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TransAmerica April 2011 Touring Buddies Wanted

Old 01-09-11, 05:36 PM
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TransAmerica April 2011 Touring Buddies Wanted

I have created my Crazyguyonabike and ACA Companion wanted touring postings about a year ago and have had 20 or so promising responses, but as I expected as it's getting closer to the day only 2-4 may fabricate.

My Touring Site with all the details (ride distance per day, etc...) - www.work2ride.com

So I am posting here to spread my word on trying to see that I have at least one tourer with me, so in the words of Jerry Maguire "Who's coming with me?"

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Man has anyone ever told you, you look a lot like Tom Cruise!

We're looking to go in 2012, but there is an outside chance we'll go in early May 2011. Have a great trip!
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Ever done it? I prefer solo. Either way, have a great crossing!
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TransAm is on my bucket list but it'll likely be 202X before it happens.

Good luck and have fun!
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Ambitious schedule!

Good luck and enjoy yourself(ves).
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Going in 2012 also, Not sure of route yet. i want to go souththrough santa Fe. plenety of time to plan i am still searching for a bike. I have been doing tri's for years now just want to explore. going from Ct to LA might have to cross GW bridge into Jersey.
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Originally Posted by supersport View Post
Ambitious schedule!
About 4,262 miles over the course of 90 days (13 Weeks), with about 13 rest days, would be about only 55 miles a riding day. I plan to take more rest days and even a vacation while heading through Yellowstone.

I think if I can do a overall average of 80 miles a day that will give me 55 days of riding and plenty days of taking it all in
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Originally Posted by ullearn View Post
About 4,262 miles over the course of 90 days (13 Weeks), with about 13 rest days, would be about only 55 miles a riding day. I plan to take more rest days and even a vacation while heading through Yellowstone.

I think if I can do a overall average of 80 miles a day that will give me 55 days of riding and plenty days of taking it all in
80 miles a day is rough... slow down, you'll miss a lot of good stuff
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Old 01-14-11, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by ullearn View Post
About 4,262 miles over the course of 90 days (13 Weeks), with about 13 rest days, would be about only 55 miles a riding day. I plan to take more rest days and even a vacation while heading through Yellowstone.

I think if I can do a overall average of 80 miles a day that will give me 55 days of riding and plenty days of taking it all in
I think that it makes sense to go by average mileage per day including rest days. Figuring that way you are allowing for 47 mile days on average. We found that on the TransAmerica we averaged 60 miles a day including rest days (actually rest half days in our case). That was OK but did not allow for doing a ton of stuff off the bike. It allowed for taking an afternoon off here and there and for a couple miles of hiking once in a while, but not for hanging around for multiple days anywhere or optional side trips.

Bottom line... It sounds like you are allowing plenty of time.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
I think that it makes sense to go by average mileage per day including rest days.
I agree and use the same method. I base my calculations on 50 miles a day including rest days. This works great for me and leaves days for hiking, rainy day reading, and some site-seeing. Your calculations should be perfect.
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Mine works out to 45-46 miles per day including rest days. It is 54-55 miles per day when I remove the rest days, that is probably a more realistic measurement, a ten mile difference is significant.
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I just finished planning my day to day routes, 4 days over 100+ miles and the longest at 116. Over ambitious?

Probably so, but this is just a base blue-print, I not religious about it and needed something for the wife and I to plan our mid-trip Yellowstone vacation around.

The details here - www.work2ride.com

Experienced feedback welcome
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Old 01-16-11, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ullearn View Post
I just finished planning my day to day routes, 4 days over 100+ miles and the longest at 116. Over ambitious?

Probably so, but this is just a base blue-print, I not religious about it and needed something for the wife and I to plan our mid-trip Yellowstone vacation around.

The details here - www.work2ride.com

Experienced feedback welcome
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Have you cranked 100 miles loaded in the Appalations(sp) 4 days in a row, to top the week at 120 miles? This is for a day off (520 mile distance every 5 days). Not good!
My touring-experienced gut "feedback" is an attempt to 'educate' you to "slow down and smell the 'roses' , see the sites you are passing through". Your employer/job may be here when you get back, the memories of this tour (xUSA) will be with you the rest of your life. Nobody can take the memory!
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My suggestion would be to try to allow enough time to do the trip easily and definitely forget planning specific daily mileages. Have a finishing date that is as open ended as possible. Then go at whatever pace seems right. It is so much more pleasant when you are not tied to a schedule.

I'd strongly advise that you take it easy the first ten days to two weeks and build from there to as fast of a pace as you feel you want.
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Old 01-17-11, 07:15 AM
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+1 on what staehpj1 said.

After your first two weeks of touring you should be fit enough do 116 miles...BUT that will entail a long day in the saddle.
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Thanks for the feedback so far and had to say I expected that. The only reason I have laid out the day to day is because my wife needs to plan ahead to book airlines, car rental, and hotel in Yellowstone. Other then trying to be there by a certain date, even with padding extra time, I don't plan to ride to the schedule but more feel how the day is going and decide if I need to pull over early.

@tomg my desire is to take a year, take multiple years and go around the world on bike, but unfortunately my brain (& father in-law) knows work comes first and my #1 goal is to have a job to return to after this time limited adventure. I am just happy after 8 years with my employee I convinced them to giving me a 90 day leave of absence & here is looking forward to my retirement!!! (in another 35 years or so).

On a side note / debate topic - I absolutely disagree with the whole school of thought that if you don't stop to to take in a moment that you won't be able to appreciate it. Last year my wife and I hiked the Grand Canyon North Rim to South Rim in a day, great memories!!! (there were a lot of naysayers for us doing that as well).

I do however agree that sure if I had more time I would use that time to make even more memories, and probably once I reach retirement that I will laugh at the 30 year old version of myself & eat these words
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ullearn,

Employment and job "security" is one of my points as well, a time factor! I don't know if my job will be waiting for me on return, have only addressed this in supervisor and am unsure of having a supportive employer. I don't have 90 days unless I go on extended leave w/out pay (health insurance?) or quit. Quiting would give me much time for this, but where financially? I think physical prep time is realistic for an April departure, the rest is in a grey area now. Vantastic your employer is giving you 90 days leave!

When I suggest "stop and smell", it was figurative! 100 miles a day will be tough! I simply encourage that you explore flexibility in daily destinations, adjust to the tour, and de-tour from milage chasing. This (mile chasing) could become a "catch-up" and "reach the point" experience! (been there...)

Funny, the next thing you know, you have an inclusive 30 years of going on extensive self-contained bicycle tours and while planning the next, you are sharing advice/experience to someone starting out on their first extended tour :-). Time framed!

Have fun, spin safe, and keep me in the loop!

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PS: I considered around the world tour when i was age +/- 23. Now around USA is my long term goal, carving it away one step at a time and getting there!
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