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A TC bike path like I am thinking of would definitely have to be built with the long distance bicycle tourist in mind. Off-path times and distances to towns and stores and services would absolutely have to be reasonable. I mean something like an Appalachian trail, only for cyclists; joggers, hikers and walkers too. Of course, cyclists would need to plan ahead too. There could be makeshift camps at intervals like the shelters on the Appalachian trail, but with running water. It could go through verdant green forests, mountains, prairies, and pasture lands the air is clean and noise is nonexistent. It could keep everyone near enough to services that it would not be a concern. However, in western states on some stretches, even on highways, keeping food and water enough can be a concern if one does not plan ahead.I prefer riding on the roads, but I can see where it would be a good thing in many ways for many people.
The construction and linking of such a trail(s) and its maintenance would provide jobs. It seems like a win win situation to me.
I have looked on the crazyguyonabike webpage and he has some really great stuff. He did the trip west to east which would change the dynamic of my ride.He? Which he? There are a ton of Journals on crazyguy. The founder of the site did his TA E-W as did lots of the others who have journals there. You should go back and read some of the other journals they might be helpful.
Here is the previous stove thread:That thread said most of what I would add, but I will mention a few things.
Easiest and cheapest change is to replace the 28T chainring with a 24T. It's a bigger % change than going from a 32 to a 34T rear cog and much less expensive than changing the cassette.I agree.
Are you sure you don't already have a long cage rear derailleur? Almost all bikes with triple cranks come with them and your current gearing would be very limited if your rear derailleur is now a short cage.I agree here too. It seems unlikely that you have an 11-32 and a triple and do not have a long cage RD already.