Last summer I attempted a cross country ride on the ACA transam route. I didn't make it very far and ended around Breaks Interstate Park between VA and KY. The reason I had to stop was because I have bad knees and I think the pace I was going and the hilly terrain was too much.
I want to try another cross country tour, and this is what I have come up with to be able to finish:
(1) Instead of going 60 miles a day from the start like last time, I will give myself more time and will only have to go an average of 35-40 miles a day.
(2) Last time I tried the ACA transam which was very hilly and mountainous. This time I thought it would be better to start at my house near Washington DC and hook up with the Northern Tier route in Cleveland. I have heard that this route is much flatter.
(3) Instead of using clipless pedals, I think it might be a good idea to use toe cages. This way my feet won't be locked into the same position the whole time.