« on: April 27, 2010, 05:18:33 pm »
It is possible to do 70 miles/day but there will be days when that will be a stretch depending on you average speed due to climbing. If you leave San Diego on the Southern Tier, it is a pretty much uphill for the first 50 miles with some 8% grades. Also August is one of the hottest months. After you leave the mountains outside of San Diego it will be very hot during the day until you get to Colorado. If you start riding at 6 am (0600) and ride until 1 pm (1300) with short stops you should be able to do 70 miles. Make sure to carry lots of water, refill every chance you get, and wear a good sun screen (don't forget your nose and ears). I suggest you obtain the ACA maps (if you haven't already) as they will give you the particulars on the route.
If you want to save a couple of days follow Hwy 89 in Utah north, don't turn off at Mt Carmel Junction, until you join with the Western Express. It is a pretty good road with several places to stop. It will save you from making a loop. You will miss Zion National Park but it will save you some time.
For bike info check out the forum on gear talk. Lots of info on various bikes.