If my mate comes over I plan on: train to Jasper, ride to WF, train to Seattle. If he doesn't I'll be doing L&C to Portland rather than train to Seattle. Can't wait either way.
Thanks in anticipation.
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chiptoothed, I have to totally agree with what PeteJack responded with. Going alone is a great way to travel for sure on such a personal adventure taken, and for the obvious reason he mentioned. My own travels alone have been chock full of many great memories and experiences had, as well as other similar travels having been made with fellow cyclists. Remember, the TransAm route is an established bicycle route, and odds are pretty good that you will easily see, and come across many other cyclists who are both coming & going while your out there on the entire distance.+1 One thing I would urge you to do is to tell your new friends "You guys go ahead. Don't wait for me" if they are obviously more comfortable with a faster pace than yours. It's all too easy to let your ego spoil your fun. I did that twice on my last NT.Edit. Told people to go on that is.
I myself will be starting the same route as you at the end of April - east to west direction. I am cycling solo too, well kind of I guess I would say since my wife and family pet will be traveling along just shortly ahead of me daily in a family vehicle.
+1 It is amazing what a difference a properly fitting bike makes.
If you haven't already, consider going to a certified bike fitter to fine tune how your bike fits you.
It will be interesting to see how long this thread goes. Panniers vs Trailer has the same potential for heated discussion and disagreement as Shimano vs Campy and "whats the best chain lube?" questions.+1 Unless you've got plenty of space trailers present the problem of finding somewhere to put it when you ain't using it.
In west Texas through hill country. Nice following wind today, but yesterday had many steep hills and side / head winds. Schwalbe Marathon tire on back is delaminating. The nearest bike shop I know of is in El. Paso. Hope I make it. Doing roughly 65-67 miles daily.I take it that's a Marathon and not a Marathon Plus. I had bad luck with a Marathon on the TransAm it wore down to the brown stuff and started getting flats after about 2K. My helpful companion told me I should have put new tires on before I started. (I had) Someone once told me that NASA has done a study and found that things generally last a lot longer than you think they're gonna. That could be BS but I've found that in general stuff wears slower than you think. So fingers crossed. I don't know your schedule but you could get a tire sent to a post office a few days ahead. I had good luck with that when I found my debit card had expired in the middle of the NT.
There never seems to be a Subway when I need one, though!You must ride is some very remote areas. Those things are EVERYWHERE.
You don't mention how many times you have removed your chain.The chain had about 1000 touring miles on it and had never been removed. Maybe it's QC on the QLs (!) but sometimes they separate easily and other times they can be a bear to get apart. I only separate when replacing a chain, never to clean a chain.