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Offline thom1881

Joshua Tree to Prescott?
« on: March 24, 2011, 07:05:26 pm »
I'm using Google maps and a gazetteer to find a bike-friendly route from Joshua Tree east to Prescott (or Yarnell to hook up with the Grand Canyon Connector) without going South to the Southern Tier.  Any advice or experience?

Offline roadrunner

Re: Joshua Tree to Prescott?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011, 10:52:30 pm »
I'm assuming you're referring to Joshua Tree National Monument in California.  I don't know anything about routes from there to the Arizona border, except that either California 62 to Parker, AZ, or I-10 to Blyth, CA, have little in the way of civilization and will be very hot and dry until late fall. 

I can provide some information on the Arizona part of your question, based on routes I've ridden from Blyth to the Grand Canyon.  From Blyth, ride I-10 frontage roads and shoulder (legal in AZ) to US-60 to AZ-71 (that route and on to Wickenburg is part of the Southern Tier).  If you take California 62 to Parker, ride AZ-72 to US-60.  Take AZ-71 to US-89, with a heck of a climb up "Yarnell Hill) en route to Yarnell.  US-89 is a very scenic ride through Prescott to Ash Fork on I-40.  Ride the shoulder of I-40 to Williams, then AZ-64 and US-180 to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Offline MrBent

Re: Joshua Tree to Prescott?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011, 11:18:18 am »
 +1 What Roadrunner said. Except for Hwy 62 in California, I've ridden all of that route--pretty nice, actually.  I've driven most of the 62 stretch in CA.  You'll find things pretty busy with mostly an OK shoulder between Joshua Tree and 29 Palms, but traffic can be quite heavy, so this won't be the greatest riding.  East of 29 Palms, traffic dies off considerably but so does the shoulder.  The country is super beautiful, wide-open desert with very long stretches of no services.  This is some of the most remote riding one can do in the lower 48 states, so you must plan accordingly. I rode from my home in the southern Sierras to Prescott, AZ, in the middle of winter and had a great time.  Chilly nights but days were in the low 60's. Unless you're an artist of suffering, pick your season very carefully.  Do record searches for average temperatures and make your decision accordingly.  From Parker, AZ, the stretch down 95 was a little busy with not always a great shoulder, but I didn't have a bad time of it.  Hwy 72 was better, and you can get some basic supplies at a little store in Bouse (rhymes with house).  In fact, I got water and supplies at the store there and pedaled off into the desert to the south a ways on a paved road and found a nice camping spot off the grid.  Stealth camping, very quite, not a soul to bother me.  So 72 is pretty mellow.  Hwy 60 is on the Southern Tier and is a good ride with good shoulder virtually the entire way if I recall--very light traffic, too.  Hwy 71 and 89 are both excellent!  The Yarnell grade may be big, but it is not very steep.  There's a nice cafe in Yarnell.  The stretch from Yarnell to Prescott has some tougher riding, in my opinion, but it's all so beautiful.  I loved that whole stretch.  Go ride it!


Offline sam21fire

Re: Joshua Tree to Prescott?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 07:52:04 pm »
+1 on what MrBent says. The only thing I'd add is to seriously consider not riding between J.T. and the River Fri-Sun or any holiday weekend.  I work for SB Co FD and there are a lot of 5D drivers (Drunk, Drugged, Distracted, Drousy, Dumb) going to/from the river which makes for a lot of nasty accidents...and you're a long way from help out there.

Offline tanslacks

Re: Joshua Tree to Prescott?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011, 09:28:28 pm »
Are you trying to get to Prescott or the grand canyon. Depending, I have a route for you that goes north out of twenty nine palms to Amboy following route 66.

email me or are you in town right now?