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Old 04-15-16, 04:37 AM
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I used to use Rt. 1 in Connecticut and Rhode Island, but eventually found some more scenic and pleasant routes. Rt. 1 was way too busy and boring in these parts.
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A lot of Rt 1 in Maryland is pretty decent riding, some of it is very pretty and good road. There are some pretty congested areas in Baltimore and near DC, but it is doable even there as far as I can recall.

At least some of Rt 1 through PA isn't too bad, but some of it is fairly congested and not the best road. I drove it once to see what it would be like to ride and came away with the impression that I would find it an acceptable ride.

I grew up 100 yards from Rt 1 in Maryland, so as a kid in the 50's and 60's, there was always a certain awe of US 1 going all the way to Maine and Florida. I sometimes have thought that I would like to ride it's full length, but always decided there were better places to tour than the east coast, at least when it comes to a long tour down the coast. So I have always started my tours out west and any riding in the east was just the tail end of a coast to coast trip. I still consider the east coast sometimes, but other choices seem to always win out.

Some of that may be because I grew up and lived most of my life in the mid Atlantic region.

I think the only real reason to do it would be if you have some emotional attachment to the idea of the route itself. Otherwise my suggestion would be to start with the ACA maps and deviate from them as you see fit, maybe gives some of US 1 a try even where the ACA maps take you elsewhere. Really though, just me, but I think there are better places to tour than the east coast
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True, but it doesn't end up in Key West..
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blue ridge parkway? it's there.
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan
I live near Rt 1 so I've always wondered about the idea of a long-distance tour on it. A few years ago I read about a guy who biked from DC to Florida on Rt 1.: Definitely not for the faint of heart but OTOH could have it's attractions. A) you won't get lost & B) gives a real "slice of life" experience. Some sections are pretty scary with no shoulders but many areas quite tolerable & perhaps even safer than some of the more bucolic roads. Perhaps one could detour around the worst bits. I have a local ride that uses Rt 1 for a 3-mile 45 mph stretch: little/no shoulder & somewhat hilly but on the weekends drivers seem fairly polite.
well I train in suburban Philadelhhia and a lot of times I'm not always feeling a lot of love from some of these drivers...
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
A lot of Rt 1 in Maryland is pretty decent riding, some of it is very pretty and good road. There are some pretty congested areas in Baltimore and near DC, but it is doable even there as far as I can recall.

At least some of Rt 1 through PA isn't too bad, but some of it is fairly congested and not the best road. I drove it once to see what it would be like to ride and came away with the impression that I would find it an acceptable ride.

I grew up 100 yards from Rt 1 in Maryland, so as a kid in the 50's and 60's, there was always a certain awe of US 1 going all the way to Maine and Florida. I sometimes have thought that I would like to ride it's full length, but always decided there were better places to tour than the east coast, at least when it comes to a long tour down the coast. So I have always started my tours out west and any riding in the east was just the tail end of a coast to coast trip. I still consider the east coast sometimes, but other choices seem to always win out.

Some of that may be because I grew up and lived most of my life in the mid Atlantic region.

I think the only real reason to do it would be if you have some emotional attachment to the idea of the route itself. Otherwise my suggestion would be to start with the ACA maps and deviate from them as you see fit, maybe gives some of US 1 a try even where the ACA maps take you elsewhere. Really though, just me, but I think there are better places to tour than the east coast
You may have the best idea and what I am considering. Use ACA route to get below DC and possibly Richmond then work over towards 1 And follow 1 Down from there.I have spent so many years running up and down I95 but only on bits and pieces of 1 and I have thought about trying this. Definitely requires a planning road trip. Thanks for advice..
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Can't speak for anything north of FL/GA border but I have driven most of Route A1A, which I think is what Route 1 becomes in Florida. It's absolutely gorgeous and most of it that I have seen is very bike-friendly. I haven't done much of it on bikes but I see a lot of people doing it. Through most of the state it is simply the "beach highway" and traffic is mostly slower tourists since Interstate 95 and others parallel it a little further from the coast. Once you get to Florida City(?) I-95 ends and A1A is the only route to Key West. At times it can be nerve-wracking but bikes do it every day.

I am retiring this June and thinking about doing a bike ride from my home on the northern gulf coast of Florida east to the Atlantic coast and down to the keys once school starts back so summer tourists are gone and the winter tourists aren't here yet. Florida is gorgeous in late September to mid November with fewer tourists than the rest of the year. That's a secret, don't tell anyone!

From Key West there is a high-speed ferry that goes up to the west coast of Florida that you can take back across the state slowly, otherwise I think you would have to bike back to Miami or somewhere to fly home. The airport in Key West is too small to fly a bike out of I think, only local links and commuter planes for the most part.
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The route I used last year going south from Annapolis and it wasn't a bad route, trafficwise(other than no traffic) once I got south of the MD/VA border was

US301 to Richmond
US15 south out Richmond down to VA 50/US70 on into Raleigh
US401 south out of Raleigh onto VA42 and 78 to get me down/over to US501
US501 the short hop down to US1
US1 into Columbia
US321 south down to US301, granted here you could easily stay on 301 down to Savannah
I continued on south on US301 down to US84 and started heading west, again here you stay on US301 on into Jacksonville

The route as a whole once I got south of the MD/VA didn't have much traffic at all outside of the cities and they weren't bad. Quite a few stretches are 4 lane highways with no traffic, including 301 down in SC/GA. I was riding right down the center of the marked lane most of the time without my hands on the handlebars...just trying to keep myself awake. Yeah, VA and SC both don't have many stretches of road that have shoulders but you don't need them when theirs no traffic.
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That's the last road I would ride on in this area. Heavy traffic. Stores lining both sides. So many better options. I rode it in the Keys because there was no option, but still pretty much the same. Fugly.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
A lot of Rt 1 in Maryland is pretty decent riding, some of it is very pretty and good road. There are some pretty congested areas in Baltimore and near DC, but it is doable even there as far as I can recall.
3 / 301 South of Annapolis is a million times more pleasant.
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Originally Posted by wished
Can't speak for anything north of FL/GA border but I have driven most of Route A1A, which I think is what Route 1 becomes in Florida. It's absolutely gorgeous and most of it that I have seen is very bike-friendly. I haven't done much of it on bikes but I see a lot of people doing it. Through most of the state it is simply the "beach highway" and traffic is mostly slower tourists since Interstate 95 and others parallel it a little further from the coast. Once you get to Florida City(?) I-95 ends and A1A is the only route to Key West. At times it can be nerve-wracking but bikes do it every day.

I am retiring this June and thinking about doing a bike ride from my home on the northern gulf coast of Florida east to the Atlantic coast and down to the keys once school starts back so summer tourists are gone and the winter tourists aren't here yet. Florida is gorgeous in late September to mid November with fewer tourists than the rest of the year. That's a secret, don't tell anyone!

From Key West there is a high-speed ferry that goes up to the west coast of Florida that you can take back across the state slowly, otherwise I think you would have to bike back to Miami or somewhere to fly home. The airport in Key West is too small to fly a bike out of I think, only local links and commuter planes for the most part.
Well don't tell anyone but the plan is after arriving in Key West. Take a few day to catch my breath then turn around and ride back home.Ab solute minimum of two months. That's averaging 100 miles and riding five on and one off. all the way down.It's doable not easy but doable...
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Originally Posted by alan s
That's the last road I would ride on in this area. Heavy traffic. Stores lining both sides. So many better options. I rode it in the Keys because there was no option, but still pretty much the same. Fugly.
well one mans fugly is another mans not fugly....
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Originally Posted by bikenh
The route I used last year going south from Annapolis and it wasn't a bad route, trafficwise(other than no traffic) once I got south of the MD/VA border was

US301 to Richmond
US15 south out Richmond down to VA 50/US70 on into Raleigh
US401 south out of Raleigh onto VA42 and 78 to get me down/over to US501
US501 the short hop down to US1
US1 into Columbia
US321 south down to US301, granted here you could easily stay on 301 down to Savannah
I continued on south on US301 down to US84 and started heading west, again here you stay on US301 on into Jacksonville

The route as a whole once I got south of the MD/VA didn't have much traffic at all outside of the cities and they weren't bad. Quite a few stretches are 4 lane highways with no traffic, including 301 down in SC/GA. I was riding right down the center of the marked lane most of the time without my hands on the handlebars...just trying to keep myself awake. Yeah, VA and SC both don't have many stretches of road that have shoulders but you don't need them when theirs no traffic.
Thanks. I had been thinking about 301. It's been a while but I have run it before.Thanks for the routing.Well worth considering...
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Originally Posted by Randy19064
well I train in suburban Philadelhhia and a lot of times I'm not always feeling a lot of love from some of these drivers...
For a second I thought you had typed "Philahellphia" In rush hour some sections of Rt 1 would be quite terrifying. Actually the sorry condition of Rt 1 parts is a pet peeve since there's no good reason for it. For example the stretch near Ft Belvoir VA which is somewhat undeveloped; they should have added shoulders decades ago. But it's a less-wealthy area so road improvements will only come with the gentrification plan. Right now it's not esp safe even for motorists.
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Originally Posted by wished
Can't speak for anything north of FL/GA border but I have driven most of Route A1A, which I think is what Route 1 becomes in Florida. It's absolutely gorgeous and most of it that I have seen is very bike-friendly. I haven't done much of it on bikes but I see a lot of people doing it. Through most of the state it is simply the "beach highway" and traffic is mostly slower tourists since Interstate 95 and others parallel it a little further from the coast. Once you get to Florida City(?) I-95 ends and A1A is the only route to Key West. At times it can be nerve-wracking but bikes do it every day.

I am retiring this June and thinking about doing a bike ride from my home on the northern gulf coast of Florida east to the Atlantic coast and down to the keys once school starts back so summer tourists are gone and the winter tourists aren't here yet. Florida is gorgeous in late September to mid November with fewer tourists than the rest of the year. That's a secret, don't tell anyone!

From Key West there is a high-speed ferry that goes up to the west coast of Florida that you can take back across the state slowly, otherwise I think you would have to bike back to Miami or somewhere to fly home. The airport in Key West is too small to fly a bike out of I think, only local links and commuter planes for the most part.
I rode A1A from Hollywood (near Miami) to Jupiter FL, fun & relaxing route. Quite pretty despite the fairly heavy development. Many sections have bike lanes & in the other sections the motorists were nice (not the stereotype Miami drivers). Rt 1 does not become A1A in Florida though there are some bits of A1A that go on Rt 1, still pleasant for cycling.
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@fietsbob I hitchhiked up there in 1998! Phish concert... Ha.

Agree with other posters -- route 1 is a necessary link between other routes when cycling or when utility cycling as I do to go shopping.

A route 1 Tour would be an interesting Everest because it's there feat of toughness and grit. But not anything like a traditional bike tour.

Why not do the greenway?
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Originally Posted by Randy19064
and that's why I was wondering why I have never heard of anyone doing it.
There was a local fellow who, back in my shop days, bought a Puch Marco Polo from us and rode it the length of U.S. 1 as a fundraiser for some charity. He was a pest control pro named Lee and was about 50 at the time. His wife drove sweep in the company car so it was a supported ride.
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US 1 in South Carolina. I've cycled almost all of it.

No shoulders on any of it except for very small sections in SC. I rode it from Camden to Apex NC using US 1 in 2004, it's doable in that section but there are better routes. South of Camden SC, the traffic increases greatly all the way through Columbia then to Lexington SC. Would not recommend that section under any circumstance (take SC 12 into Columbia). The section from Lexington SC to Aiken is doable but like I said, no shoulders. US 1 south of Aiken, turns into 4 lane so I would recommend the old US 1 (SC 421) to just outside of Augusta.

In Georgia, it's not a bad route for a cyclist for it's entire length through that state but those darn rumble strips Georgia put in really has hampered cycling.

US 1 between Petersburg VA and Wake Forest NC is lightly used.

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@fietsbob I hitchhiked up there in 1998! Phish concert... Ha.

Agree with other posters -- route 1 is a necessary link between other routes when cycling or when utility cycling as I do to go shopping.

A route 1 Tour would be an interesting Everest because it's there feat of toughness and grit. But not anything like a traditional bike tour.


Why not do the greenway?
I was planning on the Greenway, gone over the routing,talked to people who have done parts of it. But I honestly just kept wondering why I have never heard of anyone doing 1. Your correct it's not the traditional bike tour. That and things like your Everest comment are what make it more interesting. Sometimes traditional can be just boring..Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Randy19064
I was planning on the Greenway, gone over the routing,talked to people who have done parts of it. But I honestly just kept wondering why I have never heard of anyone doing 1. Your correct it's not the traditional bike tour. That and things like your Everest comment are what make it more interesting. Sometimes traditional can be just boring..Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.
I have cycled some seriously heavily travelled commercial sections of Connecticut's Route 1 -- with a trailer, even! Some sections are limited access freeways, though, right? Like the "new" section of Route 1 through Delaware (My home state) down to the beaches. It may not be legal to ride on some sections, in other words.

It would be a fascinating photojournalistic experience to do the route by bike with a good camera. You could blog about the history, present, and future of the good old East Coast with a digital SLR and some wifi hotspots.....
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I can't think of a much worse road to tour on aside from rt one, and this is coming from someone who basically toured Lancaster Pike, rt 30 across all of Pennsylvania.

If I were in your place, I'd look at the east coast greenway maps and make up a route.

Better yet, just wing it. What the worst that can happen? I've done just that from just west of Philly to Richmond Virginia and also over to eastern North Carolina and it was fine.

Try to ride rt9 in Delaware.

Try to avoid the Bay Bridge or plan to have someone drive you over it. It'd probably be better to ride down the eastern short or Maryland and get a ride over the rt50 bridge to Annapolis then head south. But again, the Eastern Greenway Maps have better alternatives.

I've always utilized ferry's when gettting around/through the Chesapeake. I'd recommend making Tangier Island part of your trip if you do that.

Anyhow, good luck and have fun!
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