Cedar City Utah to Tonopah, Nv

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by JayElDee, May 6, 2013.

  1. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    Maybe preaching to the choir here.. but if you haven't had much desert experience yet.. you need to pay attention to keeping yourself thermo-regulated and hydrated also. Though only May, it can still be quite hot out there. Riding in the heat can take the fight out of you before you know it.
    S0.. here are two BIG favors you can do to prevent a health disaster..

    a) keep yourself covered. You want to protect your skin from heat and wind. Resist the temptation to ride sleeveless as the road wind across your body will dehydrate you quickly. It's not a crime to douse yourself with water (so take plenty).

    b) drink frequently. Like.. take a couple swigs every 10 minutes. We use Camelbak packs out this way to have water available without stopping. If you wait until you feel thirsty, or tell yourself you'll get something to drink "at the next stop".. that won't cut it in dry heat + speed.

    There are other measures, but sometimes long lists of "things to do" get tedious. The above 2 concepts are really important, though.

    Again, apologies if this isn't your first day in the dez.

    Have a great ride! Envious here.
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  2. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    What he said!! Though you can buy gas in Rachel if you ask nicely, say it's for a bike, and pay for the privilege.
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  3. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    Did Shiprock to Chinle on BIA roads via Shiprock, the rock. VERY VERY nice and paved the whole way, despite what the maps say.

    In Tonopah. Your two points are well taken. Not my first desert ride, but always a good reminder. The route from St George to Tonopah was fun. No gas in Rachel, but there is a new? Shell station in Ash Springs and that's only a few miles down 93, far closer than Alamo.

    Really liked the extraterrestrial highway. I pictured boring flat terrain, but there are some mountains along the way and I thought it was very scenic in its own way.

    So, thanks for the advice on the route.

    John
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  4. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    Rode that route last year.. IR 13. I rode it West to East from Lukachukai though that red rock canyon.. great ride!:deal
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  5. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    I did the straight route to Cali from tonopah.
    Got on 120 to Lee Vining past Mono Lake, 395 to 108 and into Sonora.
    What a treat! Loved the dips on 120 and re 108, I'll quote Oscar Wilde: Nothing succeeds like excess!
    Whoa. Just terrific!
    Was that really a 26% grade?????
    Deals gap and Coronado trail have nothing on this!
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  6. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    You did one of the best rides in California! How much snow up on top of 108?
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  7. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    it felt like I did! it was awesome. That's good to know, but I think there may be a couple of others:D

    only patchy snow up there. no issue at all. temps were in the high 50s

    about halfway up 49 now.
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