Hi all. So, along with two friends, I am preparing to embark on a tour from the Philadelphia area to the west coast this summer. I generically say "west coast" because we are at some disagreement as to how we want to cross through the last 1/3 of the country, and thus where we want to end. Up to that point, we will be using the Transamerica Trail that I'm sure everyone here knows about (essentially cuts through the midwest).
So up until around the Colorado Springs area, we are in agreement. From there, I personally would like to end in San Diego, but my two partners are concerned about the safety issues that might come with riding through southern Utah, southern NV, and northern AZ in July. I have heard of people starting their rides at, like, 4:00am and ending them at 11:00am to avoid the scorching heat. Is this common practice?
This is roughly the kind of route I'm thinking:
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Here is a potential alternate route that is perhaps less direct, but much prettier?
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Please advise! Thank you!