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Old 11-06-10, 03:21 PM   #1
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Ideas for a bike week somewhere in the southeast

I'm looking for suggestions for a bike week somewhere warm (warmer than here) within a one day drive from PA. I'm thinking about the first week in December maybe in North or South Carolina. In the past I've done these in the summer, picking a different location each year. My schedule didn't permit a trip this past summer, so I'm trying now. I go by myself, rent a cabin in the woods, bike much of the day and bring a number of good books. I usually do more trail riding than road but would like to do both. Things to do at night or interesting places to explore are a plus, but not a must.
I'm sure with all the travel experience on this site great adventures have been had in these or other possible locations. All suggestions will be deeply appreciated.
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Old 11-07-10, 05:42 AM   #2
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In the area of Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia confluence:

Road:
Maryland's primary and secondary roads*
Western Maryland Rail Trail
W&OD Rail Trail
WV Route 9 MUP
Skyline Drive

Off-Road
George Washington National Forest [Elizabeth Furnace area]
Greenbriar and Gambrill MD state parks
Green Ridge MD state forest
C&O Canal
Poor House Farm [near Martinsburg]

Stuff to See
Antietam National Military Park
Harpers Ferry National Park
Skyline Drive
George Washington National Forest
Shenandoah Valley in any season!


* - At ALL costs, stay OFF West Virginia roads...WV is America's least cycle-friendly state, both drivers and infrastructure.
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Old 11-07-10, 06:57 AM   #3
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Billy,
Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds like a great location. I did ride trails in WV a few years ago and was on the road a bit. I was quickly convinced about safety and road riding there. Trail riding and hiking was fine.
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The Silver Comet Trail runs about 90 miles from metro Atlanta to Anniston, AL. It is HOT in summer but should be very nice this time of year. I don't know about off-road mtb stuff but this is a great ride.

http://www.silvercometga.com/
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I would suggest somewhere in the SW NC Mountains but early Dec. can really be tough to call with weather. You want warm, the ave. temp is around 55 for highs but we can range from 40 to 70. It just depends on your luck. We have lots of moderate trails at Tsali and Jackrabbit for the mtb and plenty of roads, though most will have no shoulder. If the weather is really nice, the BRP would be an awesome option. Also, in warmer years, the Clingman's Dome Rd in Smoky Mtn NP which closes Dec. 1 will be clear of snow and is a great ride. I used to pull our daughter in the trailer up that road. It will be cool to cold up at that elevation though. But it's like riding in your own national park, and you can say you rode your bike to the highest place on the east coast at 6700'.
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Billydonn,
Sounds like a real possibility. I'll look into it. Thanks.
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Thanks for thee tip. Sounds like great rides for both.
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Well, if it were not for the drive, I would suggest FL. You could stay in Inverness and ride the Withalacoochie Trail, or you could stay in Deland, there are some nice rides near there. Or you could stay in Live Oak and ride in Suwanee County. Shoot you could stay in Jekyl Island GA and ride the road that loops around the island. We are in the dry season down here. Some days will be a bit cool in the morning but most of the time, things warm up in the mid morning or late afternoon.

I think in December, you might want to get farther south than the NC mountains. I was at the top of Brasstown Bald in GA. The climate there is similar to the climate in Ontario Canada. I think the highest recorded temp is 85.
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Thanks. Never heard of Jeckyl Island. I'll look it up.
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Billydonn,
Sounds like a real possibility. I'll look into it. Thanks.
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