Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Why don't you give us an approximate route? For instance, I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. Do you plan to cross LA at all? or are you farther north? If you plan to cross LA, will it be north LA, central LA, or south LA. Maybe you could look offer possible highways you are looking at as well as towns, say west, middle, east side of each state. With some idea of where you will be going, perhaps those of us in each state could offer some advice. I, personally, have not done any highway riding yet, but I belong to the local bike club which does a couple of country rides each weekend, primarily routes just north of Lake Pontchartrain. Several members have ridden in other parts of the state as well as Mississippi. They also know cyclists in other areas. I would be glad to pose your question to the club, but it would be helpful if you could narrow down the area of consideration some.
We might also be able to offer some suggestions on routing. There are always tradeoffs, of course. Depending on where your are starting, for instance, a geographically direct route could take you throught the northern parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, even Tennessee. Those areas can be quite hilly. Eastern TN and western North Carolina contain the Smoky Mountains. Not the Rockies, but still probably quite a challenge on a bike. A route closer to the coast across LA, MS, AL, GA then north through SC, NC to VA would be relatively flat, but longer. But it might not take any longer because you might be able to cover more miles per day. Kind of depends on what kind of experience you are looking for.
So let us know about how you plan to go.