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hi all. i plan to ride a southern portion of the atlantic coast route during either january or february. i was wondering if anyone had an idea of how north is too north to begin...will north or south carolina be too cold to ride during this time? thanks for the help!
My advice is do western express and trans am. I did 2 summers ago and had a great time. but layover each 7-10 days one day! It's more fun to visit places and meet people than just ride. I really enjoyed all my layovers. I averaged 70 miles a day, which can be a 8-10 hr day total.Different strokes, but I personally have found that I prefer to take no full off days. I'd rather take short mileage days when I need a break or want to do something. I consider them half days. I only take a full day if I need to do something fun, like whitewater rafting or something, and even then prefer to ride a short ways. The key for me is to not push so hard that I need a day off the next day. I did stay in a motel for two nights once, but I was too sick to get out of bed let alone ride.
If you follow the Trans Am route, ride Yellowstone early as the map suggests. The traffic can be horrible. And when I was there 9 years ago, there were no shoulders on some busy roads, including the road between Yellowstone and Teetons. Hope they have improved things since then.
There is a good chance you will have to stop in Jeffrey City, WY. Somewhere at this forum a traveller who stayed at the motel in town had mushrooms growing in his carpet.
Interstate highways, however, aren't much fun to ride on in my opinion and the shoulder sometimes has a lot of debris. A compromise perhaps is to stick with US highways, which have less traffic than interstates but often still have good shoulders.My experience is that they vary widely in this regard. I did a section of I-80 in Wyoming and it was not especially pleasant, but OK. There was a good bit of sharp debris and the scenery was so so. The traffic was kind of heavy and the resulting noise was less than optimum.
I would recommend going on the Southern Tier in the middle of the summer. It is hot and humid in the south and can be very hot and dry in the west.Note: I assume you meant, "I would not recommend going on the Southern Tier in the middle of the summer."
The original 1976 route did not go through Lexington, KY - it has always gone through Berea. I looked at the trip offerings from 76 in the archives here at the ACA office and the trip I think GAmado is referring to was from St. Genevieve, MO to Berea, KY. Carbondale and Lexington were the 2 closest largest cities to those towns.Interesting, thanks. I would have guessed that it had changed more.
There are some maps here in Missoula but I don't know of anything online that shows the original 76 route. Amazingly, for its length, we have changed less than 150 miles of the route. There are short sections in VA, KY, IL. MO and KS that have been re-routed. The 2 biggest adjustments have been in CO and OR. In CO the route between Walden and Kremmling was changed, and in OR there is a new route between Eugene and Florence (which was always the shortcut to get to the coast) though the route officially began/begins in Astoria.
I'm proud to say I was there--for the Carbondale, IL to Lexington, KY portion. I'm looking forward to watching this forum topic and plan to post some of my slides (remember them) to the flicker portion. I hope to run across some of my fellow tourers from way back in '76. I now wish I had kept contact with some of them.Did the route originally go through Lexington? When we did the TA in 2007 we went through farther south in Berea. Is there a map available anywhere that shows the original Bikecentennial route? I would be curious how it differed from the current TA.