I am thinking of cycling in the US I need the exercise!!!! Is this possible? Can I cycle back roads from one city to another, staying in cheap accommodation? Thinking of Idaho - I can find out about the different cities but not the roads. Cany anayone help - many thanks and happy travelling
I've known a few friends that have done major cycling trips throughout the US. I don't myself know much about it, as far as accomodations go though, consider bringing a tent and spending time camping out. The US roads/highway system is unlike any other in the world and there is always some way to get from point a to point b.. US routes and State routes can be good ones to follow as they tend to be well developed but nowhere near the traffic as interstates...
You need serious maps! www.mapquest.com is a great online source. Also in the U.S. a membership organization called AAA (American Automobile Association) provides its members with free detailed route maps. You can join for about $40 USD.
But there are also probably US or international bike touring organizations that can provide you with even more information more relevant to bike travel than car travel. Do a google search. Good luck!
The United States is a big, BIG, place. Bravo for focusing on 1 state (Idaho) -- many 1st time visitors try and see too much and end up spending all their time on the move.
Idaho is primarily ranching and farming. The distance between towns can be tremendous. Folks are very friendly in general. Roads are well maintained but there aren't many bike paths -- you will be experiencing the joy of having 18 wheelers blow by you at 70+ mph. Camp sites are fairly numerous and you can often pitch a tent on private land provided that you ASK! You might even be offered a home-cooked meal - many ranches/farms are out in the boonies and folks do enjoy company.
Lots of vertical -- hope your legs are in shape.
Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures - even in August, it can get right nippy at night.
Mike in Miami