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Routes / Re: Reno, NV to Las Vegas, NV
« on: September 15, 2009, 11:08:17 am »
There isn't a good direct route from Reno to Las Vegas.  Any route you take really depends on the weather (time of year) and what kind of scenery you prefer.

During the winter you can work your way over to Hwy 95.  This will take you all the way to Vegas.  The road isn't too bad but it does have a rumble strip in the shoulder so you will be riding close to the white line.  There are a few places where you won't have any stops for water or supplies for more than 60 miles.  It can be a little desolate and in some areas there is very light traffic.  It is definitely desert nearly the entire route.

During most of the rest of the year you could take Hwy 395 to just south of Lone Pine.  Then you can take Hwy 136 and 190 through Death Valley and continue on to Beatty, NV.  Then take Hwy 95 south into Vegas.  There are many more places for food and water and the scenery is much better.  There is more climbing than the Hwy 95 route.  There are a couple of passes over 8000 feet so they can get quite a bit of snow in the winter.  I wouldn't advise going through Death Valley during the summer (unless you like 115 degree days) or Hwy 95 during the summer.  It does get really hot and it is very dry.

Routes / Re: Devil's Slide Hwy 1
« on: September 14, 2009, 11:06:08 am »
I rode through mid morning during the week and there was only moderate traffic.  At that time I avoided most of the traffic for folks going to work and it was too early for the RV crowd.  There shouldn't be as many of those since the summer season is over. 

Routes / Re: Biking across America this fall: doable?
« on: September 06, 2009, 02:35:53 pm »
You might make it before the snow starts to fall in the Rockies.  I'd check the weather history for the passes to see when the first snow starts to fall.  I don't know what the weather in the east will be like but I'd bet it will be cold and possibly wet. 

Routes / Re: route from Jacksonville to Pensacola
« on: September 06, 2009, 12:01:18 pm »
ACA map of the Atlantic Coast, Section 6, has a spur that goes by the Jacksonville airport.  You could use this map to get to St. Augustine and connect to the Southern Tier.  You will then need section 6 and 7 of the ACA Southern Tier maps.  

If you want a more direct route I'm sure someone from Florida could tell you which roads to take to connect.  

Using the ACA maps it's about 50 miles to St. Augustine from the Jacksonville airport.  Then it's about 520 miles to Pensacola.  

Routes / Re: US Coast to Coast
« on: September 02, 2009, 10:51:46 am »
I do not recommend the Southern Tier for the Summer.  It is hot and dry in the west, the roads in Texas are like an 800 mile rumble strip, and it is hot and humid (like soaking wet with sweat in 1 hr) in the east. 

Routes / Re: Western Express late June
« on: August 13, 2009, 04:39:07 pm »
As was said the trip is doable.  It is actually better in June than July or August.  I do a supported ride across Nevada in September and it can be hot during the day as well as cold at night and in the mornings.  It will be hot in the basins but as you climb up the ranges it will cool off a couple of degrees.  The good thing is that the days are long.  Leave as early as possible and stop at available water stops to rest and rehydrate.  It will also be as hot in Utah as it is in Nevada.  There isn't much between Baker, NV Milford, UT.  Also there isn't a great deal of traffic on the main route.  If you take the alternate 722 out of Middlegate there is virtually no traffic.  The last time I rode this section I saw 3 vehicles and there are no services available.

Farm Road 1155 is closed to repair a small bridge.  The NB option is to make a left on 105.  The SB option is to continue on 105 to William Penn Rd.

Routes / Re: Leaving Portland Mid April - Best X-country route?
« on: August 04, 2009, 03:11:03 pm »
Another option is to take the train to San Diego and do the Southern Tier.  Even in the high elevations of New Mexico shouldn't be too bad.  If they are you can detour around them.  It is also a good time of the year to go through AZ.

Routes / Re: Leaving Portland Mid April - Best X-country route?
« on: August 04, 2009, 09:57:27 am »
If you decide to take the Western Express route you should be ok in mid to late April.  That said when you cross a mountain range you can never be too sure about the weather.  It might be cool at the higher elevations but as you descend into the basins the weather should be ideal.

Routes / Re: San Francisco to New York for charity
« on: August 02, 2009, 12:53:59 pm »
If you want as few mountains as possible then I would suggest the Southern Tier.  There are some passes but there are fewer than any other route.  If you want to take Route 66 you will be going through northern Arizona and New Mexico.  In February (and March) you could be stopped by snow and there are a fair number of mountains.  At least on the Southern Tier if there is snow around Silver City, New Mexico you could go a little further south and avoid the snow and mountains.  It isn't as pretty but you'll be able to get to El Paso, TX fairly quickly.  February and March will be cold and wet so you don't have to worry about the heat.  I agree with Valygrl - Route 50 is NOT an option in February or early March.  It could be done in late March or early April with only a slight chance of snow.  I'm not familiar with the Western Express route once it enters Colorado so I don't know what the weather would be like in late March or early April. 

If you're determined to ride in February the Southern Tier is the route with the best weather (it will be anything but hot).  Once you get out of New Mexico you have a couple of route options to take you into NY.

There is no need to be concerned about the Southern Tier's desert crossing unless you plan to go in mid-summer.  It is a good route and it's deserts are not what most people expect of a desert.

Routes / Re: Boston to Seattle to LA trip advice wanted
« on: July 30, 2009, 10:34:43 am »
The latest word on the state parks is that 100 of the 279 will be closed.  It will be a little while before the list of closures is made.  I would expect the least visited to be closed but you can never tell.  This is the state website for the parks and I'm sure they will publish a list of parks that will be closed.

Routes / Re: Boston to Seattle to LA trip advice wanted
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:47:59 pm »
There are some busy sections of the Pacific Coast route.  There seems to be constant traffic once you get on the 101 around Gaviota.  In almost all areas there is a wide shoulder.  If you want to avoid all the traffic in S. Ca. you take the train from Santa Barbara all the way to San Diego.

Routes / Re: San Francisco to New York for charity
« on: July 29, 2009, 08:49:02 pm »
The Western Express would not be the best route to take in Feb or Mar.  As soon as you climb out of the Sacramento area it is possible to hit snow.  You may have to deal with snow most of the way to Fallon, NV.  From Fallon to the Utah border there are 11 passes or summits up to 7700 feet.  If there isn't snow it will definitely be cold.  A better route for that time of year would be to the Pacific Coast Route to the Southern Tier.  Even then it is possible to get some snow in the mountains of New Mexico/Arizona.  But you could take some alternative routes to avoid it.  You could then take the Underground Railroad or Great Rivers routes to join up with the Tranam.  Expect cold and rain.

Southwest / Re: Phoenix, AZ to Durango, CO
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:18:57 am »
The web link is the state map of the shoulder width of various state highways.  It may be helpful.  Bicycles are permitted on hwy 160 that goes through Kayenta.  They are also permitted on hwy 163 that goes by Monument Valley although I wouldn't recommend it.  It has almost no shoulder and gets a lot of RV traffic.  It is most memorable (other than the "monuments") for the trail of beer cans and bottles from Mexican Hat.

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