We have plotted a northern-U.S. route that will take us through at least 13 states from Maine to Oregon:

  1. Maine (Day 1)
  2. New Hampshire (Day 3)
  3. Vermont (Day 5)
  4. New York (Day 13)
  5. Pennsylvania (Day 14)
  6. Ohio (Day 19)
  7. Indiana (Day 21)
  8. Illinois (Day 25)
  9. Iowa (Day 30)
  10. Nebraska (Day 38)
    • Colorado*
  11. Wyoming (Day 46)
  12. Idaho (Day 52)
  13. Oregon (Day 60)
    • Washington*

*In Nebraska, we could briefly cross into Colorado (Update: We drove into Colorado, but didn’t cycle into the state). And at the end of the trip, we might cross into Washington, bringing the total to 15 states, without significant course changes.

This has been the route since Fall 2016:

BXCP2P2017-RoutePlot-coast to coast
2017 Route

An earlier draft would have taken us south out of Maine into Massachusetts, cutting the corner of Connecticut, and across the Southern Tier of New York before continuing west. Beyond Nebraska, this draft route also aimed further north to touch the southwest corner of South Dakota, and pass through Montana en route to Glacier National Park. The goal was to cycle the “Going to the Sun Highway” in Glacier—which will stay on the bucket list for now. This route would have included 15 states, and covered about 200 miles more.

BXCP2P2017-Draft Route 1
2011 Route (draft)

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