A 4,500 mile, self-supported bicycle tour across the USA that will begin in Glen Rock, New Jersey and will finish on Ruby Beach in Forks, Washington (just west of Olympic National Park).
Departure is scheduled for May 27th, 2019. Assuming an average of 60 miles a day, 1 rest day a week, and an extra 11 days to account for unforeseen delays, the whole trip should take a little over 3 months to complete.
The route winds its way through a multitude of scenic areas, including but not limited to Niagara Falls National Park, Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, Bighorn National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Northern Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park, and is comprised of segments of the Adventure Cycling Association’s “Northern Tier” and “Lake Erie Connector” routes, portions of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS), bike paths, gravel paths, and paved roads. The tentative route can be viewed below:
There are are many reasons. One is nicely summarized in the following video:
In my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the idea of long-distance travel by bike. It’s sustainable, incredibly rewarding, keeps you in great shape, and you can see things, go places, and meet people that you normally wouldn’t when traveling via other forms of transportation. Although it is far slower than traditional motorized methods of travel, the slowness, in my opinion, is what makes bicycle touring one of the best ways to see the world.
Much like backpacking, all of my gear, water, and food will be carried with me on my bike. Navigation will be done using a combination of paper maps and an offline GPS on a smartphone charged via a solar panel, wall chargers, and a large battery pack.
Interested to see what I’m packing? Here’s a link to my gear list.
I’ll be traveling with my cousin, Frank, for a good portion of the trip. Given that we’ll be traveling along some Adventure Cycling Association routes and plan to stay at hiker biker campsites, I suspect we’ll find some additional traveling companions along the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you navigate?
I use a combination of cuesheets, spacial awareness, knowledge from strangers, and a lovely offline navigation Android app called OruxMaps. In order to get a good sense of where I am, I use a small bicycle computer to track how many miles I’ve gone since my last turn and compare that to the number of miles until my next turn indicated on my cuesheet. This allows me to navigate without having to constantly look at my phone and use up its battery.
If I ever lose track of my location, I use OruxMaps and the GPS on my phone to see where I am in relation to my route. If all else fails, asking for directions is (almost) always an option.
Where do you sleep?
Generally, I either pitch a tent at designated campgrounds, stealth camp, or find a host through hospitality networks such as Warmshowers or Couchsurfing. If you happen to be along my route and would like to host me, please let me know! 🙂
When will you be at ‘x’ location?
For travel estimates and route progress, please refer to the Where’s Quinn? page of this website.
If you have any additional questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Although I can’t guarantee a timely response while on tour, I’ll make sure to get back to you after the trip.