Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Missoula, MT
Bikes: Giant TCX 1 touring conversion
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Route info and suggestions
My SO and I are planning a tour in June, and would like some input about the route if anyone has been along this way before. Searched the net, but there seems to be hardly any info from a cycling point of view for most of it.
Leaving Flagstaff, AZ on Hwy 89N towards Page, AZ
Lee's Ferry, AZ to Jacob Lake, AZ on Hwy 89N
Jacob Lake, AZ to Kanab, UT on Hwy 89N
Kanab, UT to Panguitch, UT " " "
Panguitch, UT to Provo, UT
Provo, UT to Kamas, UT through Provo Canyon on Hwy 189 (this we did get some cycling info for)
Kamas, UT to Evanston, WY over the Uintas (really looking forward to this)
Evanston, WY to Garden City, UT at Bear Lake
Garden City, UT to Alpine, WY
Alpine, WY to Rexburg, ID through Swan Valley
++ Possible alternate route up the hogback through Jackson, WY, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone to Livingston, MT and then west toward Missoula. ++
Rexburg, ID to Salmon, ID
Salmon, ID to Missoula, MT through the Bitterroots.
We aren't sure whether we want to do the Grand Teton/Yellowstone bit yet because of the expense of it being a tourist/resort area (the trip will be almost all wild/campground camping and cooking out). Also, it looks difficult to get from Livingston to Helena/Butte and then to Missoula without traveling on interstate highways. Any info here appreciated.
We should be leaving around the first weekend in June, and expect to make Missoula / Sandpoint ish by mid-July. That's a very relaxed pace, and we intend on camping and hanging out in a few places along the way.
From there, we continue on through Thompson Falls, MT to Sandpoint, ID and Coeur d'Alene.
I've been through Northern Idaho and Western Montana several times, and am familiar with the mountains in Utah, as well as Yellowstone. We haven't been through these areas on a bike, however, and the route itself seems little traveled or - at least - little documented... anyone know why? Anything we need to watch out for?
I should mention that part of the purpose for this tour is to scout places out for possible relocation, as well as a much needed vacation while the kids spend the summer with the grandparents RVing and doing fun stuff.