Our Route – 2015 tour of the 48 states


This itinerary was written by Haley

This is our intended route. The details will no-doubt change when we get on the road, but this is our plan. This nonsense will make better sense with a map in hand.

MAY: We will be leaving Portland Friday, May 8th 2015 and travelling along the Columbia River Gorge to Lewiston, ID. From there we will cut across Idaho and into Montana and hopefully end up in West Yellowstone. We plan to be in Yellowstone by the end of May (so yes, its going to be a bit chilly).

JUNE: We will head out to Sundance and Spearfish, and take the George Michelson Trail south through the Black Hills and into Nebraska, and back north to visit Wounded Knee, and Badlands National Park. We will head in a north-easterly diagonal across South Dakota, then into Minnesota, and south into Iowa.

From there, to Lake Michigan, Chicago, Indiana, and the Michigan boarder.  We will follow the state line across the Michigan Mitten to lake Erie, where we will follow the lake shore through Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

JULY: From Buffalo (Niagara Falls), we will follow Lake Erie and then a more or less straight line to Portland, ME. We should be in Portland by July. From there, we are following the shore line into Boston, then Providence. It looks like we will take the ferry from New London, CN, to Long Island where we will ride into NYC.

August:The month of August will be spent in route to Pensacola, FL/ Ft. Walden Beach, FL. We will leave NYC via the train to Jersey City (which crosses under the Hudson River) and head south into Trenton and Philadelphia, then to Delaware, Baltimore and Washington DC. We might spend a day or so in the capitol. We will cross Virginia into Winchester WV. From Winchester, we are drawing a more or less straight line to Pikeville, KY, then south to Norton, VA; Kingsport, TN; Asheville, NC; Greensville, SC; Athens, GA; Eufaula, AL; and then Ft. Walton Beach, FL. We intend to arrive at Pensacola, FL, on the 24th and stay through the 26th. We will leave via the coastline into Baton Rouge, LA and New Orleans. (We may be staying with one of Lizzy’s relatives in Baton Rouge).

September: We will head north Coffeeville, KA, and then directly south to Tulsa, OK. We will be staying with Lizzy’s family there. We will then make a straight line to Dalhart, TX.

October:Depending on how ahead or behind schedule we are, we may or may not go south to Santa Fe, NM. Either way, we will head through New Mexico to Durango, CO, and then to Monticello, UT. Again, depending on schedule and weather, we will either head north through Grand Escalante and around Southern Utah, back into AZ and to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, or make a more direct route from Monticello, UT, to Tuba City, AZ, and then to the South Rim. The northern route is the preferred. We are meeting my momma at the Grand Canyon because it is her most favorite place on earth. Hopefully there will be some backpacking.

We will leave the Grand Canyon and head to the Hoover Dam. We will probably head to the outskirts of Las Vegas in order to replenish supplies.

 November: We will cut through Death Valley, CA, and, depending on the weather, either cut through the back of Yosemite Park, or circumnavigate the park and head to the bay area. We will be staying with my family in Vallejo and Napa and take some day trips to San Francisco and Walnut Creek. We will stay in the area for a week or so, lighten our packs as much as we can spare, and hightail it back to Oregon. We are planning on following the west side of the I-5 corridor to Redding and then cutting to 101 in order to avoid Shasta. The other option is to end the tour in Vallejo and let my family drive down to get us (because they want to do that—but that feels a little incomplete, it is after all the Portland-To-Portland-To-Portland  tour. This is just to say that I realize October and November are going to be cold and I haven’t quite figured out the warmest ride back to Oregon).

The route is quite important because it is the most efficient way to touch each state (and see what we want to see) and also the best way we can fit the tour into the Earth’s weather patterns.  But, it is impossible to say that this is the exact route that we will follow. Right now, we are looking at a total just around 10,000 miles and 184 travelling days.

Here’s where we are and where we’ve been:  WBD Mileage tracker

Leave a Reply

15 thoughts on “Our Route – 2015 tour of the 48 states

    • withinbikingdistance Post author

      Thanks! Yes, our local bike shop (Tommy’s), has generously offered to give us two Bontrager Rally helmets before we head out. (even though it does feel a million times better to bare head it…) 🙂

  • Todd

    Extend your stay in Pensacola. The beaches are nothing like P.C.
    Long expanses of immaculate sugar sand beaches. Nice gentle waves and warm Gulf water that you will really enjoy.

    • withinbikingdistance Post author

      Thanks ! I’m not sure if we’re going through there, but we’ll definitely hit you up if we are!

  • Donna Garland

    It was so sweet to meet the two of you AND adorable Beef at Canyon the other day. Keep thinking about you all and sending you happy thoughts and well wishes. I enjoyed your page and getting caught up on all of your adventures. When you ladies get to Oklahoma give us a call! We’d love to have you over for showers and dinner. We have a pool you can soak your bones in too. Love to you both and kisses to little Beef 🙂

    • withinbikingdistance Post author

      It was great meeting you too! I was all smiles having met up with another rat person! We’d love to meet up in Oklahoma (when we finally get there in a million years). 🙂

      Give your ratties some scritches for us, love love.

  • Karista Aden

    I am glad my kids were at the park when you three rolled in! It was a great experience for them to meet new people and see how a person can survive with so little! I hope we made your evening a little less mosquito laden! Enjoyed our few hours together, good luck and be safe in your travels!

    • withinbikingdistance Post author

      Thank YOU for the showers! We are really glad they asked so many questions, you’ve got some great kiddos!

  • Lori Wild

    It was great meeting you ladies today at Walmart in Monroe, Wisconsin, and learning about your adventure. I wish I had thought about contacting our local paper while I was talking to you to get your story told here. It is an amazing adventure that you are able to take and for a great cause. I look forward to reading all of your posts and following you thru the states. If you will still be in Monroe on Monday send me a message and hopefully we can get your story told here. I hope that you have safe travels for the rest of your journey.

    • withinbikingdistance Post author

      Thanks Lori, and thanks for stopping to chat with us. We called the paper when we were there, but as it was the weekend, we never ended up hearing back from anyone. We try to contact local papers as we ride through, but it doesn’t always work out. 🙂 Thanks for following along and the well wishes

  • joe calamia

    If you come up some through Michigan, just east of Detroit, we have a place for you to stay and do any maintenance on bicycles needed. Feed you good too. Schwinndrifter 248 231 0977 aka joe

  • Mama Sue

    I agree with what you wrote Haley, that if you let your family pick u up in the end it may add a feeling of incompleteness to your trip. I think since you biked so very, very far that it would be most cool to end your bike trip with ending on bile in Mac, Lafayette or PDX. Whatever you and Lizzy decide this is an amazing increadible adventure and it really is what you both decide to do at the time. You and Lizzy should be world famous. The President, should invite you and Lizzy Bones to the white house. Love from Mama Sue