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Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« Last post by Ty Dawley on January 19, 2017, 10:02:18 pm »
Just drove the section between Apache Junct. and the summit of 60 to the east.  That's some nasty riding in there.  It wouldn't be so bad going east-west because you'd be headed downhill and get through it quickly.  I saw one guy pushing his loaded bike uphill headed east.  Did not envy him.  Watch out for that bit for sure--high traffic, trucks, many places with no shoulder.  Ugh.  Might want to check into riding around the north side of the Superstitions, but that will have it's own challenges for sure.

Best of luck!  I'm feeling the need for another long tour.  Haven't been on one since 2012.

Scott

This section of US 60 is part of why we did a major reroute on the Southern Tier in late 2015: Major Route Change: Southern Tier in AZ and NM.

Jennifer

Hey Jennifer. I purchased my maps back in October. Is that change on the newest version of the maps or noted clearly in the printed notes that came along with them? They're already in San Diego so can't take a look. Or should I print off what you linked? Thanks!
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« Last post by Ty Dawley on January 19, 2017, 10:00:59 pm »
Twin Lakes Fishing & Camp in Hawthorne is probably your best bet. The campground closest to the route has closed down. Twin Lakes is 70-80 miles west of St. Augustine depending on which route you take.
Thx Ty.  Are you familiar with the area?  Did you do a Google search?

Thx again,

Will

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Basic general knowledge of the area. Friends who go to school at UF in Gainesville. Been a few times.
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Routes / Re: Solo Trip Across America
« Last post by Ty Dawley on January 19, 2017, 09:56:56 pm »
I didn't find the National Parks to be too bad in the summer. I was at Mt. Rushmore during Memorial Day weekend and passed through Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Badlands NP.

Hoping to go back this summer after completing the Southern Tier.

Traffic was heavy but nothing out of the ordinary and nothing that made me feel like I was in danger.
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Gear Talk / Re: Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« Last post by walks.in2.trees on January 19, 2017, 08:26:33 pm »
Check out:
Tarptent.com    (I have been very happy with the double rainbow)
Undergroundquilts.com.      (I recommend the flightjacket series)
Thermrest NEo Air Xlite
Cheers
If I recall correctly, the FlightJacket is UGQ's older TQ design. It might compress better, vs keeping the footbox better lofted in the Renegade. When I bought mine, I had read reports that the Renegade design was preferred, for folks that experience cold feet... But of course I never tried the other, so I can't attest to that myself, but I CAN say that I haven't gotten cold feet, even down to -3°F.

I have the 0°F Zepplin UQ and Renegade TQ, both with 5oz over-stuff, including the footbox ... Either way you'd be happy: excellent workmanship and customer service.  Their ordering system is a bit funky, so be careful, and make sure you check for multiple orders that maybe were accidentally left-over from doing price comparisons (guess what I did) but if you make a mistake or want some custom additions or changes, just send them a message. Also there can be quite a lead time, but their order status page is a big help to combat the impatience.



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Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by John Nelson on January 19, 2017, 01:49:15 pm »
I changed it to use as much of the Transamerica Trail as I could- trade off of known cycling route vs. mileage.
ACA routes are wonderful, but they are definitely not designed to get you from point A to point B quickly. If you have only 4 weeks to get from coast to coast, and you have a number of fixed points you need to hit, I'm afraid your route will be constrained to pretty-much suck. I suggest you see if you can relax any of the constraints so that you will have a better time.
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Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by DSchweikert on January 19, 2017, 12:48:55 pm »
Wow- the input and assistance is incredible!  Thanks-

Got your pm, will respond later today hopefully.  Still have a day job to maintain.

I think I had a similar route on my original plan.  I changed it to use as much of the Transamerica Trail as I could- trade off of known cycling route vs. mileage.
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Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by jamawani on January 19, 2017, 12:43:39 pm »
It's only a 70-mile savings, but that's more than 1/2 a day at 125 miles per day.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18586636
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Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by jamawani on January 19, 2017, 11:54:20 am »
DS - Sent you a private message - you should have a notification.
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Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by indyfabz on January 19, 2017, 10:11:44 am »
125 miles/day average? Makes my head hurt thinking about it.
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Routes / Re: Cycling Route 66 west from Flagstaff
« Last post by John Nelson on January 19, 2017, 12:26:42 am »
Follow the ACA maps and you'll be fine. Bicycles are allowed on some sections of the interstate and prohibited on others. The best way to sort it all out is with the maps. Even when allowed, it's best to avoid as much of the interstate as you can. You'll love the challenge of the Mojave Desert and Sitgreaves Pass.
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