This is my tentative route. For the most part I am planning to stick to secondary roads and steer clear of big cities. My route may change as I connect with environmental organizations that have places for me to visit. Weather and road conditions may also affect my course along the way. I will depart at the beginning of June and estimate the trip to take three months.
Meeting with Other Environmental Organizations
The majority of my ride will consist of just that. Lots of riding! However, part of my mission is to connect with other environmental organizations along the way. I would like to develop a list of organizations that are located on or near my route. When I pass through I can stop by and see what other groups are doing and share it here on the web. If you know of organizations, or if you are from an organization along or near my route, please email me. Although environmental education will be my focus, I encourage all kinds of environmental organizations to contact me.
Making Personal Connections Across the Country
If you think you or someone you know lives along my route let me know! It's nice to have contacts when travelling to new places. I will be doing a lot of camping on the journey and it would be great to have a hot meal (be forewarned, I am a vegetarian), warm shower, or a home to rest my head once in awhile... not to mention some conversation!
SOME ROUTE DETAILS
Palo Alto, California to Pueblo, Colorado
From Palo Alto I will head over the Santa Cruz Mountains to Half Moon Bay, dip my tires in the Pacific Ocean and then head east to Yosemite. I am planning to travel over Tioga Pass in Yosemite if it is open. In southern Utah, I will bike through Zion and Bryce Canyon before continuing up through Capitol Reef and then to Arches (four national parks!). Then I will wind my way to Montrose, Colorado, cross the Rockies and then head on to Pueblo, Colorado.
TransAmerica Bicycle Trail
In Pueblo, Colorado I will meet up with the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail (which stretches from Oregon to Virginia). Adventure Cycling Association sells maps of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail which was designed so that bicyclists could travel on scenic secondary roads all across the country. Their maps include elevation gain, campgrounds, stores, etc. which are all very helpful for cyclists. I will use the TransAmerica Trail as my basic guide from Pueblo, Colorado through to Virginia.
Atlantic Coast Route
In Virginia I will connect up with another Adventure Cycling Association route which will guide me up the Atlantic Coast, finishing in Bar Harbor, Maine. Washington, D.C. and New York City are two major areas I will travel through.
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