This July I'm going to be riding in an HIV / AIDS benefit ride. It's 6 days long, averaging about a century tour per day.
I've never done anything like this before, certainly not of that distance. All my riding experience has been mountain biking or urban assault. Now that I think about it, I don't know if I've ever even ridden a bike on a stretch of highway (I can't wait to get buzzed by my first tractor).
Because I'm a bit of a mascochist, I'm thinking about doing this on a fg / singlespeed setup. I work at a shop, so I'll probably just pick up a Steamroller frame (finally, some good use for that slack geometry) and build it up w/ a fixed cog on one side and a double White Industries freewheel on the other (I'm thinking 48 chainring, 17 fixed, 16/18 freewheel).
Anyone done any extended fixed / singlespeed touring over wildly varying terrain? I could use some advice as to whether or not my gearing plan is completely off the mark or not. The maps I have are just road maps, so I have no idea yet as to what hills will be on the route (time to track down some topographic maps). I know there are some escarpments along the way though, so I might run into those.
Anyway, let me know. There'll be more questions to come (training tips, must-have items for the saddle bag, etc).