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Cycling to Grand Canyon from Phoenix, AZ

Hello. I'm a cyclist from China. I am currently cycling around the world with my dog. I am in the US now. I was wondering how the weather is over there in December and whether you think it is possible fto bike to Grand Canyon from Phoenix with a dog. How long would it take? Are dogs allowed in the national park? Can you please give me some advise? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Traveling to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix

Hi Cari,

My name is Richard Sanford. I am a retired ESL Teacher who speaks Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. I am tryiing to improve my Chinese. I would be interested in cycling with someone in December, espcially if we could do cycling in Chinese and English. I think it is possible to cycle from Phoenix to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon without the worries of snow. The days should be comfortable but at night it gets chilly or cold.

Would you be interested in cylcing together. I have traveled trhtough China by bike and across the US by bike. As for traveling with your dog, I think they are allowed in national parks provided they are on a leash. How did you get your dog into the US from China? Where in China are you from and what dates are you thinking about making your trip?

Lastly I am also a New York City Bicycle Tour guide and one of the guides in our company traveled cross country with his dog. He could probably give you some advice.

Feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone. My telephone number is 917-562-8908.

Richard

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Hi Richard,

Thank you very much for your response to my questions! I really appreciate it.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I began cycling to Europe from Shanghai, China in April. One of my goals is to visit the homeless animals around the world so I stop by the animal shelters during my trip. I finished my journey in Europe and flied to New York on November, 12 with my dog (Harry) and my bike. I stayed in Manhattan for 4 nights and started cycling down to Washington, DC Sunday afternoon. Due to the weather conditions, I've been biking very slowly. I will get to Abindgon, MD today. I will cycle to Baltimore, MD tomorrow. And hopefully, I will arrive Washington, DC on Sunday before the rain comes. I want to visit PETA's Washington office next Monday.

I am very interested in cycling with you and practice Mandarin and English. If you don't mind me going slowly, I am carrying quite a bit of things with me (my camping tent, laptop, clothes, etc) so I can only do 40-50 miles the maximum a day. Are you interested in cycling to Grand Canyon from Phoenix together?

My original plan is to cycle across America (from Washington DC to Los Angeles/Las Vegas) and fly back to Shanghai from Los Angeles. Unfortunately, due to the current weather conditions, I'm afraid I might have to change my plan. I also worry about my dog that he will get sick. When we were cycling to Philadelphia two days ago, Harry was shaking the whole time during the ride. I usually look for a host on warmshowers and if I can't find one, we just sleep in my tent at night. So, I'm thinking that I should change my plan. I always have a dream of seeing the grand canyon in person. I wonder if it is better for us to fly to Phoenix and continue our journey there (cycle to grand canyon and then go to Los Angeles...If I have time, I may cycle more in California).

Please let me know what you think. It would be great if you or your colleague could share your advices with me. I wish I'm still in NY and meet you in person. You can send me a message here, email me at harry8cari@gmail.com or call/text me at 917-238-3348.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Cari

PS: This is translated by Cari's friend (Crystal) in Los Angeles. Cari has limited English proficiency. I'm helping him to post questions and look for hosts on Warmshowers.

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Ni Hao/Hello from Cari

Hi Richard,

Thank you very much for your response to my questions! I really appreciate it.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I began cycling to Europe from Shanghai, China in April. One of my goals is to visit the homeless animals around the world so I stop by the animal shelters during my trip. I finished my journey in Europe and flied to New York on November, 12 with my dog (Harry) and my bike. I stayed in Manhattan for 4 nights and started cycling down to Washington, DC Sunday afternoon. Due to the weather conditions, I've been biking very slowly. I will get to Abindgon, MD today. I will cycle to Baltimore, MD tomorrow. And hopefully, I will arrive Washington, DC on Sunday before the rain comes. I want to visit PETA's Washington office next Monday.

I am very interested in cycling with you and practice Mandarin and English. If you don't mind me going slowly, I am carrying quite a bit of things with me (my camping tent, laptop, clothes, etc) so I can only do 40-50 miles the maximum a day. Are you interested in cycling to Grand Canyon from Phoenix together?

My original plan is to cycle across America (from Washington DC to Los Angeles/Las Vegas) and fly back to Shanghai from Los Angeles. Unfortunately, due to the current weather conditions, I'm afraid I might have to change my plan. I also worry about my dog that he will get sick. When we were cycling to Philadelphia two days ago, Harry was shaking the whole time during the ride. I usually look for a host on warmshowers and if I can't find one, we just sleep in my tent at night. So, I'm thinking that I should change my plan. I always have a dream of seeing the grand canyon in person. I wonder if it is better for us to fly to Phoenix and continue our journey there (cycle to grand canyon and then go to Los Angeles...If I have time, I may cycle more in California).

Please let me know what you think. It would be great if you or your colleague could share your advices with me. I wish I'm still in NY and meet you in person. You can send me a message here, email me at harry8cari@gmail.com or call/text me at 917-238-3348.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Cari

PS: This is translated by Cari's friend (Crystal) in Los Angeles. Cari has limited English proficiency. I'm helping him to post questions and look for hosts on Warmshowers.

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Cycling Phoenix to Grand Canyon

Hi Cari and Crystal,

Thank you Crystal for your message.

Cari,

Here are my thoughts and suggestions.

First, I could probably come to Washington on December 7th, but not before that as I am teaching a course on December 6th for the American Red Cross.

In addition,

Cari, you might like to do the following:

First- If we can't get together on December 8th whether it be in Washington or Phoenix, so be it. Perhaps we can meet somewhere else.

Second - Since might not want to spend so many days in one place such as Washington, you may want to consider the following:

Fly or take the bus to Miami or Orlando Florida where the weather is warmer - Enjoy cycling down toward the Florida Keys from Miami (unbelievable beauty)or go to Disneyworld in Orlando. Orlando is in the center of the state and Miami is in the southeast portion of the state. It is warm enough to camp out (certainly in the Florida Keys)

or

You may want to fly to El Paso Texas where the American Southwest begins. You can then cycle to Phoenix (using Adventure Cycling Association Maps if you wish) That would take you about 8 days and we could still meet in Phoenix on December 7th or 8th.

I could come to Washington DC from New York on December 7th and meet you. Yes we can fly to Phoemix together....but again, I do not know if you want to spend so many days in Washington waiting for me, when you could do more traveling...unless you have a project you wish to do in Washington.

Whatever you wish to do my dates are pretty well available for about 10-14 days beginning December 8th. if you decide to Fly may I suggest Southwest Airlines. They are the only airlines that allow two pieces of checked bags for free.

Please keep in touch. I would really enjoy making plans and airline reservations as soon as possible.

Lastly, please send me a link to your blog. I do not have facebook but perhaps another way I could see some of your adventures. And, yes I travel very slowly so 40-50 miles a day is plenty for me.

Richard Sanford
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Grand Canyon

Maybe I'm just a wuss, but I think it is too bloody cold to be cycling for extended periods above 6,000 feet. The Grand Canyon is spectacular and should be seen and enjoyed. This time of year you will spend too much time trying to stay warm.

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Dogs are allowed in the park,

Dogs are allowed in the park, but you can not take any pet below the rim of the canyon. There is always a chance of snow this time of year, but it is doable. I biked from Flagstaff to Phx one year and there was 3 feet of fresh snow on the ground when I left Flagstaff.

I'd suggest either riding from Phx to Kingman and taking the 40 to Williams (long route), or go to Cortes Junction, to Prescott to Jerome to Cottonwood to Sedona to Flagstaff to the Canyon (scenic route with some good climbs). You really only have to worry about the snow when you get over 6,000'. I experienced some black ice on the pass between Jerome and Prescott.

Have a great trip!

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