Self supported first timer... leaving MI in early Oct., looking for advice...
So, I'm losing my job soon (contract is ending) and I'm planning on hopping on my bike for awhile. I have a 29'r/cross/touring/mountain bike I built up that should be perfect for the job. I guess I am curious if there is any recommedations on routes and gear you can make. I realize early October isn't the smartest time to leave Michigan, but I'm going to give it a shot.
Right now I have a 3.0lbs 20 deg. bag, bag liner, 3.0lbs 3 season solo tent and two old frame pack bags to use as panniers. One is water proofed, the other is not. I'm looking at single burner propane stoves presently as well.
I appreciate any recommendations on routes and gear. I have family in CO so I was thinking of heading that way, but I know NE and IA can be really dicey in fall, and I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stay out. I'm also open to offroad routes as well, as my bike is built for it.
Oh and if anyone is curious, the bike is an Origin8 Cross700 frame, Deore 26-48 crank, Deore Shadow R/D, XT 12-32 cassette, Velocity VXC's on Shimano XT hubs, Avidd BB7's (185f/160r), Shimano Dura Ace 9spd bar end shifters, Cane Creek S-8 headset, WTB Sport Comp saddle... and recommendations on the setup are helpful too, but I'm pretty confident this is a pretty practical setup.