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Cycling across USA NY/LA to LA/NY in October.... which direction?

Old 07-16-18, 03:37 AM
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Cycling across USA NY/LA to LA/NY in October.... which direction?

Hi,

I have 4 weeks off from the end of September so thought I'd cycle across America from NY to LA or LA to NY.

I need to fly into major cities as I only have 31 days to do 3000 miles and need to get going ASAP.

It seems the prevailing winds are West to East so it's best to go LA to NY but I've been looking at VENTUSKY.com and it doesn't seem as clear cut as that.

Any advice? Anyone done this?

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So you are going to ride 100 miles every day for a month? Doesn't sound like much fun. Why not consider a short tour where you can enjoy the ride.
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Inasmuch as NY to LA by bike is probably more than 3,000 miles, it would be more than 100 miles/day. 3,000 miles is the generic number that is often thrown out by people when referring to the distance between the two coasts.

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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom
So you are going to ride 100 miles every day for a month? Doesn't sound like much fun. Why not consider a short tour where you can enjoy the ride.
Don't worry about me.If it was any less it wouldn't be a challenge and worth doing.

I'll probably do 120 and have the 6th day off.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Inasmuch as NY to LA by bike is probably more than 3,000 miles, it would be more than 100 miles/day. 3,000 miles is the generic number that is often thrown out by people when referring to the distance between the two coasts.

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sorry, ventusky.com

Plenty of people have done it.
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Let us know how it works out.
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Originally Posted by moscoworbust
...It seems the prevailing winds are West to East so it's best to go LA to NY but I've been looking at VENTUSKY.com and it doesn't seem as clear cut as that....
mucho infomation in old threads. local winds, storm systems, terrain will be more important factors. go east, go west, same-same. choose whichever route is more convenient for connections.

Can we talk about this prevailing-winds-west-to-east thing?
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You're going to get headwinds, and crosswinds, and one or two days of tailwinds, so scratch the wind thing off your list of things to consider.

If you're going to ride all day starting at dawn, go west so the drivers coming up behind you can see you without the sun's glare. If you're going to ride into dusk, go east so the drivers coming up behind you can see you.

Go east to get out of the Rockies before it starts snowing in the passes.

Hope you enjoy your trip more than I would on that schedule.
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Thanks for the advice.

The schedule will get more people to donate money I hope.

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You're going to get headwinds, and crosswinds, and one or two days of tailwinds, so scratch the wind thing off your list of things to consider.

If you're going to ride all day starting at dawn, go west so the drivers coming up behind you can see you without the sun's glare. If you're going to ride into dusk, go east so the drivers coming up behind you can see you.

Go east to get out of the Rockies before it starts snowing in the passes.

Hope you enjoy your trip more than I would on that schedule.
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Originally Posted by moscoworbust
...The schedule will get more people to donate money I hope.
that's all wrong, you need to slow down and be scene. hang out in public areas if you wanna collect some loot....i'd suggest the katy, lotsa traffic there.

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I did a tour like this once, 4200 miles in 42 days, from San Francisco to Atlanta. I did not know it at the time but there is a name for it, it's called "racing with panniers". You pretty much get up and ride to the next town completely drained. Upon arriving all you can think about is where to eat, clean up/ get a shower, throw up a tent and pass out.
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Sounds like something I should do once. and you lasted an extra 12 days.

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I did a tour like this once, 4200 miles in 42 days, from San Francisco to Atlanta. I did not know it at the time but there is a name for it, it's called "racing with panniers". You pretty much get up and ride to the next town completely drained. Upon arriving all you can think about is where to eat, clean up/ get a shower, throw up a tent and pass out.
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Where do you donate and what is the cause? Iíll chip in if you make it in 30 days. Fully documented and verified, of course. This assumes the donation goes directly to the charity and is a legit charity that is doing something worthwhile. You pay all your expenses.
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which direction?
If you're starting in LA, then you want to go east. If you're starting in NY, then go west.
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Originally Posted by saddlesores
that's all wrong, you need to slow down and be scene. hang out in public areas if you wanna collect some loot....
Lookie what I saw during lunch today:

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If you can do 120 miles per day without worry then the difference between prevailing winds is none of your concern. Have a good ride.



Originally Posted by moscoworbust
Don't worry about me.If it was any less it wouldn't be a challenge and worth doing.

I'll probably do 120 and have the 6th day off.
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Oh, my!
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Though it was further for some reason. The generic Google Maps route has LA to NY at 3031 miles. That one goes through Northern AZ and New Mexico roughly following I40, then up to St Louis and out to NY following I70.

Who knows, it might be possible if you like long days in the saddle. Keep us posted.
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I agree with pdlamb...from east to west...keep the sun at your back as much as possible.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Lookie what I saw during lunch today:

"Here, let me plug in that amplifier for you . . . "
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Originally Posted by moscoworbust
The schedule will get more people to donate money I hope.
Ahhh. It all makes sense now. Your presence here. I'd ride a southern route San Diego to Jacksonville. Best wishes.
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Forget 30 days, you should've gotten on the wheels of the RAAM folks and did it in a week!
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I've decided to go LA to NY and still need to finalise a route.

I'm in talks with a charity who are very keen to publicise it, although it brings with it a lot of responsibility and takes away some freedom so not completely sure.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
Ahhh. It all makes sense now. Your presence here. I'd ride a southern route San Diego to Jacksonville. Best wishes.
I looked at the southern route but it's harder to get to the start/end points.
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Originally Posted by moscoworbust

The schedule will get more people to donate money I hope.


Why because you are doing something special?? as you said plenty of others have done it. If you want to do this then pay your own way. Don't expect others to pay for your vactaion.
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