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Old 01-13-15, 06:44 PM
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Looking for some suggestions

I'm getting older and I need a head start on getting some miles in at the beginning of the season (Ride in Northeast Ohio where we do have a riding season ). I was thinking of taking a week off some time in March (depending on weather) and driving somewhere in the south and just staying in a cheap motel in the middle of no where and riding every day for 5 days and then driving home. I'm looking for NO HILLS, flat to rolling, preferably roads with less traffic. Some where I can get 2-4 routes of 35-50 miles. Hopefully a little something in the area to do when not riding, but nothing fancy. No frills, just a place I can get some base miles in. Thoughts?
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I could suggest a number of good places to ride from in Ga, but keep in mind that March/April is our most common snow time, so you might look further South.
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Come on down to Florida. We have the 46 mile long Withlacoochee Trail, the 41 mile long Suncoast Trail, the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail and many others in the central FL area.
No traffic to worry about on the trails.
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The weather can be up in the air as punkncat mentioned above, but the Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga rails-to-trail extends almost 100mi from near ATL to 30+mi into AL and passes thru some towns where I'm sure you could find cheap lodging. Flat as can be except for a section around the middle where the designated trail leaves the old rail bed - and that section can be mostly bypassed if you don't mind diverting onto roadways.

As far as things to do, I'm not intimately familiar with the area, but on the AL side the trail passes thru Jacksonville AL, home of JSU, so there must be somewhere to eat and drink; and if you'd like to visit the highest point in AL (Mt. Cheaha), you're close by, and Talladega and the Int'l motor sports museum aren't far either, if you're into that. Or if you like motorcycles, come on into Birmingham and visit the Barber Museum, about an hour from the AL terminus. There's no better motorcycle collection/museum in the world.
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Originally Posted by JAJ0404
I'm getting older .....(Ride in Northeast Ohio where we do have a riding season ). I was thinking of taking a week off some time in March (depending on weather) and driving somewhere in the south and just staying in a cheap motel in the middle of no where and riding every day......... Thoughts?
I am retired and also in Ohio.... and have had similar thoughts of running away and riding my bicycle.

I know golfers sometime go away to golf training camp or on golfing trips with friends in the off season. I know there are bicycle tours in warm climates during the winter months that could be a great way to escape the cold and enjoy some riding... but not on a budget. Or... at least not on MY budget.

I've gotten invitations from a couple old (military) friends that now live in the south. I've given that some thought. I think maybe when my wife reaches retirement age... we might consider snowbirding to the south for a couple months each winter.

Meanwhile... I am weight training a bit (something I do very little of during cycling season). I walk and jog a little. Wrench on a vintage bicycle or two (OK...4). And watch my collection of cycling DVD movies.

Someone should compile a self-guided American Southern Tour where cyclist from everywhere could meet and ride together for a few days.
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Thanks guys, I was hoping for a one day drive from Ohio, more like NC at the furthest, but I'll certainly take your suggestions. It's probably not going to happen, only if I get the perfect scenario - - 60+ degrees somewhere South with 50+ projected here within 2 weeks. But I'd like to have a plan in place in case.

Dave - Yeah, my ideal move after retirement (about 15 more years for me) would be Christmas to baseball's opening day in AZ at the Indians training camp, but like you, the budget probably isn't going to allow that, at least not every year.

Thanks for the suggestions guys, any more would be appreciated.
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you could go to outside Charleston South Carolina, and visit Charleston during the non-tourist season. check the starva global heat map for routes.

there are a lot of towns lined up outside Charleston. you could ride the Francis Marion National Forest if nothing else.

I prefer Savannah Georgia to Charleston myself.
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