Personally I go in October if I had the choice.
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The other issue being that my tour will be self supported and I am wondering what size panniers I should be getting to hold everything I will need. Any thoughts?That depends on how much you carry and how you pack. I found that with front panniers of about 1000 cubic inches and rear ones of about 2300 cubic inches I had plenty of room even on a coast to coast tour where I was carrying a good portion of the community gear. On my last tour they were nowhere near full, but I packed fairly light and carry the tent on the rear rack. If you are more of an everything but the kitchen sink packer and want everything inside the panniers they might not be adequate.
Hmmm .. I did think that having compartments would be a big plus for me.It may actually work out to be for you. Some find them a big plus. I may be in the minority on this one so don't make the decision based solely on my opinion, but do give some thought as to whether they are really better for you.
Thanks for your input. I am hoping someone will contribute to some of the positives of the semi waterproof panniers so I can make an educated decision between the two, unless there aren't any positives.Well since I have used both. I'll take a stab at that.
Not too sure what the air carriers cost plus, never too keen to cycle from airports as always seems to be very busy highway traffic.On the other hand, I like riding directly out of an airport. Not sure why, but I get a kick out of not using any ground based transportation other than my bike at that point.
Tried audio books but they always send me to sleep, which isn't a bad thing after a days riding, but the battery tends to drain. Not sure that is useful or not only that's why they don't work for me.If I am tired enough that I would fall asleep, I just go to sleep and don't bother listening. I have never fallen asleep while listening to an audiobook. I know that won't work for everyone though.
Or do you listen to them whilst riding is really what I would like to know.
Avid reader, me too. I bought a Sony E reader and now carry around 100 books with me, including manuals. Absolutely brilliant and even has a "page Light" so no need to mess with torches, candles etc, in a tent at night. Plus a bonus for me (62) you can enlarge the text.I find that for me an iPod shuffle loaded with audiobooks works out well and allows me to carry 7-10 books at a weight of about two ounces including a light weight third party charger. Similarly I can load audiobooks in my blackberry if I am taking it anyway. It can take a 4gb memory chip so it holds a lot of books. Using either you can even read while you are riding though I am generally not inclined to.
And in addition to that question: what about the 'Tidewater Potomac'?I think that trip is dependent on the ferry which I don't think runs that time of year. Check to be sure before committing.