General Cycling Discussion - Biking- Eastern US
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03-09-03, 08:14 AM
I am new to the Bike Forum. In the next couple of weeks I would like to head south for a week or so do do some biking (Road and MTB) somewhere along the Eastern coast of the US where the temps are warmer than in Canada. Hopefully in an area that has some hills, nice roads, friendly drivers and no snow. Does anyone have any ideas for me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Can`t wait till spring and summer!
Welcome to the forum!
If you want someplace warm and not snowy, you're gonna have to head pretty far south. I live in northern New Jersey where there's a foot of snow on the groung and has been damn cold (got down to 0 F Thursday night). But to be positive, the days have been getting warmer, probably warmer than they have been up there anyway!
Good luck with your trip and let us know how it goes.
03-09-03, 12:22 PM
out here in T.O. we are still freezing,
hope thats the last snow for the season :o :o
03-09-03, 04:17 PM
North Carolina has eight 100 mile+ routes marked by the state transportation dept. for cycling. The routes vary from montainous to coastal. In addition there are many, many bike clubs with weekly organized rides. The weather is starting to turn spriglike, highs in the 60's lows in the 40's.
If you want more info, email me and I'll provide links.
Central Florida has good cycling during the winter months. It can get a bit chilly. On predawn rides, I have had my water bottles freeze but it very rarely stays under 50 degrees F during the day and is usually warmer.
Central Florida also has a number of very nice areas to ride. Mount Dora is good. So is Clermont. Lake Wales has some good areas too. The Florida Freewheelers web site has maps you can download.
Another good area is up near Live Oak Florida. It is up near the Georgia border. Country roads and fairly light traffic.
Something you can do though is look at an area you are interested in and check a web site for a local city. You can often get climate information. Also if you are lucky, with a little luck, you can find a bicycle club with a web site and downloadable maps.
I cycled last summer from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh, PA, and back. 1500 km.
Here is the link to my (unfinished) report. (http://www.enetplanet.com/cycling/usa/)
I can vouch for the Clermont and Live Oak areas.You might consider Ocala/Ocala National Forest area between those as a central base area.The National Forest has inexpensive camping ,rolling hills for roadbiking and mtn. biking trails and there are apparently other more challenging mtn. biking trails in the area that others Fl. mtn bikers can fill you in on (Santos in Bellview).I went through that area on a tour over Thanksgiving and it was beautiful and temps were 70's daytime and 50's down to 30's once at night though with the heat wave in So Fl now I doubt it is that cool in NorthCentral Fl. now.Also Gainesville(Univ. of Fl.) and Daytona are nearby if you get the urge for some revelling lol.
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