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Old 11-05-07, 01:10 PM   #1
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Atlantic City to DC

I'm looking for ideas for a three/four day tour around Thanksgiving. Not given this to much thought - would Atlantic City to DC (home) via the Cape May-Lewes ferry be a good route in terms of quiet(ish) roads, things to see and acceptable weather conditions (headwinds etc)? Looks like there is lots of loverly coastline to ride along. Happy to camp.

Not being familar with this part of the world maybe there are some better options out there for a tour in this region? Or some interesting side trips to include?

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Old 11-05-07, 01:52 PM   #2
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Hey Matt, not a bad choice for short tour. There’s a Delaware State Park five minutes from the ferry. There are also quite a few state parks between Lewis and the bridge. Martinack and Tuckahoe come immediately to mind and they’re about the right distances from Lewis . They’re both right outside of Denton, MD. The back roads from Lewis to the Chesapeake Bay bridge are lovely and flat. Don’t (like so many others) ride on Rt. 50 when you have a choice. there are so many better backroads. Or, you could go over the top of the Bay, but that would mean going North for a ways. If you decide to go over the bridge, you’re going to have to get on Rt. 50 for a couple of miles past Queenstown, that and stop at one of the quickie marts or a gas station to get someone with a pick-up truck to give you and your bike a lift across. That shouldn’t be hard at all. There are plenty of rolling and scenic backroads from the bridge to DC. Get a map that shows the secondary roads and stay on ‘em. The winds are (unfortunately) generally from the West to North quadrant of the compass. I sail an awful lot, so I tend to pay attention to these things and I live in Easton and am always checking the prevailing winds. But don’t let that dissuade you. You’ll have a great tour.

I’ve ridden from Gloucester City, NJ (Philly, essentially) to the ferry and across to Lewis and from O.C., MD to Queenstown and everywhere on the Eastern Shore of MD, but have never gone across the bridge. You’ll have to be careful about your road choices on that side as well (more people = more traffic).
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Old 11-05-07, 02:12 PM   #3
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You could use part of my route to get to Baltimore:

http://www.bikeradar.com/routes/?bpa...d-via-Delaware

...and then use a www.bikewashington.org map to go from Baltimore to Washington:

http://www.bikewashington.org/routes/invasion.htm
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THE BRIDGE - -

The real fly in the ointment is getting across the Bay Bridge.
No bikes allowed, no bus anymore, no shuttle.
Actually there is a service that you can prearrange that costs $40 to $50.

I called Maryland DOT to complain that they fail to meet ISTEA and TEA-21 requirements
that call for multimodal transportation in all projects using federal revenues.
The bike coordinator was friendly, but it was clear he didn't push the powers that be.
Until last year there used to be a twice-daily Annapolis bus route,
but that was dropped because of budget cuts.

If you can arrange a boat shuttle - might cost a penny or two -
You might consider biking to Crisfield, taking the passenger ferry to Smith Island
then paying someone on the island to take you to Cape Lookout.
The ride into DC from Cape Lookout is nicer than from Annapolis.
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Old 11-05-07, 03:21 PM   #5
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In addition to the BikeWashington.org page suggested above, here are New Jersey resources.

Here is some information on the C&O Canal path which may not fit your route but might give you some ideas.

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Going north around the bay has problems with it also. That means you'll have to cross the Susquehanna and neither US 40 or I 95 allow bikes on the bridges over it, just like the Bay Bridge. US 1 does allow bikes to cross over the Susquehanna but it involves quite a detour.

Best bet is to get a ride from a truck over the Bay. It's not a bike friendly route.
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All of you who would love to see bikes allowed on Maryland toll bridges if I can get you to write to info@onelesscar.org with your disappointment or canceled plans due to inaccessibility of our bridges it would be appreciated.
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Also it may be of interest that the Baltimore Hostel is now open!
17 West Mulberry Street
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Edit: I had the wrong address earlier.
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Just a note in case anyone copied the address from my post earlier, it was wrong.
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