Tom Hall was in town this weekend. He and I got together at a local Perkins Restaurant to discuss the ride and look over some of the maps we purchased from Adventure Cycling. This organization has a tremendous selection of well documented maps showing all different routes across and through the United States/Canada.
Several years ago Tom did a 2,000 mile trip on his own so I plan on using his past experience extensively. He went from Missoula MT to Del Rio TX.
Tom and I have decided to follow the northern route plus several variations on this route. We purchased 14 maps (~$140) covering the start in Oregon/Washington and ending in Maine. Each individual map is broken down into ~40 mile segments which is very well documented with emergency numbers, bike repair stops, restaurants, lodging, campgrounds, and other tidbits of information. The maps are in color and on a tear resistant type of paper which is somewhat impervious to damp conditions.
Each of the routes listed on the map has been traveled before so the information is pretty accurate. There are addendum’s listed on their website which show recent changes not reflected on the maps.
We finally made the decision to carry all of our gear on our bikes, rather than pull any type of tag-along behind. We are planning on camping out ~4-5 times during the week so we will have to carry lightweight tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, and other miscellaneous items.
I am planning on blogging across the US and will need to decide how to charge a cell phone, tablet, Garmin GPS, and possibly a helmet mounted video camera. Initial Googling has not been very good regarding solar chargers, but, technology is always improving.
Half the fun of going is the planning.