To start off, I will have to say this. I have a dream of doing a bicycle tour around the US someday, just not sure how or when I would do it. First of all
, I am not in shape to ride long distances and in order to get into shape it will take me a lot of determination and motivation to do so. Second
, being a college student, I am not sure if I could afford it. Although, there might be a way to do it, I know I could do some research on being able to fund a bicycle tour. Third
, I am not comfortable with riding a standard diamond frame bicycle due to my weight. I would like to get a recumbent trike, which would be more comfortable to ride, just have the issues that people bring up about safety on the road with cars being able to see them. Fourth
, I know that my wife would support me with a decision to do a bicycle tour, it is just that she'd probably feel more at ease if there was a support vehicle, although, I think most of the fun it doing a bicycle tour would be the adventure itself and doing a self-supported tour would be more exciting and rewarding. Fifth
, also pertains to equipment, if I was to do a bicycle tour, I would definitely consider using some sort of trailer to haul gear with. The trailers I would probably use would be by chariot, http://www.chariotcarriers.com/en/US/Products/Sport-Series/Cougar/CT_10100928
. The recumbent trike I would probably consider getting would be a XMR-cobra, http://www.kmxus.com/cobra.html
Another thing that I would have to consider is what do most people that go on long cycling tours do when it comes to food. Is it good to take the food necessary for a weeks’ time, or would I just plan on purchasing food along the way?
I know that this is a lot to think about. Just wanted to get some good solid advice from those of you who have done a cross country cycling tour. Any advice would be great Whether it be about the choice of equipment, gear that would be good to include, and the best possible routes to take that have the less traffic.
Just to let others know I live in Southern Utah, St. George area.
I hope to post more as I can. I also will see about posting a picture of the bikes that I currently have, one is a 1998 Cannondale Mountainbike F2000 and the other is a Day 6 bike, recumbent style bike.