I rode the TransAm east to west in 2000 for the same reasons others
have mentioned: heading home, saving the grandeur of the Rockies
and the west for last, getting stronger as you go, etc. Winds were rarely
a problem (some awesome tailwinds, though!), and the weather overall
was great. Which leads to another good reason to go east to west:
when you start in the east, you're starting in the humidity and heat. As
you head west, it gets drier, and ultimately, as you hit the mountains,
My flight to Virginia from Oregon, where I live, was not without
problems...the airline baggage handlers in Newark, where I changed
planes, tried to feed my boxed bike through the chute to the
carousel...the box jammed and caused a hold-up for almost an hour.
Fortunately, the bike was okay, but there were more than a few people
shooting me the evil eye!
I'm very glad I did it from east to west. I'd highly recommend it - but
then, everyone's trip is going to be different. And the merits of leaving
right from your own front door, or close to it, are obvious and many.
Have a blast, whichever way you ride!