The Route – Tabular Format

If all goes to plan and I don’t have a need or reason to stop along the way, the ride should take a little over 5 weeks. I’m allowing for the fact that things can happen and it might take up to 8 weeks.OverallMap1 This is a Table that lists the towns, mileage, elevation, temperature, and rough schedule of my targeted progress:  

City Mile Marker Elevation Ave. High Ave. Low Date  
Oceanside, CA 0 0 66 56 04/24/16  
Escondido, CA 21 646 69 41    
Ramona, CA 39 1430 73 43    
Julian, CA 60.5 4226 68 38 04/24/16 04/25/16
Ocotillo Wells, CA 90 161 87 52    
Brawley, CA 135 175 85 56 04/25/16 04/26/16
Glamis, CA 168 330        
Niland, CA 183 1096 72 45    
Winterhaven, CA 190 850        
Cibola Widlife Refuge, AZ 201 236        
Blythe, CA 229 260 84 54 04/26/16 04/27/16
Mohave Rd, Parker, AZ 255 300        
Parker, AZ 280 423        
Bouse, AZ 306 950        
Salome, AZ 336 1896 83 54 04/27/16 04/28/16
Aguila, AZ 360 2162        
Congress, AZ 386 3050 68 38    
Yarnell, AZ 396 4850 68 38    
Wilhoit, AZ 413 5036        
Prescott, AZ 430 5300 68 39 04/28/16 04/29/16
Dewey, Mingus Mtn, AZ 454 6722        
Cottonwood, AZ 471 3323        
Sedona, AZ 491 3281 73 42    
Flagstaff, AZ 524 7014 63 33 04/29/16 04/30/16
Sunset Crater Volcano -395 535 7280        
Gray Mountain 565 4900 73 43    
Tuba City, AZ 605 5000 72 40 04/30/16 05/01/16
Tonalea, AZ 631 5500        
Tsegi – 564 660 6700     Eat here  
Kayenta, AZ 679 5700 68 38 05/01/16 05/02/16
Mexican Hat, UT 723 4096 68 43    
  735 5160        
Bluff, UT 747 4324 70 40 05/02/16 05/03/16
Montezuma Creek, UT 762 4500        
Cortez, CO 812 6200 68 32 05/03/16 05/04/16
Mancos, CO 829 7041        
  840 7800        
  849 8400        
Durango, CO 863 6400 68 30 05/04/16 05/05/16
  870 7000        
Bayfield, CO 882 6900 60 28    
  893 7800        
  903 6500        
Pagosa Springs, CO 925 7450 63 29 05/05/16 05/06/16
  948 10800        
South Fork,CO 967 8100 48 20    
Del Norte, CO 983 7850        
Monte Vista, CO 996 7700 60 30 05/06/16 05/07/16
Alamosa, CO 1013 7550 61 29    
  1058 9300        
La Veta, CO 1074 7190 69 37 05/07/16 05/08/16
Walsenburg, CO 1090 6168        
La Junta, CO 1164 4200 72 40 05/08/16 05/09/16
Lamar, CO 1221 3619        
Granada, CO 1239 3484 73 41 05/09/16 05/10/16
Syracuse, KS 1271 3232        
Lakin, KS 1295 3010        
Deerfield, KS 1306 2946        
Garden City, KS 1324 2822 73 45 05/10/16 05/11/16
Cimarron, KS 1356 2635        
Ft. Dodge, KS 1379 2461        
Greensburg, KS 1422 2234 73 49 05/11/16 05/12/16
Haviland, KS 1433 2190        
Pratt, KS 1453 1880 75 50    
Kingman, KS 1488 1509        
Maize, KS 1532 1350 75 50 05/12/16 05/13/16
El Dorado, KS 1567 1345        
Rosalia, KS 1580 1522        
Eureka, KS 1599 1175        
Yates Center, KS 1632 1150 70 45 05/13/16 05/14/16
Moran, KS 1664 1130        
Mound City, KS 1697 850        
Butler, MO 1731 800 72 48 05/14/16 05/15/16
Clinton, MO 1770 750        
Calhoun, MO 1781 755        
Windsor, MO 1790 900 73 53    
Green Ridge, MO 1802 880        
Sedalia, MO 1816 908 72 50 05/15/16 05/16/16
Booneville, MO 1857 640        
Columbia, MO 1887 680        
Mexico, MO 1925 740     05/16/16 05/17/16
Louisiana, MO 1980 480        
Detroit, IL 2007 510        
Winchester, IL 2019 490        
Jacksonville, IL 2036 495     05/17/16 05/18/16
Springfield, IL 2074 571        
Decatur, IL 2119 600     05/18/16 05/19/16
Champaign, IL 2169 745        
Foster/Covington 2214 660     05/19/16 05/20/16
Crawfordsville,IN 2244 810        
Indianapolis,Home 2294 510     05/20/16 05/21/16
Newcastle, IN 2344 1006        
New Paris, OH 2384 950     05/22/16 05/23/16
Northridge, OH 2420 750        
London, OH 2469 1053     05/23/16 05/24/16
Darbydale, OH 2486 846        
Somerset, OH 2540 1030        
Zanesville, OH 2562 675     05/24/16 05/25/16
Cambridge, OH 2587 780        
Barnesville, OH 2614 1200        
Moundsville, WV 2643 630     05/25/96 05/26/16
Waynesburg Pike, WV 2657 1400        
Masontown, PA 2700 900        
Uniontown, PA 2714 980        
Connellsville, PA 2729 870     05/26/16 05/27/16
Confluence, PA 2758 1330        
Garrett, PA 2782 1930        
Meyersdale, PA 2787 2116        
McKenzie Hollow Rd, PA 2796 2400        
Frostburg, MD 2805 2030     05/27/16 05/28/16
Cumberland, MD 2822 620        
Oldtown, MD 2840 564        
Hancock, MD 2882 423     05/28/16 05/29/16
Boonsboro, MD 2919 900        
Middletown, MD 2927 390        
Damascus, MD 2952 910     05/29/16 05/30/16
Laurel, MD 2979 164        
Odenton, MD 2988 135        
Parole, MD 3000 10        
Annapolis, MD 3014 0     05/30/16  
(Sandy Point State Park)            

My original plan was to ride 100 miles a day, but after a little research I quickly found that plan was not practical. At the end of the first day I’m getting into the Borrego Desert. There are only a few options if you are not camping and plan to stay in motels, and those options don’t line up at 100 mile intervals.  This is true for most of the route west of Kansas. On top of that, it is one thing to ride 100 miles on downhill or flat terrain with a tailwind, but it is a completely different experience to try it in the mountains where you might have to climb 3,000 to 4,000 feet over the course of those miles! Adaptability is a key ingredient to survival. The Lone Rider