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Old 08-04-17, 01:38 PM   #1
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From Connecticut to Florida to San Diego August 2017

My name is Joe (27 year old male) and I am a full-time engineer, triathlete, & world traveler. I founded and run a blog & company that helps people discover fitness at home and maintain it on the road. I recently completed my precision nutrition certification, and I have completed multiple triathlons.

On August 20th, I am quitting my job to begin my first cross country bike tour. I am riding in down the East Coast along the Atlantic Coast route and across the country on the Southern Tier route to inspire and teach others to start their fitness journey. I will begin in Hartford Connecticut to set out on this open ended journey. I want to stop and meet with small groups to uncover why people have a hard time living a healthy lifestyle. My hope is to inspire people to integrate healthier habits into their lives while focusing on activities they're passionate about.

I would love to meet up with anyone along the way to help spread this message. If you know any groups that are trying to live healthy, it would be awesome if you could shoot them my way. Also, I would be happy to ride with anyone for any part of my journey or to meet up along the way.

Age and riding ability are not super important to me. I only want some flexibility to stop and enjoy locations by hiking or seeing some city sights. Right now I am planning on 60+ miles a day, but that could change.
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Where will you be picking up the Atlantic Coast route? I rode the section from N. Caanan to Philly last year. Let me know if you would like the skinny on camping, etc.
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Too much technology is why most people don't get out and get more exercise. Leave the cell phone and social media at home if you want to impress them.
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Where will you be picking up the Atlantic Coast route? I rode the section from N. Caanan to Philly last year. Let me know if you would like the skinny on camping, etc.
That would be great. I'll be picking it up around Windsor CT.
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Too much technology is why most people don't get out and get more exercise. Leave the cell phone and social media at home if you want to impress them.
I agree 100%. I'm especially worried about newer generations staring at screens all day.
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That would be great. I'll be picking it up around Windsor CT.
Lone Oak a few miles east of N. Caanan doesn't advertise it, but they charge cyclists only $20/night. It's a large camping resort, but it was pretty quiet when I was there on a Sunday in September. Pre-Labor Day will likely be different. The place has a hot tub. If you need groceries you can drop your gear and ride into N. Canaan and back. It's maybe 3 miles and not that hard.

The next day I stayed at Mills Norrie S.P. a few miles north of Hyde Park. Nice views of the river and the monastery across the river. Not much grass at the sites,, so have a ground sheet. Some nasty hills between N. Canaan and Hyde Park, including one out of Amenia, where there is a great sandwich shop. Careful on the final miles into Hyde Park. There was traffic and the shoulder was really bad in places. The trail between Millerton and Amenia is very nice.

Next I stayed at the KOA, slightly off route in Cuddebackville, NY. Not much between New Paltz and there, but there is a Kosher convenience store and restaurant in Bloomingburg. The climbing from there to Ottisville gets nasty in places. The market in Cuddebackville has a skimpy grocery selection, but there is a decent pizza place next door.

The next best place to stay is at Worthington State Forest on Old Mine Rd. Sites 11 and 12 are the best. Close to the bath house and private river access. You will almost certainly need a reservation for a weekend, and in NJ, you have to reserve for two days if you want to stay there on a weekend. However, the campground has a few unadvertised spots for people arriving by boat or canoe. The super there told me to call the park directly (not Reserve America) and ask to reserve one of those spots. They may also let you stay in one of the group sites if they are not booked. On the way there, go off route a bit by crossing the river from Port Jervis, NY to Matamoras, PA. Head down U.S. 209 a bit to a large, Price Chopper grocery store on the right before the on ramp to I-84 then double back. The ride through the Delaware Water Gap Nat'l Recreation area is wonderful. Keep your eyes peeled for bears. There are a good number there and in Worthington. The group sites have bear boxes. When I stayed in site 11 I stored my food and stove in one of the bathrooms.

Will update this post later.

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You've got your work cut out for you in Alabama and Mississippi, two of the states with the highest obesity rates in the US, which itself has one of the highest rates in the world.
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Since the people staying at campgrounds are probably drunks that are out partying until late at night you might want some decent sleep and save some money at the same time and stealth camp instead. You can meet up with the people that are interested by going to the fitness groups/bike/running/swimming clubs around the country on your trip instead. You'll benefit both by not wasting money and getting yourself adequate sleep without having to deal with noisy people camping around you.
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My advice to you would be just enjoy the journey. It's nice to think you can change other people's self destructive life style, and perhaps you will change one or two peole on a cross country tour. You don't have to explain the reasons you are touring on a bicycle.
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People are lazy and eat too much.
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Best of luck with your journey and safe travels.

I would warn that the SE has been wetter than usual.
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OP: I encountered no drunks during my trip on the Atlantic Coast route last year. In fact, it's been my experience during my tours that rowdy drunks at campgrounds are few and far between.


In any event, to add to what I wrote above...


Dogwood Haven Campground in Upper Black Eddy should be on the map or at least the addenda. The owner is a nice guy and charges cyclists only $10/night. The place is dated, but quiet, wooded and occupied by mostly civilized, older seasonal people. There is a decent market in Milford, NJ and some good pizza. On the way there, the stretch between Belvidere (take a spin around the residential area to see the restored Victorian houses) and Philipsburg is a delight. There are clearance restrictions so you won't encounter large vehicles. I ride it at least a couple of times a year. On an average day I will encounter maybe 5 or 6 moving vehicles in the 13 miles. P'Burg is a bit of a dump, but once you climb out and cross I-78, the roads turn wonderful again until Milford, NJ. Don't miss the Roebling bridge between Reigelsville, NJ and the PA town of the same name.
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You've got your work cut out for you in Alabama and Mississippi, two of the states with the highest obesity rates in the US, which itself has one of the highest rates in the world.
Yea I know this is a big issue. I'm not trying to change everyone. I want to get a perspective on how people are living. If I can help a few people than all the better.
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My advice to you would be just enjoy the journey. It's nice to think you can change other people's self destructive life style, and perhaps you will change one or two peole on a cross country tour. You don't have to explain the reasons you are touring on a bicycle.
I agree. I think I will get a better idea of how this tour is going to go as I go along. I want to have some sort of mission behind it though. I imagine that it will evolve and change as I go along, however.
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OP: I encountered no drunks during my trip on the Atlantic Coast route last year. In fact, it's been my experience during my tours that rowdy drunks at campgrounds are few and far between.


In any event, to add to what I wrote above...


Dogwood Haven Campground in Upper Black Eddy should be on the map or at least the addenda. The owner is a nice guy and charges cyclists only $10/night. The place is dated, but quiet, wooded and occupied by mostly civilized, older seasonal people. There is a decent market in Milford, NJ and some good pizza. On the way there, the stretch between Belvidere (take a spin around the residential area to see the restored Victorian houses) and Philipsburg is a delight. There are clearance restrictions so you won't encounter large vehicles. I ride it at least a couple of times a year. On an average day I will encounter maybe 5 or 6 moving vehicles in the 13 miles. P'Burg is a bit of a dump, but once you climb out and cross I-78, the roads turn wonderful again until Milford, NJ. Don't miss the Roebling bridge between Reigelsville, NJ and the PA town of the same name.
Thank you so much for all this amazing info. This is super helpful especially just starting out. I will definitely be following your recommendations. Sounds like there is a lot to see on the way even in an area I am more familiar with (I grew up in NJ).

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I'll be riding through Connecticut from Quebec down to Florida. Going to feed the mouse,as they say. I want to see this eccentric country of yours and examine the East Coast Greenway. Goal next year is to visit as many states before the end of December all the while sampling Popeye's, Shoney's and the gray stuff that was lyrically expressed in Be Our Guest. I do hope that your tour will include those little luxuries as I hope sleeping under the stars in my tube tent is as easily managed through mine. A little 300 miles a day won't let me see much as you will. It is a reversal in your journey is the adventure while mine is the adventure is the destination, but our differences are between spring and fall in our decision. Perhaps specific destination spot will outline the trip. Aside from food spot, any tourist spots or stops? Looking at a library, landmarks and a couple beaches for now.
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My advice to you would be just enjoy the journey. It's nice to think you can change other people's self destructive life style, and perhaps you will change one or two peole on a cross country tour. You don't have to explain the reasons you are touring on a bicycle.
This.


Regardless, hope you have fun.

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I agree. I think I will get a better idea of how this tour is going to go as I go along. I want to have some sort of mission behind it though. I imagine that it will evolve and change as I go along, however.
Very wise. Don't think their is only one way to accomplish a mission, be flexible and willing to new new things. It's why I wouldn't even plan a route anymore before leaving for a trip, just plan from one day to the next and things fall in place as they so desire. The quickest way to bite off more than you can chew is to try to plan everything intricately. I've wasted too much time in the past planning out the following summers bike trip to have it all come unglued before I ever left home and then I had just to toss something together to even get out of the house.
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Thank you so much for all this amazing info. This is super helpful especially just starting out. I will definitely be following your recommendations. Sounds like there is a lot to see on the way even in an area I am more familiar with (I grew up in NJ).

Thanks so much,
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No problemo. Worthington is really worth the stay if the timing works out. The two sites I mentioned are walk-in sites. They are each surrounded by lots of growth, so there is privacy. And they are set back from the campground road, which isn't busy down that end to begin with. A group of wild turkeys and their young might walk through your site.
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I followed a similar route shortly after I left the Army. The only difference is that I didn't have a bicycle, and covered most of the distance on foot. In those days there was no internet, and no digital cameras or video.

After 4 years in the Army, I was in quite good shape. If you pass through Georgia on your journey, pass through Columbus, make a stop at Fort Benning. Pay a visit to the headquarters of the 75th Infantry Regiment, my old unit, or it's sister unit, the 3rd Ranger Battalion (visitors are welcome). You'll meet some seriously fit people there. You can continue down US 27 (which runs through Fort Benning) into Florida, and then head west.

If I were you, I would avoid the southern route unless you want to follow the gulf coast. I would follow US 80 from Columbus through the south, it avoids the more crime-ridden areas, and the people are more friendly. If you are polite and talkative, you won't lack for a bed or food, southern hospitality still exists today. You can turn south at Montgomery, Alabama, and then head down toward New Orleans, or you can continue west, and head toward Dallas.

The I-10 stretch through Texas is long and boring once you leave San Antonio, if you go to Dallas, you can follow highway 287 to Amarillo, and hop onto the old Route 66 there. You can follow 66 to Flagstaff, then take highway 89A south toward Phoenix, which will take you through Sedona, Cottonwood, and the old ghost town of Jerome. You can avoid Phoenix altogether (there isn't much to see there) by following 89, and using highway 71 as a shortcut to highway 60. This will take you to I-10, which you can follow to highway 95, which will take you down to I-8.

Enjoy your ride.

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good luck - hiking and biking sound like a dream vacation! enjoy it and please report back / check in when you can.
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When will you be riding down?

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I followed a similar route shortly after I left the Army. The only difference is that I didn't have a bicycle, and covered most of the distance on foot. In those days there was no internet, and no digital cameras or video.

After 4 years in the Army, I was in quite good shape. If you pass through Georgia on your journey, pass through Columbus, make a stop at Fort Benning. Pay a visit to the headquarters of the 75th Infantry Regiment, my old unit, or it's sister unit, the 3rd Ranger Battalion (visitors are welcome). You'll meet some seriously fit people there. You can continue down US 27 (which runs through Fort Benning) into Florida, and then head west.

If I were you, I would avoid the southern route unless you want to follow the gulf coast. I would follow US 80 from Columbus through the south, it avoids the more crime-ridden areas, and the people are more friendly. If you are polite and talkative, you won't lack for a bed or food, southern hospitality still exists today. You can turn south at Montgomery, Alabama, and then head down toward New Orleans, or you can continue west, and head toward Dallas.

The I-10 stretch through Texas is long and boring once you leave San Antonio, if you go to Dallas, you can follow highway 287 to Amarillo, and hop onto the old Route 66 there. You can follow 66 to Flagstaff, then take highway 89A south of Phoenix, which will take you through Sedona, Cottonwood, and the old ghost town of Jerome. You can avoid Phoenix altogether (there isn't much to see there) by following 89, and using highway 71 as a shortcut to highway 60. This will take you to I-10, which you can follow to highway 95, which will take you down to I-8.

Enjoy your ride.
Thank you for the advice!
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Thank you! I will.
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