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    Default Planning rides for upcoming road trip-- BLM roads rideable?

    I'm happily creating rides to upload to my Garmin prior to an upcoming road trip with the fam. We'll be meandering from Seattle to SF over a couple weeks.

    Anyway, I've created what looks like a fun, short loop in Grant's Pass, OR that traverses short stretches of BLM roads:

    Grant's Pass 22/3200 - A bike ride in Grants Pass, OR 97527, US

    Anyone know if these kinds of roads are rideable by road bike? I'm assuming they will be unpaved. I live in VT, so the idea of a "BLM" road conjures up images of deeply rutted roads strewn with babyhead rocks passable only by forest rangers in 4x4's. Anyone care to reassure me that I'm not going to be in over my head?

    Living in VT, I've come to prefer our smooth-ish unpaved roads so I'm game for most anything.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Planning rides for upcoming road trip-- BLM roads rideable?

    I can't comment on that particular road although I somewhat know the area being that I have a cousin that lives near. what I can say about blm roads is that they range from gravel super highways to grown over goat tracks. Sometimes in the space of a few miles on the same road. also, they are often very poorly marked. at times the signage goes missing and generally no one has an interest in seeing it remarked. There may be multiple un marked intersections not shown on maps and gps devices. In the winter, there seems to be at least a motorist each year lost only to be found during after the thaw. This year, there were two. I'd say if you are passing through, there's many other interesting and established rides to focus on.

    Contact a bike shop in Ashland and ask about mixed surface rides. There's one in particular that climbs to the Ashland summit ski area via an old highway.

    Have fun.

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    Default Re: Planning rides for upcoming road trip-- BLM roads rideable?

    ridin blm backcountry "roads" can be serious business at times..


    pack a space blanket.


    shoes with an outsole.


    bring an extra bottle/pastry.


    prepare to get loooooooooooossssttt!



    and don't get shot during hunting season

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    Default Re: Planning rides for upcoming road trip-- BLM roads rideable?

    Contact Jan Heine, he has ridden a lot of that and might be able to give you a route. Let me know when you make SF, we will ride around.

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    Default Re: Planning rides for upcoming road trip-- BLM roads rideable?

    "BLM?" "Bureau of Livestock & Mining?" could be anything - that being said - OR has some great logging roads but if not cleared every year they just go away - iquire locally. - Garro.
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    I'll second sonny's comment on hunting season. Just check ahead of time as to what sort of hunting is in season in the areas you'll be passing through. I've ridden BLM roads here in California (on the cross bike) and while most all the hunters I have run across have been quite pleasant to deal with, it is no fun being the guy who screwed up a bow-hunter's chance by riding noisily by after he's been stalking for hours.

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    Default Re: Planning rides for upcoming road trip-- BLM roads rideable?

    Thanks for the responses. All good advice. I may just stick to well-traveled roads, though finding out more from the locals is a naturally smart thing to do.

    The hills just look so tempting from here!

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    Call Ian at Flywheel in Talent. He'll point you in the right direction.

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