8,600 miles by bike, 600 by foot: Touring the U.S. for 2 Months

On the 27th of August I will be leaving on a roughly 2 month long hybrid motorcycle-hiking trip, living out of my frame pack and saddle bags for over 60 days. It’s something that has been in the works for a while now. It started off as a trip to New Orleans that Brent and I had been planning as a way to “launch” our site and then it just started growing from there, as plans like this often do.

Brent’s trip starts in Toronto, driving to meet me in New York on the 25th. After touring the Big Apple for a couple days we’ll move on to Philadelphia, where there’s a possibility we will go for a morning ride with Danny Bonaduce (so keep an eye out for that post!).

From there, we’ll make our way south passing through such areas as the Smoky Mountains, the Tail of the Dragon, and the Mississippi River until hitting New Orleans.

At this point, Brent and I will have to go our separate ways, he going back north to Toronto and I continuing on west. Next stop is Palestine,TX where a good friend of mine from the Appalachian Trail, Bouie, lives with his wife Dorah. After visiting for a day I’ll be high-tailing it to Southern California to visit friends there before starting to head north for the hike.

I’m really looking forward to the ride up as I fully intend to take the West Coast Highway to get to Oregon. There’s just something about riding along the side of the Pacific Ocean that seems mildly appealing…

In Oregon, I’m going to find a place to service and store my bike for approximately a month, because from there I have to make my way to the Rocky Mountains, joining the sobohobos for the last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail of which they will be approximately a month from finishing.

After the hike, it’ll be time to finish my circumnavigation of America, riding to Glacier National Park in Montana, cruising on Route 2 along the Northern border of the country and passing through Toronto before closing it off in New York.

Tentative Itinerary:

  • August 22nd: fly from Beijing to New York
  • August 26th: Brent and Pam to New York
  • August 28th: leave New York
  • August 31st: New Orleans
  • September 5th: Palestine, TX
  • September: 9th: San Diego
  • September 13th: Eugene, Oregon
  • September 15th: join on the PCT
  • October 15th: finish PCT
  • October 18th: pick up bike in Eugene, OR
  • October 20th: Glacier National Park
  • October 22nd: Toronto
  • October 25th: full circle to New York!

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