Missing gas stops - rider 550
My bike as reasonably long legs, finding gas stops along an 1100 mile kinda like, you know, matter!
The route is a loop that I shaped into the overall plan by dragging the short route into longer and longer stretches (very roughly Philadelphia, south to Raleigh-Durham, west to Winston-Salem, north along the Blue Ridge (Appalachians) bending east to Allentown, PA and south to home). The big trick was picking a starting point that forced the route to run clockwise around the loop. Figuring a 7PM departure, that brings me past Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond outside of rush hour. By the time I reach the Harrisburg, PA region, I'm again outside of rush traffic. Going counter clockwise would bring me into high traffic areas, slowing my average speed. Done right, the trip should take 17-20 hours.