Not enjoying carrying stuff with me when I ride, I thought the best idea for a cross-country trip would be to go with a tour company: they could carry it all for me! I'm kinda leaning toward PAC Tours. They seem to be a bit cheaper than others (probably 'cause they only do 3-4 weeks) and I do enjoy a challenge: 100+ miles/day would definitely be that.
I'm thinking of raising funds & soliciting sponsorships. The idea would be: I'm a middle-school teacher and am trying to utilize technology more and more in the classroom. I would send images, blog-posts, etc... back for my students (and/or sponsors) to follow. Other teachers could play off the various places & historical sites visited (math, science, reading, health, fitness, history--it's all in there!). It would be an educational trip of a lifetime for my kids, and for me! However, the funds would first go to PAC Tours and then other trip expenses (for instance, I'd want to get a laptop for the journey--although I could use my cell phone if necessary). There wouldn't be a non-profit receiving funds. (Extra, left-over money could be donated to student scholarships at our school--they're regular features of our school for student supplies as they go on to high school.)
Would this be a bad idea? Would it be "bad form" to solicit sponsorships? From companies? From individuals? Would people look at me and say, "Yeah, right!"