This is very early planning - I wouldn't leave until mid-May, but I'd like to end up in Milwaukee - we have friends there we haven't seen in a few years. Here are the ground rules:
- I have to be able to get me and my bike to the starting point without driving or flying. (I don't drive, and I hate flying.) That pretty much means using Amtrak and checking the bike as baggage (or shipping it).
- I'll be camping to save money, and I'd love to use Adventure Cycling routes where I can.
- Stealth camping - I'll do it if I have to, but it's not my preference.
Here are the pros and cons, as I see them. I'm sure people will tell me I'm wrong about a lot of this! The titles link to very, very rough Google Maps routes.
New Orleans to Milwaukee Edit - see below - New Orleans to Chicago via the Mississippi river and Route 66
- I can use parts of the Great Rivers and Underground Railroad routes.
- I've never been to New Orleans, and would very much like to.
- Indiana seems to be a lot of empty space, and camping may be tough.
Boston to Milwaukee
- Can use the Northern Tier route through New York State
- Goes along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
- Cuts through Canada!
- Michigan is a lot of empty space
Montreal to Milwaukee
- The majority of this route is in Canada, where I've never ridden
- This route also goes along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
- Can use the AC Lake Erie connector route
- Again, Michigan looks like it'll be tough to cross
So... any thoughts on this? Am I dead wrong about Michigan and Mississippi lacking in campgrounds? I'd love to hear what everyone here has to say.
If anyone else has ideas for a 1-month, 1K mi tour, I'd love to hear it also! Thanks!