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    New York to Florida Key

    Hi! Im John from England..I Would like to follow the coast from New York to Florida Key on a folding bike ..Having a folder I can bypass any stretch on put it on the bus or train..are there any exciting towns,and coastal stretches are places along this route which are "must sees" and any which should be avoided .I have 6 to 8 weeks and would like to go Mid August this year..I plan to ride about 50 - 60 miles a day when in the saddle...A suggested intinery would be greatfully appreciated

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    Well I'm assuming you will want to start down the Jersey Shore though I'm not real familiar with this area.Then cross by ferry at Cape May to the Delmarva Peninsula.From there I would take back roads through Delaware and Maryland to avoid the developed coastline and major roads with beach traffic.At the Virginia border I believe you can take a ferry across the Chesapeake Bay to Reedville on the "northern neck" of Va and then take back roads to Glouchester(your other choice would be 13 on down the eastern shore with perhaps some backroad excursions on the scenic eastern shore then busing across the Bay Bridge bypassing Hampton Roads)where I would consider a bus bypassing Hampton Roads down to the Outer Banks of N.C. where I would take the coastal route or perhaps remote mainland side roads if others feel the coastal route below Nags Head is too crowded now with the current trendiness of N.C.from there I think you can follow close to the coast check Adventure Cycling for there exact route on this stretch down to Florida where I sugest you just stay on route A1A as much as possible if you want a coastal route(you will be routed to US1 in a few places).As you approach Palm Beach County this route will become increasingly urban and at some point you may want to take Trirail/Metrorail the commuter rails in the area that allow bikes to south of Miami and then even connect to a urban bus to Homestead or even Key Largo.At the least I would skip Miami .

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Cook
    Hi! Im John from England..I Would like to follow the coast from New York to Florida Key on a folding bike ..Having a folder I can bypass any stretch on put it on the bus or train..are there any exciting towns,and coastal stretches are places along this route which are "must sees" and any which should be avoided .I have 6 to 8 weeks and would like to go Mid August this year..I plan to ride about 50 - 60 miles a day when in the saddle...A suggested intinery would be greatfully appreciated
    go to adventure cyclings web site! they have a route mapped out already... would love 2 hear about ur journey when u r done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Cook
    Hi! Im John from England..I Would like to follow the coast from New York to Florida Key on a folding bike ..Having a folder I can bypass any stretch on put it on the bus or train..are there any exciting towns,and coastal stretches are places along this route which are "must sees" and any which should be avoided .I have 6 to 8 weeks and would like to go Mid August this year..I plan to ride about 50 - 60 miles a day when in the saddle...A suggested intinery would be greatfully appreciated
    greetings john from england,
    i don't know how flexible your travel plans are, but if you have a 6-8 week time-frame i have the perfect trip for you. seattle to san fransisco. the east coast is nice and everything, but the west coast blows it away. you would basically be on only two roads(hwys 101,and 1) for the whole trip. these roads are directly on the coast with breathtaking views around every turn. there are state parks along the whole route with special hiker-biker sections to camp in. seattle to san fran is a very popular route in the summer so it would be easy to find people to ride with or just to socialize at the campgrounds after a day of pedaling. you would get to see two great cities and two awesome national parks(olympic and redwoods n.p.). this is also a more biker-friendly area of the country. if you would like more details, feel free to email. good luck.
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    John,
    In NJ visit the Jersey shore. Nice clean beaches. Stay away from Atlantic City. Most unusual site at the Jersey shore is the nude beach at Sandy Hook. Up to ten thousand naked people on the beach on a nice weekend. Just not something you expect to see with the entrance to New York Harbor in the background. Nice beaches with clothed people south of Atlantic City. Cape May at the southern tip of NJ is famous for it's many Bed and Breakfast inns. Inland from the shore is the Pine Barrens. This is the largest undeveloped track of land in the North East and as far south as North Carolina. It's protected from development because it sits on top of one of the world's largest underground water supplies.

    If you're heading west of NYC, the Pennsylvania, and western Maryland countryside offer some of the prettiest scenery you'll find on the planet. You could go west to Cumberland MD and then ride the C&O trail along the Potomac River 190 miles directly to Washington DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Cook
    Hi! Im John from England..I Would like to follow the coast from New York to Florida Key on a folding bike ..Having a folder I can bypass any stretch on put it on the bus or train..are there any exciting towns,and coastal stretches are places along this route which are "must sees" and any which should be avoided .I have 6 to 8 weeks and would like to go Mid August this year..I plan to ride about 50 - 60 miles a day when in the saddle...A suggested intinery would be greatfully appreciated
    If you start in New York City, take NJ Transit at Penn Station and board the train for the "North Jersey Coastline" and get off at Long Branch. You can see all the beaches from Asbury Park all the way to Cape May.

    By the way, what folding bike are you taking? I hope you're not doing this on a 16' inch wheel folder with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub! It's always best when touring to use a folder that has gears. Folding bikes from Dahon now come in 26 inch wheels which are allowed on NJ Transit trains. I happen to believe you should never tour with a 16 inch wheel unless your're credit card touring. You should never tour with anything less than a 20' inch wheel in my opinion.

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    Thanks for the replies folks..Jersey coast looks like a good start but will I get blown away at this time of year and end up in the land of Oz sucked by a tornado or drowned by a water spout..My folding bike is a 16 inch wheel brompton..its a good tourer..folds in 3 and being bright red attracts kids like the pied piper.of Hamelin.

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    Hi John,

    I did this exact trip (only I started in Canada) in the early 90's. You can start in New York City, but it won't be a very auspicious start, as you will most likely want to take the PATH train under the river to Hoboken. Heading south from Hoboken leads you though some extremely dodgy neighborhoods all the way to Rahway and Elizabethtown, whereupon it becomes a bit less 'stressful'. If you'd like to chat at length let me know, I have plenty of anecdotal advice and tips.

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    John Thats basically a roll of the dice lol but even though this is peak hurricane season odds are you won't be affected but do prepare for heavy afternoon thunderstorms particularly toward Fl. where they actually serve to cool things down to an almost tolerable level.Just keep an eye on the forcasts and you should have about a weeks notice a tropical system could potentially head in your path so you should have plenty of time to evacuate(or adjust route) if need be particularly given the folding bike.If it worries you though you could always take the mtn route along the Appalachians/Blue Ridge very scenic as well.

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    A cycling friend has told me that US 11 from Pulaski, NY down to Harrisburg, PA is a reasonable route. It generally parallels interstates which allievate the traffic. I plan to ride it next week as part of a Maine to VA trip.

    I've just finished researching a back roads route from Harrisburg, PA to Richmond, VA. I could make that available. But I haven't actually ridden that route yet.

    The Adventure Cycling maps are fairly good from Richmond on south into Florida. One exception would be that they direct you too close to Myrtle Beach, SC. Traffic in that area is terrible. I rode that route last year.
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