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A very rough rule of thumb is $1 per mile. If you do like a young man I met in Virginia and live out of dumpsters you can probably bring this down.I am curious if you are credit card touring, camping, cooking, etc. Also are you including airfare and other expenses than daily stuff. $1 per mile seems really high unless it is moteling it the whole way or doing pretty low daily mileage. I am not knocking it just curious what it is based on.
Keep us posted.
i'll have to look at some better road maps and try and incorporate va creeper trail.
i've heard good things about that trail.
also doing the route during music festival season (esp the wayne henderson festival) would be pretty sweet.
I'm leaving May 1st for my first cross country and am pretty tight on cash. Have any of you ever raised money via your bike trip? I unfortunately have had a few family members die from lung disease so I was thinking of getting in touch with the American Lung Association. Any ideas on fundraisers or events to hold / advice on holding these events?
Actually, I can't argue with that at all Stay-hip. I've got dominator mt. Sidi's. Not as stiff as I would like, and the more basic roads have the same sole I believe. However, the carbon soled are way stiffer. If i were going to get road shoes, I'd definitely pony up for the the carbon soled shoes.Yep true enough that carbon shoes will be stiffer and Sidi makes carbon MTB shoes too, A bit rich for my blood though.
Funny, Westinghouse!I found the portion of New Mexico I rode delightful. I-25 was wonderful IMO. The ST through the state must be much different.
When I did my cross country ride (not my last, I hope), I came into New Mexico from the north, cut through Taos and Santa Fe, stayed a bit east of Albuquerque as I continued south, but eventually I picked up Hwy 60 to cross into Arizona. New Mexico provided some of the best riding of the whole tour, and the roads I pedaled were almost all pretty good, and the cycling doesn't get better than Hwy 60! The Southern Tier must have bad roads. Arizona was the best of times and the worst of times. I was especially shocked at the level of traffic up in the mountains around Showlow--crazy. The Southwest in general can be tough riding because the empty country offers so few routing choices. Still, when it's good, it doesn't get any better.
"Are road shoes stiffer?" Yes. Absolutely.That may be true for some shoes, but I have not found that to be the case with Sidis. There is typically a road model and an MTB model that are the identical shoe except for the cleat attachment and the raised tread. So my Thetas (road) are just the same upper and have the same stiffness sole as my Bullet 2s. I think the Genuis is the same as the Dominator in that regard, and other MTB and road models are similarly paired.
Don't bother with a suitcase or duffel bag for your panniers. Last time I took Amtrak I just strapped/bungied my panniers and tent bag together and took it as carry on. You could also stuff them in a large plastic bag, like a heavy-duty garbage bag (this is what I do when I take the plane so that straps and bits don't get caught in the conveyor belts) or bind them together with cling wrap.Yeah I did the same my last tour. I took a couple extra straps and it worked well.