I'd expect fairly tough conditions on US395 when you would be there. Probably some pretty cold weather and snow fairly likely at some point.
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I've taken chain lube, cooking alcohol and a multitool on Amtrak.Me too. Additionally I have taken isobutane canisters and not had any issues. It didn't occur to me that I might be in violation at the time, but on hindsight I'd do it again. I'd just be ready to have those items confiscated in the unlikely event that they became an issue. Unless things have changed recently or other stations are very different than the ones I used, it isn't much of a concern.
ColoradoGuy, you did two routes across the southern part of the United States, but, in my understanding, neither route was the "Southern Tier" Route. At least in my vocabulary, "Southern Tier" specifically describes the ACA route.Fair enough.
Personally, I like to pick my own route and not do some "standard route" that thousands of other people have done. Good luck to you!
I really appreciate your comments. YMMV? I could do the last bit by myself..I'll think about it...YMMV = Your mileage may vary
My daughter be supporting me for the first 3 weeks, and my wife for the last 3. Its up to me to get from one to the other and I have only 8 weeks before I have to be back at work. If I don't finish, then I won't. Might have to go back and finish some time later in the year, but I don't want to start with that attitude.My biggest concern for you was avoiding a medical emergency alone on the more remote sections that are lacking in services. Having someone along for the first three weeks might get you past the worst of that though. Of course it depends on your pace, but I didn't start out super fit at the start and hit San Antonio on day 21, so that may work out well for you.
I guess my worry is how my body will cope with riding day in and day out for so long. In October, we are riding across North Carolina --7 days, 550 miles-- with real mountains so I should get an idea what that will feel like.. My sense is that if I can do this, more will be possibleI think that if you ride sensible for you daily distances you will be fine. Do be careful with managing your diabetes though as there are some pretty remote places where getting in trouble has higher penalties. On the other hand in the more remote sections of the Southwest most people will stop to assist if they see someone in trouble.
If there's a small bottle wrapped up in a ziplock bag and packed with toothpaste and deodorant, there's a good chance TSA won't notice it on X-rays and won't give you any guff about it. Just be ready to toss it if TSA or Customs doesn't like it.Do as Pat suggests and keep the bottle 2 ounces or less and you are unlikely to have a problem. It has worked for me.
I have never done anything like this before, so want as much information as possible. I have the ACA maps and support (my daughter) for the the first 3 weeks. Being almost 70, artificial hip and type 1 diabetic, I want to be as prepared as possible.. I am reading forums as I find them.One other thing... Starting in the west the route is pretty hard in the beginning. If starting in the west, either make sure you are in good climbing shape from the start or plan to suffer getting away from the coast.
ColoradoGuy, you did two routes across the southern part of the United States, but, in my understanding, neither route was the "Southern Tier" Route. At least in my vocabulary, "Southern Tier" specifically describes the ACA route.I agree that the term Southern Tier or Trans America implies the ACA routes by that name. I think it is confusing to use them as a generic term for any route across the South or across the US. I do still use those names if i am doing mostly the ACA route even if I deviate a good bit, but not if I do an entirely different route. That said, info from someone who rode different but similar routes can still be useful if they are in the same general geographic area.
I also see a lot of people use the term "TransAmerica" to describe any trip across America, but I don't subscribe to that terminology either.
Hi, I'm in the beginning stages of a cross country trip. I plan on leaving early next June. I'm looking to go west to east and finish in Boston where I'm from. I'm leaning on a northern to mid country route. Has anyone hammock camped? Does anyone have a strong feeling one way or another between tent and hammock?