How long can a person ride a bike without support?
I am curious about endurance cycling, and wondering how long one person can ride a bike without support, by only refilling bottles at gas stations and buying energy bars, packing gels. etc.
I live in California and we have some looooong state roads and for some obscure reason I am strangely in love with the though of the loneliness of enduring the long distance by myself. Last year I strapped on my CamelBak and ran a full marathon in Napa Valley without meeting anyone and without restocking supplies along the way - and I LOVED IT! One of the best runs I've ever done. And now I want to do something similar on the bike.
Any experiences with this? Looking forward to hearing from you all!
Driving alone at night can be hazardous
Have done a 824 mile race back and forth across South Dakota that does allow riders to compete without support. Did it twice in 2009 and then again in 2011. First time did it merely to make within 96 hour time limit and second time tried to do within 3 days. The first time I did use motels for sleep but the second time I was sleeping out on cement. I didn't carry a tent but had a waterproof bivy sack. Encountered some bad thunderstorms and a cut tire 70 miles from the end which required me to loose a lot of time. Had to wait several hours to get a replacement tire driven out to me (boot not adequate as tube bulging through cut).
In my second experience while driving at nite and going up a steep incline after I crossed the Missouri river, had two yokels in pickup who deliberately tried to run me over. They had extra lane to pass when going up hill but slowed and pulled next to me while blaring on horn and rolled down their window. I asked what was going on and all I got was a drunken look from the passenger. Next thing I new the driver cut immediately over into my lane and almost got me. Came close to going over the side of the road but maintained my control after doing a 360 in the roadway. Other than that I really enjoyed the experience but probably(promised wife) wouldn't do another unsupported.
Written account of first journey.