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Offline PeteJack

Best day to start on 66 from Santa Monica
« on: December 10, 2023, 06:24:45 pm »
I'm hoping to leave in early March from Santa Monica. The route appears to go traverse some high traffic areas, so on which day of the week would be best to set off?

Offline jamawani

Re: Best day to start on 66 from Santa Monica
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2023, 08:55:18 pm »
In urban areas, Sunday morning is - by far - the time with the least traffic.
Also, Sunday afternoons have a high return flow for city dwellers returning from weekend trips.
Leave early Sunday morning and you will find quiet streets.

Saturday is a mixed bag. The best weekday window is 9-11 a.m.

PS - If you happen to hit the St. Patrick's Day parade or the National Harley Rally, then all bets are off.
PPS - You should be able to ride thru closed sections of Old Route 66 in Calif., but check.

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Best day to start on 66 from Santa Monica
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2023, 09:25:04 pm »
Totally agree with Jama/John's great advice.  Whenever I ride in a major metro area, I strongly prefer a Sunday or major holiday. If I can't do it on that day, I try to ride contra-flow, i.e. out of down in the morning and into town in the early afternoon as most commuting traffic is going the other direction.

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