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Offline bill stegall

Need help picking a route
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:53:51 pm »
I plan on leaving San Francisco in early May and bicycling to Memphis TN.  A friend would like to come with me for five days.  Any feelings about where this friend would have the best ride?  Where should he join me?

Offline reed523

Re: Need help picking a route
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2013, 07:35:27 pm »
Is your route completely open?

Offline BikeFreak

Re: Need help picking a route
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 06:49:06 am »
I would def. say southern Utah between Cedar City and Blanding ... if doing the Western Express.


Offline aozolins

Re: Need help picking a route
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 10:10:33 am »
BikeFreak nails it: crossing southern Utah is the most incredible chunk of the planet, not to be missed.

Offline zzzz

Re: Need help picking a route
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013, 09:21:13 pm »

I took this trip last year and I couldn't agree more with the suggestion that you take the Western Express route and that your friend joins you from Cedar City to Blandon. That part of the trip is most stunning part of the whole trip.

But.....there's a couple things to think about.

Be realistic when you evaluate your & your friends fitness. It's likely to feel like a very full five days , 365 miles with some pretty big climbs thrown in and most often long spaces between stores or hotels. It's certainly possible, I did it in 5 days, but were times it was kind of tough.

And how your friend gets back home from Blanding is a interesting question. It's a pretty small town that's not close to a lot. If they can squeeze out another day they can ride into Cortez, Co. which would not be far off route for you and it has a small airport or a car could be rented there for a drive to a bigger city.

None of this is meant to discourage you, Just make sure you're both in shape and carry lots of water.