Hey folks! First time tourer, first time poster. The wealth of knowledge and experience within the forum is amazing! I haven't seen this topic discussed elsewhere, but if I'm incorrect let me know!
I'm planning to start in San Francisco and end up in the Providence area. I have a few logistical questions about getting from Reno, NV to the Boulder/Denver area (Broomfield to be exact). I plan to leave San Francisco in the middle of April, and due to a family wedding I need to be in Broomfield by May 13th. Currently, I plan to use the ACA Western Express route through Nevada, but need to divert afterward in an attempt to stay north enough to get into Broomfield. Here's the route I have so far;
1) ACA Western Express through Nevada, staying to 50E/6E up to Spanish Fork, UT.
2) From Spanish Fork, taking 6E to 191N to 40E all the way to Empire CO.
3) Around Empire, CO it looks like 40E turns into I70, which I assume will not work. I'm thinking of taking 6E to 93N to 128 E into Broomfield.
Here's a link, in case that helps;http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&doflg=ptm&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=203439400340453692122.0004996e0461d46e879a8&ll=39.729898,-105.570374&spn=0.230241,0.352936&z=11
Does anyone have experience with these roads? Is there a better route I should consider? I could also head up to Wyoming and then head south into Broomfield - though I don't know what the benefit would be. I'm aware I'll have the weather to contend with, but I'm comfortable with that. Any suggestions for this part of the trip would be appreciated. I'll also be heading through Nebraska/Iowa to get to Chicago to see some friends, and while I have the state maps of biking routes I'd be interested to know how other people have traveled through that part of the country.