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Old 08-06-15, 08:11 AM
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Week long bike tour + camping - Ideas!?

Hello Everyone,

I'm planning on a week long bike tour with some friends. We will rent a support van and crew for each other and rotate who drives each day.

We want to camp in really great areas, bike between 30-60 miles a day with good elevation but not too much since we will have some people who are athletic but not regular bikers.

Does anyone have any good ideas of where to go? We will start in California but happy to (prefer to) drive 3-4 hours to start somewhere less crowded. Our trip is planned for early November...

Any ideas? A mix of coast line and farm land would be ideal with little traffic...

Thanks so much for your advice and tips - looking forward to finding a great route!
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Make sure you swing by the redwoods . Ave of the giants is a spectacular ride.
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Where in California are you starting out? If in NorCal, consider riding the road version of the Sierra Crest. I've done a loaded tour from the start of Hwy 89 a Mt. Shasta City to the end of 89 at eastern foot of Monitor Pass, down Hwy 395 to Lee Vining/Mono Lake, then on Hwy 120 over Tioga Pass and on into Yosemite Valley. Pretty much any of that ride would be great with the start/finish with reasonable reach. Among the highlights you could see: Mt. Shasta; MacArthur-Burney Falls; Lassen National Park; the Graeagle area; Lake Tahoe; Grover Hot Springs State Park, complete with - wait for it - hot springs (except for a week or two in September when it is cleaned & maintained); Monitor Pass; the Eastern Slope of the Sierras; Mono Lake; Tuolumne Meadows; and, of course, Yosemite Valley. Pretty much anywhere along the route will have scenery that ranges from good to awe-inspiring.

Mt. Lassen, Monitor Pass and Tioga Pass are BIG climbs, but everything else is quite manageable. Even those three are fine if you plan to take a major chunk of the day to do them.

Adventure Cycling has maps to cover this route, too.
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