« on: January 06, 2015, 11:25:28 pm »
staehpj1's post made me want to add these thoughts to my previous comments.
Whenever I read a post like your original post I think that I'm reading someone who likes to approach these trips the way I do. That is, I like to set up a ride thats at the edge of what I can physically do while going by some amazing scenery. This is a unusual way to approach a bike tour. There is another possibility and that is when someone posts a schedule like you have, they are being optimistic or even naive.
If what you want is in line with my approach, you 3 are experienced riders, and you are traveling light for the first 2 weeks of your trip as a CC tour, and you will be supported during the last 2 weeks so you really shouldn't be carrying anything then except snacks and water, and if it's windy you'll keep a nice tight pace-line, and you are ready to deal with it if it's hot, or raining, or you're doing your second (or third) really big climb of the day and it's late in the afternoon, you should be okay as you've laid out your schedule.
Just keep in mind you are likely to be beat to exhaustion most every night. I certainly was on my trip over this terrain on a similar schedule. And while I saw a lot of cool stuff there was no time to explore places like Yosemite. So do the trip you want but make sure you're going into it w eyes wide open.
"You just have to decide whether you should wait in line with the cars or skirt around them. You kind of have to read which is better at the crossing."
In September of 2013 I crossed from Canada into the US at the Waterton Lakes NP into Glacier NP border station. For those not familiar with that road it's a pretty good climb up to the border and that September day it was raining pretty hard and in the 50° range. When I got to the crossing itself as I was waiting between 2 RV's I started to get pretty cold and thought it made a whole lot of sense to walk over & wait my turn under the shelter at the border-cross building. The 2 guys working the crossing did not think much of that idea. It got pretty ugly, pretty fast. As a matter of fact, I think I can say it was the most unpleasant,most unprofessional encounter w a law enforcement agency I've ever had.
Ahhh, my tax dollars at work!
I'm not saying you will have a similar experience, I believe these two agents were exceptional. But take John's advice seriously about getting a read on the situation before breaking any kind of protocol, it may mean a much more pleasant introduction to the US.