Hi guys, gals & whatnots,
I've been considering visiting the U.S. for a while and being into cycle touring, I got this wacky idea of visiting various states by bike - or possibly riding from LA to NY (or something similar, depending on flights & other costs). Odds are this would take place in 2015/2016, as I'd need to save quite an amount of extra money and get a ~two month vacation. Also, I've already planned to ride Finland-UK next year (Kettering, Northamptonshire to be exact, a festival called Alt-Fest will be held there).
Now, I know I probably should ask this on a US-focused cycling forum but hey, I'm guessing there are a couple of people here as well who could give advice without the discussion turning into gear etc. in a heartbeat
So, how is interstate cycling / touring in the U.S.? Are the roads in decent condition in general? How much would you estimate that a necessary daily living budget needs to be (nothing fancy, would live in a tent most of the time, food needs to be reasonably healthy/nutritious but simple enough to prepare on the road)? Would you describe interstate travel by bus (might be necessary if something breaks down) as cheap or expensive?
I'd love to do the LA-NY -trip (or vice versa), but it depends on money/vacation. I'm thinking:
-> New Mexico
Another option would be to stay in the west coast, visiting states surrounding CA or possibly riding up LA-Seattle.
Thanks for any advice
PS. Why LA (CA)? A friend of mine lives there nowadays.