Follow Along on a Cross Country Bicycle Trip of a Lifetime - and Start Planning Your Own!
Recently, I rode my bicycle across America from Seaside, Oregon to Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The journey lasted about 10 weeks. Clearly, I didn’t race across the country. I rode at a comfortable pace ... with plenty of time to sample a few beers along the way. This cross country bike ride was an experience of a lifetime - one worth sharing. In my opinion, the “meat and potatoes” of this website is my daily log. But, the planning, route selection, equipment preparation, etc., in hindsight, is half the fun. Check out the State Bicycle Coordinator page that links to the 50 State bicycle websites and highlights when maps are available. Also, check out the Bicycling Safely Through a Highway Construction Project page that provides basic guidelines in navigating through work sites and The Frugal Cyclist page that helps you find great gear at great prices.
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I grew up in Tyrone, Pennsylvania then moved to California after I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University way back in 1983. I had always had an interest in bike riding growing up and that interest grew in the temperate weather of California where bike riding is year round, at least where I live. I found that my cycling goals expanded as I rode my bicycle more and more: from basic around-town transportation, to triathlons, centuries, and tours through Big Sur, Hawaii, and around Lake Tahoe. Somewhere along the way, I decided that I would like to ride my bike back to Tyrone, PA then on to the Atlantic Ocean. Sure sounded good, but I really didn’t think that it would happen until after I retired. I was fortunate though when an opportunity arose where I was able to leave work for 3 months (and still have a job when I got back).
I also took the opportunity to sample beers from across the country. When you are riding your bike across the country, beer is guilt free. It’s called fuel, and it tastes good, too! At the end of the day, nothing replaces those vital body fluids better than beer … water works OK, too, I guess. Scientific Beer Survey
Just do it!
You don’t have to be a professional cyclist to ride across the USA, but you have to want to do it. There will be some uncomfortable times where you will be asking yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If you tell yourself, “Because I want to,” then you will finish the ride and enjoy it. (There was usually rain involved when I asked that question.) Sounds simple? It’s supposed to be. Eat, drink, pedal, sleep. Or, I should say, lots of eating, drinking, pedaling, and sleeping. And the other stuff just kind of falls into place. No time like the present. Start riding or at least planning. I hope this website helps. Since my Transcendental Xcountry tour, I rode from Canada to Mexico - Check out Transcendendental Great Divide. It was a grand tour of the Rocky Mountains with the help of the Adventure Cycling Great Divide Route maps.
Next stop is Transcendendental Sierra Cascades in 2011 (or bust!) Follow along with my blog.
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