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San Diego, CA - Tempe, AZ (413 miles)
Adventure Cycling Association
From San Diego you'll ride on bike paths and residential streets on a steady climb into the mountains. Dry easterly winds predominate in the fall, blowing in from the central desert. At In-Ko-Pah Pass the route joins I-8 for a short distance. El Centro and Brawley are situated in the Imperial Valley, an area famous for its agricultural bounties. Stock up on food and water here; services are extremely limited on the next stretch of the route. SR 78 heading to Blythe carries a moderate amount of traffic. To the north you will see the Chocolate Mountains, named for their distinctive deep brown color. The terrain from Ehrenberg, Arizona, to the section's end at Tempe remains flat, with the exception of a few gentle grades. After leaving I-10, the route follows US 60, which has good shoulders. At Wickenburg the route turns south and approaches the metropolitan area surrounding Phoenix. Click on enlargement for detail.
Current Printed Version: 2013
Average rating: based on 3 reviews.
A customer from Phoenix, AZ USA on 7/1/09
I haven't had a chance to use this map yet...I am planning a trip a month from now. It looks extremely helpful (paired with my iPhone) I should do really well. If I had a concern it would be this I will be riding a recumbent bike on tour, not a regular bike and I am concerned with a different set of criteria than a normal bicyclist might be worried about. For example, those bumps on the side of the road to keep people awake are a extreme annoyance for a recumbent trike, but virtually unnoticed by a regular bicyclist who can ride down the center of the shoulder. I am curious how the map will do when I begin my first tour in these respects. Otherwise, it looks like a very nice product.
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A customer from Washington, North Carolina on 9/3/09
I have not used the map yet but plan on doing the southern starting Feb. 2010. Trying to get things togeather for the trip, but the ACA maps I have used in the past have been great.
Well worth the costRating:
Jerry Griswold on 5/6/10
This map route is worth every penny as the ride would be so much more difficult without the detailed information included in the map.