September 13, 2012
We began hearing about cyclists' experiences on the often shoulder-less and heavily truck-trafficked California State Highway 89 (SR 89) in the first year after releasing the Sierra Cascade Bicycle Route maps. We were concerned about it from a safety standpoint and began looking into it. I wrote a couple of blog posts on the topic over the next year, Concerns on the Sierra Cascades Route and Sierra Cascades and California Highway 89, to let you know where things stood.
A few months ago the subject resurfaced in my inbox in two pieces, both of which originated from Bil Paul, the researcher for the route.
The first piece was Bil wanting to know if we'd heard anything more on cyclists experiences on the stretch of SR 89 between McCloud and Truckee because he now has some alternative routing in mind. The main fly in the ointment of this alternate routing is that 25-30% of it would be on unpaved roads. There are campgrounds available but other services are somewhat limited.
Since those initial reports, there has been remarkably little direct feedback about the riding conditions on SR 89. If you have ridden the Sierra Cascades route, especially Section 3 which encompasses SR 89, we want to hear from you. You can contact me through the comments section of this post, on the Adventure Cycling Facebook page or through the online Map Correction card. Your feedback will help us to determine the extent to which we should continue exploring alternative routing.
Be sure to check back next week to read about the second piece from Bil. It's an exciting new development to be sure!
Top photo: Joanie LaPorta and Chris Jones on tour in 2011 riding California State Highway 89 north of Quincy.
Second photo: Joanie and Chris plus Tom Hearn and Ian Brothers celebrating the last day of their tour on SR 89.
Both photos from chutneyohio's Flickr photostream.
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from Adventure Cycling's 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.