Adventure Cycling Association’s southern tier route
The main purpose of this blog will be to chronicle — for my wife, our three far-flung sons and anyone else who might be the least bit interested — a 3,160-mile, cross-country bicycle journey from San Diego, Calif., on the Pacific Ocean to St. Augustine, Fla., on the Atlantic.
The ride, organized by the Adventure Cycling Assocation of Missoula, Mont., will hug the lower edge of the United States. It is to begin near Point Loma in San Diego on Sept. 18 and pass through the southern tier of states — California, Arizona, New Mexico, miles and miles of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. If all goes as planned, we will arrive at St. Augustine on the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 21, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
During the 65-day trip,which will include 56 riding days and nine rest days, we will travel an average of 56.4 miles per day. Our group of about 14 riders will be “self-contained,” meaning that we will have no support vehicle, will do our own grocery shopping and cooking on a rotational basis and will camp out most nights. As of this writing, space is still available for anyone wishing to join us.
Here’s hoping for good health, fine weather, frequent tail winds and very few flats.