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Old 05-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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The Goldilocks Route

Looking to cross the US from NY in July. Around that time of year I've ridden in the Southeast when it was too hot for anything but a T-shirt and the Adirondacks in freezing rain. Because of a previous leg injury I'm planning to stay protected (light jacket, leather pants, boots, shin guards). Any suggestions on the optimum route - not too hot, not too cold, just right? I realize weather can vary a lot and I could just look at average temperature charts but some advice from those with wheels on the ground would be useful. What are the Salt Lakes and Nevada like in July? Kansas? Arkansas? Montana? Also, any suggestions for the most interesting route across the empty middle bit?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:32 AM   #2
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In terms of 'not too hot or cold' I'd guess north of Banff might get it

Other than that roll thru the Ozark Mtns. for some curvy stuff and hills.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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....not too hot, not too cold, just right? I realize weather can vary a lot and I could just look at average temperature charts....
You seek subjective information....when you can easily find objective data?
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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You seek subjective information....when you can easily find objective data?
Maybe this wasn't the most productive or focussed question to ask ... on the other hand the average July temperature in San Francisco and Fairbanks Alaska is roughly the same (according to the first chart I came across) but the subjective riding experience crossing California and Alaska could well be different. I thought it might throw out some useful hints ("my tires melted crossing Nevada in July") or someone's idea of the perfect midsummer route.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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You're probably not getting many responses because it was kind of a ridiculous request. You're looking to cross the country in July on some miraculous route where there is only perfect weather. When you find this route let the rest of know where it is.

Here's a shot a something that might be a little helpful, but it's pretty fundamental information. Higher elevations will be cooler, but east of the Mississippi all elevations will be HOT. You can find some relatively cooler temps at higher elevations out west. You'll swelter anywhere in the plains states and lower elevations out west (aka deserts). But it's a dry heat in the desert, so when it hits 120F in the desert, it only feels like about 110F.
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