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Offline iwstamp

Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:45:04 am »
Sorry if it has been asked before. I am planning an East to West Southern Tier tour beginning either March or September. I will be riding solo on my Greenspeed GTO Trike - probably pulling a Bob trailer. I am in decent shape and I'd like to complete the trip in under 49 days. From what I can tell that sounds reasonable. Any thoughts from folks that have completed the trip on a Trike.

Thanks!!

Offline MrBent

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2011, 10:34:05 am »
I can't say for the time, but if you go east to west, start in the fall when the chances of heavy headwinds on the western section will be less.  I suggest an early spring start in the west to take advantage of the sometimes awesome tailwinds.  This are pretty consistent and can be spectacular.  I wouldn't want to fight them in the other direction.  I think a Feb. start would be best if you could manage it.

To calculate days, just figure what you can comfortably manage yourself on a day-to-day basis and do the math.  What's comfortable for one could be slow or fast for another.  I trike a lot, and as you must know, triking is generally not as fast or efficient as two wheeled travel, so I work that into my calculations.  Looking at roughly 3,000 miles, 49 days means about 60 miles/day, no rest days.  That's not a pace that I, personally, would want to maintain.  I like a rest day, exploration days, etc.  Also, consider the major climbs in California, AZ, and NM.  You are the only one who can determine a good pace for yourself.  Have you toured a lot on your trike?  If you want to make good daily mileage, I'd lose the BOB trailer and work on a system that lets you carry what you need on the trike alone.  This is not hard.  Here is a link to my Crazyguyonabike journal from my triking tour down the CA coast last summer.  The picture shows my Catrike Expedition with large Radical panniers, Arkel rack trunk. I strap tent and sleeping pad on each side of the trunk http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/pic/slideshow/?o=RrzKj&pic_id=772169&v=0.  I can carry plenty of gear this way and used an identical setup for a cross country ride on a HPVelo Street Machine.  You will save over ten   pounds in weight this way--no joke!  What does the BOB weigh, 13 lbs?  Plus an extra tube, etc.  If speed is important, don't take it. 

Personally, I'd want 60 to 65 days for a Southern Tier.  Some days you'll want to hammer big miles, others you may want to ramble.  Bad weather, gear problems, etc can alter the pace a lot, too.  If at all possible, avoid being to rigid with a schedule.

Have a great ride and report back!

Scott

Offline iwstamp

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2011, 12:02:43 pm »
Thanks Scott! Great advice! I guess maybe I was being a bit to aggresive... I have a job and getting more then 7 weeks off will be a chore. Maybe I can shoot for 8 weeks (56 days) as a compromise. Interesting comment about the Bob Trailer. A major concern I have is around the stability of the Trike with a load (besides me) on the back. I just assumed that a trailer would be more stable during those long downhills in CA, NM and AZ.

Online staehpj1

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2011, 01:23:22 pm »
I am in decent shape and I'd like to complete the trip in under 49 days.
No trike experience here, but 49 days doesn't sound like an unreasonable amount of time to complete a ST.  It works out to 63 miles per day, definitely in the normal range.

That said I prefer to have an open ended schedule.  Having a deadline can be a joy killer.  I know that I am a lot happier if I either don't have a deadline or have ten days of extra time in the schedule.

Offline MrBent

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011, 04:42:21 pm »
No worries about stability with the right panniers.  On the Pacific coast, I was SCREAMING down hill, leaning into corners, having a blast.  Get a good, bent-specific pannier like the Radicals or something from Arkel, and you'll be laughing.   The trike was so stable.

Enjoy.

Scott

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 01:04:44 pm »
Sixty years old. Two wheel touring bike. ST from 30 miles north of West  Palm Beach, FL to San Diego in 54 days total with 43 days actually on the road. Coldest winter in TX since 1977. Dec. 7, 2009---Jan. 30, 2010. If a trike is a bit harder to get the miles on, you can figure.

Offline iwstamp

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2011, 09:50:00 am »
Thanks!! I am looking to leave in March 2012. Based on feedback, I will be allowing for 8 weeks but shooting for seven....

Offline Tourista829

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2011, 09:47:18 pm »
IWStamp you are a brave man! I always worry about being seen on a trike. (maybe unfounded) We wish you the best of luck and a safe trip. We would be interested in your progress and comments. (60 days, why rush)

Offline iwstamp

Re: Average Number of Days for Southern Tier on a Trike
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2011, 10:39:22 am »
Thanks for the kind wishes. Actually the Trike (Lime Green with a Bright Yellow Seat) with my orange flag behind me is very visible. Just the novelty of it seems to bring additional attention... folks give me a wide berth! As far as the days... I'm a working man and that time will exhaust my vacation time from work - so I'm somewhat time boxed...  :-[

Brian