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Old 11-14-11, 11:37 AM
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I'll take snow over rain anyday,everyday....If I knew for sure all of the road were going to be clear,I would do it,but it's not something I would do to have fun.

Mexico sounds better,temp wise anyways.
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Old 11-14-11, 01:57 PM
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Not to belabor this, since the OP has decided not to do the TA Route, but just out of interest...

Today on Monarch Pass (on the TA):



edit -- ok this is funny, i posted a link to the CO DOT web cam on monarch - apparently the picture location is always updated, so this picture is always current. So, it won't depict what I was seeing when I posted it - a snowpacked road - but should be a way to keep looking at the current conditions.

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Old 11-14-11, 03:44 PM
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Not sure what the Southern Routes are. But don't go through Denver and Oklahoma, that would seem out of the way anyway. Try to go thru the actual southern states, like Lousiana, Texas, Arizona. Following I 10 might be a good idea, but it still doesn't get you out of the snow. West Texas and Southern N Mex gets snow during this time of year.
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Old 11-14-11, 05:33 PM
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The Southern Tier is doable in the winter, but it will be cold... And yes, it can drop below zero F in New Mexico and Texas during the winter. And don't ever go off "average" temperatures, always go off the "record low" temps to be safe.
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Old 11-15-11, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
Not to belabor this, since the OP has decided not to do the TA Route, but just out of interest...

Today on Monarch Pass (on the TA):
At the risk of picking a nit, I don't remember Monarch Pass on the TransAm. There were Currant Creek, Hoosier, and Willow Creek in Colorado, IIRC. Are you sure this isn't on the Western Express or some other route?
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Old 11-15-11, 04:52 PM
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Oh oops you are totally right. I assumed it went through there - since it goes to Canon CIty on Hwy 50, but I am wrong.

sorry!
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Old 11-15-11, 10:20 PM
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Well thank you all for your advice, I think I may just fly to Sacramento and start heading south from there. However, I thought I migth throw in that I am no stranger to cold weather touring. Here are some pictures of my recent tour in Tibet. Beijing to New Delhi via Tibet and Nepal actually. These pictures are from May. Read more here:http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...=Pf#pic_922014
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Old 11-16-11, 02:14 AM
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There were a couple of germans who cycled across Canada in Winter a few years back. The thing is that if the main motivation is the cheap air flight to the start, that doesn't seem strong enough for being 6 months out of phase with the season, and probably have higher clothing, hotel, and food budgets.
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Old 11-16-11, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
Well thank you all for your advice, I think I may just fly to Sacramento and start heading south from there. However, I thought I migth throw in that I am no stranger to cold weather touring. Here are some pictures of my recent tour in Tibet. Beijing to New Delhi via Tibet and Nepal actually. These pictures are from May. Read more here:http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...=Pf#pic_922014
looks to me like, that with your experience it should be a piece of cake. if you get out to the coast asap you'll have better weather, i think. adventure cycling has a nice route and maps. you might consider investing in their maps for sac to san diego and then to florida from there. have a good time.
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Old 11-16-11, 07:31 AM
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Monsieur Z -

I see that you have experience is extreme conditions, now. However, based upon your initial posting - there is no way a reader is able to know this. This is one of the main reasons I choose to post less often - because people asking for information fail to offer pertinent information that is important to the discussion. Based on your initial post - it appeared to the casual reader to be a request from someone who had done no homework on conditions.

Furthermore, it should not be the responsibility of the reader to find out all about you - rather you should offer the reader these points quickly and effectively. Despite your experience, I should remind you that Dec/Jan in eastern Nevada is not the same as May in western China. You state in your diary that it is "freezing cold" - but I suspect that these temperatures were May temps in Tibet. In midwinter in the remote West, you can easily have temperatures of 30 to 40 below with 50 mph plus winds - - deadly blizzard conditions.

There are only small stretches of the Southern Tier where you might experience extreme winter conditions - and these can be mostly bypassed in New Mexico. In West Texas, it would require no more than a day waiting. Regardless of which route you are considering - the amount of daylight in Dec/Jan will be considerably shorter than the amount of daylight in May - anywhere in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere.
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Old 11-17-11, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by jamawani View Post
Monsieur Z -

I see that you have experience is extreme conditions, now. However, based upon your initial posting - there is no way a reader is able to know this. This is one of the main reasons I choose to post less often - because people asking for information fail to offer pertinent information that is important to the discussion. Based on your initial post - it appeared to the casual reader to be a request from someone who had done no homework on conditions.

Furthermore, it should not be the responsibility of the reader to find out all about you - rather you should offer the reader these points quickly and effectively. Despite your experience, I should remind you that Dec/Jan in eastern Nevada is not the same as May in western China. You state in your diary that it is "freezing cold" - but I suspect that these temperatures were May temps in Tibet. In midwinter in the remote West, you can easily have temperatures of 30 to 40 below with 50 mph plus winds - - deadly blizzard conditions.

There are only small stretches of the Southern Tier where you might experience extreme winter conditions - and these can be mostly bypassed in New Mexico. In West Texas, it would require no more than a day waiting. Regardless of which route you are considering - the amount of daylight in Dec/Jan will be considerably shorter than the amount of daylight in May - anywhere in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere.
Simmer down.

I didnt include the information about my experiences with cold weather because I am not interested in experiencing them again. Experience is not the same as desire. I tossed the pictures of Tibet up just for fun. I have already stated that, having read the advice on this thread, I will not be attempting the trans am. Mexico sounds far nicer in December. Mexico or India. I can't decide! Thanks for reading the journal by the way! No need for you to post less often because of the likes of me.
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