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Old 04-17-10, 04:14 PM
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Any good short touring from DC or nearby?

I'm now living in DC and will be staying here for the next few years. While I do not have a decent enough bike for touring yet, I do want to do my research soon so I can get the right components for my bike and possible touring companions. I've moved here from Colorado Springs so I'm still not familiar with the touring potential within the few hundreds miles from DC.

I'm looking for a tour that would last a week or two. I would love to do a cross america trip like I've wanted in the past but now I have a beauty in my arm that I want to stay with, I'll have to contend myself with these trips when I am prepared. Hopefully someday I can introduce her to cycling in general and possibly touring. For medical reason, she need to be in better shape before attempting that anyway.

I do have a particular direction I would like to try to figure our and it's either near the coast southward toward Newport News (Family lives there) or along the north western border of VA (used to go to VA school for the deaf and the blind in Staunton, VA and loved the locations)

Hopefully someone here could point me to the right direction for info on these thing thanks.
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I'm now living in DC and will be staying here for the next few years. While I do not have a decent enough bike for touring yet, I do want to do my research soon so I can get the right components for my bike and possible touring companions. I've moved here from Colorado Springs so I'm still not familiar with the touring potential within the few hundreds miles from DC.

I'm looking for a tour that would last a week or two. I would love to do a cross america trip like I've wanted in the past but now I have a beauty in my arm that I want to stay with, I'll have to contend myself with these trips when I am prepared. Hopefully someday I can introduce her to cycling in general and possibly touring. For medical reason, she need to be in better shape before attempting that anyway.

I do have a particular direction I would like to try to figure our and it's either near the coast southward toward Newport News (Family lives there) or along the north western border of VA (used to go to VA school for the deaf and the blind in Staunton, VA and loved the locations)

Hopefully someone here could point me to the right direction for info on these thing thanks.
Why not a tour up the C&O canal trail? I think that is a really good for a newbie. No cars and you won't get lost.


If you are interested, I and another Bike Forum member are riding the Great Allegheny Passage from the Pittsburgh end this June. The GAP is nicer than the C&O IMHO but C&O has it's good points too.
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Old 04-17-10, 04:37 PM
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You could make a loop from your house to the beach and back
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+1 for the C&O
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there's GREAT bicycling and bicycle touring in the d.c. area. look at the website of the washington area bicyclists association, http://waba.org.

also, you might find some ideas on http://bicycletouringoncarfreepaths.org/

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Skyline drive
blue ridge parkway
CO/GAP

Delmarva is OK too.
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C & O Towpath, W & O D trail in VA, Delmarva, to Baltimore and north to the NCR trail in PA.
 
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You might look into this club:

http://www.bikepptc.org/
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
W & O D trail in VA
that's about 45 miles... I mean, A (boring) nice ride, but not a tour.
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that's about 45 miles... I mean, A (boring) nice ride, but not a tour.
Hmm, tell that to "neilfein", since he and his wife just completed a three day tour using the W & O D and C & O canal towpath. They appear to be enjoying themselves from the photos.
 
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awesome info here! I'm especially interested in the C&O canal route now :-) i see that it's a dirt path. is it something that I can take a road bike on? (though there's a good chance of my upgrading the ties once I get that bike anyway so any particular tip about that?)
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Second (or third?) the C&O and GAP trails. Also consider the ACA East Coast Route, it runs through DC and up and down the East Coast.
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Originally Posted by Curiouswill View Post
awesome info here! I'm especially interested in the C&O canal route now :-) i see that it's a dirt path. is it something that I can take a road bike on? (though there's a good chance of my upgrading the ties once I get that bike anyway so any particular tip about that?)

You should have no problem on the C&O, with your road bike, from DC to Great Falls area. Past that you will need a much wider tire 32+. I would doubt you would be able to get a tire that wide on a road bike. You might want to invest in a hybrid, cyclocross or touring bike.
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I have a couple of tours on my site (with cue sheets and maps included) that fit the description. The Maryland Eastern shore has many roads with wide safe shoulders, tabletop flat, that even your girlfriend would like. I especially like the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge . I haven't ridden the Virginia tour, but have driven in the area, and there are some very attractive towns, including Colonial Williamsburg and Richmond.

Maryland Eastern Shore www.bikenewengland.com/delmarva.html

Virginia's Tidemont Region www.bikenewengland.com/virginia.html

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awesome, look like the VA tidemont region is a great way to get started on the way down there :-) I might just do that instead of taking the amtrak to visit my girlfriend down there *grin* look like I can cross a few bridges directly south of the southernmost of that tidemont routes to eventually go through gloucester down to Newport News where my father live :-)

can't quite make sense of the maps in the maryland links but I'll print those out and take a look at it :-)

those are exactly the types of stuffs I'm looking for as well as all of the previous info :-D thanks everyone!
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Go to Bike Washington and look over their cue sheets.
 
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I think bicycle route 1 runs down through the Newport News area, you can find it on ACA maps and Virginia cycling maps. Some of the roads it uses (it parallels and gos on portions of US 1) seem a bit sketchy to cycle.

I have to say that the C&O canal / W&OD provide some great areas for getting into touring. The hiker/biker camp sites on the C&O are all free and usually have a portable toilet, fire ring, and water pump so camping along the canal is very easy. DC to Harpers Ferry and back is a nice weekend tour that will take you through some beautiful parts of NoVa and Maryland.
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