Transamerica or Bust?

And so, it has come to this. Me, sitting in Florida looking at maps, and working out my options for continuing or pulling the plug on my ride across America. I still want to go, obviously. I mean, I have to go somewhere anyway since I technically don’t really have a home right now. Might as well go ride a bike.

Anywhere.

I’ve made some plans. Here they are, in order of preference.

Plan A – Ride Across America, Take 2

Using theatre of the mind, simply pretend that I hit an invisible pause button on May 19th. Hit play again and pick up in mid-July where I left off. At the spot I crashed. The delay will mean the nights might be a bit colder in Colorado and the daily mileages a bit longer, but I think it’s still totally doable. In fact, it’s actually brought into the light an even greater way to make the trip awesome.

I will ride across America, right to the the start of Levi’s GranFondo.

Yes, when I get to Astoria, I’ll continue on down the Pacific Coast route to Santa Rosa and to the start line.

Think of it as a reward for Precious. I had intended to take a different bike to the Fondo, but after being such a great sport about things, he’s earned the right to massacre King Ridge. He’ll have tackled the Rockies and the Appalachians, so this should be no bother.

The only thing that can stop the switch being thrown on this plan is a dude in a little office on the Upper East Side of NYC. I meet with him again on Monday for a shorter, more summer-friendly cast.

NOTE: Think you might like to ride with me for a day as I cross America? Here is the daily TO/FROM chart, with no dates attached yet. If you think you might fancy the mileage on a particular day, feel free to drop me a line. But please, no weirdos. I do have a can of mace and I ain’t afeared to use it.

Addendum – Ride Across America, Take 2 (Alternate Ending)
Should I get to Eugene in Oregon and feel like cheating, I will ride to Florence instead of Astoria. It’s only 78 miles to the Pacific doing that. Hey, it’s an option!

Plan C – Crankenstein Ride Across America

There’s actually an alternate route across America. Follow the TransAmerica all the way to Peublo in Colorado, then use the Western Express route. It’s about 475 miles shorter and finishes in San Francisco. I will take this one if the timeline for getting back on the bike is a little longer, and still ride to the start of Levi’s GranFondo. Not sure how to weave the Pacific Coast route into that, but first things first – get across America!

Plan C – Drive Across America and Ride the Pacific Coast

Let’s say everything goes poopy diaper shaped and the date for getting back on Precious is pushed back and back and back. I’m simply going to load him into a vehicle and drive across America to the left coast. By the time I get across, I should be right as rain to ride and will tackle the Pacific Coast Route.

Hopefully be able to ride here and there in the heartland, perhaps visiting with others and doing day rides. This will also mean my second attempt at the TransAmerica Trail will occur in 2011. Disappointing, but acceptable.

Wherever you are, ride on!

10 comments

  1. I just bailed from the Western Express when I realized that it was going to take much longer than I expected climbing all those peaks across Nevada (and a few more in Utah and Colorado). I know the last thing you want is more bad news, but what I (think) I effectively found is that less miles doesn’t equal shorter time regarding the Western Express.

    You might be a in situation to ride very light with more time than I. Hope so! I wanna see ya make it!

    More explanation of how my trip ended…for this summer, at least:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cargonistas/4689523072/in/set-72157624123657099/

  2. I quickly clicked on your road map link to see when you would be in Texas so I could ride with you. Why you gotta hate Texas? Just kidding. Also, I like the first option. You can handle the cold! You can handle anything!

  3. Dylan, not sure if that’s bad news actually, but thanks for pointing that out. I haven’t actually looked at the maps yet. Time is also not really an issue… well, not until mid october. :) Then I’ll have to seriously find some work!

    Chrissy, I don’t hate Texas. I was looking at riding the the start of the Austin Livestrong Challenge after the Fondo. After all, that’s what I’m raising money fo.!

  4. Since you’re started to get concerned about time, have you considered Southern Tier? It’s much shorter, but still very much a cross-country route.

  5. Ride on! I would take plan A, but that’s me, I would simply love taking off 10 meters from where I hit PAUSE. Anyway, recomend also not using twitter or facebook, life’s to short.

  6. And, your chart is fantastic! What factors did you use in deciding your start/end points for the day- camping areas? Supplies? Terrain? I hope to ride basically the same route in a couple years (West to Damascus, then South to Florida). Seeing how well this chart works for you will go a long way in helping me plan.

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