Starting this thread as my wife asked me where I wanted to go riding in 2013!
So time to start planning. Having ridden in Europe the last two years, I like the idea of heading to the USA with the bike. Especially as I haven't been to the States since 98, it is slightly closer so cheaper airfares, and the AU$ is going gangbusters against the US$.
So hypothetical 3 week road trip - does the following sound feasible?
Arrive possibly late August to early September. Flying into LA and driving to CO via Tuscon AZ to ride Mt Lemmon and Mt Graham. Hit the Colorado climbs before the snows arrive. Then drive back to the west coast via the East Sierra's finishing off the last week and a bit riding the hills around San Francisco and LA/San Diego?
Suggestions for car / van hire would be great. I'm currently looking at something like a Dodge Caravan / Chrysler Voyager as the back seats fold into the floor so could sleep some of the time in the van. Or possibly hiring a small campervan? Also suggestions on the climbs, the better towns to stay in including accommodation tips will be greatfully received!
Have already ordered The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) CO and CA editions to research climbs.