A little background on myself. I cycle frequently but have never done a bicycle touring trip before.
I intend to do a cycling trip in Oct and Nov. I have never been to Canada and the USA and thus not familiar with names of places, with the exception of big cities!
I will make San Francisco as my base (flights in and out) as I have a friend there.
I am open to taking the Amtrak or cycle. I will take the Amtrak when the routes are too tough.
Am doing research and need advice as I think I may have been too ambitious unknowingly!
My intent is -
San Francisco to Portland - Amtrak
Have friends in Portland that I would love to visit
Open to cycling if it's not too difficult (rolling hills) and on bicycle paths.
Portland to Seattle - Amtrak
Also open to cycling.
Seattle to Vancover - Cycle
Read that there is a bridge for cyclist and pedestrians. Can't find much info on this.
Research I've done suggest the Centennial Trail.
Vancover to Montreal - Cycle?
This is the part where I have absolute no idea if I should or can do.
I do not mind splitting the journey with a mix of trains and cycling.
Montreal to Niagara Falls - Cycle
The Waterfront Trail?
Niagara Falls to Buffalo - Walk + Cycle
Buffalo to Albany - Cycle
Albany to New York City
Open to cycle or train
New York City to SFO or LA - Amtrak
I have friends in DC, Maryland and Boston so I would like to try these places in if possible. Not the utmost priority though.
LA / Yosemite / Las Vegas back to San Francisco
I'm doing LA / Yosemite / Las Vegas last as a friend said the weather will be cooler in Nov.
I'm also open to doing the Grand Canyon, the Death Valley and other places though I'm not sure how I should slot them into the itinerary.
I have road and camping experience in Asia but as I have never been to Canada and the US, I don't think I want to be too ambitious. Safety is always my number one priority.
I am riding a Dahon Speed D8/P8.