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Offline Wrighteous

Mid-summer heat on Route 66
« on: March 30, 2015, 05:59:05 pm »
I'm looking at riding Route 66 this summer. My timeframe would have me leaving Chicago in July. My alternative is TransAm.

Everyone I've talked to has concerns about the heat. I wanted to hear if anyone has ridden this route, or parts of it, during the summer and what to expect.

I'm 29/male, and in great shape with lots of touring experience in climates, really, with the exception of long stretches in the southwest. I'm also a stubborn Chicagoan, so I'd likely toughen up and plow through the heat.

I posted this on Reddit, too. Here are the responses:http://www.reddit.com/r/bicycletouring/comments/30ehro/route_66_is_midsummer_too_hot/

Can anyone corroborate these? What should I expect? Should or shouldn't I do this Route 66 self-supported?

Offline aggie

Re: Mid-summer heat on Route 66
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2015, 06:43:20 pm »
It will be hot in the South West.  However, it is doable.  There are plenty of posting on how to handle the heat.  Search for riding the Southern Tier during the summer.  I've ridden through AZ in July and yes its hot and dry but it was still good riding if you like that sort of thing.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Mid-summer heat on Route 66
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 03:28:05 pm »
Different people tolerate the heat differently. I lived 20 years in Phoenix and ran 8 miles every day at noon, year round, including days above 120 degrees. The key to staying alive in the heat is to be carrying massive amounts of water, and drink it. Never, ever run out.

I can tolerate heat even better on a bicycle with the constant breeze created by the motion.