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Flight to California booked - I am cycling from there to Florida

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by jay clock, 8 Nov 2017.

  1. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    It has been a long time coming but I have just booked the flight for San Diego on 25 February. Aiming to spend 8-10 weeks cycling to Florida. Doing it with two friends, one of whom did it in 2016 (he did the Trans Am, we are doing Southern Tier)

    www.usacycle2018.com links to my Crazy Guy journals - being updated over next few weeks
     
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  2. Debade

    Debade Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Connecticut, USA
    Have a great trip. It is a good ride!
     
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  3. marzjennings

    marzjennings Veteran

    Sounds like a great adventure. I don't know your route, but the shortest route takes you fully across Texas and there's not much to see from El Paso to Houston. A lot open space filled with frac'ing trucks and drill crews driving 90 on the back roads. I'd bend north through Santa Fe (one of my favourite towns in the US) and the Texas panhandle, through Amarillo. You'll still see some of Texas without spending a whole week riding across it.

    Also avoid riding too close to the Mexico border unless you like showing your passport every 50 miles. US border patrol set up passport controls points generally 90-100 miles inside the border and not just on the actual boarder.
     
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  4. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Happy Trails. :becool:
     
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  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

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    Great stuff. You lucky man Jay. I'll be following your blog with interest. USA coast to coast is top of my bucket list.
     
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    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    It is a bucket list because I will be 56 but was diagnosed with a long term medical condition that whilst it makes no immediate difference means that I cannot accurately predict that in my mid 60s I will still be up to it! So now is the time.

    Re the route @marzjennings I am going with two friends and we have agreed that we will stick to the Southern Tier from ACA. I have read dozens of CGOAB journals and 99% goes on quiet roads.
     
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    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    Worth adding that I am doing a half Ironman in mid May, so at least my cycling legs should be ready. Unlikely to swim even once, and the theory is that I run once a week on my "rest" day! But I am fully aware that may be a challenge....
     
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  8. Bollo

    Bollo Gas Giant Staff Member

    Location:
    Winch
    Good stuff J. I love a good road trip but have only ever managed short and sharp credit-card touring on the bike. Are you camping or treating yourself to some accommodation?

    I'll try and make it out on one of your rides before you go.
     
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    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    Hampshire UK
    blog here https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1p6&doc_id=20340&v=R
     
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    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    Hampshire UK
    @Bollo I am going with two other people (Peter who did the Trans Am last year and Poppy who you don't know). Plan is to camp as much as possible - my ideal is a hotel every 5-6 days. And I prefer not to have to cook. But a new tent is on order (MSR Hubba Hubba NX). I have two possible sleeping bags already - both PHD, and a very nice Exped Synmat. Bike is my Koga Miyata World Traveller (good nick but will go for new tyres)
     
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  11. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Will follow your progress with interest.
    Good luck.
     
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  12. Jimidh

    Jimidh Über Member

    Location:
    Midlothian
    That sounds like an awesome trip - hope it goes well.
     
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  13. Regulator

    Regulator Political refugee. Fan of Adrian.


    Are you an ACA member? It's probably worth signing up if you're not.
     
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    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    I had a look and it is $65 and the only major benefit I can see is map discount. And I already ordered the maps!
     
  15. Regulator

    Regulator Political refugee. Fan of Adrian.


    There's quite a support network that ACA members can access - plus discounts with various US retailers and shops.
     
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