Recently got my maps for next years trip, I'll be doing the Sierra Cascades route from Suma, Wa. to a little south of Giant Sequoia NP in Ca. (or maps 1-4). I've been in that area of California and I feel I know what to expect there. It looks like in Washington and Oregon there are a lot of days that will be dominated by long (15 to 35 mile) climbs at 3-4% grades.
The two benchmarks I hear regularly for tough climbing routes are eastern Kentucky on the TransAm and days w/ multiple big climbs in Colorado and I've done both of those as part of 100 mile days and I was tired but not toasted at the end of the day.
I realize I am asking for a "apples to oranges " comparison but....My question is to anyone who has done the Sierra Cascades route in Wa. & Oregon and also ridden the TransAm in Ky or Great Parks South. How does the difficulty compare?
I don't camp on these trips so every night I need to stop in towns w/ a hotel so I like to book rooms ahead of time. In my first 2 long trips I just blocked out days in 80 -110 mile increments and that worked out fine but I'm seeing a lot comment about the difficulty of the route and it has me thinking maybe I should scale back the milage. I got on CGOB and read some journals but they have varied too much between them to settle it for me.