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Routes / Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« on: May 01, 2012, 11:40:06 pm »
Hi John,
Nothing wrong with the suggestions at all, I appreciate them...just clarifying.

I don't want to go down to Astoria but want to get on (connect) to the TransAm route as quickly as possible starting from Bellingham.


Routes / Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« on: May 01, 2012, 10:37:58 pm »
Thanks everyone...sorry I should have been more clear.
I was wanting to know the best way to re-connect to the TransAm route.

Routes / Possible Route Change...need help!
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:10:12 pm »
Hey Everyone,
My son and I are doing the TransAm route this summer. We originally planed to go east to west but may need to change from W to E.
The question I have is, we would need to start from the Bellingham Wash. area. Since we wouldn't be starting from Astoria, OR. as the maps show, what would be the best and quickest way to get back on the route from Bellingham?

Thanks so much!

Routes / Ordered Maps!
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:39:12 pm »
Just ordered the maps for our cross country ride (TransAmerica Trail).  :)
We will be going from East to West...the maps have the ride ending in Astoria, Oregon. We would like to finish in the Bellingham, Wash. area. Any suggestions for routes to complete that leg of the trip?


Routes / Re: Piecing together a cross country route
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:51:33 pm »
Thanks Carla! I sent you a PM

Routes / Piecing together a cross country route
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:56:09 pm »
Hi everyone,
Please excuse my ignorance on this topic but I need some clarification on routes.
We are planning a cross country ride this summer. I haven't purchased any maps yet but our plan at this time is the TRANSAM route.
I've been reading through the posts and reviewing the maps on ACA and was wondering if there would be a better option for a cross country tour than the full transam route?

For example: The Western Express route would be ideal for us. If we were to take that route, what maps would you suggest to get from Pueblo to the east coast?

This will be our first tour of this sort and my son is only 13 so we are looking for the route that will be the most enjoyable for these circumstances.

Thanks for any suggestions...

General Discussion / Re: Weather Extremes
« on: February 08, 2012, 10:06:57 pm »
I think my biggest concern would be the heat/humidity...especially for my son.  I don't know what the conditions are in the VA area in late May but I have to think it would be better to ride that area at that time than in late July/Early August. Having said that...East to West may be the better option. For what it's worth, both my son and I are redheads and can get sunburned just looking at a photo of the sun  :o

General Discussion / Re: Weather Extremes
« on: February 05, 2012, 01:23:49 pm »
The more people I talk to and "chat" with online the more confused I am on which direction to go. Seems there are good and bad to both.
From a logistics point of view it would be easier to start from the West coast because I am in Idaho and it would be easy to begin from Oregon or Washington.

What to do  :-\

General Discussion / Re: Weather Extremes
« on: February 04, 2012, 06:57:11 pm »
Thanks for the replies. We are going East to West...Never occurred to me to have someone mail items. Funny you mentioned Pueblo, Co. I have family there (not Pueblo but Colo.) that plan to join me for the Colorado leg of the ride. Is the reason you prefer East to West because of the temps during the different times of the year in specific regions? We are planning 9-10 weeks starting late May.

Thanks again!

General Discussion / Weather Extremes
« on: February 04, 2012, 10:16:08 am »
As we continue to plan for our TransAm trip this summer I was curious as to what sort of weather extremes to expect. We will be leaving in late May and will be concluding our ride in early August. 
What sort of clothes should we pack?

Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: January 08, 2012, 09:29:35 pm »
WOW! What great information!

I am planning the ride this summer with my 13 year old son. We are planning east to west as well. We will be flying from Boise...what is the best way to get bikes, gear etc. to the start location? With a youngster along I have some added challenges and the transportation issue to Yorktown has me concerned.

Any suggestions for doing the ride with a 13 year old boy are most appreciated.

We will be leaving in late May and plan on being gone all of June, July and part of August. Having never done a cross country tour...I was wondering are there a lot of other cyclists on the route during this period?

Thanks in advance!

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:36:51 am »
A lot of great advice and suggestions...Thank you!

Though I still don't know the exact route we'll take, I feel much better about doing it on our own than I did before.
Assuming we camp most of the way what is an average daily budget I should plan for the 2 of us?

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:50:44 am »
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I've read that the "southern route" is the shortest cross country route. Is this correct and would it be suitable for 2 rookies?

Regarding my beard...thanks for asking! I made an agreement with my son, that starting Nov. 23 I would not shave until we complete our ride next summer. We have put together a site for keeping track of how it's going (growing) and to chronicle our journey from training and on through the ride.

Please stop by the site if you would like to...the address is

Thanks again everyone  :)

General Discussion / Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: November 30, 2011, 06:56:03 pm »
Hi everyone,
I am new to the forum and am excited to begin consuming all the great information. Next summer my 12 (soon to be 13) year old son and I will be making a ride across the country. I am trying to figure out the best option for doing this while keeping the costs down. We have virtually all summer so we can take our time. Question is, would I be better of doing this as part of a supported ride or is it something we could safely do on our own?

Neither of us has ever embarked on anything like this but we are up to the challenge and committed to the ride  ;D

Thanks so much for this awesome fourm  :)

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