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I guess that's what I've heard, too many accidents and it is more of a dangerous route. Does anyone have other suggestions on routes? We only have about a month and a half but I want to make sure we're taking a good route, I know they all have their perks but I'm a little more hesitant to take the Pacific Coast one.My estimation is that the TA probably has worse sections than the PC and I thought the TA was great. The PC is pretty close to ideal touring IMO. I wouldn't let the traffic worry you to much unless your tolerance for traffic is very low.
You should be able to go from east coastal Florida to Bangor, Maine in a month. It would be flat along the Atlantic coast. ACA has special maps for it.It depends on what you call flat. It will be hilly in places, judging by a quick look at the maps. I am not familiar with the whole route but much of section 3 is hilly. Don't get me wrong it isn't in the mountains, and will probably be pleasant, but it does have some steep if not all that long climbs.
I was under the impression that I could fit a 24t sprocket on the FSA. I chose 3 new chain rings 48-36-24 to replace the OEM 50-39-30. I think this will get me in the ballpark for a good climbing gear......24 front 27 rear.....that works out to 24 gear inches....Not that bad even for the Appalachians.You are correct about a 24t fitting. My mistake, sorry for the confusion. I did not know it had a 74bcd inner.
For touring nothing beats wool jerseys. They don't stink even after several days of wear and are cool in hot weather too. Lots of sellers: Ibex here at Adventure Cycling, Jones Wear, Boure', Kucharik, Wasabi to name a few.I would not advise stocking up on a lot of wool without trying one garment for a while first. You may love it or you may hate it. I found that for me the stuff stunk to high heaven after a few days without washing and I much prefer synthetics. Maybe the difference is in individual body chemistry because a lot of folks say that wool avoids the stink for them.