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This is a record of my crossing of the Southern Tier, a transcontinental route plotted by the Adventure Cycling Association that runs from San Diego CA to Saint Augustine FL.
I had 35 days of riding, with a 4-day layover in Austin. I covered a little over 2900 miles, averaging about 83 miles per day, with a total of 13 century+ days along the way. You can view my postings for each day by clicking the appropriate number in the menu above.
Why did you do this?
I wanted to do this for a long time. When I was a teenager, my father told me about a friend of his who had done a transcontinental ride, and I think that planted the seed. I’ve always been fascinated by the Race Across America. But at some level, the question is unanswerable—either you get it or you don’t.
About ten years ago, I resolved to do the ride. Then a lot of stuff in my life changed, and I forgot about that goal. Around the beginning of the year, something reminded me of it, and I realized I still wanted to do it. I mentioned it to Gwen—she just said “you’re not getting any younger.” That did it. I’ve been working my way towards doing this since that day.
Where did you ride?
The route runs roughly parallel to I-10, but stays off major highways for the most part.
How long? How high? How much? How hot?
I’ve created an infographic (pdf) showing my route along with some other other metrics.