Hi Everyone, (first post in the touring forum, I think)
I've been planning to try and set up for a cross country trip in the next few year once I get my step-uncle van within the next few months. But because of my enjoyment of traveling, I would like to see how I would take to traveling a little on my bike.
(NOTES: I have not yet decided on the date of the trip, this is purely for researching so I can see a few possibly specific suggestions for me in case I suffer informational overload from reading the newb guide to touring and other research)
I have a motobecane, thread about this bike, with a rear rack (not in the picture in the provided link about the bike). I'm 5'11" and are ~200 pounds (15 less by the trip hopefully!) and have been riding the bike very single day so far (beside last Wednesday due to a little spill on Tuesday causing a sore area in the inner thigh) so my leg have been developing and my gut shrinking. I also have some experience with camping and the light-weight packing part of hiking (have not done either much lately due to financial limit).
Should I do go on this route (route info below), I would not be taking much food with me since there is a Wal-Mart on the way thru Canon City that I could use to get some disposable camping supplies to the campsite. While I don't have a tent yet, I'm looking around for a minimalistic type version so I don't have to lug it along too hard. I'm considering trying out the hammock/tarp combination (with the tarp being there for in case of bad weather) and maybe a large mosquito net to drape over the tarp (if I want a conventional tent, I'll look in a surplus store for a puppy tent). I know that there is a fire pit with a roofed picnicking spot next to it so I won't need to bring any heating elements but how should I bring cold foods (such as meats like hotdogs) to the campsite? Should I get and rig up a small cooler to hang off the side of the rack like a pannier do? Is there a "cooler bag" that I could roll up when not in use? I would not mind having to bike to Canon City for the foods but I think that I would perfer to use that time to explore the place and stuffs. I'm ok with having a cold breakfast and lunch but it is the supper that I might want to have something warm to eat with.
As you might see, my comfort need are very very low and I'm willing to rough it if I need to but Like I said, I don't really wanna waste too much of my time just to set everything up. I also don't want to disturb the wildlife any more than necessary. (there are several bear-proof trash can and a restroom (extremely stinky though!) nearby so that is not much of a issue)
There is a particular road that I have been eye-ing for a possible future century attempt and feels that this road would be best for me since I have driven through that route to a free campsite near royal gorge for a TD&TTT (teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailer) gathering (just was being a newb wishing for a trailer of my own). This particular road are very beautiful on a good weather day, going through meandering hills and occasionally at times you get to see far off into the plains to the east. There are some hills (a few partiulary steeps one are at the beginning of the highway 115. There are usually only a few vehicles there when I had driven there (on a nice weekend day) so this shouldn't be too much of a issue and I'll be willing to pull over at times to allow these vehicles to pass me. a large part of that highway are no-passing zone but I don't think that these people will follow that rule when there are no other cars coming in the next mile or so. I'm guessing based on this route, a 3 day trip with day 1 is for getting there and settling in, day 2 is for sight-seeing, and then day 3 is for cleaning up and getting back home (doesn't sound like much time to enjoy myself but I'm not sure how much time I could afford for this trip so 3 day is a good amount for this, I think).
Here is a link to the Gmap route that I've mapped out, (the first part of the route (before highway 115) could be changed if necessary for better access if necessary)
Hopes to hear tips and suggestions of what to do for this practice trip.
the rack that I have is the either one of the below,
http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FRSTD (guessing this one is that I have)
How would I go about getting a touring partner or at least somebody who might wanna camp at the same campsite? would be useful for livening up the day and helping each other big time. (I don't currently have any cycling friend yet though I'm going to be joining some group ride soon to meet a few )