We might be adventurous, but (sadly) we are not unique.
Estimated hundreds of people pedal bikes across the U.S. every year, and have been doing so since the bicycle—at least as we know it today—was designed. (Really. In 1884, Thomas Stevens completed the feat riding about 3,700 miles from San Francisco or Oakland, CA, to Boston, MA! [Wiki])
This guy, an Iowan, is a living legend. He has completed a “cross-country” trip every year since 2011. (We want to meet people like Jack.)
Many people participate in “supported” and “self-contained” paid adventure tours or charity rides each year. In fact, some 2,000 people rode from sea to shining sea, across the fruited plains, over purple mountains—you get it—to mark the American Bicentennial in 1976. (That ride, like our route, ended in Astoria, OR. The TransAmerica Trail today retraces the Bicentennial route covering some 4,250 miles.)
Today, there are many popular routes, limitless information, and, of course, incredible technology to make the trip much simpler to plan, safer to ride, and easier to navigate than ever before. (The Adventure Cycling Association is a great resource.)
People take well-defined routes; Some cross states further south, others through northern states, and so on. Common northern-tier paths often follow Route 20 (the first transcontinental interstate when completed), or run roughly parallel to I-80 and I-90.
In any case, the contiguous United States span a big chunk of real estate, so regardless of route, crossing the country coast to coast on a bicycle will rack-up more than 3,000 miles.
We have plotted a northern route that will take us through 13 states from Maine to Oregon. While it (deliberately) doesn’t follow a preset route, we’re anticipating (and almost certain) to cross paths with other cross-country riders!
Follow along to join-in on our journey!
Two cyclists, Michael and Nate, are bicycling across the United States starting in May, 2017. Their 3,400-mile, self-supported bike tour from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, takes a “northern-tier” route. They will pedal their touring bikes through 13 states—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon—to arrive at the Pacific Ocean in late July. Follow their journey at bxcp2p2017[dot]wordpress[dot]com
© BXCP2P2017, Michael Whitney and Nathan Hurwitz.