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    ignorant about "touring"

    can a two-day ride be qualified as touring? here's my ideal plan. i live in nj, and i don't know if there are places where i can drive to, dump my car in a safe spot, ride my bike, enjoy the scenery, take pictures, camp out for one night (which i've also never done before), ride again the following day, and finally return to my car to get back home and face reality. i don't have much chunks of time to take off from work which is why i'm limited to two or three days max.

    my questions are: anyone know of places and have experience around the nj, ny, pa area where i can do this sort of thing? also do i need panniers for this?
    tia

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    New Jersey has lots of options for bike touring, most notably right down the Coast. Depending where you live, you might be able to take a commuter rail with your bike (of course coming out of New York) so that you don't have take a car. You should google the New Jersey Department of Transportation and they can send you bike maps, and point you in the right direction. The other maps you might want to look for are the Adventure Cycling maps, detailed for long distance cycling right through your state. I usually just go with the information provided for free from the trans. departments.

    One "famous ride" that might be worth your time to look at if you are close to NYC is the Hudson Valley ride. Again, if you google the New York Department of Transporation, they will kindly send you maps. You might ride from NYC, north as far as you can, and then take a bus or a train back to the city.

    Being in New England or the busy New York mid Atlantic, you have lots of great options for short tours. I think a key to a decent two day "tour" is to find an alternative way home, either start for or ride toward a commuter train station or a bus depot. That way you can ride further afield. Different bus lines have different rules on taking your bike, but most will slide your bike under on a room availalble basis for free or a small fee.

    Also, let's face it this time of year, camping sucks (not so much for the cold, but for the lack of daylight), so you might want to think about a cheap hotel, then you hardly have to carry anything at all for a two day ride.

    Good luck with your planning!

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    Touring, to me, is all about destinations. Having a planned route that takes advantage of landscape or points of intrest. Also many relate to bicycle touring as a social activity, where you ride with friends or meet new people along the way. The only relevence the length of the ride has is in regard to how much stuff you need to take with you. A tour can be two hours, two days, two weeks, two years or anything in between.

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    If you plan to camp, you'll need something to carry your gear. For wintertime, this means ether panniers or a trailer. If you opt for a hotel, then you don't need to carry nearly as much, but with the need for warm clothes off in the evening or off the bike, you probably could get by with a daypack or large saddlebag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedummy
    can a two-day ride be qualified as touring? here's my ideal plan. i live in nj, and i don't know if there are places where i can drive to, dump my car in a safe spot, ride my bike, enjoy the scenery, take pictures, camp out for one night (which i've also never done before), ride again the following day, and finally return to my car to get back home and face reality. i don't have much chunks of time to take off from work which is why i'm limited to two or three days max.

    my questions are: anyone know of places and have experience around the nj, ny, pa area where i can do this sort of thing? also do i need panniers for this?
    tia
    There are many great routes in Pa. Web sites that will help you find and plan a trip are:

    Suggested roadtrips for car (but will work for cycling) http://www.visitpa.com/visitpa/roadtripsLanding.pa

    Here http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ you can find 2 Pa state parks about 50 miles apart and plan a tour between them. For instance there are at least 3 state parks surrounding Gettysburg Pa. I plan to do a 3 day tour from one to the other next year.

    Great ideas for Bed & Breakfast biking in many states can be had at http://www.bbbiking.com/

    Finally, pick a likely area that looks like good terrain, then do a Google search for the county and/or towns in the area plus "bike route". You'll find many clubs post their best rides on the internet.

    Plannning ahead is a great winter activity!
    It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedummy
    can a two-day ride be qualified as touring? here's my ideal plan. i live in nj, and i don't know if there are places where i can drive to, dump my car in a safe spot, ride my bike, enjoy the scenery, take pictures, camp out for one night (which i've also never done before), ride again the following day, and finally return to my car to get back home and face reality. i don't have much chunks of time to take off from work which is why i'm limited to two or three days max.

    my questions are: anyone know of places and have experience around the nj, ny, pa area where i can do this sort of thing? also do i need panniers for this?
    tia
    No panniers? No camping? No motels? No problem:
    Find a small town about 50 miles from home. Map out 2 bike routes to it. Drive your car to the town. Park near the local police station and tell the police what you are doing. Cycle one route home and spend the night at home. The next day, cycle the other route back to the car then drive back home.

    Here’s one that has camping but doesn’t need panniers and can be for 2, to 5 days. Pick a State park or other camp sight in a good looking area. Drive there and camp (or sleep in the car). Use this as your base camp and do day trip loops, going a different direction each day.
    It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.

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