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Cross Country on a recumbent bike

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Gilou:
I just enter this forum on Adventure Cycling,I'm a French biker,my english  writing is difficult to understand but I can give you some advice because I have ridden a recumbent bike for 3 years .For my opinion I really like paniers it had stability to the bike.
If you want to visit my Blog : remy.terrier.free.fr   you will find all kind of details on the type of bike & equipements.
Gilou

ms1jojo:
Hi all,
This piqued my interest as I am planning a cross country trip via recumbent in 2014. Actually I desire to circumnavigate the lower 48 but my husband/sag support driver has suggested Key West to San Diego for starters to see how it goes. I checked the mileage for what I desire and it turns out to be about 12,000 miles. I desire to travel via bike paths whenever possible.
My background is a Navy retiree and long distance backpacker for the past ten years or so. Just finished the Continental Divide Trail last summer. This summer is my husband's choice of location for the summer and its back to Alaska.  One of my hikes in 2002 was from Key West, FL to Newfoundland, about 5800 miles  in about 11 months so I figure by bike my hiking partner and I should be able to bike the 12,000 miles in a few months. Any comments, suggestions? Have traveled some 1000 miles via recumbent back in 2003 from Hornell, NY to Richmond, VA.

John Nelson:

--- Quote from: ms1jojo on January 10, 2013, 09:18:32 am ---I desire to travel via bike paths whenever possible.

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It's a popular goal, but you'll be lucky if 3% of your trip is on bike paths. You can increase this somewhat if you go out of your way to pick up trails such as the Katy in Missouri or Mickelson in South Dakota. Here and there you might find a bike path that will take you from 3 to 30 miles, but most of your riding will be on roads. Try to decide if you prefer busy roads with good shoulders, or sleepy roads with no shoulder. You usually can't get both a sleepy road and a good shoulder at the same time. The sleepy backroads are scenic and peaceful, but typically longer and hillier.

Have a great time.

bogiesan:

--- Quote from: ms1jojo on January 10, 2013, 09:18:32 am ---Hi all,This piqued my interest as I am planning a cross country trip via recumbent in 2014.
...Any comments, suggestions? Have traveled some 1000 miles via recumbent back in 2003 from Hornell, NY to Richmond, VA.

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Welcome to the group.
Your long trail experience will help you with packing and fitness but you'll be riding highways and some backcountry roads. This beautiful country's road systems were not designed for bicycle travel.
There are dozens of great bike touring books and websites. Start your research now. Almost every possible route has been done and documented online at least once. You can connect them easily with some effort and time. Join Adventure Cycling.
Your plans to start your trip in 2014 allow you plenty of time this season to get your recumbent long-distance legs and learn to pack. I strongly urge you to sign up for at least one multi-day, supported tour, 300-500 miles over 5-8 days.

mucknort:

--- Quote from: privatesoldier13 on December 10, 2012, 01:39:26 pm ---
  Depending where I am after I finish the Army I will start there and make my way around the US. I would really like it if there were other riders with me. So please if you have anything to add or say please do and I would really like to hear from everyone their thoughts and ideas.
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3 thoughts:
1. Thanks for your service to our Country.
2. You should post your plan and check for other's plans in the "Companions Wanted" section of this forum: http://www.adventurecycling.org/mag/companions.cfm
3. You're choice to tour on a recumbent bike is most excellent! I did many tours on a traditional touring bike and have now toured 1000's of miles on a recumbent. Either way I have loved touring, but the recumbent allows me to tour w/o butt/back/wrist/hand pain and gives me a better view of the scenery. I'd never-ever go back to an upright bike for touring.
Good Luck!

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