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Old 05-21-20, 07:44 AM
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Route Suggestions for Bar Harbor to Key West

Iím thinking of doing a ďsupportedĒ tour from Bar Harbor to Key West. My wife loves to travel via our van and would be sagging for me. We have experience with the most extensive being a solo cross country ride in 2016. I followed Rt 20 from OR to Boston and averaged about 85 miles per day. We will probably do hotels although camping could be an option as needed.

Iíve glanced at the Adventure Cycling route and wonder what others thoughts are on using their route. For anyone whose ridden that or a similar route what suggestions do you have.

I did notice their route uses A1A through Florida, but suggests using sidewalks in heavily traveled sections. Iíve ridden some of the bike paths in FL but those were mostly on the gulf coast and in the ďupstateĒ.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Iíve ridden the portion between N. Canaan, CT, and Philadelphia twice in the last several years, including in 2018. Iíve got a few quibbles with it, including the use of the Walkill Trail south from New Paltz, NY (not suited for skinny tires), but overall, think itís pretty good. They really nailed the portion in NJ. The Harlem Valley Trail south from Millerton, NY, is also quite nice. From there you can save some miles if you donít mind some fairly benign dirt/gravel.
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I went to a 'talk' from a recent successful attempt to break Guiness Book of Records for easternmost to southernmost point of the US. There were some sketchy sections in Philadelphia as I recall. Overall, that route concerns me as it traverses densely populated sections of the country and it is not always easy to find decent roads away from traffic
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I went to a 'talk' from a recent successful attempt to break Guiness Book of Records for easternmost to southernmost point of the US. There were some sketchy sections in Philadelphia as I recall. Overall, that route concerns me as it traverses densely populated sections of the country and it is not always easy to find decent roads away from traffic
I agree, that whole East Coast thing is sketchy. 🤔 I think my biggest concern would be Alligator Alley, if you get that far into Florida. Be careful, camping. 😁😉
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one cool thing I heard this year (although it is logical and i'm kicking myself for not thinking the same way already) is that camping in florida during winter months is easier on the nerves when it comes to reptiles. Reptiles are warm blooded creatures. During winter months they tend to be dormant

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I agree, that whole East Coast thing is sketchy. 🤔 I think my biggest concern would be Alligator Alley, if you get that far into Florida. Be careful, camping. 😁😉
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Check this out

:https://www.easterntrail.org/
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
one cool thing I heard this year (although it is logical and i'm kicking myself for not thinking the same way already) is that camping in florida during winter months is easier on the nerves when it comes to reptiles. Reptiles are warm blooded creatures. During winter months they tend to be dormant
My Florida tour was in Feb 2017. The cold blooded animals were plenty active.

Took this photo from a bridge on Highway 41 in Big Cyprus.
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
I went to a 'talk' from a recent successful attempt to break Guiness Book of Records for easternmost to southernmost point of the US. There were some sketchy sections in Philadelphia as I recall. Overall, that route concerns me as it traverses densely populated sections of the country and it is not always easy to find decent roads away from traffic
The ACA route doesnít go through Philly unless you take the dead end spur into the city. At Conshocken it heads west on a trail to Valley Forge and eventually into Amish/Mennonite country. I only went into the city because I live there, very close the spurís end, which spur is mostly on trails.

Heading south in 2018 I encountered a sketchy bear cub at my NJ campground. Walked across my path as I was returning to my site after a shower. No mom to be seen. Made me a bit nervous.

Maybe your talking about the ECG, which is terrible in PA.

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Look at the East Coast Greenway. https://www.greenway.org/
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Years ago one of our customers rode the length of U.S. 1 from Fort Kent ME to Key West FL with his wife driving sag. It was a fundraising ride. Options have improved since then, such as Adventure Cycling's east coast mapped ride.

Alligator Alley runs east<>west in Florida so you probably won't be on it.
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