The Route - West to East
Two Royal Navy officers, riding across the USA between two major naval bases, in order to raise funds and awareness for mental health in the naval service - that's the link. So how does that look, in terms of a route? We will be riding across the USA from California on the Pacific Ocean, across to Florida on the Atlantic Ocean. The ride will take us through deserts, over mountain ranges and hopefully via plenty of pancake diners...
Our ride will be entirely unsupported (no vehicles or support crew), meaning that we will get off the plane in San Diego, head across the nearest beach to dip our bike tyres in the Pacific Ocean and then cycle east until we hit the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the country (repeat tyre dip action, different ocean). The route itself is known as the Southern Tier Route, an overview of which can be found at the bottom of this page; a more detailed breakdown of specific points along the way can be found by clicking on the map itself (link opens in a new window).
Our schedule will be relentless, with an average of 8 hours in the saddle each day. Accommodation along the way will be very basic, we will spend the nights in individual bivvy bags (small, single man tents), which maximise schedule flexibility and avoid the requirement to pre-book accommodation.
To add some context, here are some key facts about the route we will be riding:
The final statistic is probably the most telling, and gives some idea of the of the extremes we will be pushing our bodies to on a daily basis and over a prolonged period. Nutrition is going to be vital for us, as we seek to keep sufficiently fuelled to ride big distances, day after day.
Clicking on the map below provides detailed route data, including GPX info for all the cyclists out there!