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Offline GCharles

West to East, Early Spring
« on: November 12, 2010, 09:55:21 am »
I will be heading out for an around the country (Southern Route, Pacific Route, Northern Route) tour this December, starting in Fl.  I am concerned that the route from Washington State heading east will be an issue in early April, and in fact may not be passable at all.  Are there any options for avoiding the snow passes that people are aware of?  Alternatively, are there ways to go through some of those areas with the appropriate gear? My guess is that I will arrive in Seattle around mid march, depending on how much time I spend in the South West.

Thanks in advance,

Glenn

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Offline indyfabz

Re: West to East, Early Spring
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 11:18:46 am »
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/Passes/NorthCascades/closurehistory.htm

Have to believe that opened does not necessarily mean clear of snow all the time.  I had flurries both times when I crossed in late May.

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Re: West to East, Early Spring
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 12:25:25 pm »
IMHO if ya can wait a few months to begin, may be better to go in counter clockwise direction.  Not only will western mtns be difficult/impossible to get over, but riding Pacific coast in northernly direction will be real tough due to prevailing wind.
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Offline staehpj1

Re: West to East, Early Spring
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 01:00:33 pm »
IMHO if ya can wait a few months to begin, may be better to go in counter clockwise direction.  Not only will western mtns be difficult/impossible to get over, but riding Pacific coast in northernly direction will be real tough due to prevailing wind.
I agree that it is easier to make a US perimeter tour work going counter-clockwise.

Maybe consider starting in San Diego and going counterclockwise instead.  Even then i might start a bit later, depending on your planned pace.

Offline GCharles

Re: West to East, Early Spring
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2010, 08:43:33 am »
Thanks all for the advice.  Unfortunately, the schedule is set and I leave Florida in about 3 weeks.  No worries, it will be whatever it will be.  After all, that is the fun part of the journey for me -- not knowing how it will go or where it will end.

Any other advice is greatly appreciated

Regards,

Glenn

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Re: West to East, Early Spring
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 07:30:18 am »
Keep yourself safe and the very best of luck to ya!!
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