My plans are just there to give me a framework to play in.A good way to look at it.
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I agree. Kansas, specifically western Kansas. You will have a few tailwind days that will make 100 miles easy. Start early in the day.Or eastern Colorado. We did a 115 mile day between Murphysboro IL and Sebree KY (we were east bound and took an alternate route using a bridge rather than the ferry). It was a fairly flat day some of it on the levee. I forget the route details, but I think we crossed the Mississippi quite a way north of the ferry on a bridge that required we take the lane. Google maps bike directions first choice look like they take you the way we went.
You can cycle on I-10 from as far east as Junction, TX, and possible farther east than Junction.I rode I-10 a good bit in east Texas as well with no problems.
I will be riding east to west across Texas this fall. Parts of my route would be on 380 which runs almost completely across Texas. Looking at Google Maps, much of the road is two lane with a wide shoulder on both sides. Other parts look like a freeway. Does anyone know of any restrictions for riding on 380?I rode on interstate highways a good bit in Texas. Lots of cops drove by, none seemed to give me a second look.
I do like the idea of using a warm-shower host to keep the bike and take a bus etc to my reunion IF it looks like I will be delayed.Depending on the location and distance, I find that a rental car sometimes works out to be fairly cheap and would allow you to take your bike and gear with you. It also allows the option of seeing the sights a bit more on the side trip.
ha ha. I'm 51 with a left knee that's crap. But at least it feels better when I ride. Almost as though someone has shot it full of WD-40. I can't walk very well. I certainly can't run. But I can ride. In reality, and to be truthful to myself, I'd likely have to do it one way. The out & back is the dream of a healthy young man. When I retire........................................My suggestion is to allow more time and more money than you need. Then just ride the miles you feel like each day. IMO, nothing sucks the joy out of a tour more than a rigid schedule. Too tight budgets can be joy killers as well. I am not saying you need to take a long time or spend a lot, but it will be more fun if neither of those is too limiting of a factor.
So far as the thought of saving money, I guess I was looking for a reason to ride back. That was my excuse. I was kinda looking at this as MY version of RAAM, albeit, a slow one.I suggest you either check out http://transambikerace.com/ or consider doing it as more of a tour. Personally I would advise the tour unless you really want to be competitive.
The reason I thought an out and back would be better was due to cost. For the cost of a plane ticket for me and my bike to fly back, I could ride back.Given that you can get a flight on Southwest from Columbus,OH to the Portland, OR for $205 plus $75 for the bike, you really can't expect to save much money. Also you are planning a long way in the future, so putting aside $280 for air travel should be pretty easy.
I've toured and camped, but not solo. Without that second set of eyes I wonder if there's a need for a mini U-lock instead of my traditional (and mostly symbolic) 3/16" featherweight cable and tiny padlock. I'm planning an E-W ride starting near the end of May.There definitely are a few places where risk of theft is higher on the TA. My way of handling that was just to be more careful in those places rather than going with more lock. In bigger more bike friendly towns (Eugene, Missoula, etc.) rather than taking a big heavy lock, I just don't leave my bike unattended. I take my bike inside stores and am more likely to stay with hosts or get a room when in these towns. I am a bit of a weight weenie so even a 2 pound mini u-lock is something I really want to avoid and some of the serious locks are a lot heavier than that. If you don't mind the extra weight a mini u-lock might be an OK choice.
I am going to cycle this route from June - September. I was expecting it to be mountainous but for the first time I've actually added up the numbers for elevation gain in each of the five segments.I don't know the correct number, but I will say that the amount of climbing is pretty extreme and unlike any other route I have been on in that regard.
The number I have got is 235,000m. This can't be right, can it? Please tell me I have made a mistake.