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A GRAND RIDE OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST -- San Francisco, California to San Francisco, California, April, 2012

Total Miles: 4004
Miles/Day: 44
Days Riding: 90
Group Size: 1
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 15

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 35 Lbs.
Camping: 70%
Cooking: 60%
Cost/Day: $ 20
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Bill Weir; 60 years old, travel writer, Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: A loop from San Francisco south along the spectacular California coast, inland to Arizona's Grand Canyon, north to Utah's Escalante canyons, west across the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada, then a swing in northern California.; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? I used the ACA maps for the California Coast and the Southern Tier to Arizona, where I did my own thing, then I followed the Western Express from Utah to California.

Health Issues: None, but I was very careful with hydration in the extreme heat of the deserts in southern California and western Arizona.

Motivation: I'm very fond of the American Southwest, and wished to experience it on a bicycle.

Most Challenging Aspect:High costs of services, especially on the California coast, but I managed OK using state parks and Warm Showers hosts.

Favorite Experience: Riding out to viewpoints on the Grand Canyon's North Rim.

Least Favorite: Soft sand on the Notom road near Capitol Reef Natl. Park in Utah.

Tips: Go for it!

Online Journal: Click Here

Date Entered: Apr, 2020

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