Touring - Tusc. AL->Key West FL->Bellingham WA
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10-03-09, 10:30 AM
I am planning to bicycle with a friend from Tuscaloosa, AL to Key West, FL and then back to Tuscaloosa. This starts in January and we plan to get back to Tuscaloosa around the middle of March. We have always wanted to see the country down there and neither of us have never been past Orlando. Also, FL in the winter time ain't too cold.
Then, we plan to hang out for maybe a few days or a week and then bicycle to Bellingham, WA. Do you think we can feasibly make it there leaving in late March and getting there by late June? If so, should we take the southern route and hit the west coast and take the 101 up the coast or should we just do the diagonal?
10-03-09, 11:40 AM
2008 Bellingham WA to Maimi. (Bike broke which is why I could not make it to Key West)
B-ham -> SF -> Western Express -> Grand Canyon connector -> Southern Tier
Linkage to the to the first Native American in outer space: Neah Bay to Cape Canaveral
I have no idea on mountain conditions at that time of year though seeing the Grand Canyon and Zion off season on a bike may be rewarding.
10-03-09, 11:51 AM
Diagonal will require long climbs in the Rockies and be much cooler in May. Assuming you hit the Rockies in early May, there is always the chance for significant snowfall at elevation, but at least on US highways, the passes will be quickly opened. The suspense would make for interesting riding. Headwinds are likely to be less of a deterrent. Take a weather radio (http://www.amazon.com/Midland-HH50-Pocket-Weather-Alert/dp/B000P708NM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1209566428&sr=1-1).
The Southern Tier would be much warmer, even uncomfortable, but with probable stronger headwinds, especially on the 101. I'll take western climbs/cold any day over persistent strong headwinds.
You can check out average temp/ppt info at MSN Weather. Scroll down a bit to find it.
Either route is filled with magnificent scenery.
10-05-09, 03:44 PM
Does anyone see any problems with this route? The numbers after the towns are the miles it takes to get from the town listed before.
Montgomery, AL 104 miles **
Sarasota, FL 569**
Key West, FL 344**
Miami, FL 199*
St. Augustine, FL 269 **
Jacksonville, FL 36 *
Savannah, GA 148*
Athens, Ga 206 **
Atlanta, Ga 60*
Birmingham, AL 161**
Tuscaloosa, AL 70
Oxford, MS 158**
Memphis, TN 75 *
Eureka Springs, AR 289 **
Lawrence, KS 242**
Ft. Collins 44*
Pocatello, ID 454 **
Boise City, ID 240 **
Kennewick, WA 293**
Bellingham, WA 306 **
10-05-09, 05:42 PM
Looks good. The Appalachia style rollers thru north Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas will be a good break from all the flats before and afterwards. Get you warmed up for the Rockies. Eureka Springs is an interesting place worth a day off.
A gps with good city software would be very handy for navigating thru all those cities, or just pick some state highways to avoid most of them, depending on your preference.
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