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Southern Tier Trip Details and Planned Route

The Southern Tier

An Over View to Cycling Across the USA  

There are a number of recognized bicycle routes across the United Sates but Linda (my cycling buddy) and I decided to take the Southern Tier.  There were many reasons for this decision but a major one was that it’s the shortest documented route across the country.

Going  from West to East, the Southern Tier starts at the beach in San Diego, California and ends 3,100 miles later (5,022km) on the beach in St Augustine, Florida. During the trip we will be:

  • crossing deserts,
  • going over the continental divide,
  •  soaking up the hospitality of Texans,
  • doing the bayou in Louisiana before heading across the Mississippi
  • ending up in America’s oldest city

After even more discussions we also decided not to go it alone across America.  We decided to go with an assisted tour company called Woman Tours.  This company provides a soft comfy bed with a hot shower & a healthy and hearty meal every night after a hard day pedaling.  Woman Tours even carries all your gear from place to place. YAHOO!  We’d just be able to get on with it and enjoy the trip.

Below I’ve listed the trip route day by day and the contact details of where I will be staying.  But before I share this I want to answer a question that so many have asked me about the trip.

Why Go From West to East 

It’s easier, that’s why.  Let me explain….

Just like the wheels of a bike,  the earth spins too. The earth’s spinning helps to create something called prevailing winds. In the mid latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere – that’s the USA for all you latitude challenged folks – the wind tends to move from west to east. These continental winds are called Westerlies.

Yes! Winds blowing from behind making the trip easier.  Going the other way would add about another week to the trip and make it much harder.

Southern Tier Stops and Miles in the Saddle

Date Day Overnight Miles
Mar-07 Thurs San Diego, CA 0
Mar-08 Fri Alpine CA 34
Mar-09 Sat Jacumba CA 47
Mar-10 Sun Brawley CA 67
Mar-11 Mon Blythe CA 89
Mar-12 Tues Blythe CA 0
Mar-13 Wed Salome AZ 64
Mar-14 Thu Wickenburg, AZ 57
Mar-15 Fri Phoenix AZ 67
Mar-16 Sat Apache Junction AZ 58
Mar-17 Sun Globe AZ 49
Mar-18 Mon Safford AZ 78
Mar-19 Tues Lordsburg NM 75
Mar-20 Wed Silver City NM 47
Mar-21 Thu Silver City NM 0
Mar-22 Fri Kingston NM 48
Mar-23 Sat Las Cruces NM 88
Mar-24 Sun ElPasco TX 67
Mar-25 Mon Fort Hancock TX 47
Mar-26 Tues Van Horn TX 76
Mar-27 Wed Ft Davis TX 90
Mar-28 Thu Ft Davis TX 0
Mar-29 Fri Marathon TX 60
Mar-30 Sat Sanderson TX 54
Mar-31 Sun Del Rio TX 111
Apr-01 Mon Bracketville TX 43
Apr-02 Tues Camp Wood TX 49
Apr-03 Wed Vanderpool TX 39
Apr-04 Thu Kerrville TX 49
Apr-05 Fri Kerrville TX 0
Apr-06 Sat Blanco TX 65
Apr-07 Sun Bastrop TX 93
Apr-08 Mon La Grange TX 41
Apr-09 Tues Navasota TX 69
Apr-10 Wed Navasota TX 0
Apr-11 Thu Cleveland TX 75
Apr-12 Fri Silsbee TX 64
Apr-13 Sat Lake Charles LA 77
Apr-14 Sun Lafayette LA 83
Apr-15 Mon St Francisville LA 87
Apr-16 Tues St Francisville LA 0
Apr-17 Wed Hammond LA 87
Apr-18 Thu Bogalusa LA 55
Apr-19 Fri Wiggins MS 60
Apr-20 Sat Pascagoula MS 68
Apr-21 Sun Dauphin Island AL 43
Apr-22 Mon Dauphin Island AL 0
Apr-23 Tues Pensacola Fl 60
Apr-24 Wed Crestview FL 69
Apr-25 Thu Marianna FL 94
Apr-26 Fri Quincy FL 54
Apr-27 Sat Crawfordville FL 48
Apr-28 Sun Crawfordville FL 0
Apr-29 Mon Perry FL 54
Apr-30 Tues High Springs FL 76
May-01 Wed Palatka FL 73
May-02 Thurs St Augustine FL 47
May-03 Fri Shuttle to Airport 0

 Where I Will Be Staying 

Thu-Mar 7 Holiday Inn Bayside4875 North Harbor Drive San Diego CA 92106 www.holidayinnbayside.com4875 North Harbor Drive San Diego CA 92106 www.holidayinnbayside.com 619-224-3621
Fri-Mar 8 Ayres Lodge Alpine1251 Tavern RoadAlpine CA 91901 www.ayreshotels.com/san-diego/hotel-alpine.aspxAlpine CA 91901 www.ayreshotels.com/san-diego/hotel-alpine.aspx
Sat-Mar 9 Back Country Inn39739 Avenida de Robles Verdes Boulevard CA 91905Live Oak Springs Resort 37820 Old Hwy 80 Boulevard CA 91905 www.liveoaksprings.com 619-766-9005 

 

 

619-766-4288

Sun-Mar 10 Best Western Plus 1562 E Main Street Brawley CA 92227 www.brawleyinn.com 760-351-9800
Mon-Mar 11Tue-Mar 12 Capital Suites Hotel545 East HobsonwayBlythe CA 92225 www.capitalsuitesblythe.com 760-922-9209
Wed-Mar 13 Sheffler’s Motel 66730 Highway 60 Salome AZ 85348 928-859-3001
Thu-Mar 14 The Quality Inn850 East Wickenburg Way Wickenburg AZ 85390 www.qualityinn.com 928-684-5461
Fri-Mar 15 Fairfield Inn17017 N Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix AZ 85023 602-548-8888
Sat-Mar 16 BW Gold Canyon Inn & Suites 8333 E Sunrise Sky Drive Gold Canyon AZ 85218 www.goldcanyoninn.com 480-671-6000
Sun-Mar 17 Quality Inn1565 South Street Globe AZ 85501 www.qualityinn.com 928-425-7575
Mon-Mar 18 Days Inn520 East Highway 70 Safford AZ 85546 928-428-5000
Tue-Mar 19 Best Western Skies Inn1303 South Main Street Lordsburg NM 88045 www.bestwesternnewmexico.com 575-542-8807
Wed-Mar 20Thu-Mar 21 Comfort Inn1060 Highway 180 Silver City NM 88061 www.comfortinn.com 575-534-1883
Fri-Mar 22 Black Range Lodge119 Main StreetKingston NM 88042 www.blackrangelodge.com 575-895-5652
Sat-Mar 23 Days Inn755 Avenida de Mesilla Las Cruces NM 88005 www.daysinn.com 575-526-8311
Sun-Mar 24 Comfort Inn900 Yarborough Drive El Paso TX 79915 915-594-9111
Mon-Mar 25 Fort Hancock Motel1425 Knox AvenueFort Hancock TX 79839 www.forthancockmotel.com 915-769-3981
Tue-Mar 26 Quality Inn1905 SW Frontage Road Van Horn TX 79855 www.qualityinn.com 432-283-7 444
Wed-Mar 27Thu-Mar 28 Indian Lodge (State Park) PO Box 1707Fort Davis TX 79734 www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ 432-426-3254
Fri-Mar 29 Gage Hotel102 NW 1st St, Hwy 90 Marathon TX 79842 www.gagehotel.com 432-386-4205
Sat-Mar 30 Outback Oasis Motel800 W US Highway 90PO Box 538

Sanderson TX 79848 www.outbackoasismotel.com

432-345-2850
Sun-Mar 31 Lakeview Inn11704 West Highway 90 Del Rio TX 78840 830-775-9521
Mon-Apr 1 Fort Clark Springs Motel PO Box 345 Brackettville TX 78832 830-563-2493
Tue-Apr 2 Woodbine Inn214 South Nueces Street Camp Wood TX 78833 www.campwoodlodging.com 830-597-2310
Wed-Apr 3 Fox Fire Cabins117 Olsen Ranch Road Vanderpool TX 78885 www.foxfirecabins.com 877-966-2200
Thu-Apr4 Fri-Apr 5 Y.O. Ranch Resort 2033 Sidney Baker Kerrville TX 78028 www.yoresort.com 877-967-3767
Sat-Apr 6 Swiss Lodge1206 Main Street Blanco TX 78606 www.swisslodge.com 

Blanco County Inn

902 Main Street

Blanco TX 78606 www.blancocountyinn.com

830-833-5528 

 

830-833-4502

Sun-Apr 7 Quality Inn106 Hasler Boulevard Bastrop TX 78602 www.qualityinn.com 512-321-3303
Mon-Apr 8 BW La Grange Inn & Suites 600 E State Hwy 71 Bypass La Grange TX 78945 www.bestwestern.com 979-968-6800
Tue-Apr 9Wed-Apr 10 Best Western of Navasota 8965 Highway 6, Navasota TX 77868 www.bestwestern.com 936-870-4100
Thur-Apr 11 Super Eight427 West Southline Street Cleveland TX 77327 www.super8.com 281-432-8800
Fri-Apr 12 Pinewood Inn870 Highway 96 South Silsbee TX 77656 www.pinewoodinn.net 409-385-5593
Sat-Apr 13 BW Richmond Suites 2600 Moeling Street Lake Charles LA 70615 www.bestwestern.com 337-433-5213
Sun-Apr 14 Ramada Inn Lafayette120 E Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette LA 70508 www.ramada.com 337-235-0858
Mon-Apr 15Tue-Apr 16 Butler Greenwood B&B 8345 US Hwy 61St Francisville LA 70775 www.butlergreenwood.comSt Francisville Inn

5720 Commerce Street St Francisville LA 70775 www.stfrancisvilleinn.com

225-635-6312 

 

225-635-6502

Wed-Apr 17 Comfort Inn110 Westin Oaks Drive Hammond LA 70403 www.comfortinn.com 985-429-0120
Thu-Apr 18 Traveler’s Rest Motel 1730 Sullivan Drive Bogalusa LA 70427 985-735-7772
Fri-Apr 19 Best Western Woodstone 535 Frontage Drive East Wiggins MS 39577 www.bestwestern.com 601-928-1616
Sat-Apr 20 Best Western Flagship Inn 4830 Amoco DriveMoss Point MS 39563 www.bestwestern.com 228-475-5000
Sun-Apr 21Mon-Apr 22 Dauphin Island Beach Club 1705 Blenville Boulevard Dauphin Island AL 36528 www.dibeachclub.com 251-861-6021
Tue-Apr 23 Sole Inn & Suites200 North Palafox Street Pensacola FL 32502 www.soleinnandsuites.com 850-470-9298
Wed-Apr 24 Hampton Inn Crestview3709 S Ferdon Boulevard Crestview FL 32536 www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com 850-689-2378
Thu-Apr 25 Days Inn2185 Hwy 71 South Marianna FL 32448 www.daysinn.com 850-526-1006
Fri-Apr 26 Holiday Inn Express 101 Spooner Road Quincy FL 32351 www.hiexpress.com 850-875-2500
Sat-Apr 27Sun-Apr 28 The Inn at Wildwood 3896 Coastal Highway Crawfordville FL 32327 www.innatwildwood.com 850-926-4455
Mon-Apr 29 Hampton Inn Perry2399 S Byron Butler Parkway Perry FL 32348 www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com 850-223-3000
Tue-Apr 30 High Springs Country Inn520 NW Santa Fe BoulevardHigh Springs FL 32643

www.highspringsinn.com

386-454-1565
Wed-May 1 Best Western Inn of Palatka119 Highway 17 SouthPalatka FL 32131

www.bestwesternflorida.com

386-325-7800
Thu-May 2 Best Western Spanish Quarter 6 Castillo DriveSt Augustine FL 32084 www.bestwesternflorida.com 904-824-4457

 

6 Responses to Route

  1. Also if you know of any good places to buy touring bikes over there that would be great

  2. Hi I’m a 25 year old British guy and I am planning the trip in reverse from Daytona Beach, FL to Santa Barbara, CA in May 2014. I will be doing a solo ride unless I find some people crazy enough to join me along the way. Are there any tips you can offer me for my epic journey?

  3. Billi Kraft says:

    How long will you be in the states at the beginning and end of your amazing tour?

    • Cher Reynolds says:

      I’m going a bit early to California to R&R before the trip. Planning on catching up with sleep, getting rid of jet lag and discovering everything I forgot to pack and do.

      On the way back from Florida I heading straight to Los Angeles and then getting on the first flight possible back to New Zealand as I’ve got Film School starting a few days after my return.

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