First off, there are a lot of logistics to consider. I am traveling by what is called "self-sustained credit-card style." Basically, I carry only what I need to get from one town to the next + a change of clothes + my wallet. I stay in hostels or small hotels and I don't have to lug around any camping equipment. This allows me to cover a lot of distance and also have a warm bed and hot shower where I end my day. My full itinerary with my daily biking distance, route, night accommodations, and daily highlights are posted at my Italy 2010 webpage.
|I did a two day training ride to the Grand Canyon over my birthday|
Finally, I'll be biking about 2000 miles over the course of the trip. My longest day will be 120 miles. That's a lot of miles so I needed to prepare my body for this too. Over this summer, I've been doing a lot of riding. I had an overnight trip to the canyon from my house in Flagstaff (160 miles round trip) and the Mormon Lake Loop south of Flagstaff has been a weekly ritual for me. With all the riding, my body feels ready!
|I spend about 2 hours carefully packing my bike. Its ready to go!|