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    Recent College Graduate Planning Bike Tour

    I am a bike shop mechanic in OKC, OK and recently graduated college. I am taking off work for around a month and going to a motocross race in Michigan. After the race, I plan on riding from South Michigan to Knoxville, Tennessee(500 miles). I plan on staying in Knoxville for a couple of days and then riding from Knoxville back to OKC (860 miles). I estimate the first leg of the trip taking me a week and the second leg about two weeks. I will be riding my Bianchi Project 7, cyclocross bike. It has a rear rack and I am borrowing my co-workers Bob Trailer as well. This will be my first bike tour and I am very excited but also quite nervous. This is a big adventure for me and I have even questioned the possibility of a bike trip like this. Does this sound realistic? I am wondering if any of you have any suggestions for routes? I saw that the De Lorne Gazeteer is a good map book. Any pointers from experienced tourers would be helpful!
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    JFro

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    Sounds pretty realistic to me, as you are an experienced cyclist/mechanic. Have you ever toured? If not, the standard wisdom is to do a couple of overnighters to check out your gear. Most novice tourers seem to start with too much. Less is better. If you're missing something, buy as needed.

    A gps, though unnecessary, for me makes the ride more interesting. If you've got a 'smart' phone, it'll serve that purpose with the right app.

    Check out www.crazyguyonabike.com for a place to journal your ride.
    The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me

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    Very do-able. You'll have a great time.

    If possible have an open ended schedule, it is nice not to be a slave to a schedule.

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