Between spring and fall of 2019 I plan to cycle around the US. The trip from Seattle to the East Coast and back will pass through 36 states and five provinces, as well as 20 US national parks. So far, I've biked ··· and climbed ···. The route is as follows:
Month 1: Ride down the Pacific Coast and visit the Dutch town of Solvang. Seattle » Redwood National Park » San Francisco » Solvang » Los Angeles
Month 2: Cross the desert and experience America's monuments. Los Angeles » Joshua Tree National Park » Grand Canyon National Park » Zion National Park » Bryce Canyon National Park » Capitol Reef National Park » Moab
Month 3: Continue riding through the Rocky Mountains, crossing the continental divide. Then descend via the plains of Kansas and Nebraska. Moab (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park) » Black Canyon National Park » Monarch Pass (Continental Divide, 3447 m) » Iowa City » Chicago
Month 4: Visit friends in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Chicago » Indiana Dunes National Park » Ann Arbor » Cleveland » Cuyahoga Valley National Park » Washington, DC » New York
Month 5: Ride up the Atlantic Coast, eventually making way into Canada. Then turn back West along the St. Lawrence River. New York » Boston » Bar Harbor (Acadia National Park) » Quebec » Montreal » Ottawa » Toronto
Month 6: Cross Upper Michigan and the Northern Plains. Toronto » Bruce Peninsula National Park » Duluth » Badlands National Park » Rapid City
Month 7: Ride up the Northern Rockies. Rapid City (Wind Cave National Park, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial) » Grand Teton National Park » Yellowstone National Park » Glacier National Park » Banff National Park » Jasper National Park
Month 8: Return to Seattle. Jasper National Park » North Cascades National Park » Seattle
Of course, I don't really know right now how long this will take me, or whether I can finsh this at all. Only time will tell.
This is an abbreviated Pacific Coast tour, starting from Seattle (instead of Vancouver / Victoria) and ending in Los Angeles (instead of Tijuana). I took a few days' break in San Jose.
The eastward journey begins as I cross the desert and climb into the Rockies until my next extended rest stop in Moab.
From Moab, I make my way to and over Monarch Pass in Colorado, crossing the Continental Divide at 3447 m, then descending to Colorado Springs.
After a few days' rest in Colorado Springs, I begin the 11-day eastward push to Iowa City. I have to get there on time to visit a college friend. From Iowa City, it's three days to Chicago.
The tour slows down here again, as I focus more on sightseeing in the Northeastern US, traveling the rest of the way from Chicago to Washington, DC and New York.
I ride north along the coast, cross Maine, and head back west through Central Canada.