|01-04-2010, 08:27 PM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: Anchorage, AK
Daytona to San Francisco in March
I've bought a new F800GS in Daytona Beach and need to start the process of getting it back to Alaska. To that end I'm going to ride from Daytona to San Francisco during March. This is my general plan at the moment.
North to Great Smokey Mountains park and Deals Gap
Accross northern Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas to the Ozarks
Down through Texas to Big Bend National Park
North to Guadalupe and Carlsbad National Parks
West through southern New Mexico and Arizona
Through Joshua Tree National Park and then out to the coast and up Hwy 1 to the bay area.
I've got 17 (10th to 27th) days for the trip. So now for the questions.
Does that sound like a reasonable route for a March timeframe? Being in Alaska my only concern with temps is that I don't run into ice. I've got electrics and all for the cold although it would be nice not to run into days on end of it. From what I've seen of monthly weather averages it looks like I should be in fairly good shape on this front, but if anyone in the proposed areas could confirm for me that would be great.
Anything along that general route that is a "can't miss"? I'd really like to go through some of the parks along the Colorado River (Arches, Brice, Zion, Grand Canyon, etc) are any of these reasonable in March?
Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance for any input.
|01-05-2010, 11:14 AM||#2|
Just passing thru
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Moscow, Idaho
I've been north and south thru the western deserts in March. Really enervating. It puts a new twist on the desert when the mountains have a bit of snow on them.
I never encountered any road ice. I'm guessing the low humidity evaporated it.
It got cold from Ely, NV and north. Near freezing, much of the day. It snowed in Tucson as I went thru and I stayed there three days. I left straight north and hit Grand Canyon then to Zion and north.
It was a great trip. I hate riding in the rain and prefer dry and cold to wet and cold.
With a bit of luck you should be able to get to/near the border.
Check my sig for the Baja trip and one of my "cool" rides north.
Years ago I made it from Reno to San Fran in January. The road was clear and the sun was bright. A spectacular run over the Sierras.
The desert area runs all the way to Penticton in Canada. It can be cold, but central OR and WA are fairly dry. Thru there 395 would be my hwy of choice till I-90 in WA.
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|01-05-2010, 08:51 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
March = Pacific Coast rain and, although rare, light snow above 500 ft. Weird time of year.
You could have perfect weather and views or non-stop rain from the Desert to the Golden Gate. You might plug in some layover time with a couple location options.
|01-06-2010, 03:57 AM||#4|
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: almost Memphis
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