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Old 04-22-17, 08:26 AM
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How much did a multi state (US) tour cost you?

Can you please list your expenditures?

Thanks a lot for all of the help,I'm preparing for a little vacation as soon as this job is over in a couple of months,I'll probably go from south Dakota through Wyoming,Colorado and Northern California then back to SD.
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Too much, none of your business, more than I expected.

It was worth every penny, though.
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Too much, none of your business, more than I expected.

It was worth every penny, though.
Everyone's experience is different. Mine didn't cost enough.
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$25 per day for food.
$5 per day for beer.
Camping is free for the states you mentioned. (not sure about northern california)
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My 55 day, 4500 mile trip in 2012 across the Northern Tier route cost me $1500 on the bike. So just over $25/day. Food was about half that.

I've been on a few multi-month hiking trips, and those end up costing me about $1000/month. I was surprised that the bike trip cost a little less than that. I figured with more easy access to town comforts, I'd spend more, but that was not the case.
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I have never tallied up my spending on a tour and likely never will. If I had to worry about whether or not I could afford it, the answer is clear to me. Once I decide on a particular ride, I don't want to ever fret about going "over budget", so I simply refuse to have a budget.

As you may surmise, I'm not the most organized person on the planet, or even in the room if someone else is present.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Too much, none of your business, more than I expected.
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I don't want to ever fret about going "over budget", so I simply refuse to have a budget.
Cool, but rather unhelpful for someone who is presumably trying to understand the costs involved on a multi-week or month tour.
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Old 04-22-17, 08:03 PM
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Thanks everyone,I figured that it would be at least a couple grand,I'm still not sure how long or the route but I'm sure that it will be worth it.
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Path Less Pedaled has a very detailed budgeting post. It is kind of about a whole other thing- two people travelling very long term- but gets into a lot of detail which is helpful for understanding what your own reality might look like. (I can't post URL's yet but google "Path Less Pedaled Cost of Touring" or something and you'll find it.

Obviously these things vary as much as humans do, but from reading many dozens of accounts it seems like a lot of folks can get a pretty comfortable touring life at under $1500/month in most of the US.
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$35 /$40 a day would be my guess.
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It depends if you are camping (paid campgrounds or stealth camping?) - or staying in motels. Cooking in camp or eating out?

We are of the age we like a soft bed at night. Breakfast is usually oatmeal in the room, lunch is typically snacking foods on the bike, with dinner at a restaurant.

I allow $100. a night average for lodging and $60. a day for food for two.

Touring is my indulgence. I scrimp all year long to tour in comfort.

FYI, In Colorado, paid campgrounds such as KOA are quite expensive for tenting ($24. at a new local KOA). Stealth camping is free, obviously.
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Originally Posted by thepetester View Post
Can you please list your expenditures?

Thanks a lot for all of the help,I'm preparing for a little vacation as soon as this job is over in a couple of months,I'll probably go from south Dakota through Wyoming,Colorado and Northern California then back to SD.
It can vary widely depending on your choices. I'd probably average $20-25 per day for that trip. That would be for camping (mostly free), cooking some meals, and eating in diners or subway one meal a day when available. Depending on what kind of trip I felt like, it could be $5-10 more or less than that per day. If I wanted to be really frugal I could probably keep it to $15 per day, but I am generally not inclined to do that.

Obviously you could spend a lot more if you splurge on motels, alcohol, more expensive meals, and so on.

Bottom line... Folks have spent as little as $5 per day and as much as $100 or more per day. I consider either of those options pretty extreme and find that for me $20-25 is kind of a sweet spot as long as I can camp for free or cheap and avoid the more expensive touristy places.
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Old 04-23-17, 09:00 AM
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FYI, In Colorado, paid campgrounds such as KOA are quite expensive for tenting ($24. at a new local KOA).
That's relatively inexpensive for a KOA in the east and in some western places. I stayed at one back in September in NY. It was around $34. I'll be at the Missoula KOA again in June. Basic tent sites start at around $30. $24 is about what you pay in Pennsyltucky, PA for a private, non-KOA place. I stayed in another private place in CT in September. It would have been over $40 but they charge cyclists only $20. The place has a bar and a nice hot tub. I got my money's worth of soak.
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8400 miles, 75 nights out on the road, $1400, abut $300 on the bike the rest on food.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Too much, none of your business, more than I expected.

It was worth every penny, though.
Agreed. I have only started reading this thread, BUT.... Every journey is different and it is always in a state of flux because of unforseen events. AKA "The Black Swan Effect".

If you are concerned about expenses then maybe you should not bother bicycling and stay "home" eating oatmeal (cold) and pork-and-beans and save enough money until you can spend some money travelling by bicycle.

FWIW, I have bicycled across outback Australia several times and have spent $1000 AUD living well while doing around 2000 km in 4 to 6 weeks. That money does not include the cost of getting to OZ, nor returning. In June I travel back to Australia and will do another 6-week tour. The cost-benefit analysis shows money will be spent in excessive amounts and the benefits will certainly exceed the benefits of sitting at "home" while dining on cold oatmeal and canned (cold) pork-and-beans

YMMV
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In California they have a $15 hamburger. cheese and drink are extra.

It costs the amount you can afford to spend.
How much money do you have in your pocket?
A lot? buy a $15 dollar hamburger 3 times a day
A little? Cook some rice on a fire, 10 cents x 3 = 30 cents a day.

How do you spend $1.000 hiking? There are no stores in the woods.
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Did you get more enjoyment out of your tour, than the guy that camped in the mountains for free, and washed up in the river?

Originally Posted by tmac100 View Post
Agreed. I have only started reading this thread, BUT.... Every journey is different and it is always in a state of flux because of unforseen events. AKA "The Black Swan Effect".

If you are concerned about expenses then maybe you should not bother bicycling and stay "home" eating oatmeal (cold) and pork-and-beans and save enough money until you can spend some money travelling by bicycle.

FWIW, I have bicycled across outback Australia several times and have spent $1000 AUD living well while doing around 2000 km in 4 to 6 weeks. That money does not include the cost of getting to OZ, nor returning. In June I travel back to Australia and will do another 6-week tour. The cost-benefit analysis shows money will be spent in excessive amounts and the benefits will certainly exceed the benefits of sitting at "home" while dining on cold oatmeal and canned (cold) pork-and-beans

YMMV
Oat mael is healthy. Hot oatmeal with fruit tastes good.
Canned beans are to heavy for my bicycle. Try pasta.

Some people travel to see what life is like in other parts of the world.
Some search for all the comforts of home, their home, and see the world through a glass window.
Live like the locals live.

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If you are concerned about expenses then maybe you should not bother bicycling and stay "home" eating oatmeal (cold) and pork-and-beans and save enough money until you can spend some money travelling by bicycle.
Or, you can set a budget and plan an adventure within it, instead of skimping by for months or years until you can manage to do somethign without any concern about money. If I sat around home until I had enough money to spend all I wanted and not worry about money at all, far fewer of the dozen plus trips I've taken abroad, and almost none of the couple weekends a year domestic getaways, would have happened.
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It seemed like a pretty straight-forward question to me. I don't get all the fuss. If you don't have data for the OP, why bother answering?
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Originally Posted by thepetester View Post
Can you please list your expenditures?

Thanks a lot for all of the help,I'm preparing for a little vacation as soon as this job is over in a couple of months,I'll probably go from south Dakota through Wyoming,Colorado and Northern California then back to SD.
You would get more useful replies if you specify your intentions for eating and sleeping. Do you intend to camp exclusively? If so, in campgrounds, stealth camping, or a mix? If not, how often in motels? Any Warmshowers hosts? Will you be making your own meals exclusively? If not, what is your expected frequency of eating and drinking out?
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Originally Posted by thepetester View Post
Can you please list your expenditures?

Thanks a lot for all of the help, I'm preparing for a little vacation as soon as this job is over in a couple of months, I'll probably go from south Dakota through Wyoming, Colorado and Northern California then back to SD.
Last year, my first long tour I budgeted $100/day Canadian. I expected this to be more than enough, and it was. I enjoyed myself. At the end of the month away, I had spent about $1800 including a week at my destination. This year, I am budgeting approximately $1500/month.
Hope you get out soon. Nothing beats personal experience.



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I don't believe that the OP is not able to afford the tour he wants to go on.....I had the same question before I went on tour. One just wants to wrap his head around costs, and identify what the normal is: Food, drink, camping, misc. When I toured across Canada, 72 days, $5,900= $82/day. Misc repairs, like a chain, cassette, a cable replacement, $200. I camped every night in campgrounds, and I had 3 meals a day-breakfast and dinner prepared at the campground, lunch usually stopped for soup and a salad, sometimes stopping for ice cream 3-4 times a day, and Gatorade when it was really freakin hot humid. There were a few days that I took PBnJ sandwiches for snacks and lunch-but I grew tired of those really quick. Had an absolute blast and I am looking forward to splurging on myself again next year going to the Arctic Circle!

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