So, why exactly would anyone want to ride a bicycle across the entire country? Let alone, turning around, and going back to whence they came. Why not just drive, or fly, or take a Greyhound? 🤨
Ok, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s start with, how this all started.
35years ago, when I was a young lad, doing what teens do, I told a girl I was interested in, that I was “training” to ride a bike across the country, of course at the time, it was more to impress, but then what do you expect from a teenage beach bum, in the 80’s. Well, after 35 years of “training” I’ve actually decided to make good on that statement made 35 years ago. Talk about follow through.
I picked up cycling a few years back, riding a road bike, doing club rides, really getting into the whole cycling lifestyle, all the while, enjoying the eating style of a food critic. Then all of a sudden, cycling took a back seat to depression, anxiety, LIFE. I took about a year off the bike to get my head right and found, that it was cycling that put me in a good place, so now medication free, and back to my grumpy old, loveable self, the touring bug bit me, and hard.
So here we are, after 6 months of planning, building a new bike, new gear, lots of returned gear, miles put on a much heavier bike, and just chomping at the bit to get started.
This tour will consist of:
~ 4 – 5 months travel time
220,543 Feet of climbing
218,410 Feet of descending
Cover 21 States: California, Arizona(twice), New Mexico(twice), Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, & Nevada.
This tour will be a “self-supported” tour, meaning camping out under the stars will be more the norm, motels are VERY unlikely, though there will be WarmShower hosts, and road angels from time to time, I’m sure, but there’s no one following us in a van, or support vehicle, camping out under the stars will be more the norm, no hot meals made for us, no warm cozy hotel beds, just surviving by our whits, experience, luck, and at times, the kindness of strangers.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you follow my journey, across this great country of ours.