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Offline Route93

Route 93 Arizona to Montana
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:03:32 am »
Howdy,
 I am partaking in a solo trip from Wickenburg AZ back to my hometown, Jasper Canada late April/May.
Jasper is mile zero of Route 93 and Wickenburg is the end point. I am not sure if anyone has cycled the complete length but if so I would love to hear from you.
I'm also looking for info on elevation gains normal wind directions etc for any and all sections.
My itinerary is pasted below, if you have info on any portion I would like to here from you.
Thanks very much,
www.endms93.com
 /gvt

Route 93 end to end, draft itinerary (All dates, places and milepost are subject to change)
April 22-Wickenburg to Wikieup 121 km April 23-Wikieup to Kingman 90 km April 25-Kingman to Boulder City 125 km April 26-Boulder to Las Vegas 45 km April 28Las Vegas to Alamo 154 km April 29-Alamo to Pioche 130 km April 30-Pioche to Ely 176 km May 1-Ely to Currie 123km May 2-Currie to Jackpot 207km May 4-Jackpot to Shoshone 120 km May 5-Shoshone to MacKay 175 km May 6-MacKay to Salmon 180 km May 7-Salmon to Missoula 225 km May 9-Missoula to Whitefish 219 km May 10-Whitefish to Jaffray 150 km May 12-Jaffray to Radium Hot Springs 110 km May 13-Radium to Lake Louise 130 km May 14-Lake Louise to Hilda Creek 120 km May 15-Hilda Creek to Jasper 120 km
Cycling Route 93 End to End, Wickenburg Arizona to Jasper Alberta to get a bit of exercise, meet new people, see new sights and raise awareness for folks living with Multiple Sclerosis!

Offline CMajernik

Re: Route 93 Arizona to Montana
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 09:56:16 am »
I don't know if you realize that May and June are usually Idaho and Montana's rainy season. We occasionally get snow also. I suggest you be prepared with good rain gear and some cold weather clothing. Here in Montana winds normally come out of the southwest but that can be influenced by major storms and localized conditions. You also might want to check this site as you travel: http://www.google.org/publicalerts¬
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Offline indyfabz

Re: Route 93 Arizona to Montana
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 11:30:17 am »
A couple of random thoughts:

Heed Carla's advice. A few years ago we headed out of Missoula towards Lost Trail Pass at the end of June. While that day turned out to be decent, when we landed the day before it was chilly with off and on showers. When we passed through Darby on Day 1, a local told us they got over 1" of cold rain the day before. Again, this was at the end of June. Snow showers had been forecast in a few places the week before we arrived.

In '09 I did Whitefish to Roosville in mid-June. Chilly and dreary most of the day with off and on showers:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3673007081/in/set-72157620763740044


http://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3673815126/in/set-72157620763740044

Same was true when I rode Eureka to Whitefish in mid-June of '99 and '00.

Adventure Cycling's Great Parks North and Nothern Tier routes between Whitefish and Eureka keep you off 93 in places. They are quiet roads with nice scenery. I recommend you follow them. Stop in Olney, just off 93, along the way. There is a neat store there with a collection of old pop bottles:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3673005485/in/set-72157620763740044

Salmon to Missoula is 140 miles with a nice climb out of the box. Are you used to long mileages like that? Once you cross Lost Trail Pass, it's mostly down hill to Darby to one degree or another. I would describe Darby to Missoula as pretty much gently rolling to rolling unless you take Old Dabry Rd./Sleeping Child Rd. between Darby and Hamilton, which has more hills but is much nicer than the highway. Amy way you slice it, it's a long way.

Offline Route93

Re: Route 93 Arizona to Montana
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 11:13:33 pm »
Thanks Carla and Indy,
That is just the info I'm looking for, I appreciate you responding.
If you want to follow my progress, www.endms93.com
Cheers,
/gvt
Cycling Route 93 End to End, Wickenburg Arizona to Jasper Alberta to get a bit of exercise, meet new people, see new sights and raise awareness for folks living with Multiple Sclerosis!

Offline indyfabz

Re: Route 93 Arizona to Montana
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 12:27:46 pm »
Forgot to mention that when you cross the Elk River after Roosville, there is a nasty little hill. 8% for 2 km:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3673821956/in/set-72157620763740044

Then PR 93 has one of the craziest false flats I have ever ridden:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3673822746/in/set-72157620763740044

It extends all the way to the junction with PR 3. I couldn't understand why I was having such a hard time until I turned around and saw that I was actually gaining elevation.

Finally, while I haven't ridden it, it's my understanding that U.S. 93 is not the optimal way to get between Missoula and the Big Fork area. The east side, which I rode back in '00, (Rtes. 200 and 83, if I recall correctly), is supposed to be nicer.

From Big Fork, U.S. 2 might be flatter than 93. If you go that way, I would avoid cutting over to 93 on Rte. 40 if you can. Heavy traffic and noisy in '09. We only took it because our hotel for the end of the trip was on 93. Instead, stay straight on Hamilton to Edgewood.

Bring ear plugs if you plan to camp at the state park in Whitefish. It's close to the rail yard. We started the trip from the KOA on 93.

If you walk around Whitefish, don't miss seeing Frampton & Morrison in an old F.L. Wright building. Best law firm name ever. They also have an office on 93 in Eureka.

Offline Route93

Re: Route 93 Arizona to Montana
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2013, 01:07:22 am »
Thanks again Dave,
I appreciate the information and your photos are awesome.
I hate long false flats, would rather tackle an 8% grade,  at least you know what your getting, lol
In regards to alternate routes, I am committed to every mile of 93, I realize there are a number of sketchy sections but I am committed.
All the best, and thanks again for  the feedback.
Cheers,
/gvt
Cycling Route 93 End to End, Wickenburg Arizona to Jasper Alberta to get a bit of exercise, meet new people, see new sights and raise awareness for folks living with Multiple Sclerosis!