Posted by: ericvithalani | November 2, 2009

Been thinking

about the route I’d like to do across the states:

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  1. Looks like a fantastic ride. When do you start? When do you expect to finish? How many miles do you think you’ll average in a normal day (excluding weather, mechanical, personal or bovine issues)? Are you going alone? How didja pick your route? Why you dissin Texas? Are you doing this in support of a cause?

  2. When do you start?
    Either June 6 or June 20. A guy I know wants to ride until Missouri or until he has to go back to grad school. He has obligations with the university until the later date.

    When do you expect to finish?
    I’m thinking it’ll take 100ish days. So, mid or end of October. After I reach San Francisco, I’m flying off to India (my dad will be there at that time) then SE Asia, then I have no idea. Africa? It’s all a rough draft, really.

    How many miles do you think you’ll average in a normal day (excluding weather, mechanical, personal or bovine issues)?
    50 or so, depending on run-ins with livestock.

    Are you going alone?
    I will go alone if I have to, but I think I’ll have company: a friend, Rod, seems to really want to go. I’ve had 3 or 4 people contact me.” You should take a week or so, meet up with me and ride part of it. Seriously, I would love to have you come along for a bit.

    How didja pick your route?
    Part of it is the Adventure Cycling Association’s routes: Great Rivers Route from Tennessee through Kentucky and the Trans-Am route through Oregon. The section from NC to TN, I just made up.

    Why you dissin Texas?
    I really want to visit Austin, but then I’d have to go through a big chunk of land that I have no desire to go through. I guess things could always change.

    Are you doing this in support of a cause?
    There’s a local NPO, The Full Belly Project, that, if everything works out, I’m going to do talks and try to raise some funds for. There are links on this here site.

  3. I’ve been examining the route with great interest and envy. A lot of beauty there . . . I spent many summers in Northern CO, and miss it. Very nice place to be. . . one thing I predict is that stretch of Southern Wyoming will really test your character midsummer.

  4. also west Kansas/east CO. You won’t have too many brains left.

    • I’ve heard people describe that road in W. Kansas and E. Colorado as the loneliest road in the world. I’ve never been to that part of the country and looking fwd to it. Who knows by then, my mind will probably already be fried but let’s hope not.


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