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Old 06-23-13, 04:02 PM
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Bicycle Touring On Car Free Paths

Getting to be bicycle trip season, so if you're riding any of the long distance car-free paths on

bicycletouringoncarfreepaths.org/

that is -- the great allegheny, c&o canal, p'tit train du nord, mickelson trail, greenbrier river trail, pine creek trail, and a few others,

the touring bicyclists who write the non-commercial website hope you'll email us updates -- new places to eat and stay along the paths, and places that have disappeared -- to keep the information current.

and if there's a path you like that isn't on the website, we hope you'll send us narrative and pictures too on how to plan our own trips. the trip should be longer than a long weekend. and the path must be car-free. we credit all text and photos.

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Old 06-23-13, 04:13 PM
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Thank you for sharing Jeff.
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Old 06-23-13, 06:19 PM
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The Greenbrier is great. Sadly not that long. You can do a round trip in 3-4 days easily.

I'll have to add the Hotdog Man along the Greenbrier.

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Old 06-23-13, 06:55 PM
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Nice job, you might want to consider adding the Bike4trails of Wisconsin, over 100 miles of well maintained trails with camping and b&b's available.

http://www.bike4trails.com/
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Old 06-23-13, 07:33 PM
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Cheez....I wish I had time to do at least one of these before I can no longer pedal at all.
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Old 06-23-13, 07:49 PM
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I like this one too... there's a bit of road riding (I recommend veering off and visiting some wineries rather than following Lakeshore the whole way) but it's mostly trail. Inn at Lock 7 is a good stop along the canal side, and of course Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls have their charm.

http://www.niagararegion.ca/governme...gncr-maps.aspx

About 100miles for the loop, with some side trips possible.
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Old 06-23-13, 07:51 PM
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thanks for thought on the bike4trails and other paths. if you've ridden the paths, and would have suggestions on where to stay and eat, and have some pictures, love to put them up. we can't rely on path websites for really useful information, because it's often not clear if some great place to sleep or eat is right on the path or miles away on a busy road. so we only put up path write-ups written by touring cyclists who are familiar with the path. not simply experiential trip reports; more, planning tools including places to stay and eat along the paths by riders who have actually been to these places, to help other riders. happy to put these paths up if we can get good accounts of them. jeff

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Old 06-23-13, 08:15 PM
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Of course there is Rails-to-trails conservancy http://www.railstotrails.org/index.html
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I'd like to know more about the Cowboy Trail in Nebraska. It sounds fun but I've read different things about its condition.
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Old 06-24-13, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jeff51 View Post
and if there's a path you like that isn't on the website
I don't see any of the trails in Europe and Australia listed on your site.
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Thanks for this very useful info.
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Old 06-24-13, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I don't see any of the trails in Europe and Australia listed on your site.
Maybe because it's devoted to North America?:

"North America now has about a dozen long-distance, car-free paths that take bicyclists deep into nature and back through history,...."
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Old 06-24-13, 03:36 PM
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You can link a bunch of trails in Québec to make a pretty long trip with little road riding.

http://goo.gl/maps/2UOub

There are shuttles from Montreal to Mont-Laurier and a train between Montreal and Rivière-à Pierre with Via Rail.
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The Ohio and Erie canal towpath trail is pretty cool. North end is in Cleveland (and connects to many of the metroparks) and the south end.... is.... well. It fades somewhere past Bolivar, OH. They keep improving it all the time. I really like it. Roughly 90 miles, give or take. Lots of good canal history (not as cool as the C&O, but cool non-the-less).
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Old 06-24-13, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Maybe because it's devoted to North America?:

"North America now has about a dozen long-distance, car-free paths that take bicyclists deep into nature and back through history,...."
Yeah, but why not expand it outside NA.

Within NA, I'm interested in the Quebec trails, but that's about it. However, there are lots outside NA I'm interested in.


Maybe that's Phase 2 of the website?
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Nice start on your website. You might want to add the New River Trail as well as the Virginia Creeper Trail in SW Virginia. The trails are only about 60 miles long, but extremely scenic with nice camping spots along the route. Also, Wisconsin has a huge network of Rails-to-Trails criss-crossing the state. The Sparta-Elroy trail there claims to be the first rails-to-trails in the USA.

Although most of my riding is on the road, trail riding is a great change of pace -- and the only way that many people will ride bicycles. Many people are afraid to ride bikes on the roads, so such trails are a great resource for them. However, they are enjoyable even for dedicated roadies. Most trails of this sort are relatively flat, which makes them a nice option for beginners or experienced cyclists who just want an easier ride.
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Old 06-25-13, 10:49 AM
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Also the NY Erie Canalway Path.

http://www.ptny.org/canalway/
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Old 06-25-13, 10:54 AM
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Might want to consider this project as well. Not done and ready, but stretches are emerging.
I have some pics of it in my neighborhood.

Trans-Canada Trail
http://tctrail.ca/
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Old 06-25-13, 11:23 AM
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I thought is was called the GAP or Great Allegheny Passage, not the Great Allegheny Trail.
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