I plan on cycling across country from East coast to West. Possibly back East again, depending on how everything goes and how much I get to see. I am planning this trip to start at the very end of April or beginning of May, obviously weather deciding.
I wanted to know what groups if any will be cycling in my direction around the same times. I plan on doing this with at least one friend who has committed and possibly one or two more. However, we would like to meet up or ride with others if there will be any going our direction.
To anybody who has done this before, can you please release a few trail secrets. What are some of the best and most scenic routes to take. I definitely plan on traveling through the Rockies and hopefully on the way back the grand canyon. What are some routes to definitely stay away from? What are some must do's? (meaning beautiful sites) I will not be in a rush for time and expect this to take a few months, but would still like to know how long it has taken each of you. Maybe even just through certain stretches of the ride.
What are the best places to obtain section maps and trail maps to accomplish this?
Part of the trip will incorporate some heavy trail hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. Any special equipment besides the usual for climbing and trekking that will be needed?
As far as money goes, I plan on trying to raise between 6k-12k dollars from sponsorship. I will be making a website to incorporate all of the information from my trip ongoing. People will be able to track us within 3 days of riding hopefully and plan on filming and photographing much of the trip digitally.
I would greatly appreciate any and all help that can be provided. The best resources for this stuff are ALWAYS people who have done this and have shared similar experiences. Thank you.