Hello, I'm fairly new to the world of biking but I've started to entertain the idea of going cross country next summer. I've been reading what I can find online and it looks as if most people bike from West to East because of the prevailing winds. I live in New York and was hoping I could start at home but it looks like that would be a little more difficult. My question is, if I wanted to start in the West and head towards home how would I go about getting my bike and all my gear to the starting point? I can't imagine what kind of fees I'd have to pay to bring my bike on a plane. Would it be easier to just ride E-W rather than worrying about getting myself and my bike to the other side of the country?East to West has a slight edge on prevailing surface winds for the TA. not sure about the NT or ST. Summer winds in Kansas and eastern Colorado tend to be out of the SE and the TA goes kind of into them. That said prevailing winds should not be the main factor in your decision.
As far as the worries about shipping the bike... My preference is to have the air travel out of the way up front. Easier to buy tickets when you know the date you need them. You generally know when you are starting a trip, but unless you are different than me you only have a general idea when you will finish. It is nice if you finish near home. Being greeted by family and friends after the TA was a great experience. It brought tears to my eyes when I saw them there to welcome us. They had a van all painted decorated up and they threw us a nice cookout at the finish. It was worth picking the direction of travel for that alone.