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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Las Vegas ?
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:20:32 am »
In early June it will be warm to hot but it is doable if you carry lots of water and ride early/late to avoid the worst of the heat.  It may even be pleasant but its hard to predict the weather.

If you start in Long Beach would could ride along the coast (part of it on the Pacific Coast Highway) until you get to the Santa Ana River Trail.  The river trail will take you to Corona.  From there you travel city streets into Riverside and San Bernardino.  You can parallel the 215 through San Bernardino.  You'll come to a small town called Devore.  Go through this small town and you'll wind up on Cajon  Blvd.  This will keep you off the 15.  You do have to get on the 15 for about a mile then you get off at the 138 and go a little east to Summit Valley road.  This will take you into Victorville.  You can avoid the 15 to Barstow if you take the National Trails Highway (old route 66).  To avoid traveling on the freeway you take a few surface streets that take you through Daggett and upto Yermo.  Yermo road parallels the 15 for quite a few miles.  Then you'll have to get on the 15.  Once you get to Jean you get off the freeway and follow Las Vegas Blvd into Las Vegas.

Don't know much about the route through AZ.  Take a look as the discussion board on route 66.  I do know that some of 66 no longer exists so you'll have to get on I40.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Questions
« on: February 09, 2014, 07:25:44 pm »
I took a detour along Hwy 90 from Van Horn to Marfa.  It is about 70 miles and the road was good with just a little traffic.  About midway is Valentine and there are no services (food/water) between Van Horn and Marfa.  It is a good one day ride.  Just make sure you have enough food and water for the 70 mile trip.

Routes / Re: Huntington Beach to Palm Springs Details?
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:35:52 pm »
I've ridden on parts of this route but haven't done the entire trip at once. 

When the Santa Ana River Trail ends take Green River (cross over 91) .  Make a left on Palisades and then a left on Serfas Club.  Just before the freeway make a right on the frontage road.  This will put you on 6th.  Stay on 6th and it changes to Magnolia.  Stay on Magnolia until you get to Arlington and make a right.  Follow Arlington as it crosses Allessandro it changes into Chicago.  Then make a right on Central.  Just before the 215 make a right on Sycamore Canyon.  Make a left on Box Canyon road (cross the 215).  Follow Box Canyon and it changes to Ironwood.  Make a left on Redlands.  Make a right on  San Timoteo and follow it into Beaumont.  It becomes Oak Valley and dead ends at Highland Springs.  Make a right.  Then make a left on 6th/Ramsey.  This will take you to the ramp to I10.  Just before you get on the freeway see if you can find an opening that will allow you to walk your bike onto a frontage road that parallels I10.  Follow this frontage road (its a bit rough in spots) until you have to get on the I10.  You are at the ramp for the 111 into Palm Springs.   

Routes / Re: Southern tier motels
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:39:27 pm »
I rode from Van Horn to Marfa instead of going to Ft. Davis to avoid the climb.  It's easily doable in a day but there isn't much in between.  I stopped in Valentine to eat a MRE.  Valentine isn't much more than a wide spot in the road.

Routes / Re: Southern tier motels
« on: December 07, 2013, 06:50:22 pm »
I rode from El Paso to Baton Rouge a couple of years ago.  Only in a couple of spots were the hotels what I considered expensive (Marfa and Marathon TX).  All the others were relatively inexpensive.  Some were bare bones but adequate.  It was a long way between Sanderson and Del Rio so I had to camp in Langtry.

Gear Talk / Re: Shipping a Bob Yak trailer
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:41:22 pm »
I shipped mine by buying two small boxes (can't remember the size) and nested them together and taped shut.  I removed the fork and the wheel on the bob and it worked just fine.  I also have an Ortlieb big zip bag which I've used to ship my bob when I traveled by Amtrak. 

California / Re: Bike shuttle Santa Barbara to Monterey
« on: November 17, 2013, 06:38:46 pm »
If you don't find a ride you could take amtrak from Santa Barbara to Salinas.  It's about 30 miles from Salinas to Monterey so you could ride your bikes but the main road has heavy traffic.

Routes / Re: Money and access
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:43:59 pm »
Some hotels will "reserve" an amount larger than the daily rate.  They do this to protect themselves from phone calls or other charges to the account.  It may take several days for the "reserve" to clear and show the actual charge.  The only time this may be a problem is when the balance is not very large.

Routes / Re: April to early for West Express and Trans Am
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:17:05 pm »
It is possible to get snow at the higher elevations during April especially if a strong arctic storm  comes south.  Even if it doesn't snow you may find the passes pretty cold and there may be snow along the sides of the road.

If you can afford it you may be happier with the ride if you have a bike for touring and one for regular road riding.  I did one tour with my carbon frame bike but then I bought a bike that is customized just for touring and with the components I wanted.  It is way more comfortable for touring than my road bike even though it will pull my trailer.  I still use my road bike for rides around home or supported tours and my touring bike for self-supported tours.

I've used my Trek 5200 (carbon) to tow a BOB Trailer on a tour.  Changing the crank back and forth will not be practical.  The best option is to get as large a cassette as your derailleur can accommodate.   I'd also change the tire size to one that is as large as the gap between the chain stays will allow.  The bike will ride better and will help prevent blowouts (my rear sidewall blew out at the AZ/NM border).  Also have a bike shop re-true the rear wheel.  Better yet have them re-spoke it to a 3-cross.  It will help prevent broken spokes during the ride (again personal experience).

General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:39:18 am »
I used my road bike (Trek 5200) for a short tour pulling a BOB trailer so it is possible.  I recommend that you get a rear wheel with 36 spokes and keep your load as light as possible.  I was breaking a spoke every 500 miles or so on my 32 spoke wheel.  I'd also go with as big a tire as your frame will permit.  I was using 23's and at the border of AZ/NM I somehow blew out the sidewall.  (A little inconvenient in the middle of nowhere.)  Road shoes will be ok but you'll want to either have another pair of shoes handy or cleat covers.  It's nice to do a little exploring at some interesting sites and it's awkward to walk in road shoes.

Routes / Re: Credit Card Touring the Western Express
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:50:26 am »
The hotel (Silver Jack) and the restaurant (T & D across the street) are owned by different folks.  If you stayed at the hotel and ate in their bakery they are wonderful.  The restaurant also contains the limited market. 

Routes / Re: WE Advice - Hanksville to Blanding
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:37:54 am »
There is a possible place to stay at Hite.  I don't think it has restaurant but there are supposed to be family units available for rent so you won't have to camp.  There is supposed to be a store so you may be able to find some food you can prepare in the unit.  Check out this website for the family units in Hite:

Highway 243 is closed 1.5 to 10 miles from Banning due to a wildfire.  Headed southbound use hwy 79 then left on hwy 74 to reconnect.

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