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Michigan to D.C tour: any thoughts?

Old 03-25-09, 09:12 PM
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Michigan to D.C tour: any thoughts?

I have a few weeks off in the fall and thought of taking a round trip to see some family in D.C. My planning begins now, and I thought this would be a good place for any info out there.
I've toured plenty and have all the gear, but usually make up the route as I go. Since I don't have a ton of time for the trip & would love any thoughts as I begin planning.
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I connected those two dots, more or less, last summer. (I stayed the night in Ann Arbor and visited family in Frederick, MD later on).

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A few tips off the top of my head:
* Ohio, though the roads are 1000% better than those in Michigan, was not that much fun. My experience may have been the exception to the rule, but more people verbally accosted me from cars in Ohio than anywhere else I've been. Except Athens. Athens is a hippy college town and is friendly.
* In West Virginia, the North Bend Rail Trail gets ROUGH in patches the further east you get. Like, cracked rim rough. The tunnels are scary (and wet and muddy and unridable in many cases), but very rewarding.
* West Virginia is full of challenging climbs. So much harder than anything out west. Beautiful and rugged and tangled. Steep steep steep.
* The parts of the Old National Pike that parallel the interstate in western MD are good for riding, as the MD DOT will advise you. There's a signed route through there that's good.

If you end up going with a route that follows anything like what I did, let me know and I can dig up more specifics about the route I took.

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Get to Pittsburgh and take the GAP/C&O trail to DC. It's really a wonderful ride.
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