My wife and I (I am 66yo and the wife is 68yo) are planning a trip to see the fall foliage in Vermont, NH, Maine, etc., around the end of September. I bike about 4,500 miles per year and the wife about 1,500.
Our current plans are to fly to Boston, rent a car and do a motel tour. So, we would also like to bicycle, and are considering purchasing a couple of WalMart bikes in New England with a bike carrier on the back of the rental car. We would just give away or dump the bikes after our about 2 week tour. Anyone ever get a bicycle rack with a car rental?
The kind of riding we would be doing would be very modest. Perhaps 10 miles around a lake or down a back road or exploring a small town or something similar. No 30 milers nor speed contests nor anything like that. No "Bike Touring."
So, some questions:
1. Anyone here from the New England States who could comment on the possibility of bicycling in the rural areas of NE? Somewhere I heard that either Vermont or NH is bicycling friendly (bike lane and road shoulder-wise) and the other is not.
2. Anyone have any other suggestions for us in any dimension on this issue?
This is all new to us. I have never been to New England, and the wife has only been to Maine once for a funeral.
Your ideas will be greatly appreciated.