I haven't gotten out for more than a 4-day tour all summer and have been going crazy thinking about how I won't get a chance again until my university's winter break. Naturally, crazy ideas start coming to me like visiting my hometown Austin on my bike- here's my plan:
Jan 3: Leave Boston on train
Jan 4: Arrive in Chicago in the morning, start riding south
Jan 11: Arrive in Austin, assuming I can do 8* 150 mile days
Jan 13: Big trail race! I'm sure to be in terrible form for it. But hey, trail races are about falling down, eating oreos, and drinking beer.
.... and then not move until I have to come back. Sound super?
Sure, it's ambitious and I'll probably lose a few fingers to frostbite (my BF guarantees me a blizzard). If I need to bail, there's bus service to a bunch of small places along the way. I'm young and I'm supposed to be doing stupid things, anyway. I'm in decent enough form right now to do at least two 150 mile days back-to-back, I haven't tried for more yet. As for the logistics, I'll be travelling pretty light with bivy/tarp style camping gear but will probably spend some nights in motels. Big issues i'm anticipating: weather, fatigue, short days (probably the most difficult)- help me identify the rest of the problems with my crazy plan!