(This is an x-post from Reddit's r/bicycletouring if it sounds familiar.)
I've searched here and there and couldn't find many records of trips north of the Mason-Dixon starting in late February or early March. I'm wondering if anyone has attempted it, and has any advice (or words of warning) for me.
I was laid off in November and would like to take the opportunity while I'm on "paid vacation" to set out south from Grand Rapids, MI through Kalamazoo, Chicago and down old Rte. 66 to Missouri to ride the Katy Trail from east to west.
I'm a former bike mechanic and accustomed to riding in all weather, but have not done any extended trips this early in the year. I am realizing I'll be carrying more weight and my gear will take up more space, but I am thinking its doable.
I have a few thrift store wool sweaters, tons of wool socks of varying thicknesses, waterproof shoes, wind/water resistant lightweight winter jacket, etc.
Your input, please. I am guessing the trip, in total, would take around 20 days though I have no real schedule to keep.