Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: The Old North State, west of the Great Dismal Swamp
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Here's one leg that you could consider, maybe others will link it to some of their favorite sections for your tour....
I would start at Atlantic City, New Jersey, go West a wee bit to Basto for a visit, then head south to Cape May (one of the most charming and quant towns in this country....be sure to carbo load on the Sticky Buns) and pick up the ferry to Lewes, Delaware (fee).
Continue south through the DelMarVa running along the coast to Cape Charles, Va. and give VDot a call for a lift across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (fee, this 17.5 mile crossing is off limits to cycylist) to Virginia Beach.
From Virginia Beach continue south to North Carolina working your way to Currituck on back roads (will require a ferry ride to get across the sound to Currituck but it's free).
In Currituck look for the small green NC Bicycle Route 4 sign and follow it for next couple of hundreds miles to Mt. Airy, North Carolina (it'll get hilly, so consider 50 to 60 miles a day a good day's ride. There are sections along this route that are fairly isolated with few resupply points. However, on the plus side, is that you can disappear into the woods for some free camping. On a side note, Currituck won't have much should one need supplies, however, resupplying in Elizabeth City won't be a problem. There is also a pretty good bike shop there which is in the direction of the Coast Guard Station. The next resupply point will be Gatesvilles....an interesting sidetrip before Gatesville is to veer off to Merchant Mill Pond (plenty of signs) and rent a canoe for an interesting day paddling in a ancient cypress swamp...to get back to NC bike route 4 head back the way you came, take a right on Flatbranch Rd (dirt) for 3 miles, and turn right on 37 (back on the asphalt) and head on in to Gatesville..)
From Mt. Airy head back north into Virginia to the city of Galax and pick up the New River Trail for one outstanding ride through the backcountry along the New River (Rails to Trail route). End of trail is at Pulaski.......(the towns of Christianburg, Radford, and Blacksburgs lie to the North...)
Okay, who's next to link this route up with another leg?
Last edited by Old Dan; 05-05-03 at 06:26 PM.