Here is the long promised Summer 2011 West USA Roadtrip outline. Ever since I realised that I would be ending a year in Canada with a car (probably), my long held pipe-dream of a classic USA roadtrip with my mountain-bike in the trunk (or on the back or on the roof - you get the idea) took many steps closer to reality. My visa here expires mid-May, so the plan is to leave sometime just before that & travel down from the Alberta-Montana border to San Diego (with much time spent in Utah & Colorado) trying to do as much riding as possible. As I'm also a bit of a sucker for famous sites & sights, plenty of National Parks & other such things will also be included - maybe even some hiking &, dare I say it climbing, could be in order too. After spending time with good friends again in San Diego it'll be up the west coast to British Columbia & then back across to Canmore to sell the car & leave for London again.
I've done a bit of research on the mtbr.com forums & other useful websites, but I'm keen to hear the ideas of others. Here is a loose plan (in vague chronological order & which I haven't really looked at for a while) of the places I intend to visit so far. I fully realise that by the time I get to ride in some places, it will be stinking hot - but that's just the way the visa timing works out; I think I'll be doing quite a lot of early morning riding. If anyone has any suggestions of great places to visit or ride that I might be able to work in to such a plan - please, please let me know. Perhaps more importantly, if riding in such places appeals & you're keen & possibly able to join me (for whatever part) - let me know, it'd be fantastic to share some sublime riding with friends.
Now I know why I was putting this off - there's still six months to go & just writing about it makes that seem so far away. If the taste of riding I had in the South West last year is anything to go by - it's going to be a ripper.
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