though i do not know you all, everyone here has been super.
i am embarking primarily on a solo tour beginning mid june into 2011.
this is the route. i start in natchez louisiana. because i'll be hopping from route to route, and the ACA maps (even though i am a member) are a little pricey, would you recommend them? i'll be using the book "bicycling the pacific coast." wish there was a book for the rest of the trip.
curious how much money you would save for this? i have an idea and have been budgeting and projecting spending on the tour according to the estimated number of days i will be on the road.
i am a registered couch surfer, so would prefer to meet those offering their couches/backyards in the area... this allows exploration of the area without a loaded bike. i do not want to pay for hotels because that could be five days worth of food, or a emergency need for a bike repair. i will be camping all the time a long the way and budget grocery shopping only, no dining in restaurants.
if you have insight or wisdom to pass along, can you help me understand what the costs might be or have been for you for a long term tour like this?