In a few days Monika and I will begin our bike ride across the US. We have been planning this trip for roughly two years, buying the necessary equipment, researching the route, researching the weather, training to improve our level of fitness, reading books, blogs and stories from bikepackers who have already completed similar adventures.
On June 14th our worries will be left in Iceland when we fly to Portland. From there we will drive to Astoria where we will assemble our bikes and ship our bike bags to a friend on the east coast.
On June 15th we will start our journey across the US, following the Trans America Trail which is 4.230 mile (6.807 km) long, crossing 10 states, through Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, Cascade mountains and Appalachian mountains, with the highest point being at Hoosier Pass at 11,542 feet (3.518 meters). For reference, the highest mountain in Iceland is Hvannadalshnjukur which is 6.922 feet (2.110 meters).
We are equally excited and nervous for the trip. We look forward to spending lots of time together, enjoying the scenery, meeting interesting people, eating great food, enjoying the moment and remembering it is about the journey, not the destination.
This blog will be our daily journal, describing the progress, our thoughts and experiences. Stay tuned! 🙂