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8 weeks. America bike packing. April/May

Old 02-01-19, 07:00 AM
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8 weeks. America bike packing. April/May


We had thought to do the great divide this year starting at the beginning of April and finishing at the beginning of June. Is it possible at this time of year or will the risk of snow and blocked passes ruin the route? Are there alternatives to go around parts blocked by snow?

The alternatives were to cycle from San Francisco, through Yosemite, Utah and finish near Yellowstone.

Or mix mix and match part of the Arizona trail and the gray divide.

Any thoughts welcome. Preference would be to mostly be off road. Ok with some tough sections but not for the whole thing. Does snow just ruin the fun?

Bikes are not organised yet but tempted by the salsa woodsmoke.

Thanks charlie and Gioia
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The chances of you starting the GD in April are extremely slim and none. So many higher elevation parts in the north will likely be blocked by snow that you would end up on the road so much as to defeat the purpose of your trip. The route does not always lend itself to simply hopping off onto paved roads if you encounter snow blockages. To give you and idea of timing, the yearly race starts in Banff around the middle of June.

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They typically start clearing Tioga pass through Yosemite sometime in April but it takes months before the road is open. Carson Pass (Hwy 88) is the only one I know of in Northern CA that they keep open besides the heavily trafficked ones like 50 and interstate 80, neither of which I would ride a bike on. Even the major routes can close if it's snowing hard and that can easily happen in April.

If you go south down to hwy 155 you'd be pretty safe going over that pass but not sure where you go from there in terms of bike friendly routes.
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NPS website says usually late May for Tioga. You're thinking of starting the GDMBR in two months and you haven't settled on bikes?

See post #3 in this thread.
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