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Offline Westinghouse

Southern Tier---Non ACA
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:41:38 pm »
I will take another shot at cycling the southern tier. I have done it five times. The beginning of the new year is good for a start. For the most part I follow a route different from ACA's, mainly because mine is shorter, less hilly, and almost as interesting. East coastal Florida to San Diego is the way to go. Instead of taking hwy 90 across north Florida I take 98 to 267 to 20. I take 90 through AL, MS and LA to Tammany Trace to Covington, LA. Then I get 190 and find my way to Houston, and get I-10 frontage roads and 90 to San Antonio. From here I can Take I-10 and roads to El Paso and Las Cruces and I-10 to Yuma, AZ.After that is the road from hell to Ogilby Road,and then west to hwy 78 and Glamis and Ocotillo and then hysterical hwy 80 to Pine Valley and roads into San Diego.

On my last trip my cyclometer turned over to 2803 miles as I pulled up to the Point Loma hostel in S.D. I think it's going to be a cold trip.

I can take different roads from the roads mentioned here. Being a 68-year-old man traveling alone, I usually take the path of least resitance.

Offline Keagriver

Re: Southern Tier---Non ACA
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 06:39:49 pm »
How long does this typically take?


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Offline Westinghouse

Re: Southern Tier---Non ACA
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 01:15:08 pm »
Two months or less if nothing happens. I did it in 54 days total with 43 cycling days during that period.

Offline Pavel

Re: Southern Tier---Non ACA
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 05:54:55 pm »
As someone who is interested in doing the Southern Tier this autumn or next spring if possible, I'm very happy to read that you've found it a worthwhile ride to have done it multiple times.  That gives me more motivation to get out of my comfy chair.


Offline Westinghouse

Re: Southern Tier---Non ACA
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 06:46:16 pm »
As someone who is interested in doing the Southern Tier this autumn or next spring if possible, I'm very happy to read that you've found it a worthwhile ride to have done it multiple times.  That gives me more motivation to get out of my comfy chair.

5 times FL to CA. Twice FL to El Paso, TX. Many other cycling tours worldwide. Sure, it is a good route. For a beginner, east to west gives time for conditioning on comparatively less hilly terrain before hitting the more difficult elevations out west.