Why I like it
riding with the ocean on both sides of the road and UNDER it!
This is 100 miles of warm/hot tropical splendor. Ruined, of
course, by the cagers gawking from the roadway instead of pulling into
the turnoffs. A lot of traffic lights on the islands, but riding
the bridges, including Seven Mile Bridge, is great. Late
afternoon is cooler, but the "no-see-ums" (little biting bugs) will
eat you alive if you stop for a brief respite. Key West had many
great places to see but is really congested. Plenty of gas and
Bottom to Top of
|This is the highest paved road in North
America and an
amazing ride--one of the most difficult and technical I've ever done.
In about 14 miles the road climbs from 8,000' to over 14,000'.
It's a barely 2 lane road with no guardrails and sheer drops of 1,000'
or more. My friend Dewey and I rode it on a Saturday and that was a
mistake. Bicyclists hogging the road, timid cage drivers
obviously petrified and really steep and sharp turns. No gas or
food here, but there are restrooms at the top. Watch the
weather, Rocky Mountain clouds get you wet quickly.
Barre, VT to Bangor, ME
seems exotic for a guy who's lived his entire life in Southern
California. The trees are lush and green, the rivers have lots
of water in them and the roads wind through something called
"townships." There's a beautiful waterfall in Bethel, ME, that
knocked my socks off. Gas? Food? Not a problem.
|Ride here for
a couple of days and you'll start sounding like a Upper (pronounced
YOU-per)--that's what the natives here are called. But this is a
great road through the Hiawatha National Forest and Senek National
Wildlife Refuge. It's pretty flat most of the way but provides
some spectacular views of Lake Superior the closer you get to
Marquette. Lots of places to stop for your personal and
Seaside, at the official end of the Lewis & Clark trail, this highway
follows the coast to California. Every bit as beautiful as
California's Route 1, 101 takes you through sand dunes and forests.
Yachts and commercial fishing boats are everywhere and you may even
find a dilapidated tug boat at the mouth of the Rogue River. A
must do! Gas and food stops are plentiful.