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Routes / Safety of Rte 66 in California?
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:27:21 pm »
Hello all,

My husband/touring partner and I are planning to ride Route 66 from Flagstaff to Los Angeles next month. We're both experienced touring cyclists, and I completed Rte 66 from Chicago-FLG several years ago (pre-ACA route).

In reading the ACA maps, I noted that riding conditions on Rte 66 CA are listed as some of the most challenging of the entire ACA network. I just want to gauge what we're getting into, traffic-wise.

We're prepared for the long, desolate stretches, varying surface conditions, heat, and lack of amenities, but my big concern is safety in terms of motorists. By comparison, out of many years and miles of touring, the worst traffic conditions I've encountered were in Oregon during the summer along the PCH (Portland-CA border), with narrow to no shoulders and a constant stream of tourists, RVs, loggers, and monster trucks. I've done the CA stretch of the PCH several times and traffic was at times a nuisance, but nothing compared to Oregon--which felt so unsafe I'd never do again.

So, with that in mind, for those of you who have ridden FLG to LA (especially getting nearer to LA) would you say traffic is:

a) So bad you wouldn't risk it
b) At times sketchy but overall not terrible
c) Comparable to other ACA routes

Thanks so much for your input!

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