How to Bicycle Across America

An Australian’s Solo Tour Exploring the Southern United States

Staged Over 5 Years

From San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida

It’s time for an Adventure!!!

How to Bicycle Across America is a solo tour of the southern United States, over 2,800 miles (4,541 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Come along and enjoy the “ride” over thirty-two days of adventure cycling from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida.

This five stage ride over five years starts with the preparation and planning. Providing a “how-to-guide” that covers all the details on the type of equipment recommended, training along with maps and elevation charts. Flying in and out of each start and finish point, then cycling five to seven days to complete a section that would range from 450 miles to 700 miles. Understanding why would someone take on a journey like this, how to balance family and work life while running a business.

If you have ever had the urge to do a long distance bicycle tour (or prefer a motorcycle or car trip or just simply relax on your favorite couch and read), then come and take your time discovering the beauty of the southern United States of America. Travel the back roads and the interstate highway as needed through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Florida. Taking in the uniqueness of each state while “tasting” the various local flavors along the way and gaining a true appreciation for the country and people.

Read how long distance cycling became focused on people, pain, and persistence. Experience the various challenges and the rewards along the way. Gaining a deeper understanding of why and why not. Enjoy the funny stories and lighthearted entertainment from an Aussie’s perspective. Be inspired to maybe to start your own adventure.

The Route

San Diego, California to Saint Augustine, Florida – distance 2,820 miles/4,541 kilometers

  1. San Diego to Phoenix – May 5-10, 2011 – 437 miles/703 kilometers – 6 days
  2. Phoenix to El Paso – May 30-June 4, 2012 – 430 miles/692 kilometers – 5 days
  3. El Paso to San Antonio – May 2-8, 2013 – 619 miles/966 kilometers – 7 days
  4. San Antonio to New Orleans – September 20-26, 2014 – 653 miles/1,051 kilometers – 7 days
  5. New Orleans to St Augustine – November 1-7, 2015 – 681 miles/1,096 kilometers – 7 days

The Book

The Reviews

  • What a terrific story! Your ride just has to make all of us couch potatoes green with envy. – Dan (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • I used to ride religiously and your email got me back in the saddle! – Matt (Irvine, California)
  • The excellent descriptions are making my mouth water for a ride of my own. – Ron (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • A road trip on a “pushy” is the best way to truly experience a journey. Reading your touring cycling yarn has inspired me to start planning my next ride. – Darryl (Sydney, Australia)
  • Most enjoyable reading. Entertaining, to the point, and I can picture being there as you’re describing things. …. I laughed out loud on the part “you rode from Australia?” – Linda (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • What an achievement and a great experience. Something to tell the grand kids. I must say, the bear situation sounded a bit hairy. I had no idea they lived at the beach. Loved all the stories of character’s met along the way. And a great way/incentive to get fit. – Peter (Toronto, Canada)
  • Great reading!! Would love to do the same . . . Very motivating. – Robert (Austin, Texas)
  • You’ve done a nice trip and I like the way you write your story, you’ve got a good sense of entertaining us with what is characteristic of the day. Very inspiring. – Pierre (Montpellier, France)
  • Succinct and witty observational humor. – Joe (London, United Kingdom)
  • What great journey and a wonderful way to see and experience life. After reading your daily reports I feel I know more about the States or certainly people and places you have encountered. I love the freedom and surprises around every corner with touring on a bike. – Vishal (New Delhi, India)
  • Good stories!  I read your travels out loud to my family. – Steven (Scottsdale, Arizona)
  • GREAT READ! “If I was with you we would have stopped in Bayou La Batre” – Robbie (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • It’s sure a fun read, I’m really enjoying your stories and the people you are meeting along the way. Nice to see you can get a little business in along with way. – David (Midland, Texas)
  • A great read.  I’m living vicariously through your stories and may get the courage to get off my couch because of you. – Andreas (El Paso, Texas)
  • Good job on the writing, I’m really enjoying the stories along the way. – John (Bend, Oregon)
  • Thanks for the wonderful vicarious escape. – Tamara (Vero Beach, Florida)
  • We enjoyed your adventures and at the same time learn more about the USA. There are so many interesting details on the beaten tracks, which we would never hear about. – Marcus (Palm Beach, Australia)
  • Your adventures are wonderful escapes and my “behind” aches every time I read them. – Susan (Burlington, Massachusetts)
  • What terrific stories! You are quite obviously having a wonderful time, and meeting some “salt of the earth” people. – Ron (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • You have the ability with your choice of words that I am smelling and seeing what you are. – Terry (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Its a great read, I think you should have a taser on you for the approaching dogs, wildlife and strangers thou! – Donna (Tweed Heads, New South Wales)
  • What a ride, what an adventure! Sounds tough heading east against the wind. – Lee (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Freakin’ awesome stories! – Eddie (Amarillo, Texas)
  • Your commentary on the the places you’ve been on the trip are truly entertaining to read. – Don (San Diego, California)

The Author

Shane Hannan moved to the United States in 1997. He met his wife in Whistler, Canada, on a snow skiing adventure. They have a son and a daughter. Shane is a true entrepreneur and loves meeting people as he travels for business. Since 2003, he has owned a software company in Scottsdale, Arizona, developing software solutions that are marketed and sold through distribution partners worldwide. He enjoys the outdoors and the warm climate of the Sonoran Desert. Previously he lived in Seattle for three years and prior to that lived in Sydney, Australia, growing up on the beaches of Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire.

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