Do you need to allow more rest days? On our TA we really didn't use rest days much. One day for rafting and one day for one of our party to recover from a crash were the only rest days. We preferred to take a low mileage day (30 or 40 miles) once in a while rather than stay in one place for a whole day. Does the extra length of a perimeter trip require a different strategy.
At the end of this post is a first attempt at a rough schedule. I would like to hear suggestions about whether it hits the various regions at a reasonable time.
Regarding pace, I think the 60 mile per day pace is conservative. The assumption is that a relaxed pace may be required to manage this long of a trip. I am basing the 60 miles per day on what we did on our TA, but we started that with two riders not really having trained and none of us having trained with a loaded bike. Our low mileage in the beginning kept our average down a bit. I am thinking that the length of a perimeter trip may require more frequent rest days and an easy pace. Is this reasonable or will it just keep getting easier to do long days back to back?
Miles Days Start Finish
Baltimore to Bar Harbor 1000 16 05/01/08 05/17/08
Northern Tier 4295 71 05/17/08 07/27/08
Pacific Coast 1836 30 07/27/08 08/26/08
Southern Tier 3159 52 08/26/08 10/17/08
St. Augustine to Baltimore 1000 16 10/17/08 11/02/08
Miles per day ~60
Starting date 05/01/08
This message was edited by staehpj1 on 10-2-07 @ 6:16 AM