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Routes / Re: First time, but year long trip. Nervous.
« on: August 30, 2020, 08:59:38 pm »
I'm more comfortable in the Eastern half the US because I've been all over the land and it feels like home. Desserts and treeless places freak me out. I like forests over sand and barrenness. Certainly, this doesn't describe the entire other half of the country...

Winter is probably my biggest concern. And a decent cell connection.

Routes / First time, but year long trip. Nervous.
« on: August 29, 2020, 11:30:38 pm »
Hi there... First post ever.

For various reasons, I am considering planning a bike tour to last a year. I'm less interested in covering mileage and more interested in living simply. Being in nature is a huge plus. Ideally, I could repeat my year-long route until I don't want to do it anymore. Before I get too deep into this, I'm just wondering if what I want is possible. (I've seen videos of people doing it, but maybe they are nuttier than I am?)

Basically, I want to live "on the road" for awhile. Sort of like van life, but on a bike. I have some backpacking experience, and from what I can tell, the gear and knowledge is somewhat transferrable. I am fortunate enough to own a successful internet business, and although I don't make a ton of money, I make enough that as long as I have a reliable data connection a couple days a week, I'm fairly confident I can afford to do this indefinitely.

I've been paring down what I own, and testing out living with very little. So far so good. In order for this to work for me, I need the following:

  • Reliable internet (data cell connection is fine) two or more days a week (reliable enough to make a set virtual appointment),
  • The ability to go up and down the Eastern half the US in such a way that temperatures aren't crazy (up in 6 months, down in six months?)
  • Cheap or free camping along the way. (In the past when I've researched this, hunting season in the South is a problem in the winter in the National Forests...)

I'm an analytical person, and perfectly comfortable thinking of every minor detail. But I have no idea how to plan something like this. Should I buy a map for one of the North/South Adventure Cycling routes? Any advice on how to plan for camping or internet?

I understand that this is a can of worms, and I have a feeling that planning the whole thing is going to be as much of an adventure as the lifestyle is itself. Hence, any suggestions you have to offer are VERY MUCH appreciated!


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