I'm a 26f looking for companions on a late June to late August ride from San Diego, CA to Washington, DC. Why then? I will be losing my job (as a teacher) and figure that I won't have a completely free summer again for a long time... so I'm taking advantage!
Since it will be too hot to do the Southern route, I'll be heading northeast gaining gradual elevation up the 395, then into Nevada. I've got the Adventure Cycling maps (both Western Express and TransAmerica) so the plan is to link up with that route in Fallon, Nevada.
I'm not in amazing shape, but am confident I'll be able to do this. I'm giving myself plenty of time to go at a reasonable pace, averaging 65 miles a day. Been doing some minor training; probably I'll be pretty tired the first week out.
I'm going self-contained and camping or hoping for some generous home stays.
Anyway, my biggest concerns (in no particular order) are the following:
- saddle sore
- bike breaking down
- my stuff getting stolen while buying groceries or something... so here's where you come in ;)
Please let me know any or all of this sounds good to you. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- or, if you just have some helpful tips, I'd love to pick your brain.
Just my humble input & encouragement about your concerns:
saddle sore - Your butt will get used to it fairly quickly.
bike breaking down - Don't skimp with your bike. Make sure it is in very good shape with all potentially old parts replaced.
hills!!! - Ha ha ha ha ha. If you go through Colorado, I can assure you hills will not be your worry. It'll be the BIG ASS MOUNTAINS that will torture you!
my stuff getting stolen while buying groceries or something... - Use a good lock. Some large supermarkets supposedly allow you to bring your bike inside. Always carry your valuable belongings on you when you leave the bike.