I feel it may be time to give you something of substance here peeps. Mostly I’ve just been feeding you pictures and videos on varying topics but very little actual text about what the heck I’m actually about to do.
I just received word from UPS that the maps I will be using (Adventure Cycling Transamerica Trail) are due to arrive here on monday, so my tentative departure date will have to be moved to… wait for it…. tuesday the 26th of june, the very same day that my father and uncle left on this exact trip 51 years ago! Heavy stuff!!!
Of course, my trip will be very different from theirs. I’m older, maybe in better shape (not sure about that though), I have a better bike and the america I will be riding through is probably very different from what they rode through. Certainly, many of the peripheral details will be different, but the main gist of it has stayed the same: a bike, a road and a journey from point A to point B.
For me, one of the most impressive feats of their trip was the fact that they made it from Frederick to Cumberland on the first day. That’s a 90 mile leg crusher of a ride across some very hilly territory. I’m in no way trying to compete with those crazy boys for the full extent of my trip (they did the whole thing in six weeks – avg of 100 miles a day), but I do want to see if I can make it to Cumberland on day #1. For those interested, here’s a travel itinerary of someone who did just that:
After Cumberland I’ll try to link up with the Transam bike trail which runs south of here.
In other news: I now have a tent, a groundsheet and a nice light foam mattress that rolls itself out. I still can’t decide whether I should be doing cooking along the way or just eat out at diners and stuff. Will probably end up bringing my mom’s old Trangia kitchen and get cooking utensils along the way if I feel like cooking.
Yupp. that’s about as far as I’ve gotten in my planning.