I've been riding bikes as an adult for about 6 years now. Mostly I commute. I do some mountain biking from time to time. I used to have a performance oriented road bike that I grew to loath and ended up selling cheap. For almost as long as Iíve been riding again Iíve been thinking that Iíd like to try some touringÖ someday. Well, enough of someday. Iíve finally made the decision do a short tour and see how it goes.
I plan to do my first tour this fall, mostly on the Great Allegheny Passage. Starting in Cumberland, MD, Iíll ride almost to Pittsburgh before taking the Montour Trail West. From there Iíll ride some back roads to my home in Beaver County. The trip will be around 200 miles. At about 50 miles per day it will take four days.
My current plan is to rent a car for a one way trip to Cumberland. If I can find a willing host I may stay there the night before the ride. Otherwise Iíll just do the 3 hour drive the morning I start the ride. I plan to camp the first night out on the trail. The second night I would like to try to stay in some sort of lodging. The third night I will camp again. By the fourth night I will be home.
Thatís the plan for now. Iíll post updates as things come together and after the ride. This can be my official record and it will hopefully help keep me moving toward actually making this happen.
Also, I had been thinking that I wanted to buy a touring bike, but my commuting bike should be well suited to the type of ride Iím planning. So rather than buying another bike Iíll focus my effort on getting prepared for this ride. Attached is a picture of my commuter from about two years ago, not long after I put it together. It has changed a little bit since then, and will be changed a little bit more before the ride.