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Old 01-17-09, 10:03 PM   #1
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Routefinding: Minneapolis to DC.

Hi, everybody! I'm new here, and I got an account because I have some questions about the wild idea that I got recently. I don't know if you've heard about the Trek to Reenergize America, but it sounds pretty cool. To top it off, there's a significant possibility that I'm going to be working in DC this coming summer, so I'm thinking about the possibility of riding my bike there. As I understand it, there are going to be official routes for the Trek, but I don't feel too tied to them, because I have my own schedule. So, I'm wondering if any one has any experience with touring anywhere along a near-direct route between the two places, or if you have good ways to find routes. As of now I'm considering the option of just biking in a generally southeasterly direction and figuring out where I am later, but that sounds a lot like a bad idea to at least half of my brain.

Thanks a ton for your help, and I'm sure I'll probably have a huge amount of other questions (like, for example, how to refit my bike for touring) once I commit to this fully. As of now though, this is still in dream-mode, and I'm interested in looking at maps to figure out where exactly I would be going. Thanks again!

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Old 01-17-09, 10:36 PM   #2
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Navigate to Colliers, WV and then you can take the Panhandle Trail to Pittsburgh, then the GAP to Cumberland, MD, then the C&O Canal to DC. You can do it with 32mm or wider tires and a standard touring bike. It's beautiful and will keep you out of the congested and dangerous roads in this part of the country (coal trucks are killers).
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Thanks a bunch! I definitely feel like I'll be able to find reasonably unused roads until I get pretty far East, so that should be good. I'll still be looking for things, but those trails should give me a good ending to the trip at least. Now I just need to string it together.
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