Is it possible to ride the Sierra Cascades ACA route using motel stays only?
Looking long and hard at doing at least a section of the ACA Sierra Cascades route. Is it possible to do this route using motels/hotels instead of camping?
I suppose that if you cherry picked the section you plan to do, you can stay in motels. The ACA map should help you out there.
South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite would be OK if you can ride between Lee Vining and Yosemite Valley. That will mean Tioga pass and IIRC 80 miles. Make sure you have a reservation for Yosemite.
Unless you can ride 100+ miles per day, I don't think you can do the entire route without camping at least a few times.
Please note that this route is by far the most difficult one that ACA has. Lots of insane climbing through crazy heat in the summer and snow and road closures in the Spring and Fall. Forget it in Winter.
Last edited by Cyclesafe; 05-31-14 at 07:47 AM.
I suspect each town chambers of commerce has an Online presence to seek the names and phone numbers of each Motel..
My recollection was that even camping without stealth required some long hard days. I have my doubts about motel touring it. It might be possible, but certainly would require some very hard days.
Century's don't bother me too much, as long as the altitude is under 10,000 ft. I know the maps will be pretty valuable here, but don't really want to buy them unless I'm pretty sure it is doable. I will look at the route and see what each town has and do it the poor man's way first. I would like to start as far north as is practical with a first week of September start.
Worth reading the journals from CGOAB from that route. Also, historical opening and closing dates for Tioga Road might also be useful. Be aware that reservations in Yosemite itself can sell out a year in advance, and the tent cabins at White Wolf Lodge and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge close in mid-September every year.
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