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Old 06-23-09, 03:25 PM   #1
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Route planning - North CO to North CA

I'm starting to plan a 3-legged tour for June, 2010. The 1st and 2nd legs, Fort Worth, TX - Salida, CO, and Salida, CO - Steamboat Springs, CO are pretty straightforward.

I'm hoping for a fairly efficient route from Steamboat to Eureka, CA. Highway 50 across NV looks like a lot more fun than the interstate, but that sorta drops me farther back south than I'd prefer. In addition, I haven't found any information about crossing CA West from Reno.

Anybody out there got some guidance or resources I could hang my helmet on?
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Old 06-23-09, 03:57 PM   #2
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The ACA Western Express route goes from Carson City, MV to San Francisco. For me it was a 4 day ride that is much easier going east to west, then from west to east (where you start at sea-level). You could then ride up the coast, another good route.

This page is a bike touring journal of the Western Express route from SF to Carson City, and back.

Here is an earlier thread about water stops on Highway 50 in Nevada.

Have a great time!

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Old 06-23-09, 07:01 PM   #3
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Huh?

There is a most excellent option from US 50 in Nevada.
West of Fallon, take US 50A to Wadsworth, then NEV 447 to north to Gerlach and a;; the way up to California. The road turns into a county road - still paved - in Calif to Cedarville. Then take Hwy 299 to Alturas and Fall RIver. You do NOT want to stay on Hey 299 - instead, head thru Mount Shasta and Callahan over the Trinity Alps. Beautiful river rides along the Salmon and Klamath until you get back to Hwy 299 - then you have to climb the Coast Ranges to get into Eureka.

I've ridden NEV 447 - beautiful, but remote. Services in Wadsworth, Gerlach, Eagleville, and Cedarville. Small reservoir under Granite Peak about 20 miles north of Gerlach.

OR SHORTER

If you are willing to do a little dirt, take NEV 446 and NEV 445 on the west shore of Pyramid Lake. North of Sutcliff it becomes dirt until you reach the Calif line. Then its paved to US 395 which takes you into Susanville. From Susanville you can ride the Bizz Johnson Trail or you can hop on Hwy 36 immediately. You can loop up to Lassen National Park, too. Otherwise, Hwy 36 has moderate traffic into Red Bluff, pretty light traffic west of Red Bluff - - BUT there are some killer climbs. You hit US 101 at Fortuna just south of Eureka.
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Good stuff. I'm riding dirt from Salida to Steamboat, but I was planning to swap back to skinny tires there. We'll see. I may be pushing the clock a little at the end of the ride. Good options there though.

From my uncle at the end, I'm actually going closer to Garberville, than Eureka. Without looking at a mp, do these routes hold for that?
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Can someone who's familiar with the area tell me if this looks like a reasonable route?

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...1,3.521118&z=9
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I've done your route from Fallon, NV to Steamboat, CO:
http://www.mvermeulen.com/nevada/index.htm
http://www.mvermeulen.com/saltlake/index.htm

I found those segments to be reasonable.
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I've done your route from Fallon, NV to Steamboat, CO:
http://www.mvermeulen.com/nevada/index.htm
http://www.mvermeulen.com/saltlake/index.htm

I found those segments to be reasonable.
Perfect, thanks. I enjoyed reading your journal, too.
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