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Old February 27th, 2013   #1
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Hello All,
Iím trying to ride 1500 miles in lees then 24 hours. Iíll be taking my wife on this trip and she is constantly asking me to make plans, so we can tackle this ride Ė so, here I amÖ My plan is to leave from Las Vegas on Sunday March 17th (weather permitting) very early and ride to Sinclair, WY. Iíll then turn around and go back to Salt Lake City and continue to Sparks, NV which should give me a little over 1500 miles. Iím not familiar with the area East of Salt Lake, so any tips about the freeway in this area will be highly appreciated. Iím also a bit concerned about the temperatures in WY, & NV especially at night at this time of the year. Any tips and ideas will be greatly appreciated. >>
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Old February 27th, 2013   #2
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I have been severely cold in the section of I-80 east of SLC in June. You would want to time that section of your ride for the middle of the day, not the middle of the night. It goes through Park City, well known ski area.
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More info -- looking I see lots of 6400 ft isolines...

http://goo.gl/maps/6oeDn

Average temps for Salt Lake City:

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That looks still pretty cold in March...
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More info -- looking I see lots of 6400 ft isolines...

http://goo.gl/maps/6oeDn

Average temps for Salt Lake City:
Great diagram! SLC will be A-OK. It is the Wasatch Mountains to the east of SLC that will be a problem. SLC is in a nice weather valley, sits in the shade of the snowy mountains to the east.

google 'mountains SLC image' and get lots of pretty pictures of snow, all year round.
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Cold? Naw, end of March average is hitting as high as 55F !! Add global warming, and its T-Shirt weather

Actually, those are the temps for Salt Lake City, not the higher mountains behind SLC where I believe you can expect snow as late as June... so plan the trip with optional routes.

Here's a direct link to those diagram... and more.
http://weatherspark.com/#!dashboard;...%20UT%2C%20USA

Plus a precip history:


So in March, expect 43% chance of precip; and half of that might be snow; and thundersnow is possible.

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March 17 you can count on night time temps in Salt Lake City to be at or below freezing with the very real possibility of ice on the road from melting snow during the day. SLC is surrounded by snow capped mountains and snow is possible into early July, it has snowed on or around Memorial Day the past three years. If it is not snowing unbelievably cold rain to freezing rain is always a threat this time of year.
It may not stick around but it is not something you want to be driving through at o-dark-thirty.

The WSBK race is in SLC Memorial Day. This is a weekend we are heavily geared up for because you never know what is coming until you ride into it.

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Thanks guys for all your tips and inside.
It looks that either I have to do this ride later during the year, or change my route to the south. To ride 1500 miles in the time allowed is hard enough, and I don't want to fight freezing conditions as well.

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It is a very challenging ride, and you want to do everything you can to succeed. A little later in the spring, but before the intense heat of summer in the southwest. I-90 and 1-80 have a lot less traffic than the interstates to the south, so that is a darn good choice if the weather is a little warmer.
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Cold? Naw, end of March average is hitting as high as 55F !! Add global warming, and its T-Shirt weather

Actually, those are the temps for Salt Lake City, not the higher mountains behind SLC where I believe you can expect snow as late as June... so plan the trip with optional routes.

Here's a direct link to those diagram... and more.
http://weatherspark.com/#!dashboard;...%20UT%2C%20USA

Plus a precip history:

Wow, this is an excellent weather site that I've never come across. Great trip planning tool.
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