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Old 03-10-13, 11:27 AM   #1
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Oregon to SC, 43mpd, no camping gear

Just realized I never posted the end stats on last year's coast to coast trip in case anyone's wondering if wimpy riders (43 mpd avg) can make it across without camping gear:


Miles ridden from North Bend to Hilton Head: 3,938 miles
Riding days: 90
Rest days: 9 (4 of these were veterinary convention)
Avg mileage per riding day: 43.8m
Longest day: 80m (by choice, longest day out of necessity was 71 miles)
Avg motel cost: $84 (includes 28 breakfasts, 2 dinners, & 3 hot spring passes)
Total motel cost for 76 nights: $6,386
Avg RV camping cost: $19 (includes 8 nights of free dry camping / parking)
Total RV camping cost for 23 nights: $445

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https://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/do...page_id=305554
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Old 03-10-13, 12:31 PM   #2
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Pretty sweet that you actually kept all those stats! Thanks for sharing. For me, the $6,286 spent on hotels could buy a whole heck of a lot of really nice camping gear!
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Just realized I never posted the end stats on last year's coast to coast trip in case anyone's wondering if wimpy riders (43 mpd avg) can make it across without camping gear:


Miles ridden from North Bend to Hilton Head: 3,938 miles
Riding days: 90
Rest days: 9 (4 of these were veterinary convention)
Avg mileage per riding day: 43.8m
Longest day: 80m (by choice, longest day out of necessity was 71 miles)
Avg motel cost: $84 (includes 28 breakfasts, 2 dinners, & 3 hot spring passes)
Total motel cost for 76 nights: $6,386
Avg RV camping cost: $19 (includes 8 nights of free dry camping / parking)
Total RV camping cost for 23 nights: $445

Conclusions:
https://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/do...page_id=305554
Thanks for posting...now gotta go read your journal. Great accomplishment even if you did not camp!
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Old 03-10-13, 02:43 PM   #4
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I put all the names/prices/contact info for the places we stayed in the journal so anyone could use it as a template. A TransAm seems to be a big bucket list item but by the time you get there, maybe one (or both) spouses can't do those big days or doesn't want to sleep on the ground anymore. Camping was a great (and only) way to do the Northern Tier at 25, but this was the only way DH could've done it at 60.

RWC5830, we lived in Harlingen back in 1992. We actually started the TransAm back then (camping) but called home from Eugene, OR, found out my mom just had a cerebral hemmorhage, and had to scrap the whole trip. Took another 20 years to gitter done!
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I put all the names/prices/contact info for the places we stayed in the journal so anyone could use it as a template. A TransAm seems to be a big bucket list item but by the time you get there, maybe one (or both) spouses can't do those big days or doesn't want to sleep on the ground anymore. Camping was a great (and only) way to do the Northern Tier at 25, but this was the only way DH could've done it at 60.

RWC5830, we lived in Harlingen back in 1992. We actually started the TransAm back then (camping) but called home from Eugene, OR, found out my mom just had a cerebral hemmorhage, and had to scrap the whole trip. Took another 20 years to gitter done!
Wow, small world !! Anyway read your journal on CGOAB and thoroughly enjoyed it. I so want to do a tour but have to wait until retiring, getting close. Did you notice that Don's name was misspelled on his hospital bracelet? Maybe you mentioned it but I thought it was a bit humorous, maybe not to Don!

Anyway I started cycling almost two years ago and ride at a 7k miles a year clip.....but not touring yet, just a nice road bike. I joined warmshowers as a host late last year. Had some cyclists come through on the way to South America. What a great way to meet some great people.

Now I know a tour is possible without camping, no excuses now!!!
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Sounds like you had a good time!

It's not normally the 'no camping' thing that discourages most people from what is essentually credit-card-touring , it's the cost per day. Your travelling costs are pushing $100/day, mostly for food and lodging. That cost vs what it costs to stay home - is the reason many people simply don't travel. (and is also the reason the tourist industry is such big business).
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Sounds like you had a good time!

It's not normally the 'no camping' thing that discourages most people from what is essentually credit-card-touring , it's the cost per day. Your travelling costs are pushing $100/day, mostly for food and lodging. That cost vs what it costs to stay home - is the reason many people simply don't travel. (and is also the reason the tourist industry is such big business).
Good points. I cycled in China for less than $300 a month in 2011. I went pretty cheap but at that price I rarely camped, instead staying at budget guesthouses most nights that cost from 2-5 dollars a night. Meals were around $0.50 - $1 at most basic restaurants which is where I primarily ate. I had at least 2 beers a night for that price as well so even at that low number there is plenty of room to go cheaper. I dont think I could afford a very long credit card tour in the USA and it is primarily in expensive western countries where camping becomes "Essential."
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Yeah - I guess it really depends if the whole trip is part if the plan. Did some excursions to Novia Scotia by car on ocassion and its about a $3,500km round trip. Between car rental, gas, motels for two weeks and food - costs ran about $1/km. Big difference there (to me) was that the first and last 1,000kms were only transit and took 14 hours each way. The actual destination(s) were all within the province of NS so that gave us 12 full days there and only two in transit. Condensed travel times are the only real reason for jet airlines, trains and automobiles.
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Thanks for the report! Kudos to Don and you! It looks like you both had a great time.
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