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A Grand Ride of the American Southwest


A Journey to Arizona and Back from San Francisco

4,004 miles (6,444 km) over 134 days from April 27, 2012 to September 7, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Custom bikes, Expedition touring bikes, 3-6 months, Grand Canyon Connector, Pacific Coast, Southern Tier, Western Express, North to South, West to East
Locales: North America, United States, California, Arizona, Coconino, Grand Canyon National Park, Utah, Nevada
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/GrandSouthwest

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Bill Weir - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2012
Last update: Friday December 7, 2012 09:07 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 7 Dec 2012 09:12 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Route & Maps, Equipment, and Conclusion

Southern California Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

Arizona Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

Utah Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

Nevada Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

Northern California Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

The Ride Begins--San Francisco to Monterey

A Day Cycling Around Monterey

Rugged Big Sur Country--Where Mountains Meet the Sea

Down Santa Barbara Way

Los Angeles Dreaming

On to Oceanside, then into the Hills of Northern San Diego County

Climbing to Julian, then Down to Sandy Deserts and the Colorado River

Rolling Across the Deserts of Western Arizona, then Climbing to the Pines

Over Mingus Mountain, Into the Sedona Red Rock Country, and Up to Flagstaff

Time Out for Hiking Around Sedona

Time Out for Hiking Around Flagstaff

Volcanoes & Prehistoric Villages--Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki Natl. Monuments

A Tough Climb to the Grand Canyon's South Rim

A Spectacular Ride Along Hermit Road And Hike to Dripping Springs

Solstice at the Grand Canyon, then Warbirds on the Way Back to Flagstaff

History, Hiking, and Hopi Dancing In and Around Flagstaff

Long Lonely Miles to the Grand Canyon's Lofty North Rim

Two Tough Rides Atop the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Hiking Down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs

North to Utah and a Bumpy Ride Along the Cockscomb to Escalante

Crossing Rugged Canyon Country and the Burr Trail East of Escalante

Over and Through Capitol Reef, then Up Boulder Mountain and Back to Escalante

West Over the Lofty Paunsaugunt and Markagunt Plateaus to Cedar City

Rolling Over Utah's Basin and Range Country

Climbing Into the Alpine World of Nevada's Wheeler Peak

Rolling Across Nevada's Basin & Range to Fallon

City Life and Sights in Western Nevada

Over the Stormy Sierra Nevada to the Bicycle Capital of the U.S.A.

Into the Sunny Valleys of Sonoma County's Wine Country

Rugged Mountain & Coastal Riding in Mendocino County, with a Monastery Visit

Weaving Along the Coasts of Sonoma and Marin, then East to the Bay

A Spin Around Angel Island Ride in the San Francisco Bay

Panorama of San Francisco Bay from Summit of Angel Island

Across the Golden Gate to Journey's End


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