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Old 10-25-06, 10:59 AM   #1
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What route should be taken to cross the entire country.
Someone is asking me about a North to south trip.
I'm thinking Manatoba to Mexico .... ElPaso TX, or Winsor ON to Nuevo Laredo.
I'd sugest the Mississippi valley. Are there side roads along the river?
The rails to trails is almost complete in Ohio. Any LONG trails elsewhere?

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Old 10-25-06, 11:53 AM   #2
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www.adventurecycling.org has good suggestions and maps.
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Old 10-26-06, 11:29 PM   #3
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http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ for many cross country trips and stories.
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Old 11-22-06, 12:33 PM   #4
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I am thinking about this is 2008..

http://www.abbike.com/fastit.shtml

What are you guys/girls thoughts on training for something like this?
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Old 11-22-06, 04:22 PM   #5
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What route should be taken to cross the entire country.
Someone is asking me about a North to south trip.
I'm thinking Manatoba to Mexico .... ElPaso TX, or Winsor ON to Nuevo Laredo.
I'd sugest the Mississippi valley. Are there side roads along the river?
The rails to trails is almost complete in Ohio. Any LONG trails elsewhere?
Adventurecycling.org has multiple north-south and east-west bike routes that are well researched. For a self supported trip, they are definitely worth looking at.

There's also the Mississippi River Trail (www.mississippirivertrail.org), which is sort of parallel to the similar adventurecycling route.
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Old 11-22-06, 04:25 PM   #6
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I am thinking about this is 2008..

http://www.abbike.com/fastit.shtml

What are you guys/girls thoughts on training for something like this?
This looks similar to the pactour.com trips. It might be a good deal if your time is limited and you can keep up with the long miles day after day. Note that there's only one rest day on the trip so you had better be in shape.
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Old 11-28-06, 07:00 AM   #7
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I am thinking about this is 2008..

http://www.abbike.com/fastit.shtml

What are you guys/girls thoughts on training for something like this?

The ride leader, Mike Munk, puts out a daily ride report for all his rides. Here's the America Fast South 2006 ride.
http://www.bamacyclist.com/Journal20...6fastsouth.htm
This should give you an idea of what the ride is like. If you back off a few links back to BamaCyclist.com, Mike has a few training tips as well.
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