I probably should post this in touring but I thought I might get better advice from fellow Clydes
I want to do a mini 'adventure. this spring. I was planning to ride from Annapolis to Wilmington, NC, but logistics and how do I get the bike back caused problems.
I was on the Adventure Cyclist site and found a route called Potomac Heritage, I started looking at it, then revised it.
Basically here's what I've come up with;
I'll start in Alexandria, probably the Mt Vernon trail and drive to Reedsville, VA,about 140 miles), This winds through Fredericksburg, Richmond, then down through the Northern Neck of VA. From Reedville I'll take a morning ferry to Smith Island, then an evening Ferry to Crisfield MD crossing the Chesapeake Bay (a rest day), Smith and Tangier Island are fascinating places, I've taken my boat there before;
then from Crisfield ride up and across Delmarva back to Annapolis.
I almost finished building a Fuji Cross Pro as a commuter/tourer.
I plan to stay at motels at night.
I guess I have a lot of questions.
I figure each leg (DC to Reedsville; Crisfield to Annapolis) should take 2 day, so that's 65-70 per day. Is that reasonable planning, I've done several metrics, but not back to back.
I'll need some kind of panniers, but not carrying to much.
I think I can do the whole thing in 5 days, but will plan six due to; whatever!
I plan to do this solo as I'm winding down my 50's and need a challenge
The Adventure Cycling map will cover the first two days, and all services, the Crisfield to Annapolis is my divergence. I went on mapmyride and made a route staying off the highways, but I have no idea what kind of roads these are. Is there a better way?
Am I overthinking this or will a cell phone and credit card solve any problems I might run into.
So I'll need to find panniers, bring repair kit and spares, 2 sets cycling clothes and one set regular clothes, some kind of on road food to carry ?????
Also should get a couple of 150 mil weeks in before.
I'm thinking that if I start early, and do a little sight seeing, sixty five miles a day should be no problem taking my time.
Any other suggestions?