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Southern Tier Bicycle Route

I now have my Amtrak train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to San Antonio, Texas to pick up the Southern Tier Bicycle Route East to Tampa Bay, Florida
On 9-29-2022

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UPDATE: Southern Tier Bicycle Route to Tampa, FL

Feedback is helpful? and My Questions is to ask Should I keep my day to day miles 50 miles a day to enjoy my 1St Solo Bicycle Touring Trip on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route
I am planning my 1St Solo Bicycle Touring Trip on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route
I am looking to start in Austin, TX and I am getting there by Amtrak Train in San Diego, California to Austin, TX by 10-2021 and then I am riding my Surly LHT 26in 52cm 2008 Touring Bicycle on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route east to Gainesville, FL then South to Tampa, FL and I plan to start my trip North on 3-3-2022 then biking from Tampa, FL then up to Gainesville, FL to the Southern Bicycle Tier Route. And My mom moved to Tampa, FL and All I need is the Southern Tier Route Maps And I am really Thinking about Riding my Touring Bicycle from Tampa, FL then up to Gainesville, FL to the Southern Tier Bicycle Route to Austin TX to pick up the Amtrak train to San Diego, California
("Most likely >1,259.0 Miles from Austin, TX to Tampa, FL and Return back to Austin, TX 1,259.0 miles")
I have started a Reddit group r/SouthernTierBikeRoute
and you are welcome to join
( r/SouthernTierBikeRoute )

I am working on my Bicycle Touring Trip plans for 10-2022 By Taken the Amtrak train from Los Angeles, CA to San Antonio TX to pick up the Southern tier bicycle route east bound to Tampa, Florida then 4-2023 north bound to South Carolina for my Bicycle Touring Trip plans then to a Amtrak train from Charleston, South Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to head north PA US route 6 west bound to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania




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Your plans sound good! I definitely recommend getting the ACA route maps if you are able. They seem to help people a lot. Starting in TX is brave. I understand road speeds there are especially high. That said, thousands of people do it every year. In any event, I'd love to hear about your trip when you're able to share.
 

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it's been 20 years since I did fully loaded touring ... but that tour started from Orlando to Daytona and up the coast on Highway 1 and A1A .... pretty good most fo the way---then heading westish somewhere in the Carolinas .... should be really nice weather as the trip progresses.

Mileage depends on you and the road, the weather, and the sights along the way. We usually did five-six hours twice a day, 100-mile days without having to push hard (except on the hills.) But ... we weren't sight-seeing or taking side trips, just making mileage.

Nowadays, fully loaded, if I started training seriously right now ... pretty sure I could do 50 comfortable even fully loaded .... except on hills. Only you know how you feel.

As far as I know, the West-East route is mostly flat---no mountain ranges through probably some fair hills. Probably some very pleasant riding.
I am a litle jealous .... not in the cards for this year or possibly the next, but maybe someday ....


Enjoy the ride, if you would like to.
 

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it's been 20 years since I did fully loaded touring ... but that tour started from Orlando to Daytona and up the coast on Highway 1 and A1A .... pretty good most fo the way---then heading westish somewhere in the Carolinas .... should be really nice weather as the trip progresses.

Mileage depends on you and the road, the weather, and the sights along the way. We usually did five-six hours twice a day, 100-mile days without having to push hard (except on the hills.) But ... we weren't sight-seeing or taking side trips, just making mileage.

Nowadays, fully loaded, if I started training seriously right now ... pretty sure I could do 50 comfortable even fully loaded .... except on hills. Only you know how you feel.

As far as I know, the West-East route is mostly flat---no mountain ranges through probably some fair hills. Probably some very pleasant riding.
I am a litle jealous .... not in the cards for this year or possibly the next, but maybe someday ....


Enjoy the ride, if you would like to.
Did ya go thru Fernandina Beach from Mayport on A1A?
 

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I have no idea right now .... I don't recall any planned stops at either of those towns. We picked up A1A in Palm Coast and then headed west into Jacksonville and then I think took 1 (I think) into the Carolinas .... we headed west to go to Raleigh NC, .... I am not in touch with the other three riders at all---two of them I met on the ride---otherwise I'd ask.

Looking at a map i can assure you we did Not do Fernandina .... We didn't do any bridges or ferries until we got right up to Jax .... when I got lost and separated on the way (There are about 600 long and boring stories about what went wrong on this trip----) and I didn't see the rest of the group until the next morning. I crossed in Jax on a hideously dangerous metal grating bridge ... which I crossed about three time, getting lost on various turn-offs or squeezed out by traffic after missing a turn.

We were doing the ride to promote awareness of the persecution of Falun Dafa qigong in communist China, so our route was determined by a schedule of press events, which is why we headed for downtown Jax (Fernandina Beach looks like a giant nature preserves .... much better riding, I can guess) but we had an agenda ..... most literally .... and sightseeing was only part of it.

The ride up the coast from Palm Harbor to whichever side road (I think maybe 10-Alt 90-Atlantic Boulevard) was really nice, often is site of the ocean, and Georgia and the Carolinas (except the cities) were awesome but the hills were eye-opening. I was in good shape and didn't have much trouble but .... we had one pic (not sure where it is now) where the road just rises up hill after hill after hill to the horizon, each on taller than the previous ..... Mostly forest, tiny little towns (three churches, a feed store, a general store about the size of a two-car garage,) but the need to do media events at major cities took us through a lot of terrain I would have avoided. Still, I was on my bike all day so i was fine.
 
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