As I have gotten older, I had to pretty much give up on my dream to ride the Bikecentennial trail across the country - that name alone shows you how long I've been thinking about this, eh?
So.... now that I'm well into the 50+ category and looking at retirement soon, I've come up with a possibility for a relatively flat 1000-mile ride that never gets too far from home. The planned route is basically following the border of the State of Ohio - along the Lake Erie shoreline, down the OH/PA line to East Liverpool (and the Ohio River), following the Ohio River all the way to Cincinnati, then up the OH/IN border, across the OH/MI border to Toledo, then following the Lake Erie shoreline back home. This would be a solo non-supported ride with minimal gear, staying indoors at night - my days of sleeping under bridges and in culverts on the side of the road are long in my past! I'm figuring 40-60 miles/day, and taking three- to four weeks for the ride.
I posted requesting thoughts/input in the 'touring' section on BF.net, but is there anything age-specific I should consider in my plans? I don't have too many health issues other than high blood pressure, but that is under control with medication - with my current improved diet/exercise regime it is almost getting too low - Time to see the doctor again for an adjustment to my meds!
I'm currently riding 100-150 miles a week and will hope to keep up that pace or even a bit more on my old-school rollers over the winter... I want to shed some more pounds and work on my stamina some more -- not that I should need it at my planned mild 50 mile/day pace!
This ride is still a year or so away, so there is no urgency. I just want to get a handle on things I might have forgotten.