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Old 11-22-12, 12:11 AM
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Need recommendations for April 13 tour of So Cal

Hello fellow tourers! My husband and I are planning a tour in April 2013 for somewhere in So California. We only just moved back from Ireland to Nevada and we've never toured So Cal so are not sure what are good scenic routes (pref. low traffic) to tour. We're planning to take 2 weeks off work so have a full 14 days but will need transit days from Reno, etc. It's hard to judge since all our previous tours have been mountainous, but I guess we only average about 40-50 miles per day since I have the tendancy to stop frequently to take pictures. Does anyone here have any recommendations?
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Hello fellow tourers! My husband and I are planning a tour in April 2013 for somewhere in So California. We only just moved back from Ireland to Nevada and we've never toured So Cal so are not sure what are good scenic routes (pref. low traffic) to tour. We're planning to take 2 weeks off work so have a full 14 days but will need transit days from Reno, etc. It's hard to judge since all our previous tours have been mountainous, but I guess we only average about 40-50 miles per day since I have the tendancy to stop frequently to take pictures. Does anyone here have any recommendations?
Some possibilities: take the Eastern Sierra bus system down 395 to Lee Vining or Mammoth, and from there explore that rich and beautiful area. Mono Lake (there are some good videos at youtube.com). The ghost town of Bodie. Mammoth Mountain (can still rent skis in April). The many hot springs.

There is a brief, 54-second overview of the dramatic and unusual geology of this area if you enter 'Hot Creek Long Valley Caldera Mammoth' at youtube.com.

This second video gives some sense of what it is like just sitting peacefully in one of those hotspring pools out in the Long Valley Caldera (one of the largest in the world) surrounded by beautiful mountains: 'Hilltop Hot Spring 2010'

There are many other hotspring pools in the area. Shepherd's, Crabcooker, Little Hot Creek, and The Tub, among others.

It's worth knowing a bit about the area volcanoes, craters, obsidian domes, etc. But it's even better just being in it, and simply immersing oneself in the direct experiencing of it -- more like the second video's approach.

You could continue on south by public transport, and connect with Metrolink, in Palmdale or Lancaster. Metrolink is an excellent rail system for cyclists. Bikes are no problem. No boxes, no packing and unpacking, no extra charges, just wheel in and wheel out.

The schedules and maps on their web site will give an idea of where you can go from there. This is a great resource.

You could also explore the beautiful area around Wheeler Gorge-Ojai-Ventura-Santa Paula-Upper Ojai.

If you don't mind the ascent up Hwy 33 (low traffic) past Pine Mountain, it is beautiful.

There is a good bike path connecting Ventura and Ojai. You can camp on the beach at McGrath. There are other campsites in the area, including in the mountains above Ojai, and in Los Padres National Forest.

The ride from Oxnard to the outskirts of Malibu isn't bad. There is camping in Sycamore Canyon. The traffic really picks up near Malibu.

The ride south from there is basically urban for many miles, though you can often ride right along the beach, including some MUPs that are enjoyable if not ridden at more crowded times.

It starts to become less densely urban after Corona Del Mar.

Personally, I much prefer the area around Ventura for cycling.

You can also get out to the islands off the coast. There is camping on some of them, including Catalina.
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Honestly, just ride from San Francisco to LA along the coast, and camp a few nights in Big Sur and go hiking. So cal is nice, but man, the california coast is really, really hard to beat.
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Once you get out of Metro LA, eastward You are in the desert. It will be cold at night, because of clear skies

Might try the Mono , Owens Lake area in the eastern sierras, April will still be [if it gets, needed snowfall that winter]
not thawed by then in more than the lower foothills of the Mountains.
Death Valley is certainly not at High altitude, quite the Opposite.


or the 49er gold rush highway stuff, lower foothills west side,
between the Stanislaus and the American river valleys ..
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You might also consider riding from northern california to SF. Several of my riding buddies and I rode from the CA/OR boarder to SF over 9 days. It was an amazing trip. Follow the Adventure Cycling route for this route. Once you get to Santa Monica the coastal route really isn't that nice. Don't get me wrong one of my favorite long day rides takes me from Pasadena to Seal Beach then down to San Diego (135 miles) but if I was looking for quite, relaxing roads this route isn't exactly what comes to mind.
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Wow! Thanks guys. I think you've given me enough stuff for my next two years worth of vacations!
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