Long time lurker first time poster here. My friend and I are most of the way done with our cross courry tour! We took the western express from San Fran and are now following the trans am to Yorktown. We stayed last night in the fire house in Utica, ky (which is where I'm posting this). Unfortunately, we may have slightly under budgeted, time wise, and we're starting to worry about getting to yen town in time! We both start school at the beginning of September, ad we'd love to finish by the 28th of August.
Because of this time crunch, I'm asking if anyone knows any shortcuts in Kentucky or va that might shave some miles/days off our trip. I know I'll probably get some responses saying it's about the journey, not the the destination, and we should just do what we can and enjoy it, but I am very determined to get to the ocean at this point. I also live in va, and will have ample opportunity to ride there in my life.
We were successful in our last attempted shortcut, which was from Chester, il to sebree, ky via Illinois highway 13, which had a lovely shoulder. We were looking at taking 460 for much of the time from christiansburg to Yorktown in va, which I have driven and know is busy, but can't remember about the shoulder. If anyone has insight on whether it's rideable or any other shortcut ideas, I'd love to hear them. Here's hoping we make it to the coast!