I'm getting ready for my 6 months tour starting in May, and would love some feedback about my itinerary. Overall the route looks kind of like this . Here are the links for my route in the different states I'm going to cross: (in order)
California (main land)
Washington (pacific coast)
Oregon (pacific coast)
Northern Calfornia (pacific coast)
Southern California (pacific coast)
The route is custom made from San Diego to Salida CO, after that I followed the Great Divide route all the way to Yellowstone.
Montana is custom made until Sandpoint ID, then it's the Northern Tier route to Anacortes WA and the Pacific Coast route to San Diego.
If you know any others routes that might be more scenic or easier, I would love to know them!
The parts that I am the most worried about are:
Arizona, after the Grand Canyon, the route looks pretty boring but I really want to see Monument Valley.
Utha, after Hanksville, I chose to ride some small roads to Horseshoe Canyon Unit (where "127 hours" was filmed). I have no idea what to expect there.
Colorado, I am making a big detour to see the Great Sand Dunes National Park, is it worth it?
I am also not sure about the Durango to South Fork section. (how hard would it be to go through Silverton and Lake city?)
The Great Divide, how much slower can I expect to ride on this route compared to the paved sections? What kind of milage can I expect? (this will be my first tour, but I'll have done a few miles by the time I get there)
Montana, the section between Glacier and Eureka goes through very small roads, don't know what to expect there either.