in 2008, 66 year old Will Dehne posted updates about his ride with the Across America bike tour group. 25 riding days, 120 miles average per day.
Here's the thread with his daily updates.
From the posts:
This is why such a trip is so expensive Yen. We have not one but two very good Mechanics in the SAG support. They race back and forth with two Vans and look us over for trouble. You are supposed to fix your own flats but anything more that that is done by the SAG. They have spare wheels, spare bikes, tubes, tires and many items based on many trip experience. I would not want to do such a trip without SAG.
I hear that it is done but I say "No Thank You". We had quite a few busted wheels and gear adjustments are frequent. Many bikers are also not fully prepared. How can they be? Most bikers do a trip like this once in a lifetime.
Day fourteen. Sunday May 4, 2008.
Elk City, OK to Chickasha, OK
We completed 50% of the tour this day. For us a major event and things will be a little more doable after this. If the weather holds.
The country looks more like the area I am used to (Wisconsin/Illinois). There are now green fields and trees.
Biking was challenging because the wind turned against us all day plus there was about 5,000 feet of climbing. Some hills were so steep that I needed all the gears. I made a good decision to have a triple crank and 27/12 cassette.
The food supplements work with no apparent side effects yet. Our small group of two to three managed a 16.8 MPH average for the day. Not great but not bad either.
We tried to organize large group formation but our leader put a stop to that for safety reasons. I fully agree with him. You can do this with closed for traffic roads but not on open streets.
Andrew did have a Heart Attack and could have died. We have a few bikers who spend significant time in the SAG bus. Things will get more easy after tomorrow until we get to Alabama.