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California / Re: California Between Christmas and New Years
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:19:04 am »
There is plenty to see from SF south so I wouldn't worry about keeping your driver occupied.  However be prepared for inclement weather - lots of rain.  Make sure you have some warm clothing and rain gear.  If you use your road bike I'd suggest that you equip it with some fenders.  It is hard to say if a front will come through during the time frame you want to ride.  You should be able to check about a week ahead to see if any fronts are expected.  The fronts will be cold and wet but you will have one heck of a tail wind.

Routes / Re: routes across canada
« on: December 07, 2009, 01:22:00 pm »
There was a short post in 2005 from Judyrans about routes in Canada.  If you do a search in routes using "Routes in Canada" you will find the post.  It will also bring up some other posts you might find of interest.

General Discussion / Re: saddle help!
« on: December 07, 2009, 10:37:07 am »
If you have a bike shop you go to "regularly" ask them if they have saddles you can try for a few rides to see how they work for you.  I've ridden saddles that some folks claim is the most comfortable they've ever ridden but I find them extremely uncomfortable.  Since everyone's bottom anatomy seems to be a little different you may have to try several different saddles to find one you find comfortable.  On my touring I have a Brooks and on my regular road bike a Sella Italia Prolink gel.

You can do a search for "saddles" in this forum and gear to see what others have said since this is a popular topic.

Routes / Re: TransAm + Western Express in Summer
« on: December 05, 2009, 10:31:09 am »
If you are prepared for hot, dry conditions then the Western Express isn't a bad route.  However, if you don't want to be hot then either the Northern Tier or the full TransAm might be the way to go. 

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Connecting Natchez, MS to Southern Tier
« on: December 04, 2009, 10:59:10 am »
The Great Rivers South (Section 3) follows the Natchez Trace from Tupelo, MS to Natchez, MS.  It then heads south to St. Francisville, LA where you can connect to the Southern Tier (section 5 or 6).  I've found that these maps tend to keep you off the very busy highways whenever possible.  They may not be the most direct or shortest routes but they do take you through some areas off the main highways that most people never see. 

Routes / Re: TransAm + Western Express in Summer
« on: December 03, 2009, 06:30:56 pm »
The Western Express route through Utah and Nevada would most likely be pretty hot and dry during August.  Late July to early August have the hottest average temps.  I've ridden this route through Nevada 8 times in the middle to late September.  The temps have varied from about 25 degrees F to 95 degrees F during different rides during those years.  If you arrive at the route around September the weather should be manageable.  Just be prepared to carry enough water to make it about 70 miles without finding a place to refill or get anything to eat.  

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Washington DC to San Diego CA
« on: December 02, 2009, 10:27:18 am »
Oops.  I did mean "not" in the summer.

General Discussion / Re: Getting back to where you started
« on: December 01, 2009, 12:56:12 pm »
I've used Amtrak several times and always had a good experience.  As Staephj1 mentioned check the route schedule to see which stations have baggage service.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Washington DC to San Diego CA
« on: December 01, 2009, 12:53:05 pm »
There are several ways to get to San Diego from DC using Adventure Cycling (ACA) maps.  You take the  ACA Atlantic Coast route and then connect to the Southern Tier route in St. Augustine, FL.  Or you could take the TransAm route to where it connects to the Great Rivers route.  Then follow it south until it connects to the Southern Tier route.  Or you could take the TransAm route to the Western Express.  Then take the Grand Canyon Connector to the Southern Tier.

I would recommend going on the Southern Tier in the middle of the summer.  It is hot and humid in the south and can be very hot and dry in the west.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier weather
« on: November 30, 2009, 10:38:10 am »
In Southern California February is in the rainy season.  Fronts come down from Alaska with rain and cold.  If there isn't a front coming through the weather in the lower elevations should be rather mild - lower to mid 60's.  At elevation it is possible to encounter snow or at the very least some relatively cold days and nights.  This also includes the elevations in AZ and NM.  That said it is always possible the weather will be clear and in the 70's or wet and in the 40's and 50's.  March tends to be a little drier and warmer. 

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier onto Route 66
« on: November 29, 2009, 11:43:07 am »
There are a number of ways you could connect to route 66 from the Southern Tier route (ST).  Perhaps the simplest is to take the the ST until you meet the Grand Canyon Connector (GCC) route in Wickenburg, AZ.  You then take this route (GCC) north to Ash Fork, AZ where you can connect to route 66.  Some of route 66 is part of Interstate 40 so you will need some good local maps if you want to avoid traveling on the interstate as much as possible.  You are permitted to ride on nearly all this interstate in AZ and NM.  These two web sites should be helpful for planning your ride through AZ and NM:  and

You will have some climbing.  Generally the interstate has more gentle grades than other roads.  To avoid as much climbing as possible you will need to take a more southerly route than the ST.  You could continue on Interstate 8 until it meets up with Interstate 10.  Then follow Interstate 10 into El Paso.  I've driven those interstates but haven't ridden that route so I can't speak to the conditions you would find or what alternative routes to use to avoid the metropolitan areas.

Routes / Re: I would like some info on the souther tier
« on: November 27, 2009, 11:33:32 am »
Temperatures (high's) were in the mid 70's.  Early morning temps were in the upper 50's.  Very little humidity and no rain.  I also opted to take hwy 90 out of Van Horn, TX to Marfa, TX to avoid the steep climb up Mount Locke (observatory) and into Fort Davis.  The road has a nice wide shoulder with little traffic and a gradual climb.  The only disadvantage is that there aren't any water stops between Van Horn and Marfa (about 70 miles).  You might be able to find some water in Valentine but there weren't any open stores when I went through.

Routes / Re: I would like some info on the souther tier
« on: November 22, 2009, 07:25:46 pm »
I've taken the train into and out of San Antonio (I live near LA) without difficulty.  You could take the train from SF to San Antonio then take the train from San Diego to SF.  It isn't hard to connect to the Southern Tier from San Antonio.  I was heading west to east and rode on hwy 90 from Del Rio.  It is a pretty good road (Texas uses chip seal almost exclusively on all its roads).  I rode in early April from El Paso to San Antonio and the weather was excellent.  You should be able to find several camp grounds until you hook up to the ACA Southern Tier.  I used hotels so I can't speak to the availability of showers except to say that if you stop in Langtry you will have to camp at the community center and there aren't showers or toilets.  Toilets are at the Judge Roy Bean state park.  It is open from 8am to 5pm along with everything else in that community. The community center does have a water faucet outside that you can use.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Friday Travel Case and Traler Used
« on: November 05, 2009, 11:25:08 am »
Check out this web site.  I hope this is what you are looking for.  

Corridor 66 Implementation / Re: West End of NBRS Route 66
« on: October 19, 2009, 07:47:04 pm »
I'm not aware of any SART north of the dam.  It is possible there are some short sections.  If you can find the book "Bicycle Rides - Inland Empire" by Don and Sharron Brundige it might have some other river sections.  I don't think there is a continuous trail that is easily followed.

I'll look around to see if I can find any maps of trails in the inland empire.

Update.  Take a look at this website.  It should show a google map with a 21 mile trail that goes from Tequesquito Arroyo Park in Riverside to Waterman Ave in San Bernardino.

Also found this one.  It seems to connect the two sections of the SART.

Update 10/23/09  I just rode by the SART at Gypsum Canyon Road.  When you come up to the bridge you will notice that the center lines direct you either to the right (and under the bridge) or go straight seemingly to the intersection.  As you pass the chain link fence and gate you will see a small sign on the bridge indicating the trail goes right and over the bridge (and the Santa Ana River).  There is also a Bike Route sign on the first light pole. 

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