Posted 12/5/2004 6:31 PM (#5534) Subject: Traveling US Route 60
We are planning to travel the entire length of US 60 from Virginia Beach to near the CA line in AZ in the spring (April/May). Would like any comments/advice from those of you who know any portions of the highway... things like "watch out for...", "don't go there", "detour around...", etc. We will probably by-pass most of the cities that have beltways or interstates around or thru them.
Posted 12/6/2004 5:02 AM (#5543 - in reply to #5534) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
Location: Fairfield, VA
Sounds like a great trip - - how much time are you planning for doing it? We went from Fairfield, VA to the coast in California in 2002, we didn't do all interstates, but we did a lot of them and it took us 25 days out and back. We went to a bunch of National Parks, but only stayed in the same place for more than one night once in California. We lost a day there because one of our friends had bike trouble.
It didn't sound like Fly cared too much for WV, but doing Rt. 60 from Sam Black Church beats doing the turnpike and paying for the privilege of riding with all of those 18 wheelers, at least for me! If you're like me and like waterfalls, you should see a couple of those before you get to Charleston. He's right it's a twisty ride, but it's a pretty one!
Posted 12/6/2004 5:33 AM (#5544 - in reply to #5543) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
We're planning on at least a month. We won't follow a rigid schedule because we like to stop and see things along the way. We are definitely planning on taking the scenic route in WV. Went that way a few years ago and it was beautiful.
Posted 12/6/2004 1:44 PM (#5550 - in reply to #5534) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
Location: so. cal
West of Socorro N.Mex. 60 gets pretty lonely. As memory serves gas was not available in every little town that is marked on the map. Toward the Az. border you pass the huge radio telescopes out in the middle of nowhere and there used to be a tour of them. But the last tour was at 4pm.
From Showlow to Globe is Salt River Canyon. It's double nifty. West of Globe to Phoenix it's strip malls and used car dealerships. If you come into Cal. via the 10, just past Chiriaco Summit (George Patton Museum) there is the turn off (backdoor) for Joshua Tree National Monument, one of the most picturesque parts of the desert, and nice campgrounds. Look for the trunoff it's esay to run by. Enjoy the trip.
Posted 12/6/2004 2:37 PM (#5551 - in reply to #5545) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
I like it too, fly. In fact I was born in southern WV and like to ride there when we can.
Posted 12/6/2004 2:40 PM (#5552 - in reply to #5550) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
Thanks, Sam. That's really good info. We had planned to turn north at the state line and go to Flagstaff, but now it looks like we'll just have to keep going to see the desert. (Who knows where this trip will end!!!)
Posted 12/6/2004 5:09 PM (#5555 - in reply to #5554) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
Location: Fairfield, VA
H-ll, No! I'm Virginia born and bred, Virginian all the way through to my soul! I'm not his sister, I'm his boss! (Don't tell him that - it's hard to get him to take orders when he knows that I'm giving them).
Posted 12/8/2004 12:13 PM (#5574 - in reply to #5534) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
Location: so. cal
For your return trip and if it were me and I had the time I'd do both. Joshua Tree and Flagstaff.
If you are going home via Flagstaff, you could do Joshua Tree return to the border on 62 and then 72 to Prescott, Jerome, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff (add Grand Canyon) and you have seen the best there is to see in the whole area. I have done it many times and will do it again. Riders coming from Northern Europe love this loop because they have never seen anything like it. Enjoy.
Posted 12/8/2004 4:19 PM (#5575 - in reply to #5534) Subject: RE: Traveling US Route 60
Thanks, Sam. That's really good info and we will try to do it. Yes, we're planning to return via Flagstaff. In fact will probably spend a couple of nights there and see the Grand Canyon. Then fdrom there we will just "follow our noses", or better yet, follow the suggestions that we get from our friends here on the site. Thanks again.