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2018 - Your Touring Plans = Where Are You Going?

Old 04-11-18, 06:27 AM
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Our plans so far

End of May : GAP trail
June 2/3 : local overnight as part of Adventure Cycling weekend
June 9/10 : Ride to Conquer Cancer
End of June : Pine Creek Trail
End of July : Katy Trail

Wondering whether to do Natchez Trace in October
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We are planning 5 to 6 days of bikepacking in Bears Ears. Will be there early next week.
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Last year, 2017, was a wash out for me. A high PSA sort of scared me, and I didn't bike much.
End of May, I'm planning a SAG-supported ride from near my home in NW Arkansas. The plan is to ride south for 9 days, hopefully give me time to get to the beach, just south of Beaumont, Texas. I need to average about 60 miles a day, to make that happen. For years, I've wanted to ride from my home area, to a beach.
At sometime in 2018, I also plan a self-supported tour for awhile, in Missouri on either the TransAmerica and or the Route 66.
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Old 04-15-18, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by rossiny View Post
Any one done the Elroy/Sparta trail looking forward to trying that . that would be a first for me and then would like to do a extended tour.. Heard about Missisipii river trail would like to do a credit card tour that is not to expensive , any suggestions. I M coming from a long time off the bike.. Have been doing only a few bike rides each summer.. Seems like you get lazy in Wisconsin over the winter..or is it just me?
Iíve done Elroy-Sparta trail a few times. Great little towns along the trail. Plenty of camping along the trail, if youíre into that. And tunnels! Trails can be combined for about a hundred miles, https://www.bike4trails.com/
Mississippi River Trail, MRT, is another great ride! Once again riding through plenty of small towns in WI. Iíve gone from my home in River Falls down WI 35 all the way to the Blackhawk Bridge into Lansing, Iowa, then back up the other side. Beautiful!
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Old 04-16-18, 01:48 PM
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Touring plans

Iím riding the GAP-C&O for third time in June with several friends. Like our past trips, we are driving to DC, taking the Amtrak to Pittsburgh, and riding back on the trails. We are staying at inns, hotels and B&Bs along the way, which is very reasonable if you are sharing rooms. Weíll be riding the whole way in a week, on touring bikes.

I donít have any definite bike tour plans for this year, but Iím considering signing up for an Adventure Cycling loaded tour in Northern Michigan in September. I would have signed up for that trip already if I could find a friend to ride with me, but not sure if I want to do it alone. The drive up to Michigan and back is whatís making me hesitate.
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Old 04-17-18, 06:26 AM
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Cut the three-day down to two days because a front was forecast to come through Saturday night, which would make riding up the coast to catch the train home miserable. Made the right decision as by 9 a.m. where I was headed it was raining with a windchill of 36. It was still nice to get out, if only for one night. Train from Philly to Lindenwold, NJ, ride to Belleplain State Forest in the Pinelands at Woodbine, NJ then up the cost Saturday to Atlantic City to catch the train home. Stopped to say "Hi" to Lucy, who lives in Margate and has a constant ocean view. Just over 100 miles total.
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Rochester, NY to Odenton, MD

Iíve never done any multi-day long trip bike rides. I have done a couple of century rides, but want to try to up my game this year. I am going to try to leave from Rochester and make it to Mechanicsburg PA, and then on to Odenton Maryland in four days. I am worried about Pennsylvania as it is extremely hilly. Any advice ?
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Old 04-17-18, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Amyb3517 View Post
I am worried about Pennsylvania as it is extremely hilly. Any advice ?
Get Google Maps bike directions. The primary route returned is not that hilly at all. Upside is that includes the Pine Creek Trail. Down sides are that it includes one nasty climb between Jersey Shore and Elmsport (ask me how I know), and it uses extremely busy roads from Sunbury to Harrisburg. And the total distanced would be close to 400 miles. Tall order for 4 days.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Get Google Maps bike directions. The primary route returned is not that hilly at all. Upside is that includes the Pine Creek Trail. Down sides are that it includes one nasty climb between Jersey Shore and Elmsport (ask me how I know), and it uses extremely busy roads from Sunbury to Harrisburg. And the total distanced would be close to 400 miles. Tall order for 4 days.
Too tall? I could certainly stretch it to 6 days.... how about that nasty climb?
I dont think I have ever been to Jersey Shore
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Originally Posted by Amyb3517 View Post
how about that nasty climb?

I dont think I have ever been to Jersey Shore

Wasn't too proud to walk the 12% pitch:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23514684


You haven't missed anything by missing Jersey Shore, PA. It just so happens to be the southern terminus of the Pine Creek Trail.


Have fun!
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Iím planning on going from ny to Miami I can use train or bus where I need. Want to get there by May 10th. Taking a tent and sleeping setup and change of clothes so plan to eat from grocery stores or restaurants. Anyone stealth camp? Anyone have good routes? Should I train to Philadelphia to avoid killer hills? Any advice appreciated
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Old 04-17-18, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Amyb3517 View Post
Iíve never done any multi-day long trip bike rides. I have done a couple of century rides, but want to try to up my game this year. I am going to try to leave from Rochester and make it to Mechanicsburg PA, and then on to Odenton Maryland in four days. I am worried about Pennsylvania as it is extremely hilly. Any advice ?
When are you leaving?
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Old 04-18-18, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Karman321 View Post
When are you leaving?
I am shooting for mid July
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Old 04-19-18, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by capper66 View Post
End of June : Pine Creek Trail
I did much of the One Creek Trail (Ansonia to the end in Jersey Shore, PA) last September during a cross-PA ride. Nice trail, although the northern end is more interesting. Startled a young bear on the shore below me. Managed to get a photo after he swam across the creek. Also saw a bald eagle. This place is a must stop if you want a custom sandwich:


Slate Run Tackle Shop|Fly Fishing In PA


They take a bit longer than usual, but they are worth the wait. Get one to go and take it down by the creek.
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Take the cross NH trail. Starts in Bethel, ME, goes along the top of the white mts. to below St Johnsbury, VT. Most of it is quiet dirt roads and bike paths. Heading up to Groton SF, VT. From there a stop at Mike's Tiki bar at Kingdom Trails in E. Burke. Loop back down to the start, 5 days should work.
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I'm shooting for New Haven to the MA border over three days on the farmington canal trail for my first multi day tour. Could possibly go to Amherst, MA and get a ride back. Not sure if there's anything interesting along the way. Doesn't look like there is any camping near the trail either. Ill probably stay at a hotel 2/3rds of the way there then ride to the border and back to the same hotel the 2nd day then all the way back the third. 40 miles a day is longer than I've ridden and it'll be back to back days. I'm going to try the first third or so this weekend.
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I'm shooting for New Haven to the MA border over three days on the farmington canal trail for my first multi day tour. Could possibly go to Amherst, MA and get a ride back. Not sure if there's anything interesting along the way. Doesn't look like there is any camping near the trail either. Ill probably stay at a hotel 2/3rds of the way there then ride to the border and back to the same hotel the 2nd day then all the way back the third. 40 miles a day is longer than I've ridden and it'll be back to back days. I'm going to try the first third or so this weekend.
Right in my necks of the woods. Let me know if you need any assistance
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3000 miles from Portugal to Slovenia
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Old 04-23-18, 03:16 PM
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Planning a ride from El Paso to Austin, quick before it gets too hot!

While I set up separate web sites for my long trips, I decided to try a CGOAB journal again for this one: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/mevtexas2018
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For my second major bike tour I'm taking a train up to Vancouver, BC this weekend. I'll ride the coast down to LA then head East once I reach Los Angeles. From there I'll make my way to the Grand Canyon before looping back Northwest via Utah and Nevada to get back into California. I have one other tour under my belt - the Southern Tier of the US back in 2012. I blogged that entire trip and plan to do the same for this adventure. If anyone is interested in in my adventure or is just contemplating doing a similar route, feel free to drop by and check the blog out.
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For my second major bike tour I'm taking a train up to Vancouver, BC this weekend. I'll ride the coast down to LA then head East once I reach Los Angeles. From there I'll make my way to the Grand Canyon before looping back Northwest via Utah and Nevada to get back into California.
This sounds like one of my dream tours. Enjoy!
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We're leaving on May 5 to travel from Colorado to do the Rock Island / Katy trail in Missouri. Staying in AirBnBs along the way. It should be interesting to see what it's like to do FLAT!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Cut the three-day down to two days because a front was forecast to come through Saturday night, which would make riding up the coast to catch the train home miserable. Made the right decision as by 9 a.m. where I was headed it was raining with a windchill of 36. It was still nice to get out, if only for one night. Train from Philly to Lindenwold, NJ, ride to Belleplain State Forest in the Pinelands at Woodbine, NJ then up the cost Saturday to Atlantic City to catch the train home. Stopped to say "Hi" to Lucy, who lives in Margate and has a constant ocean view. Just over 100 miles total.
You wimp! I've lost track of how many nights I got snowed on good, lol. 😁😉 But we have about a week in the 80s F coming now, so maybe I can bake out my flu, which is almost entirely in my lungs. 😯
Speaking of Jersey, I just read Born To Run, about The Boss (Bruce Springsteen). 😎 It's only a couple years old, not as old as it first sounds.
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Tour Arctic is now in the books! 35 days from Vancouver to Tuktoyuktuk. The Dempster Highway and the ITH (Inuvik Tuk Highway) is a beast to ride when it's raining, and can be a beast when it's dry with all the dust generated by tractor trailers, 4 wheelers, and motorhomes. The ITH was finished in November 2017, and now makes year road round travel to Tuk possible. Tour length was 3135 km (1935 mi.) Wildlife seen: 2 grizzly bears, a half dozen black bears, usually with a couple young ones in tow, Canadian lynx, eagles, ptarmigans, a couple moose-very far away though, and some other birds. Disappointed at the lack of wildlife for such a long tour in the wilderness though. The Northwest Territory had my favorite scenery, but my wife and daughter liked Yukon better. Top speed- 73.5 km/h (45.6 mph) downhill on gravel! Nothing to see in Tuk. It's poor, and desolate. Nice people, but they don't really want the tourism. However, it's getting rammed down their throats whether they like it or not. Dawson City, and Whitehorse are gems. Inuvik was nice too. Lots to see in the Yukon. The Sign Post Forrest, was one of my highlights. The Northern Science and Space Museum was ok.
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Old 08-26-18, 01:41 PM
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Mostly rail trails for me this year: P'tit Train du Nord (above Montreal), Erie Canal in NY, and Idaho's Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Route of the Hiawatha
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