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Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« on: December 07, 2006, 05:37:24 pm »
We're also planning a southern tier trip in mid Feb. what kind of grades can we expect over the passes and are the winds still going to be from the west/northwest?  Any info appreciated.

tishmurph

Offline evolutionsurf

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2006, 02:04:36 am »
Hello! I traveled the southern tier just over the boarder of New Mexico to San Diego. The grades aren't bad the only thing to think about is the decent from Globe.  When we travel there in November there were strong wind currents and the road was very busy.   The only other slow climb was the one over the last mountain in California.  It was very hot there in November, also we were told to be lucky that there was no wind, since usually there are very strong winds blowing through those mountains.  Thats all i can think of right now. if you have questions feel free to ask.


Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2006, 09:47:53 am »
Thank you for the information.  We're suffering from pre-ride jitters, so any info that comes our way helps!

tishmurph

Offline scott.laughlin

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2006, 10:49:43 am »
Hi,

If grades are of great concern, you might consider going south from Interstate 8 at Gila Bend, and follow AZ 86 to Tucson.  If you're interested I could provide more detail.


Offline macguys

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007, 12:47:01 pm »
Faye and Jim..I envy your plans and hope you have a great trip.  If you have a few moements when you pass through Tallahassee, I'd love to do an interview with you rfor my Tallahassee Podcast.


Offline bicyclerider

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007, 07:41:09 am »
from what direction are you starting? San Diego using highway 80? Pedaling through Jacumba

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2007, 11:45:01 am »
Hi Jean,
Yes, we'll leave from San diego heading for Jacumba on Highway 80.  At least, that's the plan.


tishmurph

Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2007, 11:48:19 am »
Thank you for the response, when we get to Florida we'll try to get in touch.  By then we should have lots of good stories to tell!

tishmurph

Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2007, 11:49:50 am »
Sorry for the delay in response, but sure, we'd be interested in any details you can provide.  Thanks!

tishmurph

Offline bicyclerider

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2007, 07:36:58 am »
Since you are starting in the San Diego area have you previously seen the terrian in and around San Diego?
You will be in a constant climbing mode for the whole ride until you reach the outskirts of the town of Jacumba.
If you run into trouble you can call my number. Please contact me if you want that phone number. I have a truck with a bicyle rack that can carry 3 bicycles.
There isn't any bicycle services available after you leave El Cajon heading east until El Central.

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

This message was edited by bicyclerider on 1-5-07 @ 3:37 AM
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2007, 10:23:16 am »
Thanks for your kind and helpful offer.  We would appreciate having your number(just in case)though we're ok with most upward climbs.  

tishmurph
tishmurph

Offline bicyclerider

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2007, 02:27:01 pm »
the number is 1-619-766-4653  Lifetime member of adventuring cycling also on the warm showers list for travelers http://www.warmshowers.org/

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline bicyclerider

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2007, 01:35:19 pm »
Have you decided to come through soon? The reason I asked is that I will be in San Diego area for the late afternoon on the 14th of Feb . I just hosted two ACA route riders for 1 day Rebecca, (blog http://putthefunbetweenyourlegs.blogspot.com/) and Jonathan ( blog http://pedalgogist.wordpress.com/)
Just thought I would inquire

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline FayeandJim

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2007, 06:21:32 pm »
Thanks for your note. We think we'll be leaving San Diego on the 12th.  This is a pretty open ended departure date.

tishmurph
tishmurph

Offline kittikitti

Another southern tier rider
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2007, 09:18:33 am »
We are also planning a Southern Tier Tour in 2008.  Although I love the Adventure Cycling Association some of the routing puts cyclist on poor road choices from my experience. The Southern Tier is no exception to this.   I recently used some of the ACA maps on a tour from Maine to Florida. And again found myself on some horrible roads.

 I started a forum under the title Southern Tier Roads to Avoid on this web site.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/?o=lt

It is worth looking at. I am in the process of redesigning the route to avoid the high traffic areas and shoulder less roads.  I also plan to travel southern AZ instead of Phoenix.  I lived in Tucson and know that is a nicer area to cycle.

Ending in Oceanside seem like a better choice also.

My suggestion is a combination of ACA maps and your own routing.  ACA maps have plenty of useful information on them even if you dont use that particular map.  We are experienced touring cyclist and racers and find a trip like this takes us months to plot. For us we try and avoid the big cities like the plague and prefer to go out of our way to ride on low traffic roads.  If we have to go an extra 50 miles to get on a better route that day we do it.  This may not work for you if your time and speed have constraints. We normally average about 100 miles per day loaded.