I know of a few who raised $10-20K for a cause. I also know a few who scammed their contributors by funding the trip with donated money. Please don't be one of the latter.
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There can be a pretty wide range depending on individual choices.
for my first tour... I had weight ranging from 45-55 pounds of bags and gear on a 30 pound bike.
.. subsequent(ly... I got the gear and bags below 20 pounds...Then I went with 14 pounds of gear and bags on a 24 pound bike for the Southern Tier in Feb-Mar...After that I carried 11.3 pounds of gear and bags on a 22 pound bike for a 9 day dirt road tour in Colorado.
In all cases I was camping and cooking comfortably.
Well done. Were these differences partly the result of packing for different seasons of regions? Or just refining needs and getting better gear?
Thanks , Do the ACA maps identify suitable camping spots along all the routes ?
it makes you feel better, you can ask at police stations in the towns if you can pitch a tent overnight; the answer will almost always be yes in small towns.
It is an interesting design with no zippers using what looks like a quilt to cover an opening on the front of the bag.
But, even with bypassing the large towns there is still a Walmart every couple of days, gas stations, hotels, etc. My biggest concern with the route deviation is by bypassing the large cities you'll miss the bike shops.