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Old 03-13-18, 01:51 PM
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How many of these iconic roads have you ridden?

Iíve been fortunate to have ridden some of these. Plans are to do Glacier in July.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby and I was fortunate to have ridden the entire length of it including Skyline Dr a couple years ago.

Iíve ridden Vail a few times. Iím not a big fan of paths, especially on descents.

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None of them! :-(

However, I've done some challenging, iconic rides:

- Haleakala Crater, Maui, Hawaii, three years ago (sea level to 10,000 feet in one go).



Above: The top of the mountain (Haleakala Crater isn't actually a crater) is about 9,000 feet higher from where I made this photo, hiding behind clouds. It's a beautiful ride from start to finish.

- Three roads lead up to the Mt. Whitney Portal, Onion Valley and Tioga Pass from the floor of the high desert into the upper regions of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. I've pedaled up Tioga Pass several times and pedaled up the other two in 2016.



Above: the start of the ride up to Onion Valley, my brother leading the way.

- Stelvio Pass, Italy. The top is 16 miles with an average 8% gain in elevation and almost 6,000 feet of climbing, with 48 hairpin turns, most of them above tree line. The second highest paved road in Europe summits next to a glacier at a ski resort that's only open during the summer. I made the ride about four and a half years ago.



Above: This is one of the last hairpins. My brother was again my model.

- Fargo Street, Los Angeles. Just a 10th of a mile but with a 33% grade. The views from the top out over much of the city are almost worth the effort. I've made this ride countless times, at least once almost every year since 1978. I'm also the former record holder for most times up in one day on the annual Fargo Street Hill Climb.



Above: It's a steep climb up Fargo Street.

- Mulholland Highway from Leo Carrillo State Park, at the Pacific Ocean, to the Rock Store, a favorite destination for cyclists and motorcyclists alike. The ride travels over almost 16 twisting, up, up and up and miles, with a great few downhills. Much of the way highway leads through ruggedly beautiful state parklands. And there are beautiful views over the Santa Monica Mountains, the city of Los Angeles and beyond. I made this ride last year.



Above: Mulholland Highway, a few miles east of its starting point, leads past some spectacular scenery. Bony Ridge is in the background.

- Bonus ride: The Hollywood Sign, in Los Angeles. It's not a long ride from where cars have to stop and bikes - and pedestrians - can continue up to the top of the sign, where there are mind-blowing views of the city and surrounding geography. It become a very steep ride, though. I've made the ascent many times over many years.



Above: That's me, with the city of Burbank far below me, with several hundred yards to climb to reach the end of the ride.
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I've only been off the N. American continent once, and that was to Hawaii. However, I have ridden two of the three on this continent, both with full touring loads. I never did manage to get over to Montana.

Fun stuff, these lists. I imagine many of us could put together equally nice lists of great rides, though many of our choices would likely be far less famous.
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Great Ocean Road ... several times.
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I did Going to the Sun Road/Logan Pass in Glacier last year - we did it in June when they were still plowing snow but on weekeds bike (but not cars!) were allowed on the western side up to Logan Pass. It was in the 60s and not a cloud in the sky - just an amazing climb/ride.

I live in Maryland, have done sections of Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Once a year they shut down the northern part of Skyline Drive to cars but I've never been able to ride that day.
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None of them! :-(

However, I've done some challenging, iconic rides:

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I haven't done any thus far, but by this time next year, prayerfully I would have done two, Blue Ridge Parkway in June and Great Ocean Road in January '19. Since these are already planned family trips with my wife (she doesn't cycle) I'll probably only do about 30 or so miles on each route since I would only be able to slip away for a couple of hours without upsetting the "vacation" apple cart. But at least I'll be able to say I've done it, right?
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Friend of mine rode Alpe d'Huez as part of a TdF spectator tour and gave me a live shoutout on international TV

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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
I’ve been fortunate to have ridden some of these. Plans are to do Glacier in July.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby and I was fortunate to have ridden the entire length of it including Skyline Dr a couple years ago.

I’ve ridden Vail a few times. I’m not a big fan of paths, especially on descents.

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Right in my backyard & been thinking of this. Did you do N-S or S-N? Ride it through or do it in sections over time?
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None of them! :-(

However, I've done some challenging, iconic rides:

- Haleakala Crater, Maui, Hawaii, three years ago (sea level to 10,000 feet in one go).



Above: The top of the mountain (Haleakala Crater isn't actually a crater) is about 9,000 feet higher from where I made this photo, hiding behind clouds. It's a beautiful ride from start to finish.

- Three roads lead up to the Mt. Whitney Portal, Onion Valley and Tioga Pass from the floor of the high desert into the upper regions of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. I've pedaled up Tioga Pass several times and pedaled up the other two in 2016.



Above: the start of the ride up to Onion Valley, my brother leading the way.

- Stelvio Pass, Italy. The top is 16 miles with an average 8% gain in elevation and almost 6,000 feet of climbing, with 48 hairpin turns, most of them above tree line. The second highest paved road in Europe summits next to a glacier at a ski resort that's only open during the summer. I made the ride about four and a half years ago.



Above: This is one of the last hairpins. My brother was again my model.

- Fargo Street, Los Angeles. Just a 10th of a mile but with a 33% grade. The views from the top out over much of the city are almost worth the effort. I've made this ride countless times, at least once almost every year since 1978. I'm also the former record holder for most times up in one day on the annual Fargo Street Hill Climb.



Above: It's a steep climb up Fargo Street.

- Mulholland Highway from Leo Carrillo State Park, at the Pacific Ocean, to the Rock Store, a favorite destination for cyclists and motorcyclists alike. The ride travels over almost 16 twisting, up, up and up and miles, with a great few downhills. Much of the way highway leads through ruggedly beautiful state parklands. And there are beautiful views over the Santa Monica Mountains, the city of Los Angeles and beyond. I made this ride last year.



Above: Mulholland Highway, a few miles east of its starting point, leads past some spectacular scenery. Bony Ridge is in the background.

- Bonus ride: The Hollywood Sign, in Los Angeles. It's not a long ride from where cars have to stop and bikes - and pedestrians - can continue up to the top of the sign, where there are mind-blowing views of the city and surrounding geography. It become a very steep ride, though. I've made the ascent many times over many years.



Above: That's me, with the city of Burbank far below me, with several hundred yards to climb to reach the end of the ride.
That's awesome. My wife lived in Hollywood for awhile. This is when I was a runner so I logged some miles on the fire trail between Deronda and the Observatory. On the way back I would make a detour up to the sign. I had always had the NorCal bias against LA, but actually spending time down there made me a (grudging) fan.
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I've done Alp d'Huez and Going to the sun.
Places I'd add to the list:
Mt. Ventoux
Icefields Parkway
Highwood Pass
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I've done Alp d'Huez and Going to the sun.
Places I'd add to the list:
Mt. Ventoux
Icefields Parkway
Highwood Pass

That looks awesome! Where is it, and is that you?
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None of them! :-(

However, I've done some challenging, iconic rides:

- Haleakala Crater, Maui, Hawaii, three years ago (sea level to 10,000 feet in one go).



Above: The top of the mountain (Haleakala Crater isn't actually a crater) is about 9,000 feet higher from where I made this photo, hiding behind clouds. It's a beautiful ride from start to finish.

- Three roads lead up to the Mt. Whitney Portal, Onion Valley and Tioga Pass from the floor of the high desert into the upper regions of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. I've pedaled up Tioga Pass several times and pedaled up the other two in 2016.



Above: the start of the ride up to Onion Valley, my brother leading the way.

- Stelvio Pass, Italy. The top is 16 miles with an average 8% gain in elevation and almost 6,000 feet of climbing, with 48 hairpin turns, most of them above tree line. The second highest paved road in Europe summits next to a glacier at a ski resort that's only open during the summer. I made the ride about four and a half years ago.



Above: This is one of the last hairpins. My brother was again my model.

- Fargo Street, Los Angeles. Just a 10th of a mile but with a 33% grade. The views from the top out over much of the city are almost worth the effort. I've made this ride countless times, at least once almost every year since 1978. I'm also the former record holder for most times up in one day on the annual Fargo Street Hill Climb.



Above: It's a steep climb up Fargo Street.

- Mulholland Highway from Leo Carrillo State Park, at the Pacific Ocean, to the Rock Store, a favorite destination for cyclists and motorcyclists alike. The ride travels over almost 16 twisting, up, up and up and miles, with a great few downhills. Much of the way highway leads through ruggedly beautiful state parklands. And there are beautiful views over the Santa Monica Mountains, the city of Los Angeles and beyond. I made this ride last year.



Above: Mulholland Highway, a few miles east of its starting point, leads past some spectacular scenery. Bony Ridge is in the background.

- Bonus ride: The Hollywood Sign, in Los Angeles. It's not a long ride from where cars have to stop and bikes - and pedestrians - can continue up to the top of the sign, where there are mind-blowing views of the city and surrounding geography. It become a very steep ride, though. I've made the ascent many times over many years.



Above: That's me, with the city of Burbank far below me, with several hundred yards to climb to reach the end of the ride.
With cycling being a passion of mine for only the last 4 or 5 years, nature photography has been one for the last 30 years. I appreciate good shots, and these are pretty good. Especially fond of #2, 4 and 6.

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I haven't done any thus far, but by this time next year, prayerfully I would have done two, Blue Ridge Parkway in June and Great Ocean Road in January '19. Since these are already planned family trips with my wife (she doesn't cycle) I'll probably only do about 30 or so miles on each route since I would only be able to slip away for a couple of hours without upsetting the "vacation" apple cart. But at least I'll be able to say I've done it, right?
Here's my favorite Blue Ridge Parkway ride. 62 miles and 7000 feet. It includes the highest point on the Parkway, Richland Balsam at elevation 6050 feet. It mostly runs along the crests of the mountains, so there's alternating great views on either side, and lots of overlooks to make brief stops. At the turnaround, get water refills and carryout lunch at the Pisgah Inn, or snacks at the camping store. The restaurant also has a good, inexpensive breakfast, and the dining room has view way across the valley below.

Pinnacle Ridge to Pisgah Inn route

Zoom in and check out the terrain!
Sept 2009 photo album.

The ridewithgps route doesn't know about the tunnels, so it shows the route going over the tunnel ridges with short, steep climbs. See mile 17 and mile 29 tunnels. The max grade is mostly under 8%, often 6% or less, perhaps with a few short sections that reach 9% or so. Downhills rarely need braking, with wide, sweeping turns.

Or start at Richland Balsam for a 45 mile, 5200 foot ride, or one of the many overlooks near the beginning of the ride. But you miss the final downhill at the end.


Still too much? Start at the Pisgah Inn and ride to the Caney Fork overlook. Out and back is 39 miles, 4300 feet, and a big downhill on the return. (no water is available, bring two bottles.)
Pisgah Inn to Caney Fork overlook

Your non-rider wife can spend the day in Asheville, there's lots to do there.

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Right in my backyard & been thinking of this. Did you do N-S or S-N? Ride it through or do it in sections over time?
(Sorry, not trying to hijack this thread)
We went North to South in May 2015. Perfect weather every day and minimal traffic except around Asheville. Great views since leaves were off the trees. We started on a Sunday and finished the next Saturday. We did all of Skyline Dr the first day which was 115 miles and over 10,000í of climbing. All total it was almost 600 miles and 60,000í of climbing. My wife sagged for us so we didnít have to worry about fluids....except when she went hiking one day and was really late to our meeting spot! You should do it.
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That looks awesome! Where is it, and is that you?
Yeah, that's me coming off the Highwood pass a couple of years ago. From my house, it's a double century. Light traffic, smooth pavement and good shoulders.
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M-32 in Northern Lower Michigan. We have our own flavor of iconic.
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M-32 in Northern Lower Michigan. We have our own flavor of iconic.
Great Lake riding is great near the shore or inland. I vividly remember roads like that near Rochester New York. Rollers have their own rhythm.

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We went North to South in May 2015. Perfect weather every day and minimal traffic except around Asheville. Great views since leaves were off the trees. We started on a Sunday and finished the next Saturday. We did all of Skyline Dr the first day which was 115 miles and over 10,000í of climbing. All total it was almost 600 miles and 60,000í of climbing. My wife sagged for us so we didnít have to worry about fluids....except when she went hiking one day and was really late to our meeting spot! You should do it.
Planning on an Outer Banks Loop in April. Probably my only trip this Spring. Maybe the BRP would be a good target for early next Spring.
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Pacific Coast Highway "Surf Route 101" numerous times, from Oceanside to downtown San Diego

When I lived in west Los Angeles, I regularly did Mulholland Dr., also PCH south as far as Huntington Beach, north as far as Pt. Mugu.

My favorite epic climb, no longer legal since it is now a one-way downhill street, was Tuna Canyon in Malibu. I am glad I got in 8 ascents before I moved out of the area and they regrettably closed it to all uphill traffic. Megabummer!
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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
Here's my favorite Blue Ridge Parkway ride. 62 miles and 7000 feet. It includes the highest point on the Parkway, Richland Balsam at elevation 6050 feet. It mostly runs along the crests of the mountains, so there's alternating great views on either side, and lots of overlooks to make brief stops. At the turnaround, get water refills and carryout lunch at the Pisgah Inn, or snacks at the camping store. The restaurant also has a good, inexpensive breakfast, and the dining room has view way across the valley below.

Pinnacle Ridge to Pisgah Inn route

Zoom in and check out the terrain!
Sept 2009 photo album.

The ridewithgps route doesn't know about the tunnels, so it shows the route going over the tunnel ridges with short, steep climbs. See mile 17 and mile 29 tunnels. The max grade is mostly under 8%, often 6% or less, perhaps with a few short sections that reach 9% or so. Downhills rarely need braking, with wide, sweeping turns.

Or start at Richland Balsam for a 45 mile, 5200 foot ride, or one of the many overlooks near the beginning of the ride. But you miss the final downhill at the end.


Still too much? Start at the Pisgah Inn and ride to the Caney Fork overlook. Out and back is 39 miles, 4300 feet, and a big downhill on the return. (no water is available, bring two bottles.)
Pisgah Inn to Caney Fork overlook

Your non-rider wife can spend the day in Asheville, there's lots to do there.
Thanks!! I will definitely use one of your suggestions when we visit this summer!!!
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I've climbed the west slope of Going to the Sun four times, descended it three times and descended the east slope once. Last time up and back down the west side was last June.
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