I've had this thought in my head for the past few years (one of the items on my 'Bucket List') that after I retire, I'd like to take a ride around the outer edges of Ohio - taking a route along the Lake Erie shoreline, down the OH/PA border, follow the Ohio River downstream from East Liverpool all the way to Cincinnati, then up the OH/IN border, then back to the Lake Erie shore... I did a quickie Google Earth map route plan and came up with a tad over 1000 miles.
The problem is that I've never done any long-distance touring. Sure, I've ridden my share of centuries, and even TOSRV (210 miles in 2 days) a half-dozen times... Back in the day I was riding 500 miles/week minimum, but now that I'm a middle-aged-old-fart I figure I'll have to cut that down a bit. I figure at 50 miles/day this trip will take around three weeks. Coincidentally, there are towns every 40-50 miles along the route.
But what does it take to really and fully plan such a ride? Finding places to stay if I don't plan on camping... What sort of distances I can realistically expect to cover each day (relatively flat riding on this route)... How to prepare, what and how much to take along, how many 'off days' with no riding, etc. Of course I realize that much of this depends on what time of the year I plan to ride, but let's just say a late-spring/early-fall, daytime-only, nice-weather-only, bare minimum gear carried on the bike.
And to top it off, I plan to make this ride on my vintage Fuji that I bought new when I was in college 37 years ago... That bike and I have shared tens of thousands of miles together.
Maybe even meet up with BF.net members for traveling companions on sections of the ride?