« on: September 28, 2007, 09:23:47 pm »
Ken, I am an Aussie who has cycled the Northern Tier in the USA, and like yourselves, have done a number of 1,000kms plus rides in Australia.
I never had any problems with getting water along the Northern Tier, but did carry three bottles on the bike each day. The eastern states have any number of towns only a few miles apart. Along the Mississippi River it is much the same. Once you're in say Nth Dakota and Montana, then the towns are much more spread out but, with possibly a couple of exceptions, still easily manageable, and within your budgeted daily milage.
However, you won't come across too many coffee shops/cafes like the ones I know you are talking about, in rural USA. What you will come across is heaps of friendly small town people, who will be genuinely interested in you and your trip, and will make sure that you don't go hungry.
Whichever route(s) you decide upon, invest in the Adventure Cycling maps. They are a must.
If you would like some more detailed info, private message me with your details, and I will be in touch.