overall route is shown on the map above. The individual day pages
show a map of the approximate route, along with mileage and
elevation gain estimates for the day. I also provided the address
and phone number of the motel we stayed at.
Tour I did was called the Northern Transcontinental. PAC Tour
also does several other routes including a southern and central
transcontinental, and a few shorter routes (north to south, around
the Grand Canyon, etc.). The Northern Transcontinental is their most
popular tour and normally has 40-60 riders. This year, we had 54
riders including the capable crew.
riders all road at their own pace (averaging 16-20 mph) so we
didn't all ride together. Support vehicles carried our gear,
set up food/water stops, and provided mechanical and medical
assistance as required. PAC Tour also provided a quick breakfast in
the morning, and lunch on the road. We were all responsible for
finding our own dinner. We stayed at clean "budget" hotels like
Super-8, Econolodge, Best Western, etc.
We rode every day regardless of the weather (although the weather
was great) since PAC Tour does
not have (did not have) enough vehicles to carry everyone. Previous Northern Transcontinental groups have run into hail storms,
tornadoes, and gale force winds, not to mention the thunderstorms
common to the midwest in the summer, but we managed to miss
virtually all the bad weather on our trip.
It was an adventure of a lifetime and
has helped me raise lots of money for the Lance Armstrong
Foundation and raise awareness for "Living Strong" with cancer.
I've also included links to the ride journals of two other riders
that were on the tour with me. See the links at the lower left.