As far as keeping shoes and socks dry... My approach is to choose shoes that have a lot of mesh to dry fast and don't soak up much water paired with socks that dry fast and don't feel too bad when wet.
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All VERY good feedback. EXACTLY what I was looking for. Appreciate you all taking the time.That is a fairly popular starting time and direction of travel.
We are probably still thinking a May 1st start in Yorktown.
We were planning a May 1st start to allow as long as a 4 month journey. And we would start in the relatively early morning each day.I agree on starting in the East if starting in May. It allows for a better chance of good weather that some other options.
If I recall correctly you can catch the Astoria bus from the airport. The OR coast is perhaps the most scenic part of the TA so if you have time I'd start in Astoria and you might consider riding down to Florence instead of cutting across to the Corvallis area. When the weather is nice you generally get great tail winds out of the north along the coast so maybe another reason to continue down to Florence.The ride from Astoria to Florence is indeed very nice, I wouldn't categorize it as the most scenic of the trip though.
Thank You for comment Russ. Have had good Coast Mtn Pannier before. However the plastic shattered inside (maybe I had a bad batch of panniers). Needed to replace pannier. My preference is aluminum.I have never seen any panniers with aluminum inside and really doubt that it is more suitable, but the stiffeners are usually not too hard to replace and there is no reason you couldn't use aluminum if you prefer it.
If I purchase the ACA maps, is a gps necessary? If so, would you recommend one?I opted to not use the GPS when we did the TA in 2007 and on more recent tours only used my phone gps to find specific services. The AC maps are easy enough to follow without using the gps and it is nice to not be too battery dependent. I leave my phone turned off all day and only turn it on when using it to conserve battery, but it can be fired up as a reality check on location. On the TA I pretty much never found that necessary.
Also, any thoughts on camping? I was planning to camp my way across, though I was going to look into the warmshowers option as well.In the whole middle of the country there are usually free places to camp most nights. That is a little less true near the coasts. Free and cheap sites are typically listed on the ACA maps and after using them a while you get to know what will work and what won't even without the maps. I did not find warmshowers.org all that useful on my tours and only rarely stayed with WS hosts. I prefer to decide where to stay at the very last minute and most WS hosts prefer a little notice.
Many thanks to both of you for your response. I have three months to spend on a tour and I am inclined towards the TA. I guess my only concern was whether it was too hard for a novice tourer like myself.Three months is enough for most people.
Also I've heard it said that the TA is better traveled West to East. Is there really any difference? I live on the East coast, so I'm planning to go West.
When people ask how far I travel each day, I am wondering if the common practice is to divide total miles travelled by the total days of the tour or divide by the total - on the bike - riding days?Just me but I think of "average miles per day" and what I'd tell people I meet along the way who ask "how far I travel each day" as two different numbers.
The handling of the Bromoton is a little nervous compared to my LHT but I'm confident that it is up to the task.
You say that the climbs are steep but according to the gpx they rarely reach 6%. Do you think that is innacurate?
If you are planning for this summer (2016) you are really pushing it and I wouldn't advise it at all. If you plan for next summer, (2017), yes it's quite doable.I somewhat disagree. The biggest hurdle will be your lack of camping experience and gear. Three of us did the Trans America on a whim and on pretty short notice. The only real difference is that we were all experienced at camping and outdoor activities. By the time you could get up to speed and have all your gear sorted you would want to start in the West (the later in the season you go the more the preference shifts to a W-E trip).