Ride the Rockies is a lung/leg burner- I have done parts of that route ( i lived in Denver the last 5 years before LA)
I get it- I am riding with my 16 year old and this will be her first big ride- i think tried and true is the best for us. For all the reasons you listed.
trying to now figure out if we go the cheap route or join a team/charter
great- i emailed you- i am trying to figure out logistics on the ride- flying in from LA-
Airports ect- there is 2 of us, i like the idea of not having to race to breakdown by 7am ( even though i am an early bird) email@example.com