I'm a UK rider who is currently coming to an end of a 5000 mile ride across the USA [ East Coast - Trans Am - Pacific Coast ]. The trip has been an amazing trip so far, however, I find myself a few weeks ahead of schedule and have two and a half weeks to spare when I arrive in San Fran at the end of this week. I will no doubt enjoy the city for a good few days but would ask if there are any other rides you guys recommend within range and timeframe of San Fran?
Bit of a complicated one, but here are the variables to consider:
a.) A friend of mine is putting me up in the Bellagio, in Vegas for two nights over the 17th and 18th August, so have to either be able to ride here, or jump on a bus/train from recomennded locations.
b.) My friend will then be flying my bike back with her, as I then have to get to LAX [complicated I know, but tickets were bought before I departed] to fly back home to London on the 20th August.
c.) I really feel like I have seen most of the terrain the country has to admire, the only EXCEPTION being the red deserts of the Utah/Grand Canyon portion of the country. So if any ideas could take me through this section in the timeeframe, that would be an amazing end to the trip.
d.) The more state campsites and fewer 'touristy' attractions the better. After cycling through the charming smaller communities at the heart of the country on the TransAm, the coast, so far has been some what too busy and 'touristy' for me.
The faster the responses the better, thanking you all in advance.
PS. One option I am considering is to ride the transport (bike/train) with my bike from San Fran to or near the Vegas area, and then do a mini tour (200-300 miles) around that region, allowing me to ride into the city for the date I need to be there. So any recommendations on tours that are decent in this area would be much appreciated. Thanks