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Routes / Pacific Coast Route Northbound
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:30:04 am »
I'm considering a ride northbound on the Pacific Coast Route from San Francisco to the Canadian border.  Am obviously concerned about wind and wonder if anyone has information on when or if there's a good time to make the trip and not have to worry about the strong prevailing north winds.  It seems like there may be a window (maybe even some southern winds) in April and May. 
Anyone have experience traveling this time of year and any advice or comment on the route and camping/lodging options?

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Questions
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:16:07 am »
I, too, decided to do the Van Horn/Marfa route to Alpine so it was only about 77 mile without services and basically long, straight roads with little elevation change.  Good photo op at the Prada Store (Art Project) just south of Valentine.  Good camping at El Cosmico in Marfa (options from pitching your own tent to renting a tepee, safari tent, or trailer - interesting place with good (but a little open) showers.

Also, recommend calling "Law West of Pecos" to see if his trailer is available in Langtry.  It said it was closed when I googled it but called he said it was available.  Made the night very comfortable.  No charge but he's happy for a donation.

Have a great trip.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier - Texas
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:45:05 pm »
Thanks so much for all the encouragement and information.  The comments have been very helpful.

Still looking forward to the trip (in less than two weeks) and wondering if I'll see any other cyclists.

Thanks again,

Routes / Southern Tier - Texas
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:02:19 pm »
I'm planning a solo trip across Texas, following the Southern Tier Maps (except for travel from Van Horn to Alpine, I'll reroute along 90).  I'm beginning in El Paso March 28, 2013 (final destination is New Orleans).

Any tips, advice, information more specific than the So. Tier maps would be greatly appreciated (road conditions, weather to expect, places to stay, etc.).

I'm a little nervous about the solo part (I've done it from SF to SLC a few years ago) so anyone else considering a similar trip at the same time - would love the company.


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