My 9 year old son and I did the Southern Tier in Spring, '03. We actually started in LA around March 8 and finished in Jacksonville around May 12th. We did have some tough headwinds until maybe San Antonio, when everything seemed much nicer and flatter.
We had not really trained properly, as we live in Chicago and the weather wasn't conducive to riding prior to our trip. Because of that, we had difficulty climbing, and we were climbing starting on day 1. Had we been westbound, we would have been in better shape and our load would have been whittled down somewhat also.
We had a great time. Check out our web site at www.cushwafamily.com/la2jax/
This message was edited by la2jax on 1-9-04 @ 3:45 PM