For the past 10 years or so I've taken at minimum a two week tour every year with a few exceptions. The future will be a bit different for me as my first child is due in early July. Not that I don't expect to tour anymore but letís just say things will be different.
So I have off next week, and I'm thinking of taking 3-5 days to go on a solo, unsupported tour from my house. I live in Phoenixville, PA, which is a western suburb of Philly.
I've already ridden every direction. I've ridden Montreal to Philly, Chicago to Philly, Philly to Virginia Beach and back. I've done many tours in Delmarva, Shenandoah, western PA, New Jersey Etc. Not that I can't go back to any of those places, I'm just looking for something different.
One thing I've never done is the CO Canal as I normally ride on roads.
A few things to consider:
- This will be my first tour alone. Normally I ride with my father who is currently in Mexico for a few weeks..
- I will be carrying all my gear and will be camping, but I'll probably hit a hotel/motel up once, but maybe not.
- I'm not opposed to having to return home on a train or bus provided I could bring my bike with me or pack it in a box. So I'd be up for a one way tour.
- I've never ridden on any of the "touring routes" nor have I ever seen another cyclo tourist while on tour. Kind of strange, I know. I'd love to have that experience this time.
That's all I can think of. I havenít even looked at a map yet but the only thing I've thought about so far is possibly getting on the CO somewhere, ending up in DC, and then taking Amtrak back to Philly. I live just an hour bike ride from Philly.
I'm not sure if I'm up for riding on a trail though, by myself, for that long. Just sounds a little boring, plus I guess there are no amenities.
So does anyone else have any ideas? Not asking for you to plan my tour, I hate fully planned tours anyway, but I'm just looking for some input.