Touring - 08 tour!
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06-30-07, 05:38 PM
I have started getting in shape for my cross country tour next summer, I actually did a 20 miler today on my Agio recumbent. Hill kill me but I'll get better I am sure.
I live 22 miles from work and have to take my son to school each day so commuting is not going to work yet but I intend to find a way to make it happen.
I'll be leaving in the first or second week of June next year and have been planning on ending in Florida (starting from Ca. ) but the hot weather makes me skittish. So, would you reccommend doing a mid west tour or even going up and doing the northern tier? I really don't want to do the northern tour but the plans are still up for further pondering.
Well enough for now. Thanks for listening. :+)
06-30-07, 06:50 PM
Eesh, southern tier in June? Sounds WAY too hot. Consider the Lewis & Clark connecting to one of the other routes (TA, NT, makeyourown). I did the L&C to make-my-own from Bozeman starting in August 2004, and it was great.
06-30-07, 09:05 PM
I have been thinking lately about just cutting across the central portion if the USA. My only real problem is I have driven that part of America to many times, I have never been to the "south". :( I want to be getting in shape for my long term goal of leaving Ca. and going to the tip of South America sometime in the future. :)
I think I will play it smart and stay north of the south. (g)
The kids at the school where I teach think I am nuts, especially with a bent bike, sometimes I think so too.
Averages over 100 in Arizona in June. If you really want to consider the Southern Tier, summer is the worse.
But in the winter, the Southern Tier can get very cold in the mountains.
June can be a real hit or miss in the middle of the country. Thunderstorms will probably be worse enemy. They can come real quick when you are in the open plains.
My suggestion, use the Western Express into Colorado.. then plot your next move.
06-30-07, 11:21 PM
I am probably going to do as you suggest, I have thought of the western express and then when I get farther east jumping on the new underground railroad for a few miles and then continue east.
Maybe even make a "quick" run from the central trail straight down to Florida, but I know it will be hot and muggy so that may not work either.
Steven still dreaming. :)
07-01-07, 05:28 AM
Or you could blow off all that plains junk and just ride up the coast, then over to glacier, then down the great parks route through the rockies.
that would be what I would do. But I looove the mountains and hate the flats. YMMV.
07-01-07, 04:12 PM
I plan on making this a fund raiser for my school, coast to coast is the goal, mountains are not the goal. :) I know there will be a lot of them on the trip but I would like to enjoy each variable along the way. I tend to talk to a lot of people and I am looking forward to meeting a wide variety as I travel.
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