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Old 03-15-13, 10:00 AM   #1
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ny to colorado

Hey, I'm planning on biking from NY to colorado. Does anyone have any advice on routes I should take? I want to try to avoid bad areas as much as possible. That is the main thing. I appreciate it.
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What are "bad areas?"

Have you looked into Adventure Cycling Association's route maps? Their TransAmerica route (among others) goes through CO.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/RouteNetwork.pdf

If you can get to somewhere like Erie, PA you could pick up their Underground Railroad route to tha TransAm route. Or take the Northern Tier route to the Great Rivers route to the TransAm.

The maps are handy as they show the locations of things like campgrounds, motels, grocery stores, bike shops, etc. Helps with the planning if that suits you.
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Bad Areas are areas with a relatively high crime rate. I will definitely have a look at that link. Thanks for your input.
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Old 03-15-13, 01:52 PM   #4
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I suspect by the time you're done you'll have redefined "bad areas" as "Trip segments with more than ten miles between ice-cream stores".
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If you are starting from New York City, you'll probably ride across the George Washington Bridge... and then?

Here's a website where you might get some clues:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/l...octype=journal

Mostly you'll be riding through the big white spaces on the map. The biggest challenge riding is probably avoiding narrow roads with too much traffic. Monster hills aren't much fun either!

Sounds like a great trip!
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Bad areas? I'd think if you can safely extricate yourself from NYC, all else will seem very tame indeed.

Yeah, the ACA maps will relieve you of most preplanning, and likely save you their cost by pointing out low cost overnight spots. OTOH, a diy routing is good too as it would be truly "your" route on a road less traveled, thus unjaded by thousands of previous bike tourist.

A reasonble diy routing can be cobbled together with Google maps, bicycle mode, and state maps.
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The Saddle River Pathway could help you get through Bergen County:

http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/saddle-river-pathway
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What is the terrain like on the Northern Route between New York and North Dakota?
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What is the terrain like on the Northern Route between New York and North Dakota?

You have the Adirondaks and surrounding areas. Other than that, it's not that difficult. OH, IN and IL are easy terrain-wise. There are some big rollers in IA, but no mountains. MN is relatively tame, too. The real challenge in OH, IN and IL can be the heat and humidity. Corn does not provide shade.

I haven't done the new routing in ND. (AC changed the old route due to the oil boom in the NW part of the state.) However, I did do the old route and a supported tour in ND that went through Bismarck. Generally, you get relatively flat to sweeping rollers with not much that is too steep. Again you have the lack of shade to deal with. And if you get a nasty ND headwind, you can get worn down quickly. During the supported trip we rode for two hours at a 9 mph average over gently rolling terrain. In a tuck going down hill it was hard to get over 13 mph.

Note that the NT goes through Cleveland. Don't be scared. I found it enjoyable. The optional tour of the Emerald Necklace was well worth it. The houses in Cleveland and Shaker Heights were pretty cool.
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If you want to avoid the hills and mountains you could ride south thru NJ to MD's Eastern shore and on to Washington DC. There pick up the C&O/GAP Trail which will land you in Pittsburgh on the other side of the most serious terrain. It's round about but depending on your conditioning it beats walking up hills for days on end.

Be aware that no place is really flat. And places we think of as flat could be anything but. SE Ohio for instance. It's got some killer hills.

Staying away from bad areas is going to take some research. Once you've pinned down your route take a look at the major cities and towns on the route. Something as easy as a google search could get you what you need to know. Or, a call to the local PD. It all goes into the trip planning folder.

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