Hi everyone! I am new to this site, and I am new to bicycle touring- I have yet to begin, actually..lol. I am 31, currently residing in Ohio, and I am really nervous, and a bit confused. I am on disability, and I have found that most of the equipment used for bike touring is extremely expensive. I used to hop freight trains and hitch around the USA, so I know a bit about traveling and such- but this is all new to me. I am trying to learn what the best and cheapest racks and panniers would be, and I am currently starting with investing in a folding bike- Im crossing my fingers on hopefully winning one on Ebay at this very minute..lol.
I would love any advice on starting my tour- my plan is to start from here, in Zanesville OH, ride to Columbus, and then make my way down to FL and then across the US, working my way west, since it will be winter. I plan to elude TX (got some problems with the law there lol), possibly risk taking a bus to Austin where my friends are, or take a bus through, and then reach the other side. My plan is to hit up the FL Keys, then NOLA, then AZ to visit my mother, then CA, up to OR, WA, and up through Montana, all the way back to NYC. (I plan to eventually settle there.) I am going to take my time, and see what happens along the way- I am enthralled by this website, as during my previous travels, I ran into many bicycle and walking travelers, and I never thought I would be able to do it...
I need a plan to lose some weight and gain physical strength while getting ready for my trip. I plan to leave in two-three months, and I am 25 lbs overweight... and would love to figure out a way to incorporate my bicycle into the plans. Right now I have two beach cruisers- one rare and one crappy Huffy that I love.. lol.. and do not intend on using these bikes obviously to tour, but for now they are fun. I would love ANY advice- gear, training, places along the way- and also, maybe a ride buddy :) Its always fun, but traveling alone gets boring after awhile . Hope to meet some of you soon!
My friends and family think I am crazy- I guess they always have. But I have to do what makes me happy :)