« Last post by zzzz on October 03, 2016, 11:19:21 pm »
I will start by saying I loved this ride and if you do it you are in for a treat.
I started from the north in Sumas on 9/1/14 and finished my ride in LA on 9/28 some 300 miles short of Mexico. I think since you're starting from the south and you're asking about the latest you can go I would count backward from a 9/30 finish date at the canadian border as you do hear of the higher passes up north getting snow in the middle of October. I think it's going to be pretty hot at the start whenever you leave if it's anytime in the summer so Bclaydens strategy of leaving early in the am and wrapping early is the way to deal with that.
A few things to consider;
1) Are you going to want to stop along the way? Most obviously, you're going thru Yosemite and Kings Canyon, will you want to take some time off to hike around?
2) Realize that the later you leave the more into fire season you will be. I had extraordinary luck just missing several fires on my trip but they were all around me. Except for huffing some smoke from the "King" fire that was burning in Sacramento at the time I had no trouble, but if things were a little different it would have really affected my trip.
3) Lots of tough days so I'd base your milage expectations on what you were doing on your TransAm trip when you were in eastern Kentucky and that first 50-75 mile into Va. The hills are steeper in Appalachia but not much, and they're pretty relentless and longer on this whole route and it does wear you down.
4) Get the addenda right before you leave and always carry enough water and food that if the next rural store you were counting on is no longer open you are not screwed.. There was at least 2 stores on the map in California that I was expecting to be open that were closed and there was large stretches of the route that did not look like it was doing well economically.
That's what I got for you,