Where do you plan on riding? Different parts of the country vary a lot.
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Take it from someone who knows. It is not a good idea to disregard warnings of heavy weather that might be coming your way.I don't bother with a radio. The locals will be quick to warn you when the weather looks dicey, especially if you ask. You need to respect the weather, but then again I think it all to easy to be overly cautious to the point where you worry about every little thunder storm. I don't think we would have ever gotten across Montana and Wyoming if we had holed up whenever there were thunderstorms in the forecast. They were forecast pretty much every day. And most of the time we could see one in the distance. Yes they could be scary, we did have lightning all around us at one point up on a butte with nothing sticking up higher than us. We probably should have gotten as low as we could and waited it out, but we raced as fast as we could for lower ground instead. Maybe not the smartest move, but we lived to tell about it.
But I have heard that the Blue Ridge is a lot harder than the TransAmNot sure. The limited part of the Parkway I have ridden was not too bad. The climbs up to it are killer though. The one at Vesuvius is about as bad as anything you will find anywhere else on the TA. Out west you will have a lot of very long climbs but none are nearly as steep as the ones in the Appalachians.
that runner guy is incredible...when i biked the TA i "biked" into him halfway up togwettoo pass (sp?) climb and on way to dubois. incredible guy...looks like he's still busy...runningI wonder if we met? I am assuming you met Bjorn in 2007. I was traveling with two recent college grads (my daughter and a friend) at the time. We were East bound and met Bjorn in Dayville Oregon June 19th. We were in Dubois July 11th. If you think we might have met look at our journal to see if you recognize us. It is at:
Adventure Cycling is not offering a coast to coast supported tour.They sometimes have in the past haven't they?
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I'm new to biking, and I plan to ride across America this summer. I know very little about bikes.50-60 pounds is quite a bit. I personally would be inclined to either pack much lighter or get a touring bike.
The guy at the bike place I went to really pushed a Tri-cross. I'll be taking about 50-60 pounds with me. I told him I wanted to research it online, but I don't see much about loaded touring on one anywhere. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations?