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Routes / Re: Tucson to San Antonio or Austin, TX
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:40:37 pm »
Hi Bethany,
It's been a while since I was on Adventure Cycling's website, so this reply to your inquiry is a bit late, but hopefully of some use.

I can provide information on bike routes between Tucson and Rodeo, NM, then on to El Paso.  US Bicycle Route System Route 90 connects Tucson, Sonoita, Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas, and Rodeo.  The route and facilities along it are described in the "Route 90 Implementation" section of the "Routes" forum:

There are several alternatives to ride between Rodeo and El Paso. 
(1)  Rodeo to Lordsburg, NM, then picking up the Southern Tier route to Silver City and on to El Paso.  That involves a northerly detour, significant climbing, and likely cold weather around Silver City this time of year.

(2) Rodeo to Lordsburg (47 or 56 miles); Lordsburg to Deming (40 miles of riding the I-10 shoulder and 20 miles of paved frontage road); Deming to Columbus on NM-11 (23 miles); Columbus to El Paso (80 miles) or Santa Teresa, NM (64 miles) then El Paso on NM-9.  Many motels & restaurants in Lordsburg and Deming, a couple of motels & restaurants in Columbus.

(3) The shorter route with very few services and traffic: Rodeo to El Paso on NM-9.  Rodeo to Animas, which has a cafe (20 miles); Animas to Hachita: 30 miles (Hachita is essentially a ghost town, population about 50, Google Maps shows a gas station/food mart. water could be obtained from residents); Hachita to Columbus 32 miles, 2 motes & restaurants, an interesting Pancho Villa State Park; Columbus to Santa Teresa, motels and restaurants (64 miles) or El Paso (80) miles.

I've ridden all the roads involved in AZ and NM, except I-10 between Lordsburg and Deming.  All are good roads with little traffic.

I live in Sierra Vista.  If you have any questions, you can give me a call at 520-378-6353.

John Wettack

This response is a bit tardy, since I was off-line for the holidays.

I did a tour in 2014 that included the stretch from Spokane to Missoula, with the objective of maximizing riding on trails and avoiding interstates.  It included the Centenial trails between Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene, the Route of the Hiawatha, and the Route of the Olympian from the east end of the Hiawatha to Saltese.  Rode the I-90 shoulder from Saltese to St. Regis, which was no problem.  From St. Regis, the route followed Montana Highways 135 and 200 to St. Ignatius (a beautiful ride along rivers), then Highway 200 to Missoula.  The whole route was a great ride.

The paved Spokane Centennial Trail and North Idaho Centennial Trail connect Spokane and Coeur d'Alene and are a great ride between those towns.  I don't have any experience or knowledge of routes between Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint.

Routes / Sierra Vista, Arizona Bike Camp
« on: February 28, 2017, 03:51:37 pm »
Touring cyclists riding USBRS Route 90 or other routes in southeast Arizona receive a warm welcome at Sierra Vista’s newly-opened indoor bike camp.  The camp provides space for sleeping and securing bikes and gear, 2 bathrooms with showers, a kitchen stocked with coffee and other essentials, and a clothes washer and dryer.  There is no charge for the camp; donations are accepted.  The bike camp is a 2-minute ride from USBRS Route 90.  More information about the bike camp and how to access it is in a an entry titled “Description of USBRS Route 90, Tucson, AZ to Rodeo, NM” in the Corridor 90 Implementation forum of the U.S. Bicycle Route System portion of the forums.

Routes / USBRS Route 90 Description Expanded
« on: February 28, 2017, 03:00:32 pm »
The original USBRS Route 90 description posted in the Corridor 90 Implementation forum showed only the introduction of the description.  Adventure Cycling's John Sieber corrected the posting so the entire description of the route is shown.  Thanks, John.

Routes / USBRS Route 90 in SE Arizona
« on: February 24, 2017, 11:52:35 pm »
A description of USBRS Route 90 in SE Arizona between Tucson and Rodeo, NM, is posted in the “Corridor 90 Implementation” forum in the U.S. Bicycle Route System category.  The scenic route offers favorable year-round riding conditions through an area rich in history.  The description provides information on the route, road conditions, and services available in communities along the route.

US Bicycle Route System’s Route 90 through southeastern Arizona showcases the area’s long and varied history and the cultures that formed it.  Native Americans inhabited the region for thousands of years before Spanish explorers, beginning with Coronado’s expedition in 1540, entered the area.  Cattle introduced by Spanish friars expanded into vast Mexican, then American, ranches, introducing the cowboy culture still evident in ranches in expansive grasslands in the Sonoita area and San Simone Valley.

After the U.S. acquired the area from Mexico through the Gadsden Purchase in 1853, incursions by miners and cattlemen into the territory of the native Chiricahua Apaches resulted in years of bloody conflicts with settlers and Army forces in present Cochise County.  Fort Huachuca, in Sierra Vista, is the only remaining Army fort in Arizona dating from the Indian Wars period. 

The silver-mining boomtown of Tombstone attracted notorious outlaws and lawmen and has been memorialized in many movies.  When the mines played out, the town settled into a time warp, retaining many of its original buildings and character.  Copper was the basis of the city of Bisbee, a former mining city whose free spirits and artists now exemplify the picturesque town.

Area Overview:
The 180 miles of USBRS Route 90 between Tucson and New Mexico traverses “range and basin” topography, characterized by numerous isolated mountain ranges separated by broad high desert valleys.  Fortunately for bike riders, the highways usually wind between mountain ranges.  Grades are generally quite mild, with only two significant climbs – between Tucson and Sonoita and over Mule Pass just north of Bisbee.  Several of the roads have little to no shoulders, but traffic is generally light.

Weather conditions offer favorable year-round riding conditions.  With elevations between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, summer temperatures are 10° to 15° cooler than the lower portions of Route 90 to the west.  Summer temperatures often reach into the 90s, but seldom reach 100°.  The daytime heat is tempered by cool nights.  The July through mid-September monsoon brings scattered thunderstorms, usually of short duration, and cooler temperatures.  Winter nighttime temperatures may fall below freezing, but daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s.  Winds in March and April may be challenging. 

Maps depicting Route 90 prepared by the Arizona Department of Transportation are available at http: .  An interactive map is available on the Adventure Cycling website:

Route and Communities Descriptions
Route 90 leaves Tucson eastward on the Interstate 10 north frontage road.  At I-10 Exit 281, the route crosses the interstate and goes south on State Route (SR) 83, beginning a 15-mile climb of about 1,800 feet.  SR 83 has narrow to no shoulders.  Just south of I-10, Route 90 turns left (east) onto Old Sonoita Highway which parallels SR 83 for about 7 miles, avoiding the sometimes moderate traffic on SR 83.  (The Arizona Department of Transportation’s USBRS Route 90 Turn-by-Turn Directions and Google Maps identify the road as "Charloais Road," but the road signs read "Old Sonoita Highway.")  At the south end of Old Sonoita Highway, turn left (south) and continue on SR 83, which entails a long climb, a nice descent, and rolling terrain of grasslands and cattle ranches to the community of Sonoita, 26 miles from I-10.  The Santa Rita Mountains are to the west.  There are no services between I-10 and Sonoita.

Sonoita, at the intersection of SR 83 and SR 82, is a very small community of businesses serving area ranches and residents.  The community has several cafes and restaurants.  There is one inn in Sonoita (Sonoita Inn, rates $125-$150); the next closest motel is in the small town of Patagonia, a 12-mile, 700-foot downgrade ride southwest on SR 82 (off of Route 90).  Camping is available at the Sonoita Fairgrounds just south of the SR 83/SR 82 intersection.  There are restrooms and shelter but no showers; the fee for camping is $10.  Call the fairground (520-455-5553) at least the day prior to arriving to ensure the gate to the camping area and restrooms is opened.  The fairground website is  Limited grocery items are available at two businesses near the fairgrounds.

From Sonoita, Route 90 continues south on SR 83.  About 6 miles from Sonoita, turn left (east) at a school onto Elgin Road and ride it about 6 miles, past several wineries, to Upper Elgin Road in the miniscule community of Elgin.  Turn left onto Upper Elgin Road and ride it about 5 miles north to SR 82.  Turn right (east) on SR 82, which has little to no shoulders and gentle grades with long sight distances.  A few miles after getting on SR 82, the route passes between the Mustang Mountains to the south and Whetstone Mountains to the north.  [Route 90 avoids about 8 miles of SR 82 immediately east of Sonoita which have limited sight distances due to hills and curves, no shoulders, significant truck traffic, and guardrails which prevent "bailing off" the road if necessary.  Route 90 adds about 5 miles over riding SR 82 from Sonoita, but it's an easier and safer ride worth the added distance.]   

Eleven miles east of Upper Elgin Road, SR 82 intersects SR 90 in an area termed Whetstone.  Other than the wineries, there are no services between Sonoita and Whetstone.  A gas station/mini-mart is at the SR 82/SR 90 intersection.  Camping is available at the Quail Ridge RV Park, ½ mile west of the intersection.   USBRS Route 90 turns south on SR 90 (the two route 90s are a coincidence), which has wide shoulders, and in 13 miles, after passing through the small town of Huachuca City, which has restaurants, reaches Sierra Vista. 

Riders having no need for the services available in Sierra Vista may continue from Whetstone on SR 82 and SR 80 to Tombstone; that routing is about 11 miles shorter than following Route 90 through Sierra Vista to Tombstone. 

Sierra Vista, population 45,000, is the largest city in the 375 miles of Route 90 between Tucson and Las Cruces, NM.  The city has all services bicycle tourists may desire - many motels and restaurants, 2 full-service bike shops, shopping of all types, and medical facilities.  Other than a small bike shop in Bisbee, the next bike shops to the east are in Silver City, NM, (200 miles) and Las Cruces, NM (300 miles).  Fort Huachuca, an active Army installation in Sierra Vista, has a museum with exhibits portraying the fort’s roles from 1877 to the present. 
At the north edge of Sierra Vista, USBRS Route 90 turns left (east) following SR 90, remains on SR 90 for 2 ½ miles, then turns right (south) onto Coronado Drive.  (Visitors’ information and bike camp registration is available at the Oskar Yrun Center about ¼ miles left on Tacoma Street, the first street on Coronado Drive.)  After 0.85 miles, turn left (east) onto the shared-use path on the south side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway.  After 1 mile, at the intersection with SR 90, Route 90 continues straight (east) on Charleston Road towards Tombstone.   

Camping is available at Sierra Vista’s newly-opened bike camp.  The camp provides a large room for sleeping and securing bikes and gear, two  bathrooms with showers, a kitchen stocked with coffee and other essentials, and a clothes washer and dryer.  There is no charge for the camp; donations are accepted.  The bike camp is located at 3030 E Tacoma Street, a couple of minutes ride off of USBRS Route 90.  When possible, campers are requested to call 520-458-7922 between 8 and 5 on weekdays prior to arriving, to ensure the bike camp is prepared for you. 

Campers may register at the following locations during the indicated times:
Oscar Yrun Community Center
3020 E Tacoma Street, next to the bike camp
Monday – Friday    8am to 5pm

"The Cove" Sierra Vista Aquatic Center
2900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, about 1-1/2 miles from the camp
August through May   June-July
Monday – Thursday    7:30am – 6:00pm     Tuesday - Thursday   7:30am – 6:00pm
Friday   7:30am – 4:30pm    Friday   7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday    9:30am – 5:30pm   Saturday – Sunday   9:30am – 5:30pm

If arriving after these times, campers may telephone 520-678-0451 to register and obtain the combination for the bike camp.  Please do not call after 10 pm. The building is used by Leisure Services and not available to campers from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  On Thursdays and Fridays, campers may relax in the Oscar Yrun Community Center until the bike camp is available.
Route 90 leaves Sierra Vista on Charleston Road, which has a slight downgrade 8 miles to the San Pedro River, then climbs 9 miles to Tombstone.  The San Pedro River does not look like much of a river, but it is the only flowing river between the Colorado River, 300 miles to the west, and the Rio Grande, 225 miles to the east.  The river serves a flyway for millions of birds migrating between the US and Mexico.  Charleston Road has narrow-to-no shoulders.  Traffic can be moderate during commuting hours, especially when school is in session.  No services are available along the route, except a vault toilet just east of the San Pedro River accessed by a short dirt road on the north side of the highway.

Tombstone, the legendary “Town too Tough to Die,” was founded after silver was discovered in 1879.  Home to figures such as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, the town retains its Wild West flavor.  After entering the town on Charleston Road, which turns into Summer Street, turn right onto Allen Street.  Enactors in roles of gunfighters, lawmen, and shady ladies add atmosphere to historic Allen Street.  The visitors’ center is at Fourth and Allen streets.  Headboards at the graves in the Tombstone cemetery reflect the hazardous of life of the 1880s.  The town has several restaurants and motels and a small grocery store.  Tent camping is available at three RV parks/campgrounds.

Route 90 leaves Tombstone going south on SR 80 (one block east of Allen Street), which has good shoulders and long up and down grades for approximately 15 miles to the intersection with SR 90.  From that intersection, Route 90 continues on SR 80 into the Mule Mountains, climbing about 1,300 feet in 6 miles to Mule Pass, just north of Bisbee.  There are no services between Tombstone and Bisbee.  Route 90 intentionally avoids the tunnel at the top of Mule Pass.  The tunnel is hazardous for bicycles, having no shoulders and marginal lighting.   Route 90 turns left onto Old Divide Road just before the tunnel and goes over the pass.  It's not much more of a climb and is less steep than SR 80 getting to the road.  Views from the 6,000-foot high pass are spectacular.  After the pass, Route 90 returns to SR 80 into Bisbee.  Alternatively, riders can take West Blvd. from Old Divide Road to Tombstone Canyon Road, which winds down the canyon into the heart of downtown Old Bisbee.

Bisbee, once known as the “Queen of the Copper Camps,” was one of the richest mineral sites in the world.  In the late 1800s, it was the largest city between Denver and San Francisco.  Old Bisbee is located in a narrow, winding canyon, with its well-preserved early-twentieth century downtown at the bottom and houses climbing the steep slopes.  After the mines closed in the 1970s, much of the population left the town.  An influx of creative free spirits found Bisbee's historic district to be an attractive and inexpensive location to settle, founding the current thriving arts scene.  Services available include restaurants, hotels, motels, B&Bs, groceries, and a bike shop.  There is no camping available.

Riders on a fast track wishing to avoid the climb into Bisbee and lack of camping facilities may follow Alternate Route 90, which turns left (east) off of SR 80 about 5 miles south of Tombstone onto Davis Road.  After a 23-mile downgrade into the Sulphur Springs Valley, turn right (south) onto US 191 at McNeal and continue 22 miles to SR 80 and then to Douglas.  There are no services on the alternate route.

Departing Bisbee on SR 80, Route 90 passes a huge open pit copper mine which operated until 1974.  Just past the open pit, after crossing beneath a railroad bridge, a right turn onto Erie Street takes riders into the past in the downtown business district of Lowell, with mid-1900s store fronts and period cars parked on the street.  Route 90 follows SR 80 east from Bisbee mostly downgrade with good shoulders across the Sulphur Springs Valley for 24 miles to Douglas.  There are no services on the route.   

Douglas is a former copper-smelting town located at the Mexico border.  The Gadsden Hotel, a historic landmark opened in 1907, features a Tiffany stained-glass canopy and windows and a grand marble staircase.  Services include the hotel, motels, restaurants, and groceries.  Camping with restrooms and showers is available at the Cochise County Fairground.  If arriving after 3 p.m. on weekdays, call the fairground office, 520-364-3819, prior to 3 p.m. to have the facility open; on weekends, call 520-456-6244.

Route 90 follows SR 80 for 50 generally-level miles to Rodeo, New Mexico, a couple of miles past the Arizona-New Mexico border.  The Chiricahua Mountains to the west are named after the Chiricahua Apache band which lived in the region; Cochise and Geronimo were leaders of the band during conflicts with the U.S. Army and settlers.  There are no communities or services between Douglas and Rodeo; riders must carry sufficient water and food.  A monument at a location noted on maps as “Apache” commemorates the surrender of Geronimo in 1886, which ended the Indian wars in the U.S..  Rodeo has a café, cabin lodging, camping, and limited groceries.

Summary of distances between communities
   Interstate 10 Exit 281 to Sonoita:      26 miles
   Sonoita to Sierra Vista:          41
   Sierra Vista to Tombstone         17
   Tombstone to Bisbee            24
   Bisbee to Douglas            24
   Tombstone to Douglas – Alternate Rt. 90   50
   Douglas to Rodeo, NM          50

Routes / Re: West from Pittsburgh to Ohio
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:43:21 pm »
Hi Whitebirch,

I did a Chesapeake Bay to Mississippi River tour in 2006, with the objective of riding as many trails as practical.  Rode the C&O Canal and GAP trails to Pittsburgh, then the Montour Trail to the Panhandle Trail to Stubenville.  Both of those trails have been further developed since then.  The day riding west from Stubenville was the hilliest of the entire tour.

Much of northern Illinois can be crossed riding trails.  I rode the Kankakee River State Park Trail, the I&M Canal Trail, and Hennepin Canal Trail, finishing at Rock Island, Illinois.

You will likely be be able to ride some trails in Iowa.  I'm planning a tour next year across Iowa, following the American Discovery Trail, a 500-mile zigzag route which includes over 300 miles of rail trails.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier variant
« on: November 27, 2015, 12:58:49 pm »
Hi Grencove - US Bicycle Route 90 which was recently designated in Arizona follows the route you plan to travel.  This news release describes the route, which follows the Southern Tier from California to Phoenix, then goes south through Tucson, Sonoita, Tombstone, Bisbee, and Douglas to Rodeo,

I live in Sierra Vista, 17 miles from Tombstone, and would be glad to answer any specific questions you may have about the route from Tucson to Rodeo.  You can contact me at

Routes / Re: Cross-US Trail-Based Route - Feedback Please!
« on: April 19, 2015, 02:09:41 am »
Like you, whitebirch, I enjoy incorporating trails into tours and minimizing climbing when feasible.  I’ve done some tours which include some of the trails you mentioned and possible alternative routes. 

About 600 of a 1,200-mile tour from Baltimore, MD, to Davenport, IA, were on trails (BWI, Baltimore & Annapolis, and Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis trails in Maryland; the C&O and GAP to Pittsburgh, the Montour and Panhandle trails around Pittsburgh to Ohio; the Kokosing Trail in Ohio; and the Kankakee River, Illinois & Michigan Canal, and Hennepin Canal trails across almost all of Illinois.  That route goes north of the route you’re considering, but it avoids the hills of southern Ohio and Indiana (there was only one day of significant hills in eastern Ohio).  To avoid heavy traffic near D.C., we rode the Metro train from Bowie, MD, into D.C.  I could have continued across Iowa from Davenport to Council Bluffs, much of the way on rail trails.

A nice route west from Council Bluffs is to follow the Platte River to Kearney, NE, where the Oregon Trail route joins the river and follow the Oregon Trail to Portland, OR.  The 2,400-mile trail (I started in Kansas City) minimized hills by following rivers - the Platte and North Platte in NE, Sweetwater in WY, Snake across ID, and Colombia in OR. Numerous historic sites and landmarks line the trail.   Wyoming is the only state where towns are widely spaced.

If you go through Missoula, there are about 150 miles of rail trails between there and Spokane, which I rode last summer – Route of the Olympian, Hiawatha, Coeur d’Alenes, North Idaho Centennial, and Spokane Centennial.  Most of I-90 west of Missoula can be avoid by taking US-93, MT-200, and MT-135 to St. Regis, MT.

Some challenges on your proposed route:
The Katy Trail is a great ride, but from the trail north to Iowa is hill after hill after hill.
 Yellowstone is a terrific park, but has narrow roads, lack of shoulders, heavy traffic, and significant hills.
Journals from riders on the John Wayne/Ironhorse Trail state that much of it is loose ballast.

If you’re interested in details of the routes I mentioned riding, contact me at, and I can send you itineraries and journals of the tours.

Bicycle Route 66 / Places of Interest along Route 66
« on: April 08, 2015, 11:39:11 pm »
With Route 66 maps now available, people planning to ride the route may like to hear from previous riders what they feel are worthwhile places to see along the Mother Road.  I'll kick off what could be a continuing thread describing "gems" along the route.

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum (110 West Howard Street) is a good Mother Road museum, concentrating on the history of Route 66 in Illinois.   

The Livingston County War Museum (321 N. Main Street) contains artifacts, weapons, and uniforms worn by county residents from WWI to Afghanistan and Iraq.  The extensive collection and the stories of the veterans manning the museum vividly demonstrate the contribution of one small county to our nation.

 Afton Station, housed in an old 1930s D-X gas station downtown on Route 66, is a free, friendly, privately-owned Route 66 visitor's center with a wonderful collection of vintage Packards and Route 66 memorabilia.  Maps, guide books and a few trinkets with a Route 66 theme are available.

Stroud Safety Apparel, on Route 66 downtown, manufactures high-visibility shirts, vests, and other safety clothing.  If you can use some high-viz items, with or without reflective stripes, this place will meet your needs.  While its business is fabricating thousands of items for shipment, the friendly staff is happy to provide just what you need.

Built in 1936, the Rock Cafe has been a popular Route 66 attraction for over 70 years.  Destroyed to just walls by a 2008 fire, the cafe was rebuilt and re-opened in 2009.
Rock Café proprietor Dawn Welch is the basis for animated character Sally Carrera in the Pixar film Cars.

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton is my pick for the best of many Route 66 museums along the route.   The museum’s galleries provide an exciting, well-displayed journey through the history of the Mother Road.  The museum is about ½ mile north of I-40 Exit 65 on Business I-40 (Gary Blvd.).

To relive early Route 66 travelers’ experience of crossing mile after mile of seemingly endless, empty high desert, divert from Adventure Cycling’s route and ride New Mexico Highway 6 between Los Lunas and I-40 Exit 126.  This 40-mile stretch of road was Route 66 from 1926-1937, when the route from the east doglegged north to Santa Fe, then south through Albuquerque to Los Lunas, where it turned northeast towards Grants.  There are no services and almost no signs of civilization on NM-6, other than the highway and a railroad track – just miles and miles of wide-open scenic New Mexico.  The easiest way to get to Los Lunas from Albuquerque is to ride the Paseo Del Bosque bike trail along the east side of the Rio Grande south to its end at Bridge Boulevard SW.  Ride Bridge Boulevard west across the river.  About 4 blocks past the river, turn south on Isleta Boulevard (NM-134) and ride that road Los Lunas.

“Sky City” of Acoma Pueblo is well worth the scenic 15-mile side trip south of Route 66.  The pueblo, the longest continuously-inhabited community in North America (since 1150) sits atop a 357-foot-high mesa, with spectacular views overlooking a green valley circled by cliffs and mesas.  A new museum and visitor center has an extensive collection of art and artifacts, as well as information about the pueblo.  Tours of the pueblo (the only way visitors are permitted) are very informative.  The visitors’ center has a good restaurant.  Roads from I-40 Exits 96 and 108 lead to the pueblo.

If one is looking for lodging in the Acoma Pueblo area, the Sky City Casino & Hotel, at I-40 Exit 102 is convenient.  It’s a modern facility, with at least a couple of dining areas.  Room prices for 2 start at about $80 Sunday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday rates are significantly higher; perhaps that’s when weekend gamblers arrive.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Mid-summer heat on Route 66
« on: April 04, 2015, 01:29:57 am »
Another Arizonian here.  I think you'll find the heat + humidity in Missouri and Oklahoma more uncomfortable than the drier heat in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  The largest factor determining temperatures in the Southwest is elevation.  Most of Route 66 in New Mexico and Arizona  is at fairly high elevations, 5,000 to 7,000 feet, so very high temperatures are not common.  I live at 4,600', the temperature exceeds 100° only a couple of days a year.  From Kingman, AZ, west, the route drops to lower elevations, so temperatures, especially in California, will be higher.

As mentioned previously, dehydration is more critical than temperature.  Relative humidity of 5-10% is common  (the renown "dry heat"), so having sufficient water is a necessity.  I've ridden most of Rt 66 in Arizona and New Mexico with a 70 oz. Camelbak and one water bottle and never run dry, because places to get water (gas stations, tourist traps, towns, etc.) are probably not more than about 30 miles apart.  I can't comment on the California portion; I've not ridden that.

Do take and use plenty of sunscreen.  I prefer long-sleeve shirts.

Google "average monthly temperatures" of town along the route to get an idea of what to expect.

Route 66 is a great ride.  Take your time and enjoy the many interesting places along the "Mother Road."

Julie - I'm not particular about the shoes I use, just that they have a fairly stiff sole, are shaped to fit the Power Grip straps, and are comfortable for walking.  The most recent ones I got were Nike, more of a tennis shoe look, rather than an exotic running shoe look.  Sorry I can't be more specific, but with the setup I use, many shoes will work well.  For rides up to 25 miles, regular Teva sandals work fine.

After trying several different cycling touring shoes and finding none of them comfortable for off-the-bike use, I settled on relatively stiff soled running   shoes.  I use standard cage pedals on which I fasten (by wires) a piece of thin metal (from flashing) that forms a platform and makes it easy to get the shoe in and out of the Power Grip straps I use.  The combination is comfortable for riding all day and when off the bike after riding.

Also, I can use about any shoes or sandals with the pedals, avoiding the need to change shoes to go for a quick ride.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:00:48 am »
If you're still in the market for a touring bike, I just got a whale of a deal ($718) on a 2014 Novara Randonee two weeks ago at the Tucson REI.  The 2015 model is almost twice that cost.  Have only put a couple of hundred miles on it, but it's a solid winner.  The Novara Safari was even a better deal at $533; I was temped, but already have one. 

Any REI store check other stores for such closeout bikes, if it doesn't have them.

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