It turns out that, for the first time in about a decade, I'm getting a tax refund (it's actually a bad thing, because it means I made a less money last year than in previous years - but I may as well make lemonade, you know?), and between this and my frequent flyer miles with Northwest, I've decided I want to do a bit of a Southwest tour for the first two weeks next month (or there abouts) with the money.
So, my idea (and it's not quite a plan, yet, just an idea) is to fly into Phoenix and spend a day seeing the city and getting my LHT from UPS and putting it back together, ride up to the Grand Canyon, spend a few days seeing the Canyon and the Kaibab National Forest, and then ride west towards Las Vegas.
Now, I've never done any touring before (though I might get a weekender in before then around here, if it ever stops snowing ), and this would be a totally self-supported tour (the only kind that interests me, particularly as my financial means are rather limited). I've got the gear, and though I'm a bit out of practice, I've camped plenty. My (very rough and quick) calculation is that if I can manage about 50 miles a day, I should be able to do it, but I would like any comments others might have, as well as any recommended reading or maps (I've ordered the Adventure Cycle Grand Canyon map, which runs from Tempe to the Grand Canyon and on to Utah, so if that one is good, I really only need help planing the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas portion of the trip. If it is practical, I would LOVE to see Meteor Crater and the Hoover Dam (though the former would probably add a couple days), but I'm not sure about the timing of it. If I don't stay in too many hotels, and I keep my meals reasonable, I should be able to do it for almost exactly what I'm getting back from the government.
I work for my families business, so I'm not too concerned about the exact length of the trip, but I do need to use a frequent fly ticket, so I need to be pretty firm about the days of my flight. Also I can't extend the trip too much as I need to get back so I can make some money - and I'm kind of needed in the shop (at least, I like to think I'm needed!)
So, that is my general idea, and I'm wondering if anyone thinks I'm completely mad to consider this (well, my family does, but they don't understand my whole biking thing to begin with), and if anyone has any routes or sites I should make sure to see, or any I should make sure to avoid.