Some of you may remember me, but for those newer to this forum, I had this thread going for some time.
The last time I was considering a tour, it was 1979, and I was going to be doing the Portland to Portland tour with four friends. That was also when I had my first of many knee surgeries.
Fast forward to today, I now ride a TerraTrike Rover, and have both a new left knee, and a new right hip, and a rebuilt right shoulder. Over on BROL, we are planning a GAP ride for this coming June 1st http://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...ad.php?t=79486 While it is planned as a ride from Homestead South to Cumberland, I've decided to make it a round-trip. This will be a slow 'newbie' type ride that anyone is invited to.
I plan to pull my Wike self-built 2 wheeled trailer, and will do roughly 284 miles of crushed limestone and dirt MUP. For some reason, a lot of the BROL folks think I am nuts for doing it as a round-trip. The feeling is the pull north out of Cumberland will be too much for me to do. With all of my joint issues, OA, and other issues, I do not have a lot of power, but but swapping out the front chainring to a "Mountain Tamer" with a 17T ring, my lowest gear now is 12.7GI - so while I may be quite slow, I do not see any reason while I shouldn't be able to do this.
As I am leaving my Tucson at Homestead, and will part with the primary group at Cumberland, I should be able to set my own pace for the rest of the trip. I plan to camp at the various primitive camping spots along the trail, so my greatest costs will be my fuel to and from Homestead, and food. I have not toured before, nor have I camped in the last 30 odd years, so this will be quite the trip for me.
So far, possibly two other people might be doing the round trip with me, but that is not for sure yet. The nice thing about the trike is that 9hrs in the seat does not create any pain! To date, the most I have done was multiple 30 odd mile rides back-to-back, and my longest ride to date was 42 miles. Other than cold weather in Ohio, I have about 15 weeks to get ready for this trip.
This is a far cry from where I was back in 2009, I never thought I would even consider doing something like this ever again. Touring, even small ones like this, has been a dream for me for a very, very long time. It is one of the reasons I was an over the road truck driver for so many years.
I just thought I would share this with the folks just getting back on a bike after many years of little to no exercise. There's been a few bumps, and set-backs, but it *can* be done, if you want it bad enough~!