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6/13/10 4:27 P

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No advice, but sounds awesome! Have you posted/checked out bikeforums?

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6/9/10 9:44 P

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Practice Practice Practice. Drink plenty of fluids & lots of carbs. not very much meat or poultry besides eggs on the trip. I would also suggest working up those hills around your house the bigger the better. Tackle them every day. emoticon

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5/29/10 8:15 A

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Cool! I always like to have a Plan B and moving to a cardboard house can now move down to Plan C.
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I look forward to your blogs.

Edited by: GLADGAD at: 5/29/2010 (08:15)
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5/28/10 9:46 P

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Great ideas everyone! I will check them out. I was planning on documenting our journey on a blog complete with pictures and some video footage. In fact, I think I’ll start the blog later this year as we start actively planning.

It should be interesting to plan this since I am vegan and gluten free and she is a vegetarian.

Both of us will be riding our trikes and will be hauling trailers.


PS we are open to having other riders!


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5/28/10 9:25 A

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My friend road with a group called, "Sea to Sea to End Poverty" a couple of summers ago. I wasn't sure if you wanted a group or doing it on your own but they would be able to give you great routes and tips too. You could check their site.

Wow! I love the idea of you blogging it back to us. I'm going to do a 2 day MS ride of 160 km and that feels like a lot right now! Best of luck. Be safe!

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5/28/10 8:30 A

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Sigled - great advice. Google for blogs about cycling across the U.S. There were a couple of guys who did it a year or two ago from San Diego to Jacksonville, FL.

You and your friend should look into keeping a blog. I'm sure at least one of you will have a GPS on you, so get yourselves hooked up so others can track you online. Make sure to bring a couple of cameras so you can document everything. You're going to have some great stories to tell!

It sounds like a wonderful adventure. I would love to be able to do something like that. Hey, if my new business falls through and I have to sell the house, would you be up for another rider?
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5/28/10 1:19 A

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Check out 2 bums on a bike: a married couple from California who last year road across the USA on a tandem bike. Their blog reveals a lot about what to do and the experiences one might expect.

www.2bumsonabike.com/2009/05/were-on
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5/27/10 9:08 P

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Ihave no advice but I would love to hear all about the planning and the trip!

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5/27/10 7:02 P

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I have only done some short (2-3 week) self contained tours, so it would be harder to plan for a really long one. Our first tour was in such a remote area that we had to carry a backpack stove, fuel, freeze-dried backpacking food and extra water. Although those things were pretty light, they did account for some extra weight.
Our second tour we eliminated those things and ate out carrying extra food that didn't need cooking.
It was more expensive that way but much simpler.
We still were touring in the Oregon and Washington Cascades so had to carry sleeping bags, ground cloth, sleeping bag pads, tent, etc. which weighed quite a lot. We had no choice since there weren't hotels/motels on the roads we were riding.
The total of all of our gear was 70 pounds each... quite manageable on the bikes, although we rode much slower climbing those high passes in the Cascades than we were used to.
If you have any more specific questions, you can always email me. I got my travel tips from a friend who did the trans-America tour across America with the national part of our regional Alaska Lung foundation.

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I love bike riding and I have done three multiday supported fund raising tours (San Francisco to Los Angeles over 8 days). But my girl friend has talked me into an extended self-contained tour. We are planning to ride across the USA next year using the Transamerica route. 30+ months.
Any advice to offer????


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