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LA 2 Grand Canyon
2/8/2012 7:32 PM
Recently I got the following email
I'm planing to ride from LA to Washington DC. Can you please help me find a route from LA to Flagstarff? Can I cycle on I-40 .Many thanks Charlie ..
I recommend Adventure Cycling's southern tier route (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/southerntier.cfm) as far as Wickenburg (about 50 miles NW of the Phoenix metro area) and then pick up their Grand Canyon route (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/grandcanyon.cfm) to the Grand Canyon. You can determine the route pretty clearly without buying the maps. However, I have used the Adventure Cycling maps with very good experience. I find that they allow you to plan several days ahead as you ride. Sometimes, and particularly in rural Arizona, a dot on a roadmap is nothing more than an intersection and a couple of houses. Sometimes there's a grocery, cafe, B&B and a bike shop. Wooohooo! Adventure Cycling maps will tell you that before you arrive.
Depending on the time of year, you should carefully consider the water problem. I haven't studied the issue, but I would not be surprised to find gaps where easy water access is more than a typical rider's daily range. In high heat conditions, I would not be surprised by a rider consuming more than a gallon of fluid an hour to stay reasonably hydrated. Most bike tourists aren't prepared to carry multiple gallons of water for the better part of a day. Of course this issue can be mitigated by choice of season and not riding during the hottest parts of the day but I believe it is something important to plan for.
Riding on the Interstate Highways is permitted when there is no viable alternative route. The route described above DOES include some miles of Interstate. In truth, there will be stretches of non-Interstate which are more dicey than the freeway portions. Some parts of the route are not particularly bike-friendly but simply unavoidable due to the sparseness of roads in some of these remote areas. All that being said, there are some jaw-droppingly beautiful parts to this route and hope you enjoy visiting and riding through Arizona as much as I enjoy living and riding here.
Here is a link to a YouTube video scrapbook from our club ride to Wickenburg last year.
Here is a link to a YouTube video scrapbook from our club ride to Sedona last year.
You might enjoy reading from a forum on our club's website
If you would like to contribute your thoughts or experiences to this forum, please feel free to email them to me and I will post them. Non-members are not authorized to post to our forum. Of course, we'd love to have you join the Arizona Bicycle Club! We have a great looking club jersey!!
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