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Old 04-28-2014, 07:11 AM   #21
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Riding through the deserts in southern west TX, NM, and AZ are nothing like you're expecting. The wind doesn't help; if you open the visor on your helmet, it actually feels hotter - sort of like you're in a convection oven.
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I'd be careful relying on your phone for GPS if you don't have all the maps downloaded already. I found I had pretty spotty cell service Once I got into W. Texas and on and NOT in a city. I-10 through West Tx sucks, but even at the worst part I was getting 20 mpg and was ok on a 5 gallon tank. Don't know if that was due to bad gas or combination of 80+ mph speeds and a head wind through hills, but either way it was kind of shocking after normally averaging 42 mpg.

If you're wanting to hit Grand Canyon, you will probably want to schedule a full day to check it out. I did a similar trip to what you're talking about in '12, went out on I-40 (what's left of Rt. 66), hit Four Corners, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Vegas (3 or 4 nights), Death Valley, Cadillac Ranch, etc. all in about 12 days. With your schedule it's definitely possible, but might not be enough time for sight-seeing.

But like they've said before, make sure you're drinking tons of water (and gatorade or similar, you will sweat a LOT) and use some kind of hearing protection, either sound isolating buds or ear plugs.
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Ok awesome thanks. The heat down here in south Texas is getting that way so I hope I can handle that on a motorcycle with some wind. Thanks for the tip!
Are you used to riding in Houston during the hotter months? If so, you'll likely be fine. As the air gets drier your sweat will actually cool you more effectively, but that's exactly why you need LOTS of water. I think my camelback is around 1.5L and I was filling it up with a 1L gatorade and water (about 2:1 ratio) at EVERY gas stop. Amazingly, even after about 6-8 hours on the bike (around 6 liters of fluid) I might have needed to pee once. Wet bandanas under your helmet will also be good to help keep you cooled off. Just re-soak it in the bathroom sink whenever you stop for gas.
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been there done that, long boring ride, hi the northern route thru Vegas
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Texas to California Motorcycle Trip

I did this ride like this, and then some several years ago. I recommend 3 days out and 3 days back - if everything goes well. We went straight out I-10 all the way to Malibu. Then went up the PCH on #1 through San Francisco, and to Napa Valley. Returned on a more northern route.

I am attaching an Excel sheet that has a bunch of data, etc. It includes a checklist of things to take; weather information for the first of May; mileage between towns; availability of gas stations; etc. Hope it helps.

I rode a Kawasaki 1982 KZ650 on this trip with 6 other bikes. 4,400 miles in 9 days. Extremely ambitious. It was a wonderful experience, but you really need to be prepared in order to have a successful trip like this. PM me if I can help.
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I did it by myself, not to bright, lol

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Well I'm use to 100+ degree weather down here in three rivers tx while wearing full fire resistant clothing so I think I'll be able to handle it. The hottest I've ever rode in was going towards college station and it was 106 on blacktop and I felt like I was on fire. The faster I went the hotter it got haha and yeah west Texas blows. I was I'm Denver city twice and it was miserable. It was so close to New Mexico I found a cheaper hotel and crossed the state line ever day!

But thanks for the excel sheet! Didn't know I would get this much advice! Will put it all to good use!!!
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Well I'm use to 100+ degree weather down here in three rivers tx while wearing full fire resistant clothing so I think I'll be able to handle it. The hottest I've ever rode in was going towards college station and it was 106 on blacktop and I felt like I was on fire. The faster I went the hotter it got haha and yeah west Texas blows. I was I'm Denver city twice and it was miserable. It was so close to New Mexico I found a cheaper hotel and crossed the state line ever day!

But thanks for the excel sheet! Didn't know I would get this much advice! Will put it all to good use!!!
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L.A sucks. too many douches when I was there, haha jk. , you really have to do this? I've traveled from houston to many cities in SoCal and imperial valley areas 5 times roundtrip. yes 5 TIMES!! it sucked so much and I was in a car, a bike would be worse.....

enjoy the view man. the view starts after you've passed new mex. beautiful mountains. someone here said the heat is like oven blah blah. that "oven-blow dryer" heat starts mid july-august and it literally feels like that cos that area is windy and dusty, so yeah blow dryer blowing hot sand at times lol.

try other possible routes other than I-10. it's like 250 miles straight, 1 mile curve, then another 300mile straight. sucks!!!

you would want some custom made silicone earplugs for this, and extra custom noise cancelling earphones for your playlist. send me a PM and i'll hook you up for free. trust me you'll need MUSIC.

use sarcasm and have fun with the silly border patrol questions. it's more exciting if you're white. I got back from there like last summer.
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haha i look too mexican to be cracking jokes with the border patrol clowns! they would definitely take me in for questioning!
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Its a lot of fun in a car. BUT ITS GOING TO BE A ON A BIKE. Good luck sir
If you take i-10 west all the way its a 24hr nonstop (give and take). But if you take i45 North then i35 North then i40 west it will take you about 33+hr (give and take). I have taken both routs in a car and the i-10 rout is not fun at all. (Google it)

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I've ridden long trips before (nothing like this) and every time I start imagining "I dream of genie" where I can blink and open my eyes and I'm already there. Fack good luck. I'd probably do it but maybe with others and perhaps on a goldwing
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Padded cycling shorts and under armor shirts/socks. As mentioned, the backpack will def become a pain after a bit. I'd also recommend an upgraded seat. gL that's a long long ride
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Sounds like fun, I'm gonna make the trip soon myself.

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sweet well i have cycling shorts for mountain biking and they are heavily padded so I'm sure ill wear those too. cycle gear has those summer under armor type clothing. does anyone know if they are worth buying? i have the breathable textile joe rocket jacket so hopefully i won't feel like I'm going to as mentioned before? and should i get one of those saddle men duffle bags? looks like it would fit all i need
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Wear as light as possible, and yes a UA type shirt would help,.
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