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Offline mudmin

Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: June 24, 2005, 11:51:43 pm »
Hi, I am planning to take the southern tier route in March & April 2006 (from Fl to CA)

I was wondering if there are any suggested shortcuts?

I would like to trim of a few miles.

Thanks,
Dan <><


Offline MattRuscigno

Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 03:36:13 pm »
Bumping this topic because I have similar questions- specifically on the SD-Austin segments. From a quick glance looks like a lot of up and down? Thoughts from anyone who has ridden it? Thank you.
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Offline aggie

Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 05:14:11 pm »
There are "shorter" routes than what is mapped by ACA.  However you must bear in mind traffic, shoulders (or lack thereof) and available services.  For instance you could ride from El Paso, TX to Tuscon, AZ and then over to San Diego.  Unless you ride on the interstate where permitted that aren't that many services and there aren't that many other roads available.  When I've followed the ACA routes I always know how far I have to ride to the next place I can get food and/or water. 

Offline staehpj1

Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 06:17:55 pm »
The ST is fairly direct already, but there are places where you can go shorter.  Typically you will miss things that Adventure Cycling thought were worthwhile though.

My suggestion is to play it by ear as you go.  That is what I did.  I think that I was in a better position to know where I might want to shortcut and where I would be happier following the AC route that way.

My preference was to use the interstate a good bit more than was suggested and to also go a bit more direct in some other places as well.  I thought at the time that if doing it again, I'd stay with US 90 a lot more, possibly even using it for it's full length.

Offline MattRuscigno

Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 01:34:56 am »
Thank you for the reply. Yes, it's always a toss up and some sort of sacrifice. I don't mind a little traffic or slightly less scenery for a small portion if it'll save me a few hours of riding.
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