So my original intention of riding off with no plan or itinerary is shot (probably a good thing) as I've found it impossible not to plan and scheme and plot and ponder; for the past month I've been reading about bike touring and catch myself thinking often about the trip. I've been toying with the idea of trying to make it to Key West in Florida. Leaving from Neah Bay. Approx. 5000 miles. I suppose it'd be wise to come up with some sort of itinerary or route so as to avoid bad roads, unnecessary detours, brutal climbs, areas with no amenities, etc. Spontaneity and impulsiveness be damned!
My concern now is making enough money through the winter to enable saving $5000 by late June (my current intended departure date). Things at Tours NW are looking to be much slower this fall than they were last year. I'm going to have to find additional income soon. No idea where.