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General Discussion / Biking from NYC to Chicago, Need Help!
« on: February 04, 2010, 12:33:12 am »
The Pitchfork Music Festival was just announced for the weekend of July 16-18th. I've been wanting to go for a while, given that 3 day passes are only $90, and I really like a lot of the artists who usually attend. This got me to thinking, I am a pretty serious biker, and have been meaning to take a serious cross country ride for a while now, so why not bike to the festival from where I live in NYC? Well, a lot of reasons, I have no idea which roads/trails to take, I have no idea what I would need to bring, and no idea how long it would take. I've done a little research on Google, but figured I could use some wisdom to help me plan my trip. Here is what I want to know before I really get to planning:

-what roads/routes can/should I take? I'd prefer more scenic routes, but time is a factor, so it has to be pretty direct

-how long should I expect to take?I'm pretty serious biker, I've biked as much as around 75 miles in one trip over lightly hilly terrain, and fully expect to meet or exceed that on a daily basis

-what should I bring with me?I know I'll need lots of water, but besides that and the clothes on my back, what should I bring?

-how much will it cost? I want to start saving now, so I need to know how much I can expect to spend, assuming I'll want to stay at a motel some nights, but would be ok to camp others, I do need to buy a tent.

Well, that's about all I can think of right now, I'll definitely be reading your responses and posting my feedback, also if I get this project off the ground I'll definitely be taking photos and doing a trip thread about it!

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