Looking for alternate route advice
So all spring I am scheming of this tour where I connect a bunch of National Parks and go up the Great Divide to Alberta and return to California via British Columbia and the Pacific Coast. My journal is here, if anyone cares http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/journ..._id=35165&v=6h
Currently I am in Moab, Utah, and I am uncertain if I want to do a extended tour on dirt. The plan was to take the Kokopelli trail to Fruita and then hook up with the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route somewhere past the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Washboard and loose gravel and sand suck when you are on a rigid bike with 26x1.5 slicks at 90 psi. I already ate it once on the Burr Trail. I am hoping it is a more comfy ride when I get some big, knobby balloons instead of high pressure Armadillos, but I doubt it will make a huge difference. And there are the nagging doubts of touring alone in somewhat remote areas for days at a time.
So I am gonna get some knobbies and do some of the local rides here for a few days while I think about things for a bit. Anyone got any alternate route advice? I think I still would like to hit the Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier/Waterton, etc and return down Pacific Coast. Otherwise I just might Mapquest it and hit avoid highways or whatever.