May 19, 2011
The actions of Mother Nature have an effect on the circumstances that bicycle travelers encounter as they pedal their routes. Right now, of particular interest are the Mississippi River system in the midst of its annual flooding, and the heavy snow pack that is keeping high passes closed in the Rocky Mountain West.
State Departments of Transportation (DOT) usually have good status reports that you can use to stay abreast of these types of situations. You can find links to each state DOT through the Federal Highway Administration website. Once you arrive at a state DOT website, look for Traveler Information or a link to their 5-1-1 page.
In the Southeast, we are currently keeping an eye on the Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky DOT sites to track how flooding may impact the Southern Tier, Great Rivers, Underground Railroad and Lewis & Clark routes.
Out in the West, mountain passes -- still closed due to record snowfalls -- are of greater concern. States in this category include Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Routes affected include the Northern Tier, Sierra Cascades, TransAmerica, Lewis & Clark, Great Parks North, and Great Divide.
As we learn about these impacts on our routes, we report them to the Temporary ACA Route Closures discussion on our Forums and in our @acaroutes Twitter feed as appropriate. You are always welcome to report your experiences and information in both of these places as well.
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.