I'm planning to make this Spring Break from the University of Utah my first solo self-supported bike tour. I have from March 18-27, so that's 10 days to make a good trip. I have an older Novara Randonee bike that has Jandd racks, Vaude panniers and 700 x 35 Schwalbe Marathons so think I should be well equipped.
I was thinking about either the loop from St. George to Cedar City, through to Bryce Canyon Park, down around to Zion National Park and back to St. George. I've also heard good things about touring the length of Route 12 starting from Bryce Canyon and looping around Rt. 24, 62, and finally down Rt. 89 back to Bryce.
Is mid-late March in Southern Utah too cold to do a self supported trip with extensive camping? I want to try to camp and cook myself as much as possible- this trip is satisfy a trip I have to take as part of a Wilderness Nutrition course at the U of U.
Also where would a good resource be for planning the maps/cue sheets as well as planning places to camp?
Thanks everyone, this forum has been a great resource and I hope there some more seasoned tourers willing to lend some tips.