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Routes / TransAm on Map 12, Christiansburg VA
« on: June 21, 2008, 07:41:57 am »
I would suggest trying to see if a one way car rental to Blacksburg or Christiansburg might work.  Some rental companies soak you for a huge fee for dropping off at a different location and others not.  It might depend on location as well.  We had good luck with Alamo on the west coast, but I don't know if they are in the area.

Routes / Western Virginia Route- route 80 quality
« on: July 10, 2008, 04:38:41 am »
Sorry that I don't remember all of the specifics. but...

I think that all of the VA roads on the TA had a reasonable surface.

There were long stretches of horrible surfaces because of road construction in the west.  I think the worst of it was Wyoming and maybe some in Montana.

Missouri had a long stretch of freshly applied tar with no chip yet on it that was pretty bad in the 100 degree heat.  What a mess that was!

Edit: I forgot to say that was in 2007, but the construction in the west was slated to go on for several years.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 7-10-08 @ 3:39 AM

Routes / US Perimeter Tour Logistics
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:32:14 pm »
FredB, I am jealous!

Have a great trip.

Routes / US Perimeter Tour Logistics
« on: July 29, 2008, 10:39:33 am »
I forgot to ask.  Are you seriously considering this trip or is it an academic exercise?  I hope to do it, but will not have the time until I retire (probably a few years off yet).

BTW: I had a copy of my proposed timetable on CGOAB and they came back up after an outage so I now have the following:
                           Miles  Days   Start      Finish
Baltimore to Bar Harbor    1000   16     06/01/??   06/17/??
Northern Tier              4295   69     06/17/??   08/25/??
Pacific Coast              1836   29     08/25/??   09/23/??
Southern Tier              3159   50     09/23/??   11/12/??
St. Augustine to Baltimore 1000   16     11/12/??   11/28/??
        11290   miles    
        180     days

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 7-29-08 @ 9:43 AM

Routes / US Perimeter Tour Logistics
« on: July 29, 2008, 10:37:32 am »
I worked out a tentative schedule for starting and finishing at my home in Maryland.  I don't have it here at work, but it basically a matter of picking a pace and playing with start and finish dates to try to hit the various segments at suitable times of year.  I think that starting around June 1 works OK for a six month counter clockwise trip starting in Baltimore.

I think that counter clockwise is the way to go regardless of starting point.

I think it is easiest to make the schedule work if starting in California in Winter but late enough to  have the snow melted on the NT and the rain done on the PCH in the Northwest.  As I said you have to pick a pace and then play with different start dates.

Routes / touring in PA amish country
« on: May 20, 2008, 12:51:53 pm »
I hope someone else will pipe up.  I don't know the area all that well.  It does have some very pleasant riding though.  If you just want a leisurely B&B to B&B ride, I can see where it would be a nice area to explore.  Sorry I don't have some good specific advice.

Maybe the following site might help a bit:

Have a great trip!

Routes / touring in PA amish country
« on: May 20, 2008, 11:01:47 am »
Lancaster County is a pretty small area for a week long tour.  If I was to do a week there I think I would either do day trips or maybe branch out to another area like Maryland's Eastern Shore or Delaware.

Havre de Gras Maryland might be within range and is nice but you would have to get across the Susquehanna.  The only place you can ride across is on Rt1 and that may be a bit out of the way.  That would get you into pretty hilly country though.

Routes / southern tier in august
« on: December 08, 2008, 07:59:21 am »
I have only ridden parts of it and driven others.  Yes there is traffic, but we didn't find it to be too bad.  I guess it depends on your tolerance for traffic.

Routes / southern tier in august
« on: December 07, 2008, 03:17:35 pm »
How about crossing N - S on the Pacific coast?  It would be a beautiful ride that time of year and fit well in the time frame you are anticipating.

Routes / southern tier in august
« on: May 15, 2008, 10:55:11 am »
I have no experience with the ST, but based on my experience with the TA...  I would take a more northern route (TA? NT?) W-E or go at a cooler time of year.

Routes / Latest date for starting the Trans Am?
« on: April 29, 2008, 06:13:40 am »
Mr Bent,
To me a TransAm means the TransAmerica route, not just any route across the US.  So August may be a great time to start a trip across the US, but I doubt that it is a great time to start a TransAmerica if going east to west.

I still think west to east would be my choice, but Mr Bent has a point.  It might be worth looking into whether  a TransAmerica and Western Express combination would work.  It sounds promising.   AC says the Western Express "can be ridden from mid-May through October, depending on weather".  Go farther south if necessary.

Routes / Latest date for starting the Trans Am?
« on: April 28, 2008, 07:00:58 am »
Are you the same person who asked this on Bike Forums?  If so excuse me for answering again.

Hopefully others who have started later will comment, but my impression is that it would make more sense to go west to east if starting late. You are likely to find snow on the passes if starting in the east and going at an average pace. It isn't rare for Mckenzie pass to close for the season in October (you can detour to Santiam pass, but still...). Snow is fairly likely on Hoosier Pass in September.

Assuming 9-12 weeks for the trip I wouldn't want to start in the east on or after Aug 1. Starting in the west Aug. 1 is about as late as I would start.

Routes / new biker for coast of maine
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:45:25 pm »
It depends.  Can you do a 60 mile day ride and be fine to ride the next day?  60 miles is a nice distance per day once you are used to the load and riding everyday.  It could be a bit much starting out, everyone is different though.

Routes / If i Leave in mid-MAY....which Route do i Take?
« on: March 18, 2008, 05:00:38 am »
We did the TA in 73 days.  Considering that we started off slow in the beginning and that the WE is a bit shorter I think it probably could be done in under 70 days by somewhat average riders.

OTOH it is nice to not have a schedule that you have to stay on, or at least to have one with some slop on it.

I can't speak first hand about the ST, but from what I have heard about it I would do that in the winter or not at all.

Routes / Brits Tackle Transamerica
« on: March 19, 2008, 08:06:12 am »
I wouldn't want to be too rushed, but 50 days would be about 85 miles per day for the TA.  That might be OK or not; you would have to make that call.  If it was me I would probably opt for the pacific coast or the great parks route.

The ST still might be an option if you can go when it is cooler.

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