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Old 01-01-20, 02:16 PM
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Century Rides on Bike paths

Where are some good places in the USA to do this? I am aware of the Pittsburgh DC route.
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Old 01-01-20, 02:26 PM
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Take a look at the Rails to Trails Conservancy website https://www.railstotrails.org/greatamericanrailtrail/ and their traiLlink website https://www.traillink.com/viewnationalmap/. They have maps for trails all across the US and it includes information about trail conditions.
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Old 01-01-20, 02:46 PM
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Great Resource.

Thank you.
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I've only ridden the eastern half of this trail, but a round trip on it would be 116 miles--easy gravel the whole route, feels almost paved: https://www.traillink.com/trail/northern-rail-trail/

Definitely wear bug spray or don't stop.
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Old 01-01-20, 03:19 PM
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Central Iowa has quite a few paved options. Hundreds of miles of it. Bike Iowa
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Here's a link to several: https://www.bicycling.com/rides/a200...ils-in-the-us/
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Don't believe we have a paved MUP or trail or whatever that is that long in this area. Maybe some of the Salem/Eugene/ Southern Oregon folks have one down there. If you do the full run of something called the Springwater Corridor Trail, which I do all the time, finish it round trip, then turn around and do it again, that will get you just about exactly 100 miles--if you add a little bit at the end.
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White Pine Trail State Park

https://www.michigan.org/property/fr...ail-state-park

Runs between Cadillac & Comstock Park Michigan.
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The Katy Trail in Missouri is long and flat.

Also look at some of the tow path trails. I'm seeing the Erie trail.

There are a couple of long minimally developed trails in Washington State (Columbia Trail & John Wayne Trail). MTB?
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You can ride 106 miles out of Atlanta on a rail trail into Alabama
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In VA/DC/MD, you can do a 90-110 mile between the W&OD trail + Mount Vernon trail + the C&O, take Whites Ferry over the Potomac to complete the loop. There is only 4 miles of road shared with cars (between Leesburg VA and Whites Ferry). I do this route a lot. A wide mix of scenery, path surface, and challenge. If you don't mind backtracking instead of a single loop you can do 100+ on either one or a combination of those trails with no road sharing.

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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post

Definitely wear bug spray or don't stop.
+1, I always carry bug spray when going off road. Learned that lesson from experience.
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Originally Posted by danmyersmn View Post
You can ride 106 miles out of Atlanta on a rail trail into Alabama
what is this one called ?
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A lot more options than I imagined. This forum is an excellent resource. Thanks to all!

And keep the information coming
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Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
what is this one called ?
The Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles long, and starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, Georgia. It ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown and The Esom Hill Trailhead.

At the Georgia/Alabama state line, the Silver Comet connects to the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail.
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Last summer I rode two centuries as "augmented round trips" on rail-trails in the Northeast. I find round trips more convenient and don't mind that the tired finish is ground that I've scoped out that very morning, but for the purists there are current or pending ways to do them almost one-way.

In NY I used the trails comprising the former Putnam Division - the South County, North County and Putnam County. Started in the Bronx at dawn, repeated the first five miles of good paving in Westchester then rode up to the Brewster end and back. Tried again later in the summer but was off my game so just took the commuter train back from the far end - one thing I really like about round trip courses. Unfortunately the start in NYC is now closed for paving - was just up there this afternoon reminding myself what a hassle it is to get to the trail from the subway without that, but it's fine if one is driving. From about 5-15 miles up things are a bit bumpy as the paving is old and legend has it was put in over the railroad ties, at least something causes some washboarding. But the rest is pretty good. When construction on the Maybrook is finished in 2021 there will be 90-odd miles of trail available: ride from Bronx to Brewster to Poughkeepsie, zip across the bridge and do a few miles on the west side then back and catch a commuter train at Poughkeepsie (just not Amtrak as they don't take bikes)

In MA and CT I used the northern part of the Farmington Canal Line and its Collinsville branch: started in Westfield, MA at dawn, rode 10 miles down to East Granby, CT, back to Westfield and bought more water, then down to Farmington, up the branch to Collinsville then back to Farmington and Westfield. Better conditions there so made better time and enjoyed it more than my usual rides north of NYC. Another option is to include the southern piece from the Yale campus in New Haven up and through a 10 mile road gap in Plainville, if choosing that option than it could almost be a one way Century with only the Collinsville branch ridden as an out and back to bump up the miles. Or if willing to find your way from Westfied to Springfield on roads, then the newer Hartford Line commuter trains do take bikes between there and New Haven, that would be just about exactly 100 miles one way, and solve the getting home (or back to car) again problem, but at the cost of being only around 3/4 trail.

I think one could put something together with the Schuylkill River trail outside Philadelphia which has many meetings with commuter rail but I think one tight road gap, haven't seen that. For a gravel century there's the D&R Canal in NJ and its feeder have only personally been between New Brunswick and not quite Princeton, opinions on going through Trenton seem to depend on the rider and the time of day.

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You can ride 106 miles out of Atlanta on a rail trail into Alabama
Cox (?) Media just bought rail property for a trail conservancy with the overt intention of connecting the route from Stone Mountain Park, GA to Anniston, AL!
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Originally Posted by danmyersmn View Post
The Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles long, and starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, Georgia. It ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown and The Esom Hill Trailhead.

At the Georgia/Alabama state line, the Silver Comet connects to the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail.
Ive ridden the Chief Ladiga trail from Anniston, AL. to the Silver Comet trail at the Georgia line. Actually, went about 5 miles into the SC, then back to Anniston. Was about 70 miles total that day.
Id really like to do it again and ride the entire distance of the two trails (almost 100 miles, but would find a few more to round it up) spend the night near Atlanta, then ride back the following day.
Anyone that wants to do this also, chime in. We can make it an event ride!
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Link to a map of the project:https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...2899999998&z=7
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The Trinity Trails in and around Fort Worth, Texas, could offer an all-MUP century with some backtracking. It meanders around the city. And in most places there are adjacent paved and light gravel paths, so retracing the route could still be a little different by taking the paved path one way and gravel on the return trip. The "gravel" is mostly finely crushed stuff, what some folks call a "chat" trail, so it's not rough stuff like railroad ballast or chunky rural farm roads.

There are also bike/pedestrian paths throughout Dallas. While there's not yet a contiguous unbroken route from both cities, it'll be finished in a few years. Most folks I know who ride in both cities have picked out a few city street connecting routes that they feel safe doing, especially in groups.
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Natchez Trace

Not a MUP/Bikeway, but better.
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Originally Posted by 101stairborne View Post
https://www.michigan.org/property/fr...ail-state-park

Runs between Cadillac & Comstock Park Michigan.
Nice, I'm in the metro Detroit area and didn't even know about that one. Looking at it now you could even mix it up, leave from Comstock Park and change rail trails around the halfway point in Reed City, head east on the Pere Marquette trail to Midland and rack up 133 miles... (You could get really crazy, head back from Midland and then head north from Reed city and rack up 233 miles...)

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I live in North Central PA. Our local trail is the Pine Creek Trail. It is 62miles long, all compacted cinders, no pavement. I've gotten 100mile rides out of it.

https://www.pacanyon.com/PineCreekRailTrail.html
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The North and South County trails in Westchester County as well as the extension, the Putnam Rail Trail, all north of NYC, totals at 47.5 one-way from the south side of Van Cortland Park, the Bronx, NYC up to Brewster, NY. Thus an out and back starting somewhere in Manhattan is 100 easily, All paved path.
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