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A sample itinerary, Right to Left, at 80 miles per day:

 

DAY ONE: Portland, ME → Plymouth, NH (85 miles)

2: → Ashland, NH (80 miles)

3: → Burlington, VT (80)

4: cross Lake Champlain; camp outside Harrietstown, NY (80)

5: Up to Brockville on the St. Lawrence (80)

6: Cross into Canada at Wellesley Island; end at Desoronto (85)

7: Follow the shore of Lake Ontario to Coburg (80)

8: Spend the night in Toronto (65)

9: Through Hamilton to Branford (80)

10: -> Watford (80)

11: Cross into the US at Sarnia; camp on Lake Orion (80)

12: ->Ann Arbor (55)

13-14: Mark!

15: → Battle Creek, MI (82)

16: → Cedar Springs (85)

17: → Cadillac (78)

18: → just shy of Petoskey (80)

19: Cross between two Great Lakes at St. Ignace; camp near Brevort Lake (76)

20: → Indian Lake State Park (74)

21: → Hermansville, WI (74)

22: → Crandom (80)

23: through the woods (80)

24: through the woods (80)

25: pass north of Minneapolis to Elk River, MN (82)

26: → Sauk Centre (82)

27: → Elizabeth (87)

28: through Fargo to Casselton, ND (76)

29: → Jamestown (80)

30: → near Sterling (83)

31: → near Glen Ullin (80)

32: → Theodore Roosevelt State Park (80)

33: → Glendive, MT (72)

34: → Brockway (84)

35: → Mosby (82)

36: → Lewistown (86)

37: → Belt (82)

38: through Great Falls to Choteau (82)

39: into Glacier National Park (80)

40: → Kalispell (76)

41: → Libby (88)

42: → Sandpoint, ID (87)

43: → Spokane, WA (82)

44: → Hartline (84)

45: → Wenatchee (89)

46: → Gold Bar (80)

47: → Seattle (62)

48-50: Evan, Tati, Arielle, Stephen, Margaret, amputating my legs at the waist!

…then down to Astoria, Portland, and back home, to hit Portland, ME after the passage of approximately 100 days; that is to say, August 15th.

It’s just an idea. There are a hundred things I’d want to plot out first. A hundred little variations: through Toronto, or Cleveland, or between the two (and their respective Lakes)? North through MI or south on the nominal Northern Tier through the plains? On this route – where are the bike shops? Will I ever go a day without passing a gas station to get water and at least some sort of food, or will there be places that I need to stock up for days on end?

And then, perhaps most importantly to me – where to sleep? How does that work in the not-coastal-New-England: how hard is it to find a place to pitch a tent? How about a hotel, if need be?

A thousand little questions to ask, the better route to plan.

But it can be done.

It can be done.

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