I did Oregon to Pueblo last summer, and plan to complete the Transam late summer. My plan is to head to Pueblo about end of July, and to cover 50ish miles a day, 300 a week. That means 7 - 8 weeks. I did more last year over the mountains, but that and 2 weeks of cold and wet (I'm an Arizona boy) wore me out.
I know this is a bit later than typical, so, my questions:
I know that much of the camping through at least Kansas is city parks, and the showers are the city pools. My understanding is that they close labor day. Is that valid?
Similarly, I can tolerate heat to a point, as long as I can 1) have a shower, and 2) it cools to at least 80 at night. Will that be the case, or do I need to plan for using motels?
My thinking is that a late re-start like this could mean fall color by the time I reach the blue ridge parkway, but that leads to a few questions - 1) Is mid to late September early for color, or will I get some 2) Will it also mean cold nights (how cold), and 3) Am I at risk for becoming a hood ornament for some sight seeing driver looking at the same color as I?
Logistics to get home - I know, I need to use the search for this... Any recommendations for how to get my bike back home? Are there favorite Bike stores to look up? I'm thinking that logistically, having a bike store send it is likely well worth the cost to avoid dealing with it at the end. Comments?
Anything else I should know?
Note - I realize that in some ways doing this in reverse might be easier, but I kind of want to "finish" what I started.