We are biking the TransAmerican trail in 2010 from first of June to ? going from Oregon to VA. We want to also enjoy the country on the way and can take 3-4 months to do the distance. There are 4 of us, and two are going to switch off driving a small RV, so we can go slightly off route for side trips. I'm looking for things that some of you who have done this route either did or wish they did that we can add to our plans. A raft trip? Great side trips in Yellowstone? Particularly great hikes? Unusual places to eat, visit or see? What were some of your best memories? Thanks!
We went rafting in Idaho and that was fun. If time were less tight we would like to have seen Glacier NP, Rocky Mountain NP, and more of the Tetons.
FWIW: On our TA we had sag support for a few days in Virginia and it was nice, but I was glad we did most of the trip without. It was a way different experience and the lack of sag support generally made for a better tour. We got less of a feel for what the area and people were really like on the portion where we were sagged. It was great for those few days and we really appreciated the assistance from relatives of one of us. Visiting with them made it worthwhile.
Carrying our own stuff and being more dependent on the kindness and hospitality of the folks in whatever small town we wound up in each day greatly enhanced the tour. Many of our best memories are of folks who helped us out with a place to camp, a bed, a spot on their floor, a meal, or even just by stopping and offering us a cold drink of water.
We were a little jealous of the folks who rode the passes without all their gear, but agreed that we would not be willing to trade our experience for theirs.
Just something to consider.