Author Topic: Riding out of Las Vegas in circular tour through Death Valley. Need route info p  (Read 3193 times)

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Offline tonythomson

Hi coming in from the UK and I plan to head down to Primm and Baker which means long stretches on the I15.  How is this viewed by local police cycling on what is the only road.  Any alternatives or info much appreciated, thanks.
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Offline John Nettles

In the western US, it is legal (though not widely known) to ride on the shoulder of an interstate IF there is no "reasonable" alternative.  Basically, this loosely means you can not ride on the interstate if there is a paved service or frontage road or similar situation like in cities. 

You should be OK as long as you ride on the shoulder whenever possible.

Bring plenty of water!  John

Offline tonythomson

Many thanks and water for sure.  I have plenty of experience riding deserts.
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Offline aggie

Riding South from Las Vegas stay on Las Vegas Blvd until you get to Jean.  You can then get on the freeway going south.  There is a pretty good climb after you enter California.  You will also have to use the truck route that goes through the new truck weigh station.  There are lots of trucks and traffic but the shoulder is good.  There will most likely be lots of truck tire debris with the little wires that readily puncture bike tires. 

Are you going to Baker so you can ride in Death Valley NP.  If so you can get to Death Valley without riding on the interstate.  You can ride to Pahrump then to Shoshone.  This will bring you into southern Death Valley.  The road in Death Valley takes you by Badwater which is the lowest point in North America.

Offline tonythomson

Thanks Aggie and I'll check that route out. As for your alternative, that's my plan for the return. Tony
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Offline aggie

Just so you know you can't ride on the Interstate in the Vegas area until you are south of Jean.  At both Jean and Prim there are several places to eat and stock up on water.  There is a rest stop between Primm and Baker where you can get water (if it's open)  There is a gas station just before the rest stop.  I haven't stopped there so not sure what it offers.  As I recall that is the only place to get water until you begin the long downhill into Baker.
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Offline tonythomson

Info much appreciated, thanks Tony
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Offline John Nelson

Even when legal, riding on the interstate is no fun, and you will get a lot of flats. Always use alternatives if you can find them.

Offline litespeed

I have ridden the shoulders of Interstates in many western states, sometimes for hundreds of miles. I don't recall getting any unusual number of flats. I use Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires with Mr. Tuffy tire liners.

The only times I have suffered more flats than normal is in goat thorn country - Nebraska and eastern Oregon.

Offline tonythomson

Thanks guys any idea about the average wind direction in March?  So I an decide which way round to cycle.
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Offline Vegas Rick

Wind in March in Vegas is typically from the West.

Offline tonythomson

Many thanks for all your info any  other tips for my ride would be welcome. Tony
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Offline aggie

Traffic on southbound I15 will be heaviest on Sunday when visitors from the LA area are going home after the weekend.  Monday, Saturday and Friday are most likely the next busiest days.  Traffic starts to pick up after about 10 am.  The weather in March shouldn't be too hot although the mornings could be rather cool. 

A couple of other nice places to ride in Vegas are:  A loop going through Boulder and Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park, and a loop by Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. 

Offline tonythomson

Thanks for that info Aggie, I have changed my plans somewhat and plan to ride west out of Las Vegas which means I ride out of Baker North on I15 on Friday to Primm and then after Jean guess not a problem.  However, it is Easter week end, is this a busy holiday for you guys and will Friday be especially busy?
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Offline aggie

That Friday should be a very busy day.  However the traffic from Baker to Primm and Jean really doesn't get heavy until the afternoon.  The shoulder is pretty wide so it should be ok whenever you ride it.  I've seen several loaded riders on the shoulder over the years.  You will have a long uphill from Baker and then a downhill followed by another climb.  You then have a nice downhill into Primm.  There are two casinos there with some factory outlet stores so if you want you can stop there.  Since it is Easter weekend make sure you have reservations.  Hotels will book up and the room rates will also go up.  Weekends are always more expensive than during the week.
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