Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Summer Plans: Trans-America Oblique Tour 2015

A coast to coast tour by bicycle ...
... or why I should be riding more.

Last fall Ron and I were invited to join a group of cyclists on a cross country tour. We've spent the winter plotting and planning, trying to see if this was something we could do, and if we wanted to give it a try.

Our friend and avid trans-am cycle-tourist, Roger has planned out a tour that travels diagonally across the U.S. starting in St. Augustine, Florida and finishing in Anacortes, WA. The route is about 3883 miles and will take 3 months to complete. I'm planning to ride the whole ride. Ron has only a few weeks vacation and will join us for the last part of the ride.

I've done supported week long tours, and have considered longer tours, but a trans-am tour has never really been on my list of things to do. It just seemed too ambitious, and there is all that mid-west to cross.

Roger and May
When Roger plans a bicycle tour, it's planned out to the last detail - lodging, food, route. Roger's wife, May, will drive a support vehicle for us, so if any issues come up we have transportation beyond the bikes, and we won't have to carry our gear. We will start in Florida on April 27th and will wind our way diagonally across the states finishing in Washington state near the end of July. The group consists of riders that I personally enjoy riding with, and since I haven't yet returned to the work-a-day world it seems like the perfect time to take advantage of this opportunity.

My bike pretending to be a touring bike. 
Our gear will be transported by car for most of the trip, but space is limited, 
so only taking what could be packed on the bike. 
Just for kicks, I had to take him for a spin.
For the next few weeks I'll post a little about the gear I'm going to bring along, my camera set up - which I'm still working out, and any other details that come up. I know it's not motorcycling, but I hope you'll be able to enjoy the tour despite of that. Your welcome to follow along. I hope you enjoy the show! :)
Stolen from the intewebs and edited without permission
And for my moto-friends who have succumbed to the call of the pedals ... don't say I didn't warn you: it's a slippery slope from a casual pedal around the neighborhood to a crazy-azzed cross country tour!


  1. Not crazy at all! Three months should be a really laid back tour especially with a sag wagon carrying your gear. Is it mostly camping and how large is the group?

    I like your last picture, nice job on the editing...

    1. Richard:
      It is a laid back tour. Roger, the leader/designer of the route wanted to keep it casual - keep the daily mileage low when he could. Average daily mileage is about 49 miles.

      We will mostly do hotel/hostel/warm showers rather than camping. There are 4 of us riding the whole route, and 4-5 more joining us for a portion of the ride.

  2. R.e.s.p.e.c.t. Kary. I wish I was that ambitious. Three months of riding a bicycle... every day. In my current physical shape I rather prefer rading the trans-am on a motorbike ;-)
    But I will be following you virtually for sure.

    1. Sonja,
      I agree. I think this would be a great route for motorcycle. If I wasn't going with this particular group I would probably never bicycle a trans-am. We won't ride every day. We'll take some days off the bike - hopefully in interesting locations.

  3. WOW, simply WOW. What an adventure Kari.

    Kudos to you for taking it on. I'll be watching for the pictures.

    You go girl!

  4. "...and there is all that midwest to cross." :^D

    What a great plan and I can't wait to follow. Love your montage.

  5. Looking forward to your postings on this adventure....though I fear we may not be around by the time the group brings you anywhere near Colorado.

  6. Hi Dom
    I think we'll be in Colorado in mid-June. I believe Pueblo is a rest day then the climbing begins. Sadly I'm looking forward to it, when I should be running as quick as my short legs can take me in the opposite direction.