Touring - Plans: LAX to YVR ... how long??
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01-05-11, 10:34 AM
As I am dealing with going to Tanzania in a couple of weeks, and then triking from Perth to Sydney this summer, my hyperactive pair of brain cells is also looking at triking from Los Angeles to Seattle or Vancouver with my Greenspeed GTO in a year or ...
I am sure lots of folks have done this route. How long should it take if I wanted to just bike and not taste wine, goat cheese or ... Been there, done that. The scenery is the thing to see. 100 km/day is no big deal. Time is the question. Amtrak or Greyhound will take up any "time shortfalls".
Just scouting for answers to ideas :p
Thanks in advance :)
Pacific Coast route is generally regarded as better North to South. Being on the ocean side is a big plus and there are more tailwinds in that direction. 100 km/day is a good average.
Vancouver to LA is about 2700km - so about a month.
check the ACA route out here (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/pacificcoast.cfm?pg=detail&s=5)
01-05-11, 11:57 AM
Speaking from experience in both directions, North to South is definitely nicer, the wind does make a big difference. About a month sounds right.
01-05-11, 02:04 PM
I did it south to north (San Diego to Vancouver) and it took right at 30 days with about 5 "sight seeing" days thrown in. I would concur to try it southbound as I had a lot of headwinds (July) and it was miserable at times, especially when the southbound riders would COAST by smiling, waving, happy, as I grunted in low gears into a ferocious headwind. You are not "right on the ocean" that much so being on the east side of the road doesn't matter nearly as much as the wind.
01-05-11, 10:03 PM
+100 for south to north. I passed a couple of riders heading north, We were all stopped at the same construction site. I jokingly called over and said "You know you are going the wrong way". The one rider slumped on his handlebars and mumbled "I know". The both looked exhausted.
At one point I was doing 25mph on a flat surface with barely trying.
01-05-11, 11:41 PM
Just move your trip to the spring. You may get lucky and have some nice rainstorms come in. Those usually bring south winds with them. If you like, I'll let you know when I am going southbound (I seem to attract the rain on the coast) so you will know when there will be favorable winds for a northbound cyclist.
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