I am in the process of planning my first bike tour for our plant's shutdown week in July and want to push myself myself pretty good in a week...as well as have a nice reward at the end (plan is to camp on way down and whoop it up for couple nights in memphis)....Will be having wife go along in minivan (doing her own thing during days but meeting up at night) as support...so dont have to go crazy with fully loaded tour...but will be on own for 100 mile stretches. I dont have a good bike for this (yet). Last year spent all summer riding fixed gear (redline 925) and did rack up some good distances on it, but need a better LD / Touring bike. My thought is to go with a Surly LHT with Surly Nice Racks to give flexibility to carry whatever i want...and to grow into more self supported tours later.
So couple areas would like advice / input.........
Route...any recommendations? I am starting googling etc but would love any advice / recommendations on routes.
While I think it is reasonable to train and do 6 100 mile days in a row i am wondering if i am overly optimistic. part of my thought process is that when i have a full day i could get up at 8 and go til 6 and only need to average 10mph...doesnt seem too tough since I usually average 15mph on my fixed gear ovr 50-70 mile rides. Thoughts?
Anyone have experience with generator hub for lights and charging usb devices? would love to be able to charge my droid on the fly (would help with maps/navigation)....thinking of speccing out a generator hub on my LHT if seems do-able / convenient.
Lastly....any other general thoughts / advice for a first timer? Think i am doing it fairly "easy" with wife going as support if needed (although she informed me she would only be available for emergency....shes planning on enjoying herself during days!).
Thanks in advance for your comments.