Touring - cycling the USA?!
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04-29-03, 07:33 AM
Hi US cyclists
I (man, 59 y.o., single, the Netherlands) would like to make a cycling tour through the USA. Who has suggestions or can advice me or would like to join me during my trip (or a part of it)?
04-29-03, 07:56 AM
If you come thru, yopu can crash at my house for a couple of days.
Good info at Adventure Cycling.
it's a big country. It's a lot like saying you want to bike tour Europe. Most people go west to east. The wind blows in that direction. And most people do something like LA to NY. This is a big trip, but leaves out much of the country.
I suggest you get some books, search the web, learn a little about the various places, the climate, and terrain. If you want to do an incredible ride prob no one has ever done; take the North route until you get to the Missippi, follow the river south until you get to New Orleans, then follow the coast north.
05-05-03, 07:13 PM
Here's one leg that you could consider, maybe others will link it to some of their favorite sections for your tour....
I would start at Atlantic City, New Jersey, go West a wee bit to Basto for a visit, then head south to Cape May (one of the most charming and quant towns in this country....be sure to carbo load on the Sticky Buns) and pick up the ferry to Lewes, Delaware (fee).
Continue south through the DelMarVa running along the coast to Cape Charles, Va. and give VDot a call for a lift across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (fee, this 17.5 mile crossing is off limits to cycylist) to Virginia Beach.
From Virginia Beach continue south to North Carolina working your way to Currituck on back roads (will require a ferry ride to get across the sound to Currituck but it's free).
In Currituck look for the small green NC Bicycle Route 4 sign and follow it for next couple of hundreds miles to Mt. Airy, North Carolina (it'll get hilly, so consider 50 to 60 miles a day a good day's ride. There are sections along this route that are fairly isolated with few resupply points. However, on the plus side, is that you can disappear into the woods for some free camping. On a side note, Currituck won't have much should one need supplies, however, resupplying in Elizabeth City won't be a problem. There is also a pretty good bike shop there which is in the direction of the Coast Guard Station. The next resupply point will be Gatesvilles....an interesting sidetrip before Gatesville is to veer off to Merchant Mill Pond (plenty of signs) and rent a canoe for an interesting day paddling in a ancient cypress swamp...to get back to NC bike route 4 head back the way you came, take a right on Flatbranch Rd (dirt) for 3 miles, and turn right on 37 (back on the asphalt) and head on in to Gatesville..)
From Mt. Airy head back north into Virginia to the city of Galax and pick up the New River Trail for one outstanding ride through the backcountry along the New River (Rails to Trail route). End of trail is at Pulaski.......(the towns of Christianburg, Radford, and Blacksburgs lie to the North...)
Okay, who's next to link this route up with another leg?
Not having done much riding across the States, except in cars and trucks and planes, I don't have much information except for the State I dwell in. Minnesota isn't on many of the direct routes. I have discovered a book that has a pretty good discription of the ride East to West. I was just looking it over, but my being in the middle of the country would have to bike to the beginning, so I have thoughts of doing the four corners, starting from here going west to Washington, south to California then east and south to Florida, then north to Maine, then west to "home," all though I may forget where it is once I'm done.
Good luck on the trip, and if you're headed this way let me know I can get the futon ready. I'm starting a new job so I don't think I can just ask for a couple weeks off to ride with you more than a day or two.
One last thought, you might go to http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ lots of journals and ideas for the trip across the States.
05-15-03, 10:43 AM
There are so many choices.... One resource for maps/information/routes is www.adv-cycling.org
My advice would be to completely and totally avoid the deep south no matter what (I'm from there and speak from years of experience) and the really big cities (terrible traffic and crime).
Try to hit Boulder Colorado, no finer city in the world! The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and Moab - plus most of the rest of Utah are awesome.
Drivers and store owners in Wyoming (except inside Yellownstone Park) seem to have a common, pathological dislike for all cyclists. Most of Arizona is great except for the heat in the mid-summer months. The mountainous parts of Montana and Colorado have spectacular scenery and generally very good roads and many of the campgrounds are not too overcrowded.
In my experience, absolutely the nicest, most friendly, most hospitable and helpful people all seem to live in Nebraska, especially along highway 6/34 and 136. Lots of flat, long, straight road sections there. The Nebraska drivers are the greatest too. I came across two dogs that essentially lived on the centerline of highway 136 and had been doing so for over 12 years!!! (I met their owner after trying to drag them off the road) Great camping sites too. Iowa is similar in many ways.
Hope this helps. Good luck and have a great trip!!
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