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Dear forum,

I am currently working a seasonal job in southern Vermont, near Burlington, and will finish on 25 October.
I would very much like to cycle from here down to Florida via DC (to visit friends) and am considering the ACA Atlantic Coast Route for this purpose.
However, I have some reservations I was hoping for advice on.
First, I understand the route is considered challenging and may not be suitable for a first time bikepacker.
Secondly, I am concerned that the weather in the northern portion of the route may make riding difficult.

Could anyone here expand on those issues and recommend an alternate route, if applicable? I am also open to beginning further south and shipping my bike or taking it by train, if feasible.
Thank you in advance!

Routes / Beginning TransAmerica cycling trip in September
« on: July 24, 2021, 04:41:21 am »
I have read that the TransAm can be ridden from May to September, but wanted to know if these days, given climate change, it would be feasible to begin an eastbound or westbound crossing in early September. I have three main reasons for wanting to leave later on the trip: 1) A later start date will give me more time to save up for the trip; 2) I would prefer to have lower temperatures when cycling; 3) I would like to arrive at Yellowstone and Grand Teton in early November, as I have read there is a short period of a few weeks during which roads are closed for outside automobiles but open for cyclists.
I understand one issue with a late start is shorter riding days - is it very difficult or dangerous to ride after dark or before sunrise on the TransAm?
If possible to start in early September, would eastbound or westbound be better?
I would be grateful for informed feedback on this issue.
Many thanks in advance.

My name is Barak and I am 24 years old. I am planning on going on my first long distance cycling tour in 2022. My preferred route is the TransAm but I am also considering the Pacific Coast.
I have a few questions that I would be grateful to have answered:

1. What type of preparation is necessary in terms of riding experience? The most I have ever ridden in one day is about 20 miles and honestly, my state of physical fitness could be better.
I have read accounts of cyclists who have set out on the route with no riding experience. Do I run the risk of injury if I begin riding without developing adequate stamina?
2. Given climate change in general and the extreme weather this summer in the West this particular, what is the recommended direction and start time for the TransAm?
3. In israel, where I currently live, traffic accidents involving cyclists on roads (better said, cyclists getting run over) are very frequent and a major concern. Is this an issue on the TransAm and the Pacific Coast?
Thank you all in advance.
If anyone is interested in joining me, feel free to contact me. I am flexible on direction and departure date.

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