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Overnight costs. Europe is 1/4 or 1/3 the cost of USA. The US is unbelievably expensive for housing.
And that's a great idea about mailing, does that just work by getting a friend to Fedex a package to one of their offices in a town I know I'll be in?I'd skip FedEx and UPS in favor of the US Postal Service for that. They are available in most towns, even small ones and it is easy to have a package forwarded along if you happen to be in town when the PO is closed. Using General Delivery they will hold packages for 30 days.
The paniers on the legs for instance sound like they'll take about three minutes for you to figure out they won't work cross-country
Yes, the postmistress at Lolo, MT pulled that on me, and waited until the forwarding request came back through channels before she would send it on. I missed the package, and it was returned to sender about 6 weeks later.
True, but if you do it from a different post office you may run into a stickler who'll route it through someplace in Missouri (St. Louis, maybe?). It can take a week to ten days before the receiving post office will get the notice and forward the package.
If you miss it (package not there yet, or post office closed when you come through), leave a signed, written request at the post office for them to forward the package to West of Nowhere, KY, 32109.
Also note that road construction could throw a serious monkey wrench into your plans. While riding both the TransAm and Northern Tier routes I encountered long stretches (I am talking miles) where the pavement had been ripped up for resurfacing, leaving only dirt and/or gravel, and there were not alternate, paved options. Bring some good walking shoes just in case.
I know most folks go east to west but I grew up in Washington DC and would like to end there in an August time frame.
1) How many other TransAmers did you meet along your summer TransAm route ? How often did these cycler interactions occur? --- I'll be traveling solo so it will be nice to meet people.We met other tourists every few days, sometimes mor often sometimes less.
2) I have the ACA maps, but does anyone have a resource to determine the best campsites along the route? any info or link helps.We found that the ACA maps, asking local folks, and talking to riders going the other direction gave us enough info. We never had any problem finding a place to stay, especially in the plains.