I have not yet done a tour.... rode plenty of miles, but never ended up anywhere. I have decided that in september of 2008 I am going to do the southern tier unsupported through adventure cycling.
I figure i need to save about $11,000 in order to pay for trip, have spending money, and of course have money to cover the 70 or so days i will be out of work. I have set up my works direct deposit to automaticly throw 200 bucks into a savings each biweekly check set up specificly for the trip.
Right now i have a Giant TCR2 and a Trek 6700. Neither will be suitable for this trip of a lifetime. I need to set my sights now so i can make it all happen financially. Please, tell me, what would the ultimate touring bike look like?> who would make it? what would the key ingredients be? Would it have front and back paniers, or would it have a bob trailer? or would it have a combination?
for the first time in a long time, this trip has given my life direction... I now have a goal, and what a goal it is! Please do not hesitate to respond with any recomendations you have towards the "Perfect Touring Setup / Bike" It is safe to say i have some time, so please, reply when you have time to give a complete opinion...
thank you for all of your help,
The man who now has a dream,