ok, my long distance hiking plans did not come to fruition (although my walking-with-a-pack knee problems *did*...), so I'm shifting gears, so to, um, speak. I don't know that I'd be up to a cross country with the Rockies and Sierra Nevada ranges by next year, but I would be up to some east coast riding! So here's the thing: 1. I want to do a good long multi month bike trip (easy to do because I'm old and new at this and gonna go easy easy easy, at least at first); 2. I'm a private pilot and haven't been to Oshkosh for Airventure in a while now. Soooo, I'm looking at joining up two long trips:
1. The Atlantic Coast Route (Adventure Cycling Assn.) from Key West to Bar Harbor, ME. 2626 miles
2. Then take this route from Bar Harbor ME to Oshkosh WI, including a ferry across Lake Michigan 1334 miles
The OSH route goes through Canada, so I would need to know what the tricks are for riding a bike route that goes across the border, if anyone can advise. It's all pretty long - plus I'd have to get back home (either riding back through the mtns in NC/VA/WVA or (nearly as cool) riding to Milwaukee and taking a sleeper berth back to NC on AMTRAK), but I think it's certainly doable. People are doing the same mileage, but with MUCH greater elev changes, going transAmerica. The thing is that I'm looking to go from one epic thing that I can't do to another one that I can (one which I have ALWAYS wanted to do).
What do y'all think? Pluses? Minuses? Considerations? Warnings?
Thanks in advance for any help on this!