December 17, 2009
Just the other day I received a call from a member asking when would be the best time to start the tour she and her husband were planning for next spring. This is not an unusual question and I often find myself referring to our Routes & Mapping FAQs for reference.
As the call continued, she told me she and her husband had crossed the U.S. last year using our route maps. They had had a great time, but they were looking to up the adventure-factor for this next trip, and put together a killer loop using sections from four of our routes.
The loop she described would begin in Silver City, New Mexico, where they would ride west on the Southern Tier Route to connect with our new Sierra Cascades Route (to be released in April) in southern California. The trip would continue north almost all the way to the United States/Canadian border in Sedro Woolley, Washington, and then head east on the Northern Tier Route to Whitefish, Montana. In Whitefish they will outfit their bikes with wider tires and head south back to Silver City following the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Does this sound deluxe or what?
As to the answer to her question: the best time to ride? It will depend on the weather. Mountain passes can be cleared of winter snow in May and then experience heavy snowfall again in June. I've pointed her to some resources to help her make her own decisions and I'll pass them on to you in a future post.
Personally, I can't wait for a trip report!
route network graphic by Adventure Cycling's Routes & Mapping Department
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.