The orginal plan was to depart on the trans-am tour August 1st. I'm not in good enough riding shape, and instead of going with the cheap bike ($600), I am going ahead and getting one from the LBS ($1400).
I havent purchased the bike yet, but one has been ordered, and I am not obligated to buy it, yet. I am still considering the REI and am still looking for a cheaper used Trek 520, although it is hard to find one for a guy that is 6'3.
Also, in the past couple of weeks, I think a friend of mine is really starting to come around and will more than likely join me on this journey. He cant leave until the 1st of September, so that is the date we are setting.
We start in Oregon (adventure cycling maps) and are racing to beat the cold and bad weather. Our goal is to reach Kansas, turn south and spend a few days in Oklahoma City and catch an Oklahoma State football game (we live in OKC and graduated from OSU). Our agenda has us in Kansas by early October (is this reasonable?????)
I guess a lot depends on the weather, but we might continue on the Trans-Am route or continue south towards New Orleans and pick up on the southern tier.
I guess now all we have to do is get our plane tickets, find a way to ship our bikes back and forth, get more gear, find my buddy a bike, and get closer to touring shape. Any advice for first time tour'ers is appreciated!