Follow Along on a Cross Country Bicycle Trip of a Lifetime – and Start Planning Your Own!
Transcendental Transcontinental – that about sums it up. My bicycle adventure started in Seaside, Oregon when I dipped my wheel in the Pacific Ocean and then meandered across the country to Ocean Grove, New Jersey (where I dipped my wheel again!). My journey lasted about 10 fun filled, adventurous weeks. Clearly, I did not race across the country as I rode at a comfortable but purposeful pace … with plenty of time to sample a few beers along the way. This cross country bike trip was an experience of a lifetime – one worth sharing.
As I pedaled and blogged my way across the country, I maintained a record of this adventure as a keepsake and I feel that it captures the essence of the bike ride. Check out my daily log in the menu above. You know, I also found that the planning, route selection, equipment preparation, etc., in hindsight, is really half the fun. For your convenience I have summarized a State Bicycle Coordinator page that links to the 50 State bicycle websites and highlights when maps are available. This is a real handy tool for route planning. Also, check out the recommended Planning and Gear pages, as well as, the Bicycling Safely Through a Highway Construction Project page that provides basic guidelines in navigating through road work sites.
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
Check out my cross country tour on the Sierra Cascades route
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 cross country back to Tyrone, PA then on to the Atlantic Ocean. X-Country! Sure sounded good, but I really did not think that it would happen until after I retired. Fortunately, an opportunity arose where I was able to leave work for 3 months and ride my bicycle from Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean (and still have a job when I got back). If there is a will, there is a way. As you can imagine, when I finished this epic bike ride I was in very good physical condition. Food tasted better, sleep came easy, and over all, I was in a positive mental space. Life is good! I also brought home a pannier (or 2) full of great memories.
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.
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Just do it!
You do not 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. (Seems like 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. Subsequent to this memorable West to East cross county bicycle adventure, I went on to ride my bike North to South from Canada to Mexico down the spine of the Continental Divide – Check out Transcendental Great Divide. It was a grand tour of the Rocky Mountains with the help of the Adventure Cycling Great Divide Route maps. And then followed by the challenging Transcendental Sierra Cascades route from Canada through Washington, Oregon and ending at my front doorstep in San Luis Obispo, California. I guess that it’s become a lifestyle. Time to plan that next adventure!
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Fishing plus bicycle touring equals fun. Especially in Yellowstone country: Fish-Bike-Camp.
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Also, A Day in the Life on the Road provides a little more insight into the daily unfolding adventure on the road.