At 51 years old and feeling it physically, I feel like I only have a few good bike adventures left in me. I still do one or two short (50-60 mile) road tours each summer and I commute to work by bike pretty much every day between April and November. I'm wondering if I can handle one more mountain bike excursion...
Today, I browsed through some sites about the Eastern Continental Divide Trail between McKeesport, PA and Cumberland, MD and got lost in a fantasy about doing a 50-60 mile stretch of this trail sometime during the summer of 2014. At first glance, this looks like a pretty good match for me; but, with further research, a lot of these rides end up being totally wrong. Here's what I'd want:
* A way to get myself and my bike to one end or the other without having to drive from Long Island, NY
* A 50-60 mile spectacularly scenic ride one way with an option to return via railway or other mode of transportation
* A clean place to stay overnight at either end (no camping)
If these conditions are realistic, then the next item on my wish list would be that the trail portion I choose is reasonably flat. I have absolutely no love for climbing when I've got a bike full of clothing, food, and other gear. In fact, at this point in my life, though I am fit and capable of handling some good climbs, I don't need the taxation on my body anymore.
Finally, I would need to know that there are a few places to find a bike shop when I break a spoke or snap a cable and don't have the proper tools to repair it.
So, my questions to you are:
1. Should I put this out of my head entirely?
2. If not, can you recommend a 50-60 mile portion that fits the bill?
Thank you, all. And please, as much as I know you'd be doing it out of the goodness of your heart, do not try to convince me to "challenge" myself or to compromise on accommodations, etc. If this ride is out of the question for me, I'd rather just live it vicariously through the stories and pics on this forum!