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    You ... as tour guide :)

    You know the area where you live, and have likely cycled many kilometers/miles on the roads that surround your city or town. You've probably also gone on weekend tours to local campgrounds and hostels.

    So ... here's the question ... is there a great cycletouring route in your area? If you were a tour guide for your area, where would you recommend going?


    I live in Central Alberta and I would can think of a few routes off the top of my head:

    1) Out Hwy 11 past Nordegg to Saskatchewan River Crossing. That is a beautiful road!! South from SRC to Banff, and then out Hwy 93 to Radium Hotsprings. You might then cycle up to Golden, and back to Lake Louise and Banff or back down Hwy 93 to Banff. From Banff you could go to Cochrane (there's a great ice cream place in Cochrane) and up Hwy 22 - the Cowboy trail.

    2) Again out Hwy 11 past Nordegg to SRC and north to Jasper. You could turn around and come back, or you could swing around by Tete Jaune Cache and Blue River down to Kamloops, and maybe a little loop out to Vernon and back. I'm not sure how I'd want to return, there are a few options. I've cycled the TransCanada there, but I'm not sure how excited I'd be about repeating that process, especially not on a busy weekend. It might be fun to explore some other routes.

    3) Even just a tour out to SRC and back would be beautiful!! And you could add to it by hitting Caroline and Sundre and places like that if you wanted a bit extra.

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    Hwy 93 - The Icefield's Parkway in Alberta. Nice roads - stunning scenery - great camping...

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    Here in Michigan we have as much coastline as any state.

    You can do some great tours along the upper and lower peninsula coasts.

    I don't think we quite compare to a tour through banff, or the Icefields parkway, but a tour of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the lower peninsula is a cheap and easy alternative to the well traveled Pacific coast route.
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    awesome tour Vik. Can you get to Jasper via plane or bus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
    awesome tour Vik. Can you get to Jasper via plane or bus?
    You can get there by bus ... Greyhound ... and also by train I believe. I think Via Rail still goes through there, but train would be expensive. If you flew, you'd likely fly into Edmonton, and then catch a bus or something out to Japser

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    Indiana

    There's a really nice tour route, 365 miles on this page from Fort Wayne to Evansville, Indiana.

    http://www.wrcc-in.org/routes/
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    Quote Originally Posted by brotherdan View Post
    Here in Michigan we have as much coastline as any state.

    You can do some great tours along the upper and lower peninsula coasts.

    I don't think we quite compare to a tour through banff, or the Icefields parkway, but a tour of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the lower peninsula is a cheap and easy alternative to the well traveled Pacific coast route.

    The lakes are on my list of want-to-do things in cycle touring.
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    Lots of great riding in New England. I plan rides around a day off. My favorite towns for that are Camden Maine, Middlebury Vt, and North Conway NH.
    All have bike shops, good restaurant, movie theaters and are walkable.

    You can go to Burlington and ride around Lake Champlain. That's a wonderful trip, although the hills in New York are a wee bit steep. We like riding up and down the Maine coast. Baileys Island is nice and there's a ferry that goes to Portland that makes for a neat way to start or end a ride. We also like the back roads between Portland and North Conway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    The lakes are on my list of want-to-do things in cycle touring.
    I would definitely recommend doing it. I think the most scenic of the great lakes coastline that I've toured was the Georgian Bay area in Ontario, so try to include that in your tour when you get around to it. Most cyclists cut off the outer coast by going up the Bruce peninsula and taking a ferry across Lake Huron. I guess the Bruce is supposed to be awesome, but I went around the outside of the bay, and I found that to be a very enjoyable ride. I've heard great things about the Canadian side of Lake Superior too, but thus far I've only toured the Michigan side of it.
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    I have actually been a tour guide here before, albeit in a spontaneous, informal basis. As to where to ride, there are many, many options. South East Queensland is unusual in Australia in that there are a lot of different places to ride and things to see in a relatively small area. Probably the greatest route you could devise (and there would be a lot of climbing) would involve heading west through the National Parks of Springbrook and Lamington (with a detour into Numinbah Valley to the Natural Arch) for mountains, waterfalls and world-heritage listed rainforests.

    Next, double back from Green Mountains to Beadesert, then heading South to Mt Barney (probably the best campground in the area) and taking the hardest climb in all of Australia to Queen Mary Falls. From there you could head on to Warwick, before turning south and visiting the wineries and fruit stalls of the Granite Belt around Stanthorpe. Beyond that, the New England region of NSW awaits, and that area is awash with charms of it's own.

    Alternatively, you could head south through the Tweed Valley, to Mt Warning, and from Uki, either continue onto Kyogle (where you could link up with more rainforest at the Border Ranges NP or head inland toward New England), or take the dirt road over the range to Mullumbimby, then either pick up the spectacular coastal route between Byron Bay and Ballina, or head inland through the forests and rolling hills toward Nimbin and Kyogle.

    To the North, you'd ideally get a train through Brisbane, and pick up the route at Caboolture. Head north through the volcanic plugs of the Glasshouse Mountains, before picking up the Sunshine Coast (a more laid-back version of the Gold Coast) and continuing as far up the Queensland coast as you like. Alternatively, head west from Caboolute through Kilcoy and climb the range to the spectacular Crows Nest National Park. From here you could continue through the rolling hills to Yarraman (a charming town surrounded by rainforests) and Murgon, or head south through Toowoomba and Warwick, picking up the Granite Belt. You could continue west from Warwick or Toowoomba, but on that side of the range, there's decidedly less to see and the distances between towns suddenly become much greater.
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    Well, everybody knows about the Pacific Coast route though Oregon-- it is very good. But here's the road less traveled-- Northern Idaho.

    http://friendsofcdatrails.org/

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    You have to do some BIG loops in L.A. if you plan on camping,but I can point out a few dozen if you want to do a pub crawl!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    You know the area where you live, and have likely cycled many kilometers/miles on the roads that surround your city or town. You've probably also gone on weekend tours to local campgrounds and hostels.

    So ... here's the question ... is there a great cycletouring route in your area? If you were a tour guide for your area, where would you recommend going?

    Dozens.

    For maximum hypoxic riding, there's the Trail Ridge Road loop. For maximum loneliness, there's Fruita to Dinosaur National Park. For Alpine beauty, there's Durango to Ridgeway (over Red Mountain Pass) to Telluride and back to Durango. Don't miss about a 3 days in Mesa Verde. For a Southwest flavor, you can't beat Pueblo (do the mountain route) to Raton to Santa Fe and return through the San Luis Valley.

    If you want to mountain bike, Basalt to Leadville over Hagerman Pass is outstanding. Rollinsville to Winter Park over Rollin's Pass is good too. An outstanding single day (but you need to camp on the canyon rim) trip is the Picketwire Canyon trip in Southeastern Colorado. You can do it in one day (drive from Denver and back) but it's a really long day. And camping on the canyon rim is an experience in itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
    awesome tour Vik. Can you get to Jasper via plane or bus?
    I was just in the Edmonton Airport site, and saw this:

    http://www.edmontonairports.com/grou...sper_connector

    Evidently there is a direct connection between the Edmonton Airport and Jasper. Now I don't know what their policies on bicycles might be or how much it might cost. But if you were interested in doing an Icefield Parkway tour, that might be an option.

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    Prescott Arizona, 200 miles round trip from Phoenix. Only about 30 miles on Interstate 17.
    The neat thing is you form a loop. Cycling adventures also recommend as I do going south on 89 from Prescott.

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    I can find my way around Finland and Sweden, speak both languages + English and a little bit of German. There are 2 lakes, lake Lappajärvi (235km roundtrip) and lake Oulujärvi(that's 500km i think ). Medium small roads through forests and farmland, some smaller roads and even gravel if one wants to see more nature. Good maps and route planning I can help with. I guess I can guide someone on short expeditions around my home town, and provide information about cycling and camping in Finland.

    I'm on the west coast, about halfway up.

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    Just thought I'd bump this as many of us are out riding around our neighborhoods in preparation for our tours ... and as many of us are doing local tours.

    If someone were asking about good places to tour in your area, where would you send them?


    In my first post I mentioned Hwy 11 out to Saskatchewan River Crossing. That's a favorite route of my father's and mine and I've got lots of photos.

    This set was taking this past Monday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7618025603216/

    And these are from last year, and the year before:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7602324692010/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7605871338498/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7606151284624/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7606660549120/




    Even more locally I'd recommend a short tour out to Pine Lake or down to Red Lodge Park via the Markerville Creamery and Dickson Dam.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7606286079580/

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    I would send people west to do a loop that included the Berkshire's and the Connecticut river valley. Lots of quiet secondary roads that are as scenic as anything else in New England.

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    For those more in an England-wards direction:

    Look up Peddars Way, a trail from Thetford in the South East, to Holme-next-the-Sea/Hunstanton in north Norfolk. Then turn right (east) and head along the coast roads to Cromer.

    A more pretty route through the villages and by the good ol' English seaside you will not find. In fact, if I didn't live in England and was keen to get a feel for the English countryside in one tour, that's the one I'd do.

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    Also, Holme-next-the-Sea (population 322 including my grandparents in the summer) is the site of the slightly-less-famous-than-Stonehenge-but-still-rather-special SEAHENGE!

    Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seahenge !

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    The Pacific Coast comes through San Luis Obispo, CA, but it misses the best route south in the quest to be next to the ocean. We have several country roads that parallel Highway One. These travel through gorgeous oak woodlands, wine country vineyards, and have several small towns on the way. Some of the best local cyclingis never seen by out of towners. Too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggriffinslo View Post
    The Pacific Coast comes through San Luis Obispo, CA, but it misses the best route south in the quest to be next to the ocean. We have several country roads that parallel Highway One. These travel through gorgeous oak woodlands, wine country vineyards, and have several small towns on the way. Some of the best local cyclingis never seen by out of towners. Too bad.
    Any further information? I am leaving PHX and heading to LA next Sunday, and then will be heading up the coast after that, so I would love to hear about great roads around San Luis Obispo.

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    WI has a pretty extensive state trail system. A pass is about $20. The Glacial Drumlin Trail roughly links Madison and Milwaukee, and the Badger State Trail extends from Madison to the IL border, and links up with the Great IL trail system... A brief detour onto the Sugar River Trail gets you into the town of New Glarus, where there's a brewery with tasty beer. There are several small breweries in Milwaukee, and more in Madison. A third trail extends west, out towards the Military Ridge state park and more hilly terrain. I haven't hit every inch of it, but there do tend to be frequent road connections, and the trails tend to link up to state parks so camping is easy.

    Also, it's Wisconsin... in addition to beer, we're famous for cows. Ask, and odds are good there's a place with excellent ice cream, steaks, cheese or hamburgers.

    Drivers tend to be pretty friendly, but if you're very nervous about riding on roads and are coming in from out of state, I'd fly into O'Hare or Midway and take the Vangelder bus up to Madison. They're happy to take boxed bikes as luggage. The drop off points in town are at the Dutch Mills park and ride, and at Memorial Union. If you need help assembling your bike, I'd take the Memorial Union stop, since Yellow Jersey bike shop is a short walk from the Union. Then it's a 4 block ride and a cut through a parking lot (it's a university lot backed onto one of the LBS lots) to get to the Southwest path and the rest of the state trail system.

    If you're confident about putting the bike together, Dutch Mills is right on the Capital City trail. This is a roughly east/west trail that acts as a major commuter route, and does a lot of the heavy lifting to link various parts of the state system together in Madison. I'm less sure about what bike shops are on the trail, but Dutch Mills gets regular service from city buses, and they all have racks. Heading downtown will get you to a bike shop quickly if you have serious mechanical trouble.

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    From here in Northern Chester County, PA, there are many options of places to tour. Some are:
    - to Lancaster County. The City of Lancaster is 45 miles. Another 5-10 miles brings you to the Susquahanna River. Tons of stuff to see in Lancaster County, and thanks to the presence of the Amish, motorists pay a lot of attention to non-motorized traffic. And you can continue to follow the PA Bike Route S to Pittsburgh if you like.
    - Green Lane County Park in Montgomery County, via the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Trails (35 miles) or on to Allentown and Bethlehem (another 20 some miles.)
    - Center City Philadelphia is 35 miles via the Schuylkill River Trail.
    - the hostel on Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County is 45 miles. Add another 15-20 to reach the Delaware River and New Hope. Or go straight to the Delaware River and Washington's Crossing via the PA Bike Route S.
    - it's 16 miles to French Creek State Park and Johanna Furnace. From there add another 15-20 miles to Reading, PA, and historic Berks County. Or follow PA Bike Route L north.
    - Chester County is itself worth seeing, with much of the county still rural. We have 21 covered bridges, for instance. Continue south into Delaware and leave our hills behind.

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