I'm hopeful of taking leave from my job by the end of next May (2009) and biking in June/July/August and maybe September (slowly) across the U.S. (I'd like to see some cool national parks and what not along the way) - I'm in no rush in other words. I plan to allow myself 3-4 months to do the ride and I'd like to do the traditional transamerica route, I think. However, I'm not set on it and am up for suggestions just as well! I'm looking for a riding partner as I don't really want to do the entire trek alone - granted, I have no fear of being an independent traveler. Back in 2004, I took off on my bike for 15 days in Northern Germany and just rode, not knowing exactly where I'd spend the next night - I had a roof over my head every night and met tons of locals and stayed in their homes every night (except one, where I slept at a youth hostel). It was an amazing experience and I was alone the entire time, unless I made conversation with someone in passing or on the trails.
Anyway, I'm not a pro at biking at all - I love it and have been doing it for years and have ridden in twelve 150-mile MS Bike Tours along with a 1200km bike tour in Germany and a few other smaller rides here and there. I enjoy touring and bought a touring bike last year and hope to be able to put it to great use this coming June 2009! I'm hoping to find people who'd like to ride with me ... starting from Virginia and ending somewhere on the West Coast (maybe Oregon)?
Please contact me if you're the slightest bit interested in talking about biking across the U.S. I wish I had close friends who would like to do it, but unfortunately I don't!
Hope to hear from some interested bikers
P.S. I'm in my twenties and female in case you were curious. I don't have a preference for my biking partner(s) - just someone to share the road with and get to know. Someone friendly and interesting would be nice