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ACA TransAmerica Route then Pacific Coast Route Summer 2015 (First Tour)

Old 02-03-15, 11:34 AM
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ACA TransAmerica Route then Pacific Coast Route Summer 2015 (First Tour)

Hiya. I've been dreaming for several years about doing a cross country bicycle tour, and I think this year might be the year. I've slowly been accumulating gear (bike, tent, sleeping bag, etc.), reading touring blogs, going to the gym, and working up my courage to actually quit my job and go on an adventure.

My plan right now is to do a solo tour. I'm thinking about doing the TransAmerica route east to west, taking a detour up to Seattle to visit my sister, and then doing the Pacific Coast route down the west coast. I'm considering leaving in early or mid-May and allotting 4-5 months for the whole tour (depending on how much sightseeing I decide to do and how quickly I go broke).

What do you guys think? Is that a reasonable plan? When would be the best time to leave? I'm in average shape, but I think I could manage 70-80 miles per day. Is that a good goal? Or is it unrealistic?

Also, how much should I budget for food and lodging? I'm planning to camp/CouchSurf/WarmShowers as much as possible and cook as many of my own meals as I can to save money.

Thanks in advance for your responses. If you have any other advice or tips for me, please let me know!
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Early to mid-May should be fine. When I was on a portion of the TA in MT a few years ago I met several people who has started in the east during that time period.

As for a budget, that will depend a lot of you. Adult beverages add to the budget. So do your food preferences. Some people can survive on oat meal for breakfast and rice and beans for dinner. I prefer to cook more elaborate meals, often eat breakfast out and won't pass on opening the wallet if there is something like a good huckleberry milkshake I want, so I think my food budget tends to be higher than "average."

Taking advantage of free or low-cost camping options like city parks, fairgrounds, U.S.F.S., fishing access and BLM campgrounds can save you some serious money over private campgrounds. Or you can ask around in town about a free place to camp, like at a firehouse. Again, some your budget may depend on your personal preferences. If you absolutely need a shower every day than you might have to opt for private campgrounds, at least in some instances. Allow me to put in a plug for the cyclist campground in Twin Bridges, MT. Nice place with an indoor shelter, soft grass to camp on, flush toilet and hot shower. There is even a nice camp sink. It's free, but donations are strongly encouraged. In town there are a couple of restaurants, a library with free Internet and good grocery store. It's also a good place to swap information. Both times I stayed there I shared the place with at least three other cyclists.
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Originally Posted by regularmegs
I'm in average shape, but I think I could manage 70-80 miles per day. Is that a good goal? Or is it unrealistic?
Everyone is different. I'd think 50-60 miles per day is probably the average pace for most TA cyclists. 70-80 is certainly possible though. There is a lot to be said for not having a set schedule and taking the pace as you feel like each day.

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Also, how much should I budget for food and lodging? I'm planning to camp/CouchSurf/WarmShowers as much as possible and cook as many of my own meals as I can to save money.
Food...
Food cost is pretty dependent on personal choices. Some get by on less than $10 per day and some spend $30 or more. I like to cook on tour, but also do eat in diners and get Subway subs fairly often. Often it is pretty hard to cook as cheap as a big diner breakfast or a Subway $5 foot long. Also there is something to be said for sampling the local cuisine even if it is only biscuits and gravy.

Camping...
On the TA it is pretty easy to average <$5 per night for camping since you can typically stay for free a lot of the time (with no need for stealth). On the Pacific Coast in Oregon and California hiker/biker sites are cheap ($4-10).

If you are pretty frugal you can probably average around $15 per day for food and lodging for the whole trip.

That said it is nice to have more time and more money than you need. Fixed schedules and fixed budgets tend to suck a lot of the joy out of the trip.
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Still have the prevailing headwind issue if you want to turn north and go up the coast .. consider a more northerly route that takes you directly into eastern Washington ..

then once there the prevailing wind will be following as you go south .. on 101.

june it still rains .. mid july the high pressure north pacific cell get to hold for a while..


$5 is only getting a 6'' these days at Subway .. $7.50 for the foot.

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