Where is a Canadian to go for a Ride?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Motoaxe, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. Motoaxe

    Motoaxe Doctor of Misfortune

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    Yupp....this is a fairly open ended question but if I dont ask I may never know!.. Im looking at taking a trip down to the southwestern parts for a fly in and rent (like a GS or something) week long trip. Would like to do some gravel but it isn't necessary so long as the vista and temps are good...... and by good temps I mean anything above 55 F ish and bare roads... Im Canadian afterall!
    Thinking about late feb or early march...

    My only real restrictions are that I have to be able to rent a bike wherever i land....


    Any suggestions??
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  2. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    There's a place in SF that rents GSs. From there, you can head south or north. South towards Death Valley, or North towards the lost coast. Lots of good riding in between both.
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  3. DaveBro

    DaveBro Long timer

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    If you haven't been to that part of the world, I highly recommend you ride though southern Utah. Las Vegas has good flight connections, and bike rentals AFAIK.

    You could do a great week working your way across Utah (Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Canyonlands, Arches), and dip down to Monument Valley and Grand Canyon, loop back to Vegas. Southwestern Colorado is also amazing, highly recommended if you have the time.

    However, Feb/March might be a little early for this (and definitely too early for Colorado), since a lot of it is at pretty high elevation. So either delay or consider a different base, like Phoenix for example. You could stay in the lower desert areas where the weather will be warmer (but you'll run into a lot of Canadians, eh). I don't know a lot about southern AZ, so I'll let someone else chime in. Have fun.
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  4. A.Vern

    A.Vern One Man Wolf Pack

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    I've seen quite a few posts from people that flew into Vegas, rented a GS and the di up Death Valley. Temps will be nice in Feb-March and there are alot of GS friendly roads to choose from.
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  5. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Fly to Long Beach. Get a GS from LBBMW. Head south then east. Just hang around the lower quadrant of Southern California for a week. Early March can still be cold, but there are tons of lower mountains and high desert to ride. Saturday it was 80F in Claremont! If you decide to do this I have a 850 mile five day route that takes you not more than 150 miles from Long Beach but which includes some of the finest riding for the time of year, all paved, some of it roughly paved, lots of it seldom seem by even local riders. SNOW is still a consideration above 4000 feet.
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  6. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    Famous James

    "If you decide to do this I have a 850 mile five day route that takes you not more than 150 miles from Long Beach but which includes some of the finest riding for the time of year, all paved, some of it roughly paved, lots of it seldom seem by even local riders. SNOW is still a consideration above 4000 feet."

    A lot of us would like to hear about that route.

    Don
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  7. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Ok. This is what we did in November. trying to do as little freeway.

    Leave at 9am
    210 fwy east from Towne Ave Claremont
    Exit Cherry
    Take Lytle creek Rd.
    Turn right to Devore
    get back 15 fwy at Cajon Blvd exit 129
    15 fwy north
    exit 131
    take 138 east
    to crestline
    take 18
    to left on 38
    to Fawnskin
    to Big Bear
    have a donut and coffee in Big bear
    take 38 down mountain
    take 79 to Yuciapa in Cherry valley
    take 10 fwy to Beaumont/Banning
    exit 100 get motel and dinner
    9am start
    take 243 to Idyllwild
    get donut and coffee
    right on 74 in Idyllwild
    left on R3 in Hemet
    right on 79
    left on S16
    left on 76
    left on S6 over Palomar Mountain
    right down towards Lake Henshaw
    left on 76
    after lake left on 79
    right on S2
    bear left on S22 towards Borrego Springs
    get motel and dinner. Leave luggage at motel
    leave at 9am
    S3 out
    right on 78
    coffee and breakfast in Julian
    back to 79 south out of town
    left on S1 Mount Laguna
    8 fwy west
    exit 40
    left/south on 94 to Jamul
    head for Barrett Junction and Potrero/Campo
    follow U.S. side of Mexican border
    turn rightish at Cameron Corners
    head for Boulevard
    go rightish
    go through Jacumba
    go to exit 77 8 fwy east
    8 fwy east to exit 87
    at Octillo
    left on S2
    right on 78
    left on S3
    back to Borrego Springs and same motel/dinner
    leave at 9am
    take 79 out north
    at Aguanga right on 371
    right on 74 Alpine Village
    to Palm Desert
    take 111 find motel/dinner
    leave at 11am
    go home.
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  8. Marius356

    Marius356 back on Africa Twin!

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    Sounds great. Could you tell me the earliest time of the year to do that trip? Since I am in construction January to Feburary are good times to get off work - the rest of the year not so much :p
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