Note: Two days ago my phone died on me, yesterday my laptop’s battery died on me. While I hope I can continue I may be forced to take a hiatus while I get the problems sorted out.
The following is a rough draft of a plan to travel across the united states in under a year on a bike. One of the things I have found is that by making a solid plan I gain a visible goal to reach for instead of something that may not be attainable.
Based off the current plan, I will have to save up ~$15,500 to get all the gear I would want for the trip. (mostly cameras to record the trip) Food is not included in that estimate mostly because I can’t currently estimate that cost yet. I’m not asking for money, but my plan is to save up and buy the equipment over a few years.
Now let me be clear, while this is a “continental tour” it only covers the outer edge. Below is a list (In order of stops) of where I would be hitting with this plan.
- San Jose
- San Diego
- The grand canyon
- New Orleans
- Washington DC
- New York
- Mount Rushmore
- Crater Lake
I’m skipping a lot here. Total distance would be ~9,600 Miles. It should take around 175 days to do it all.
Activities & Gear:
My plan would be to make something of a documentary series on going cross country on a e-bike. As stated above the items that take up over 75% the budget is gear. I would have 4 or 5 4k cameras (one would be a spare.) and a drone for arial shots of me. (again 4k recording) At the moment I think the best would be DJI Osmo cameras and a Mavic platinum (because it’s quieter) Additionally I would need a decent laptop to process the footage. I could probably shave off ~$3,500 by building a trailer myself however by getting a per-made one it will look more professional and will hopefully make me not look like a homeless dude. The trailer I am looking at currently is a WidePath camper.
With the documentary I would try to interview people with their opinions on Bikes and E-Bikes as well as getting their opinions on riding a E-Bike. I would also have a presentation that I could put on about Bike safety and rules, as well as about my trip.
And of course once I have the gear, the only thing I would have to deal with for future trips is food & places to park and charge. So I could go up into Canada or through the middle of the country. Who knows!
So that’s the outline of my plan (for now), I will probably slowly get the gear over time and the plan will almost certainly morph over time. If you are interested in getting my preliminary spreadsheet with the rough route, just comment, I’ll send you a e-mail with the document.