I am considering a (east to west) TransAm ride in 2015 and would depart from home in north Georgia. Although I am in the very early planning stages, the question of "when" I would do this is open. I'd love some help with this.
Here's my big issue:
I want to minimize riding in an "uncomfortable" level of heat , which to me, is 85F+. Reason: I can physically handle cool/cold a lot better than warm/hot/humid/buggy. Reading about people sweating in sleeping bags gives me the heebie geebies. However, I understand that western mountain passes have to clear before they can be ridden. So if I leave too early the passes won't be open and if I leave too late the heat hammers...gotta time this thing.
And here's my plan:
I am thinking that an early April start will let me get through the south and midwest before the real dog days set in. I'm thinking that this would put me close to the Rockies by mid-June, which I think would present a fairly low risk of snow in the high elevations. An April start (from north Georgia) would immediately put me in the Appalachians if I headed north, so instead I think I'd head west to Mississippi and pick up the ACA's Great Rivers South trail northbound 'til I intersected the Transam Trail. This way I'd stay out of the Appalachians, thereby missing some brutal climbs (a good thing for this Clydesdale) and some potentially very cold temps.
Now I understand that weather happens in some unpredictable ways, but has anyone timed a ride like this? If so, what was your experience? Any regrets? Anyone see an obvious flaw in this?