Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: SoCal - 909
Bikes: IRO Jamie Roy (fixed-gear commuter), Gary Fisher Rig 29er SS, Trek Madone 5.5, Specialized Allez Comp, Marin Mt. Vision Pro, Specialized M2 Hardtail, beater Nishiki fixed-gear conversion, Gary Fisher Rig 29er SS
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SoCal Touring Query
Dunno if there are any cycle-tourists in here, but if there are I could use some suggestions.
The latest bike-bits newsletter from Adventure Cycling had a bit on ultra-light bicycle touring, which sort of gave me an idea.
Why not combine my off-season base miles with some weekend-overnighters? Hop on the bike, with a light camping load (could probably get by w/ 15 lb. or less on a seatpost rack), ride somewhere cool, camp, ride home. I could get a weekend of sightseeing in while still getting some serious base miles.
I just need some ideas for destinations and routes. Places that are open for camping during the fall/winter, maybe have some cool outdoorsy type stuff to see, (100 mi. isn't gonna take me *all* day and I don't want to be completely bored out of my mind once I get to wherever.) and have easy access to potable water, as I don't really want to be carrying several liters of water on the bike. Unfortunately this leaves Joshua Tree out, as I don't recall any of the campgrounds there having had water.
I'm sure there are some cool spots to camp along the coast that are worth checking out, but that's pushing the edge of my mileage limit (Don't really want to do much more than a 200 mi. weekend.). OTOH I could extend my range somewhat using the commuter trains, but their weekend schedules are kind of limited, and I don't want to do *any* driving.
So, given those constraints, anybody have any bright ideas for SoCal weekend excursions on two wheels?