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Old 09-15-06, 11:19 AM   #1
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West Coast Canada to Mexico...in the early early spring

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I'm contemplating doing a tour this spring from Canada to Mexico down the West coast. It seems like a pretty popular route, but it seems like everybody does it during the warmer months. But as it turns out, I'll have a golden opportunity to take a couple of months off with a friend from Jan-March. Does anybody have any experience riding that route at that time of year? I don't mind it being cold, but I'm worried about ice and road conditions.

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Old 09-15-06, 12:07 PM   #2
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Ice and snow - - no, but you'll be soaking wet.

The Pacific Coast has a Mediterranean climate with a very significant precipitation maximum in Dec/Jan. Aberdeen, Washington gets 13 inches of rain in January. Average high/low - 46/35 - not exactly pleasant cycling weather. Reedsport, Oregon gets 13 inches of rain in January, too, but drops to 9 1/2 in February. It drops to 8 1/2 inches for Crescent City, California in March. Even Santa Cruz gets 4 1/3 inches of rain in March.

There's a reason nearly everybody does the Pacific Coast in summer.

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/precip.html
Click on the months in the right-hand column to see percentages of precipitation each month in the West.
I think the Southern Tier is much more appropriate. Maybe run the border from Boca Chica, Texas to Tijuana, Baja California.
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Thanks--I might look into that instead. Cold and wet does not sound very fun.
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Old 09-15-06, 03:12 PM   #4
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And windy. Don't forget windy. It seems that anytime I've gone to the Oregon coast for a couple of days between November and April, at least one of them was windy and rainy. Nothing like having rain and mist blasted against you with at 20 mph headwind!
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The summer is great!

I've been on this route a couple of times in the high summer. I thought it was great to have so many other bicyclists doing the same thing. You can always find a campsite - the state parks can't turn away a bicyclist. The hiker/biker sites are full of wonderful, interesting people from all over the world. The locals have always been friendly and welcoming to me. I even saw a motel with a billboard reading, "Bicyclists Welcome!) And when the weather is good, it's a wonderful place to ride!
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The cloudy damp cool weather has already arrived. See you next May or June.
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2 of my friends are doing this route at the end of this month! i don't think you'll have to worry about snow too much....just rain and the cold. have fun!
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