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Old 06-14-20, 03:04 PM
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If I could, I'd do a restaurant, bar, and architectural tour of Chicago. I was out in Chicago when Mrs. NoWhammies ran the Chicago Marathon. We had a couple of days on either end and the food/sights were spectacular. We really didn't spend enough time in the city. I'd LOVE to go back and explore some of the seedier parts of Chicago. The bars, the live music, the odd places to eat, etc. There's a show here on TV that highlights some of better known places to eat. I/we did our best to hit a couple of them up, but due to time and dietary constraints (again, we were there for a marathon) we didn't hit as many of the places I'd have liked. Chicago definitely gets my vote.
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How about taking Amtrack to California and then traveling the Pacific Coast Highway?

I had a roommate that would take off on solo trips with little planning. She loved it, and was spontaneous enough to both handle and embrace the unknown. Going somewhere off season should make that kind if trip easier.
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If I could, I'd do a restaurant, bar, and architectural tour of Chicago. I was out in Chicago when Mrs. NoWhammies ran the Chicago Marathon. We had a couple of days on either end and the food/sights were spectacular. We really didn't spend enough time in the city. I'd LOVE to go back and explore some of the seedier parts of Chicago. The bars, the live music, the odd places to eat, etc. There's a show here on TV that highlights some of better known places to eat. I/we did our best to hit a couple of them up, but due to time and dietary constraints (again, we were there for a marathon) we didn't hit as many of the places I'd have liked. Chicago definitely gets my vote.
Exploring the speedier parts of Chicago in January reminds me of the saying about not wishing too hard for something because you might get it. I can't think if a time I've ever heard of someone coming to Chicago in the winter to see the sights, they always come to see me.
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Exploring the speedier parts of Chicago in January reminds me of the saying about not wishing too hard for something because you might get it. I can't think if a time I've ever heard of someone coming to Chicago in the winter to see the sights, they always come to see me.
Must be crazy...
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Old 06-14-20, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
If I could, I'd do a restaurant, bar, and architectural tour of Chicago. I was out in Chicago when Mrs. NoWhammies ran the Chicago Marathon. We had a couple of days on either end and the food/sights were spectacular. We really didn't spend enough time in the city. I'd LOVE to go back and explore some of the seedier parts of Chicago. The bars, the live music, the odd places to eat, etc. There's a show here on TV that highlights some of better known places to eat. I/we did our best to hit a couple of them up, but due to time and dietary constraints (again, we were there for a marathon) we didn't hit as many of the places I'd have liked. Chicago definitely gets my vote.
I'm from just outside of Chicago, haha. It actually can be a really beautiful town around the holidays. If they're open, I'll probably go down there for some shopping and museum visiting with my time off. Of course a world-class meal as well.
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Old 06-14-20, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
How about taking Amtrack to California and then traveling the Pacific Coast Highway?

I had a roommate that would take off on solo trips with little planning. She loved it, and was spontaneous enough to both handle and embrace the unknown. Going somewhere off season should make that kind if trip easier.
3 days on a train through middle America sounds brutal to me. I've gone half that distance; not my cup of tea. But, traveling the Pacific Coast was definitely on my short list. It wouldn't be too far a jaunt from Reno or Sacramento, and I do have a good friend who has a brother in San Francisco that she rarely gets to see.
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Old 06-14-20, 09:18 PM
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Old 06-14-20, 09:36 PM
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Big Bend NP may be the place in December. Don’t be surprised if the desert floor hits 90 degrees but more than likely you would have nice temperatures. Road biking the paved parked roads are awesome and will challenge you’re climbing skills since these are real mountains. Yes Texas ain’t all flat. The Jeep roads are great for the MTB and you will need a MTB. Just outside the park is Lajitas that has miles of great single track MTB trails. Big Bend Ranch State Park right next door has miles of MTB trails. The area has endless gravel roads if gravel grinding is you’re thing. Terlingua right outside the west entrance has bars, restaurants, camping and lodging. Just remember this is remote so stock up on groceries and supplies before you get there if you decide to. Just google the area there are plenty of sites that explain the biking opportunities. Here is the one and only bike shop but they are very competent they offer bike rentals and supported tours and rides stuff like that.
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Old 06-15-20, 02:24 AM
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in december in the continental us...thinking some combo of death valley np and mojave national preserve and las vegas area or
the big sur/paso robles/santa barbara central coast california area or
the tucson east to bisbee or
tucson north to phoenix, prescott, jerome and sedona.
i'm a weather wimp tho and cycling entire weeks in temps < 60 degrees f doesn't appeal.

the above mentioned big bend np area in tx (and maybe even squeeze in the hill country) could work too.

tough to predict but i've ridden at 8,000 feet in december in socal more than a few times in 55+ degree temps (and in the upper 70's/low 80's along the coast).
stay lucky, flexible and catch the right week or two and you could have your pick between ca, az, ut, nv, or, nm, tx for easy living.

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Death valley is definitely on the list if I start out in Reno or Sacremento and head south/east. Or I might fly to see friends in Dallas, then fly into Santa Fe or Albuquerque and make my way Westward. Big bend is a bit out of the way, but I appreciate the information very much. God I would love to do some proper mountain biking.
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Old 06-16-20, 04:52 PM
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I'd recommend Yosemite, it's certainly 'breathtaking'. In December it should be easier to get a reservation at 'the Lodge' in the valley for a night or two. It'll be cold (30's 40's?) but nothing compared to Chi-town
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I'd recommend Yosemite, it's certainly 'breathtaking'. In December it should be easier to get a reservation at 'the Lodge' in the valley for a night or two. It'll be cold (30's 40's?) but nothing compared to Chi-town
Definitely planning on Yosemite. After Monument Valley I will plan to head to Window Rock, maybe Zion after Grand Canyon, then Albuquerque to fly to friends in Dallas. Might as well save another 15 hours of driving. At this point I just need to figure out how much time I'll want to spend at each stop so I can book accordingly.

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Yeah, I've heard really great things about all the NP in Utah, it's really shame as a SW near-native I've never been. I've never even seen the Grand Canyon! And I bet Dec is better than Jul in terms of both temp and crowds
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I'd recommend Yosemite, it's certainly 'breathtaking'. In December it should be easier to get a reservation at 'the Lodge' in the valley for a night or two. It'll be cold (30's 40's?) but nothing compared to Chi-town
Probably 20s? I rang in the New Year in Yosemite Valley once with an ex girlfriend. Snow and ice everywhere.
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Probably 20s? I rang in the New Year in Yosemite Valley once with an ex girlfriend. Snow and ice everywhere.
No wonder she left you.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Probably 20s? I rang in the New Year in Yosemite Valley once with an ex girlfriend. Snow and ice everywhere.
We rang in the new century, camping deep into Baja, along the Pacific coast... waiting for the distant glow of failed Y2K'd power plants, while listening to shortwave radio broadcasts from Australia, and drinking champagne. She's still with me.
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Probably 20s? I rang in the New Year in Yosemite Valley once with an ex girlfriend. Snow and ice everywhere.
One year after Christmas we took a family (plus in-laws) trip to Yosemite, stayed at the Lodge for a few days, the plan was to ski at Badger Pass. Turns out that was a historically bad year for snow (not sure if the issue was temp or precip), but due to being in a NP they could not manufacture snow. So we left Yosemite a couple days early and skied in Big Bear on the way home to San Diego
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Before you go to Yosemite, watch some climbing movies. I recommend Dawn Wall and Free Solo. I'm not sure, but I bet all times of year you can go stand in the meadow and spot climbers up on El Cap. Bring binoculars!
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...I used to live in Merced, so we went to Yosemite in the winter a lot. Most people don't know about the great outdoor skating rink they set up every year, not too far from the lodge. Unfortunately, the rental skates are terrible, and they never sharpen them. Badger pass was always a little iffy for downhill, because it's such an old resort area. Picture beginner hills everywhere. That's Badger pass. I think the last time I was there they still had a rope tow.

The best ski trip by far in Yosemite is the cross country run up to Glacier Point, along the closed road. Nice views and they usually groom it with a snowmobile. But I was very fond of the ice skating rink, and we would drive in from Merced for the day just to do that.
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personally, I have given up on skiing, I feel I've given it the old college try (and snowboarding), and just couldn't make it work. And cross-country sounds like a nightmare. Almost as bad as running. Cross-country fatbiking, I'd be all over that. I wonder what it would be like for people to cross-country ski, and fatbike, together? Would two people of comparable fitness go about the same speed on skis & fat tires?
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You can go pretty fast on XC skis. I can ski a hilly 10k (hilly meaning ski up and down) faster than I can run a flat one on pavement.

I've done fat biking in the snow. If it's deep, you need groomed trail. As soon as you leave the compacted area the bike sinks a foot or two into the snow and takes everything you've got to move a few feet. Slow going partly just from riding in snow (like sand) and partly from having to stay on the grooming which isn't always obvious enough to see the boundaries of at speed. I need groomed trails to get the most out of my favorite skis too, but I have backcountry ones that work more or less anywhere.

Plus skiing is so much more fun.
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sez you! I took a day of snowboarding lessons and spent the day on my ass, struggling to bend my fat gut enough to unclip so I could stand up again, and that was the end. Attempted skiing before that was no better.
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I do love skiing, but haven't been in nearly 20 years. I got fat in my teens and was constantly spraining ankles. Hopefully not a problem anymore now that I'm a normal weight.

I was telling the lady friend yesterday, I might have to invest in an emergency GPS beacon for some of the places I'll be going.
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