20XX: USA


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20XX: USA

Highway/Route 50


Highway / Route 50

As pointed out I follow mostly highway 50 from east to central USA with little detouring in order to avoid main cities, I plan to detour from Hwy 50 mainly at La Junta CO, riding to Walsenburg and La Veta Pass and so forth. Whereas 50 goes via Pueblo, Salisa, Montrose, Grand Junction, crossing Utah Hwy 50 and I-70 are the same, until Salina, then traversing the desert near Great Basin National Park, and reaching Nevada, Ely, near Reno South Lake Tahoe, whereas following passes in between:

  • Connors Pass 7722 ft
  • Robinson Summit 7588 ft
  • Little Antelope Summit 7438 ft
  • Pancake Summit 6521 ft
  • Hickison Summit 6594 ft
  • New Pass Summit 6340 ft

then reaching California, with Luther Pass 7735 ft reaching Sacramento then, which ends Hwy 50.

It would be interesting to ride solely Hwy 50 with the bicycle, yet, I prefere to detour to Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon. More background information at Wikipedia: Route 50

Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) TransAmerica Route

AdventureCycling.org has detailed maps as well, their route goes like this

Detail Maps: (west) 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 (east)

Thinking of east to west, it starts in Yorktown, going close by Richmond, Minerva, Charlottesville, Christiansburg, which is which more south than my route. At Damascus it up noth east, Berea, Springfield, Dixon, Murphysborough, south of St. Louis, near Chester & Ozora, Ellington, Houston, Walnut Grove, Girard, Eureka, Newton, Alexander, and then following the same route as I have determined, to Eads, but then reaching Pueblo and not Walsenburg. Then going north west, Canon City, Fairplay, Waldon, Saratoga, Rawlins, then heading Yellowstone Nation Park, then further north, Missoula and then going south west again, Powell, Kooskia, Cambridge, Baker City, then straight to Eugene OR, and either Florence, or Rose Lodge up to Astoria.

Race Across America (RAAM)

Race Across America is ultra cycling event, non-stop cycling, their route in 2006 was, from west to east:

Oceanside, CA - Lake Henshaw, CA - Salton City, CA - Chiriaco Summit, CA - Blythe, CA - Hope, AZ - Congress, AZ - Prescott, AZ - Williams, AZ - Flagstaff, AZ - Tuba City, AZ - Kayenta, AZ - Mexican Hat, UT - Montezuma Crk, UT - Cortez, CO - Durango, CO - Pagosa Spgs, CO - South Fork, CO - Alamosa, CO - La Veta, CO - Trinidad, CO - Kim, CO - Springfield, CO - Ulysses, KS - Montezuma, KS - Mullinville, KS - Pratt, KS - Mount Vernon, KS - El Dorado, KS - Yates Center, KS - Fort Scott, KS - Collins, MO - Camdenton, MO - Jefferson City, MO - Marthasville, MO - Mississippi River, MO - Greenville, IL - Effingham, IL - Marshall, IL - Putnamville, IN - Indianapolis, IN - Cambridge City, IN - Troy, OH - London, OH - Circleville, OH - Athens, OH - Parkersburg, WV - Smithburg, WV - Grafton, WV - Gormania, WV - La Vale, MD - Hancock, MD - Rouzerville, PA - Hanover, PA - Georgetown, PA - Del Mem Bridge, NJ - McKee City, NJ - Atlantic City, NJ

Total 3043 miles or 4897 km, ridden in 8-12 days - a real torture for the body.

Thinking of east to west, starting in NJ, using almost the same travers via Westchester, Hanover, Parkersburg, Springfield, Richmond, Indiapolis (avoiding main city), Effingham, passing St. Louis up north, Jefferson, El Dorado (south of Kansas City), Iuka, Trinidad, not via La Junta & Walsenburg, skipping La Veta Pass perhaps, nope, actually adding another pass of Cucharas with 9941 feet, but then nevertheless Alamosa, La Veta Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, Pagosa Springs, via Cortez (but avoiding four corner itself), Monument Valley, Kayenta, Tuba City, Flagstaff, then going south via Prescott (not I40), getting to the ocean north of San Diego, Oceanside.

Links

Personal Dairies

or google for "across USA bicycle".

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