The end of each day on tour
Just to recap, I'm planning to try for 2,000 miles from San Antonio to New York in June. My first tour.
As I've been posting I've got the bike, bought the bags and equipment, found tires that work, and am putting in miles every day on the loaded bike. Pretty much everything I can think to do.
I'd just thought I'd post here what I just did in a discussion on the "Regional: Northeast" forum to gather input from anyone interested.
Here it is, all feedback re: the practicality of this approach is appreciated.....
My approach to this tour is going to be about hours in the saddle rather than miles per se. Based up the 50- 100 mile rides I've done so far, what works for me is to divide the ride into two-hour intervals and then take at least a 30 minute break in between. So eight hours of saddle time translates to a ten hour period, which from a hypothetical 8am or thereabouts get me done around 6pm. Which oughta leave me about two hours of daylight to either find a campground, or a quiet spot to crash out, or last resort a motel.
I have never been particular about where I sleep (I still sleep on a blanket on a tile floor at home), and three years in a remote African village way back when in the Peace Corps pretty much terminally cured me about being particular about what form my daily calories come in. Dry oatmeal in cold water would suit me fine as a low-cost reserve.
If it were possible I would prefer to just crash out somewhere most nights wherever I happen to get done for the day. OTOH I ain't in favor of trespassing either, which I expect would preclude most stealth camping. A pity one cant merely sleep off road in the grass along the right of way. From what I understand small rural cemeteries often offer good compromises.