Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
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Originally Posted by Machka
If you plan a more relaxed schedule for next year, and the weather turns bad (too hot, pouring rain, howing winds etc.) you can have a bit more flexibility to take days off or ride shorter days when you just don't feel like putting in a long day on the bicycle.
I'd recommend planning for 3 or 4 days on the bicycle, and 1 day off ... aiming to ride 5 days a week at most.
A lot of folks like to do that, but i will suggest another option. You will need to figure out what works best for you, but... I find I prefer to schedule that way to have an open ended schedule, but in practice I prefer to actually take very few if any days off. When I want to take it easy I find that I much prefer to just take a shorter easier day rather than a day off. I will usually only take a day off if there is something that I really want to do or if I am sick. I know that on our Trans America we rode some every day. I think once when we went whitewater rafting we only rode 8 or 10 miles and another time we actually lost ground when one of us was injured and had to catch a ride back to get medical attention.
There are times when I do take time off but it is to do something like seeing the Yosemite Valley, where we took a week off to hike and sight see on our Sierras tour.
Planning the extra time is a plus. A rigid schedule can suck much of the joy from a trip. I just don't see much merit in full rest days unless there is some attraction worth the day off.
That brings up another issue... To avoid a rigid schedule it is nice if you finish near enough to home that you can get transportation home on short notice at a reasonable price. It is even better if you are close enough that family and friends can meet you at the end. So if you live near one end or the other you might consider getting air travel out of the way at the beginning and then riding toward home.