I've been searching through the forums and can see there's loads of good advice out there and a lot of people are in the know. I was wondering if you'd mind giving me some pointers on my (vague) itinerary as I'm new to North America (British) and not been on a long cycling trip yet. So basically need some heads up on realistic time frames and set ups etc.
I've always wanted to drive the west coast USA and the other day I suddenly thought why drive it when I can cycle it. When I was living in Manchester, UK I cycled everywhere and I do miss riding a road bike so much (just moved to Banff).
So the proposed idea is cycling from Portland - San Francisco post spring. Thinking May/June. What's a realistic amount of time to do this in, given that I? want to take in the sights? Originally I intended to lift share my way down to SF from Vancouver stopping off as and when over a period of 1-2 months. Is the weather good at this time of year?
What would you recommend the best set up would be? I saw a thread which sparked the cogs turning. I've only ever cycled in Berlin and Manchester, both of which are flat cities. I normally also only cycle road bikes, too, so would I be able to do this all on a road bike given that hills aren't something I'm used to (I consider myself fit, in twenties). I plan to buy a bike when in Portland. Figured there's plenty of cyclists there and must be someone I can buy a bike and pannier racks off second hand, rather than me buying in Alberta.
Given that I'm gonna have to start saving for this trip and I haven't been to the states since the late 80s, what do you reckon is a realistic budget for camping down through Oregon - SF. I know people in the cities so not worried about there, would just like to get a rough idea of how much is expected for campsites. Saw a thread saying $4p/n?
Okay sorry if some of this has already been answered. Reading the other threads has made me more and more adamant to do this. I just feel I need some kinda pointer on what kind of time frame is realistic to cover such a distance.
Thanks for your heads up and maybe see some of you on the road!