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To add to the wet tshirt thing, ideally you want most of the zippers closed with the cuffs open and the neck open just enough to let air out. Unfortunately that does not work well for me because my forearms are too big and they block the airflow up mu sleeves so I cheat and put a 5-10 pound bag of ice inside my jacket when it really warms up. As it melts it keep your shirt wet.

And hydrate!!! It is really easy to forget to do so when checking out the scenery. I got badly dehydrated during a rally in 2016 and it took me 2 days to recover.

And Winslow is cool, plus it is right on Rt 66



 

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I was there last July it was hot, wet t-shirt does really works. DO NOT wear any mesh clothing. Utah 12 US 89 and 89A is a must ride. I did camp as well. Desert does cool down at night. I had my light weight sleeping bag 40*F had to ship it home got myself 30*F sleeping bag from Walmart. Enjoy your trip happy 50th.
 
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Originally Posted by switchglide12 View Post
I was there last July it was hot, wet t-shirt does really works. DO NOT wear any mesh clothing. Utah 12 US 89 and 89A is a must ride. I did camp as well. Desert does cool down at night. I had my light weight sleeping bag 40*F had to ship it home got myself 30*F sleeping bag from Walmart. Enjoy your trip happy 50th.
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Get a hydration pack and sip some water every 15 minutes whether you feel like it or not.
 
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A wet bandanna around your neck makes a huge difference
 
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Originally Posted by Edster 69 View Post
Hey Peeps!

Happy New Year! Planning a 9 day 50th Birthday trip thru the dessert in July. We plan on renting Harley’s from Eagle Rider in Vegas. We want to ride thru Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. Any route recommendations and must ride/sites to see? We plan on camping for the most part so any campsite recommendations would also be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
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a large target area for 9 days IMO. May want to focus on the high points. UT alone could eat up 1/2 your trip and it has some cool areas. Inland CA has all the parks. AZ is its own beast.

Camping in the heat....I did it in some areas, but in some it was just too hot.

 
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The best desert riding, by far, in that part of the world is Death Valley. After that, Monument Valley. I've heard good things about the Valley of Fire too. Then there is Oatman, which is a must do and I like the ride between Bullhead City and Parker.

But, riding any of that in July is just crazy talk. It is very hard to stay hydrated between 10 and 2; and you run the very real risk of developing heat exhaustion or worse, even if you do manage to stay hydrated. The heat kills people in AZ every year; people who think they can "handle it".

Oh and... the wet t-shirt idea will keep you cool, but only for a short period of time. Expect to stop frequently, find some shade, hydrate, and cool off. Not easy to do in the desert, where there are long stretches of empty highway.

Good luck with that idea, but I would recommend doing it in either April or October instead.
 
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Originally Posted by Edster 69 View Post
Hey Peeps!

Happy New Year! Planning a 9 day 50th Birthday trip thru the dessert in July. We plan on renting Harley’s from Eagle Rider in Vegas. We want to ride thru Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. Any route recommendations and must ride/sites to see? We plan on camping for the most part so any campsite recommendations would also be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Edster
Wrong time, Ed. January is the month you should be riding in Vegas/Nevada/Calif/Arizona deserts. Not too late to make plans for Feb though...or March.

Going during summertime is down right dangerous (and NOT enjoyable.)
 

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