So, next year I've got a 5 weeks leave approved with work. I'm looking at various exciting ways to spend those five weeks, mostly involving cycle touring which I've done before. I currently live in San Francisco, and while I'd originially looked at a tour of Tasmania, really it seems quite silly to pay such a huge airfare when there's so much beauty around the corner (and I'm French so it'll be new to me).
The time off is likely to be around march or april, which rules out a lot of places where I'll be too cold. That's alright because I've wanted to tour Arizona / Utah / New Mexico / Colorado for ages.
I've sort of mapped something tentative that linked the sort of things I want to see: white sands in NM, historical towns in NM, amazing parks in UT, and mountain scenery in CO. I'm aiming to start south and head north as it gets warmer. This would be the possible route: http://bit.ly/bP1TU6 although it's by no means fixed.
I've tried to find info on predominant winds, but most of what I can find relates to the southern tier route, which is west-east, whereas mine is more or less north-south oriented. I've seen someone mention south-westerlies in texas in summer. (southerly would be good )
Any help about the winds would be great! I turn into a horrible gremlin when I've got a strong headwind - I know they're a fact of touring but if I can avoid a predictable pattern, that'd be great!
PS: any general comments on the route welcome! I'm not saying I'd cycle those specific roads though - I'll keep it flexible. I'm looking for something that starts near an airport and ends near an airport to keep it simple!