« on: October 19, 2006, 06:40:20 pm »
I have crossed the country 5 times, more or less. Mostly east to west. I've never done the Northern Tier exactly, although I've come close. A detour I'd recommend would be to take the huge ferry across the middle of Lake Michigan between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan. It's a nice break. And be sure to stop in Reed City, MI. Their municipal campground is one of my favorites.
I consistently do 100+ mile days with little problem and I am well in my 60's. Also I have a fairly heavy rig - 80 pounds total bike fully loaded. If I get wasted, or just want to take in the sights, I take a rest day.
I see the Northern Tier route hugs the shore of the Great Lakes. Good idea. Going through the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York state can be very tough with endless steep climbs and descents.
I stay at KOA's if possible. Consistent quality with no unpleasant surprises.