There are Plenty of Reasons to Go for It!
If you stay in hotels regularly that will bump up the total price of the trip of course. But if you’ve got the budget for it, or it’s something that is important to you, then definitely do it. Some bicycle tourists stay in hotels most nights, and they love it.
Don’t stay in hotels every night though! There is a very special feeling you get when you set up the tent that you carried across the country, through all the blood, sweat, and tears. It is a nomadic, almost primal feeling.
I’ve touched on it a little bit, but for those of you that have read this far and are still not sold on the whole “biker thing”, this is my last chance to sway your opinion.
Biking across America has been one of my most memorable and rewarding experiences!
Here Are a Few of the Perks of Biking Across a Country:
I met so many amazing people on this cycling trip across the USA. They are by far the things I am most fond of when I recall memories of the journey.
From mad potters to hillbillies with flamethrowers, they made the trip what it was. Not to mention the awesome traveling buddies I serendipitously met while on the road: Dan 1, Tormod, Dan 3, and Sveinung. These guys were all great, I couldn’t have asked for a better crew.
If you’re friendly and somewhat talkative you are bound to meet lots of interesting characters. You’re going to meet some even if you’re shy.
Before this trip, my westward travel in the US stopped at Michigan. There was a lot of this huge country that I had never seen.
My eyes were forcefully opened. There are some long rivers and massive mountains out there.
From the frozen shoreline in Maine, to the bubbling hot springs in Wyoming, this trip had tons of eye candy. Seeing these breathtaking places may not seem important to you if you haven’t done much exploring, but believe me, they are.
These amazing sites act as the mortar that helps to hold the trip’s memories together. Without them, the trip would seem very two dimensional in hindsight.
Get in Shape
I have always been in decent shape but riding 70 miles for over 70 days upgraded my body to the next level.
I was getting plenty of vitamin D and fresh mountain air. Mix that with my protein-rich diet of peanut butter and tuna, and my legs were transformed into two rock hard limbs.
I also loved the tremendous appetite I would work up on the daily. It made munching on food so much more enjoyable.
I’ve got so many memories and stories from this ride across the US.
It is crazy thinking back, the whole trip was only two and a half months long. Two and a half months in the big scheme of things is nothing.
Do me a favor, think back over the last two and a half months of your life. Try to come up with a list of things that you experienced, that you will remember for the rest of your life. If you’re like me when I’m stuck at home, you can probably count all of them on one hand. In stark contrast, I can remember details about almost every single day on this trip.
Your brain has a phenomenal memory if you’re feeding it worthwhile experiences.