I'm brainstorming on a summer (july/august) bike trip from Chicago to Pittsburgh. I've never done a bike trip of this length before, tho I've done a lot of long distance hiking and shorter (100 mile) bike trips. I don't know much about the landscape of bike trails around the USA. I have a road bike and also a hybrid bike, depending on the quality of the trail I take not sure which one I will use. This is a one way trip kinda deal, but I know next to nothing about bike gear. I'm a very capable long distance hiker (thru-hiked the AT last year) which means I can definitely use a lot of my ultra-light camping gear and related knowledge for this trip, but I'm still trying to make sure I don't have gaps in knowledge when it comes to stuff particular to long distance biking (like repairs, cheap DIY bike gear, etc.)
Anyway, one of my ideas was take the US 76 bike trail from Illinois to Waynesboro Virginia, then find my way to Pittsburgh from there.
But then someone pointed me to this forum and mentioned that some of the adventurecycling routes might be what I'm needing? It looks like the Northern Tier could take me to Eerie, Pennsylvania, with bike routes going south from there? I'm not asking for people to do the heavy lifting in terms of planning my trip, obviously, but advice and input would be really appreciated.
Whew! Yeah, this was a lot, but I'm trying to plan things early so nothing catches me by surprise