.  Thank you everyone!  And I will take I80 over the rattlesnakes!

Offline TeresaC

Re: TransAm Alternate Routes You Would Recommend
« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2024, 10:03:42 pm »
I loved the Silverthorne to Parshall route.  I'm not a strong rider, but the elevation gain and the smooth unpaved road were not a problem, and much better than Hwy 9.  And I loved having the chance to see the GRMDT racers.