Okay so I’ve been talking about the big plan of what I’m wanting to do on my trike so I guess now is the time to tell you about it. It is my goal to ride from San Antonio, Texas to a city not far from Los Angeles, California. Why you may ask…for the adventure, because I’m crazy or could it be that I’ve just set a lofty goal that I’ll never accomplish? We’ll see soon enough.
So I went to Google maps and asked for a course from my city to the other city and it gave me a route and I thought, no I think I’ll stay closer to the I-10 and then I switched it from the driving route to the bicycle route and learned that it was 1,508 miles. That is a lot of mileage on my trike but I figured that I could go ahead and ride it or at least part of it on the open road.
When I first entered the information into Google it gave me one route but I thought it would be safest to follow along the I-10 corridor and before you stress understand that I would not ride on the Interstate. I know that bicyclists/tricyclists are not allowed on those roadways so I would have to get kind of inventive when it came to staying close to the route.
So I started my riding and then I plugged back in the start/finish locations and it showed me a different route for riding and this one was 15 miles less. Now you may say why change, to the other route because it is only 15 more miles and besides it will keep you closer to the path that a vehicle would drive but then I started do a bit of investigation.
I finally learned that there was a US Bicycle Route System which has a whole bunch of routes/paths for cyclist to follow. In looking at a non-detailed map of the route, it travels through my city and takes me right into California, but that wasn’t the cool part. The cool part is that I noticed that in the State of Texas the USBRS 90 follows along Highway 90 and that there is a shoulder to ride on and it is legal to ride along the side of this roadway.
Another cool thing about using this route besides it being 15 miles less and a roadway you can ride on in Texas is there are more cities along this path. Now the cities are not that big but it is always nice to see a city as you are coming to the end of your ride because it gives you a sense of accomplishment as well as knowing that you are back in civilization. Now things will be a little bit different when I leave Texas roadways but I won’t worry about it now, I’ll just ride and have fun.
So now it is time to prep for the ride and get out there and ride.