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Routes / Re: UK Rider. Recommendations.
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:30:10 pm »
"but keeping it open enough to improvise and follow locals recommendations and directions. "

ha, the one thing i would wholeheartedly recommend NOT doing in the states, is following the locals directions and recommendations!!!  You'll see........ :D

.....and yes, steinbeck makes a superb travel companion!  :)

Routes / Re: LA (or San Fran) to New York - From March 2012
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:50:39 pm »
i didn't bother with a map for the whole of the pacific coast and i met many people who didn't either. the only times i got lost were around monterey and santa barbara. i did use a compass sometimes though!

Routes / Re: UK Rider. Recommendations.
« on: January 09, 2012, 12:16:31 am »
i think you'd easily have time to do the trans am and the whole california coast. the southern tier is a great cross section too. people forget how diverse that is. pine forests, mountain ranges, the deep south..... certainly not all desert by any stretch.

Routes / Re: LA (or San Fran) to New York - From March 2012
« on: January 09, 2012, 12:09:49 am »
i'm from the uk and have biked from LA to San Fran twice. The wind was absolutely fine on both occassions. Nothing compared to winters on the hills in Somerset. Fog was an issue though, but that occurs in both directions!! It's a beautiful route and I'd recommend doing it!! :)

Routes / Bike Mount Everest.......
« on: December 30, 2011, 08:31:38 pm »
I've read a few things recently about biking Up to base camp one on Mt. Everest.mI've found a couple of very expensive mountain bike tour companys who will carry your gear etc etc in exchange for a kidney.   but does anyone here have any experience of doing this alone, or know of a decent source of information. I'm sure it would take a lot of planning!

And of course, Happy New Year!

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: December 13, 2011, 05:09:45 pm »
4-5 weeks is more than enough. you'll be able to really chill out and keep the miles quite low. the coastal section of route 1 was so nice, i sometimes only managed 10 miles before setting up camp again.  i did south to north early this september and it was mostly very pleasant. hardly any rain and not a lot of wind in either direction. at the weekends the campsites were often full up in places and a few of them were also starting to close up for the winter. if you're headong south, the weather should stay nice for you as the fall draws in.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:16:07 pm »
be sure to update this post with a link to your blog or something when you do. i'll be interested to see your progress :)

Routes / Re: Late start to ST
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:58:36 am »
i just completed it in july and august on a LHT. it was incredibly hot at times (114 in brawley) but also quite pleasant in the mountains. i went from east to west, meaning the sun wasn't in my face the wole time. it makes a big difference. if you know what you're letting yourself in for, then go for it. you'll have a great time! i saw a grand total of zero tourers the whole journey. plenty of local bikers to chat too though. i'd recommend planning your rides day by day and not relying on outposts on the ACAA maps being open. (or even existing) be realistic and don't push for too many miles in the heat.  always carry a LOT of water. a lot of desert rv parks will allow you to camp for free!!  if youhave any questions, feel free to message me :)

Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:20:06 pm »
i agree, it's your tour and your personal journey and goals. I've made trips where I've averaged 120+ miles per day and others around 30 miles. I've enjoyed both, but it goes without saying that you'll experience much more culture by getting off the road and spending a few days here and there. The southern tier has a lot to offer for both schools of thought.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:04:40 pm »
certainly doable, but a shame to miss so many great experiences. the weather will play a big part too....

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:20:37 pm »
i'd guess that only about 40% (or maybe less) of the southern tier is desert riding. from phoenix, you would have climbed back towards the mountains and new mexico. that was the most challenging and rewarding section for me. all a matter of personal preference of course, but i loved riding the deserts, especially the dunes between blythe and brawley CA.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:03:53 pm »
i was there in august, but i imagine it's hot all year's definately a good idea to plan each day in advance on those sections.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:14:38 pm »
i went east to west. it was challenging, but worth the effort. i imagine the climb out of san diego will be tough (as was the climb in), but it was very pretty. some of the imperial/yuhaw desert sections are remote, with very few chances of shade or refreshment. many of the grocery stores on the aca maps were long ago closed, so you need to be careful depending on the weather. it was 114f when i was there!!!!   to be honest, there are very few parts of the southern tier that i didn't enjoy :)     here's a link to my blog, if it might help.....

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: October 21, 2011, 03:40:17 pm »
i just road north from san diego to washington and the wind was never really a factor, compared to any other road i've ever biked. the guys riding south were often complaining about headwinds though!!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 21, 2011, 03:36:04 pm »
In ranking order:

1. New Mexico (especially the Gila Cliff Dwellings)
2. Texas Hill Country


i agree! along with the glass mountain section of texas. that was stunning.

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