Southeast - Touring route - Mississippi to DC?
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12-26-07, 02:20 PM
I'm embarking on a last-minute tour of the southeast, during my university break. Have a ticket to Jackson Mississippi and a rough idea that I'd like to be in DC within 2 weeks. Yeah I know, it'll be cold.
Does anyone recommend (or NOT recommend) roads through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, etc? I'm looking for roads with little traffic and lots of interesting southern stuff.
12-26-07, 03:07 PM
Here is a journal from someone who rode from New orleans to Washington that is very good.
My personal recommendation is to avoid crossing any high mountains (the Appalchains) during the winter. I would go east into SC, then head into DC that way to avoid the high points.
12-26-07, 04:53 PM
US Route 80 crosses Alabama and is the official Ultramarathon Cycling Association cross-route for the state. Check out my buddy Josh's record ride (http://ultracycling.com/records/alabama_record2006.html).
The first half passes through Selma and Montgomery if you want to see a little southern civil rights history. Probably lots of Kudzu heading east from Montgomery to Phenix City :p, but I'm sure their are some old small towns to see along the way, too.
12-26-07, 05:41 PM
I've always been curious of the traffic & road conditions along US 80, especially from Macon GA to Meridian MS. Seems the Mississippi section of it east from jackson would local traffic as it parallels I-20.
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