« on: November 14, 2014, 10:45:20 am »
The inexpensive way to go is to camp and cook your own meals. Assuming you have all the necessary gear before you leave a budget of $35-$50 day should be enough to pay for camping fees and groceries and still stash a bit away for unforeseen expenses like repairs or gear replacement. Going very cheap, it’s possible to travel on $10/day or less. Camping prices will be more expensive on either coast, and when you are near or in large cities like Austin.
Besides the mountain passes, one in CA, one in AZ, and two in NM, you will go through the "Texas Hill Country" which is a series of short, steep hills west of Austin. Plan to ride less miles if you are going west to east at the start, because, as staepj! said, it's pretty challenging. After you're on the road for awhile you'll be able to increase your daily mileage.