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Offline jdonovan07

trans america route advice
« on: September 18, 2012, 03:49:07 am »
Hi Everyone,

I've been traveling for the last 4 months on an around-the-world flightless trip and I'm about to embark on the final, and by far the most challenging leg: a bike ride across America.  I'm in Los Angeles now and was planning on going to Phoenix first ( my friends wedding is in Phoenix) but I've decided this is too dangerous to do alone given the high temperatures and lack of shade and civilization one encounters on this route.  I'm now considering the Western express route that takes me from San Fransisco to Pueblo, Co., but this route has its own challenges (high elevation and possible low temperatures/snow).  My departure date is October 2 or 3. 

I am relatively young (27) and I'm in pretty good shape, but have very littel cycling experience. 

Any advice.

Thanks,

Jamie

Offline John Nettles

Re: trans America route advice
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 09:43:38 am »
You don't say when the wedding is but in mid-October, the temperatures average in the upper 80s which is quite doable.  The "lack of civilization" can be a plus if you are wanting to do some stealth camping.  Finally, the route is relatively close (day or two ride max) to "bail out" locations of the bus and train.

The Western Express temps would be quite nice during the day but could easily get into the 30s at night.  Additionally, you would have to get on the Sanywayay after Phoenix due to snow in Colorado.  Yes you could ride in it, but probably not the best way to do your first tour.

Both routes are nice, adequate availability of services (carry sufficient water!), and well used.  You would probahavehvae a better chance of meeting other cyclists on the ST.

Have a great ride!
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline John Nelson

Re: trans america route advice
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 01:06:28 pm »
Temperatures in the Arizona desert can be hot in October, but not usually dangerously so if you carry enough water. You'll be fine.