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Old 07-28-15, 08:27 PM
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Sorry a little late, we started Sunday on a 6 day short tour...if you care to follow you can find it here~

Personal Trip Journal - To Whistling Straits And Back

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Just finished my summer short tour from Tacoma, WA down to the Columbia River Gorge. Roughly 210 miles over four days of riding with some gorgeous and quiet back roads (all paved tour). FS 25 down between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams was a highlight. Brought along two newbies with me and I am hoping they are hooked!
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Fiiiinally managed to get my first short tour in. Only 35mi each way for an overnight, but I had a blast and it was a perfect way to start testing my gear. Now to start getting rid of things I don't need... Played with making a timelapse of the trip out there too.

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Did a 2 day out and back on the GAP from Cumberland to Rockwood. Short write-up and pics on my blog.
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Old 08-06-15, 05:17 AM
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I just saw this thread for the first time. I've made three tours of a week or less:

The GAP/CO trail in April,

Zion, Il. around the lake through Chi town to Kalamazoo in June,

and across Illinois and back enroute to my 45 year class reunion in July.

This month I plan to ride a section of US BR 35 along the Michigan coast for a week.



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In February we did a 3 day, 2 night loop in California's Eastern Sierra region and camped at a hot spring each night. The weather was unnaturally warm and the trip was fantastic!

We parked the car near Mono Lake and rode 35 miles south to Mammoth Hot springs, soaked and slept. The next day we woke up and rode another 35 miles to Benton Hot Springs, soaked and slept. The third day we cruised one more 35 mile day back to Mono Lake.

The cherry on top was that we were able to stop at Buckeye Hot Springs near Bridgeport on the drive out and on the drive back, so we ended up camping at hot springs 4 nights in a row. Winning!

My girlfriend did a blog about it if anyone is interested: Bike. Soak. Camp. Rinse. Repeat.
Sorry for the shameless plug, but it is pretty relevant and has a ton of information for someone looking to do this amazing route.

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Originally Posted by tdreyer1 View Post
Fiiiinally managed to get my first short tour in. Only 35mi each way for an overnight, but I had a blast and it was a perfect way to start testing my gear. Now to start getting rid of things I don't need... Played with making a timelapse of the trip out there too.

Looks like the Isle of Man moto TT's. Helmet cams a nice way to record tours; I've heard they're going to get even lighter--perhaps not long before most serious bikers use 'em for accident evidence, at the least.
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Old 08-16-15, 05:08 PM
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Just finished a short 60mi one with the family.
We did an out and back ride consisting mostly of the T-bone trail which is an Iowa trail we hadn't been on before.
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A couple of hot days plus riding into a 15mph wind one of the days was rough, but we got to see a new part of the state and it was a great time.


Just before starting out. A single Barley packed full, plus 1 rear pannier, plus a few odds and ends in the WeeHoo bags.


At Albert the Bull campground. Small town campground that had a pool 50yards from the site. Odd 40ft statue of a bull at the playground.

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Old 08-24-15, 12:11 PM
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Greenbrier River Trail, WV

I got away for a 3-day tour recently with a friend along the Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia. It's an unpaved rail-to-trail that runs about 80 miles from Caldwell to Cass, WV, along the river. We stayed in Marlinton, WV, about two-thirds of the way up the trail, and rode the entire trail in out-and-back segments over the 3 days.

The Greenbrier is a great option if you like touring away from vehicles in scenic areas, and it comprises a portion of Adventure Cycling Assoc.'s Alleghany Mountains loop. The trail surface was almost entirely crushed gravel and very well maintained. You are riding in sight of the river much of the time and pass through two short tunnels that get totally dark as they curve. A tourist railroad line still operates out of Cass at the north end. There are numerous campsites and picnic areas along the trail, but few towns directly on the trail where you can get food or lodging -- namely Cass at mile point 80, Marlinton at MP 56, and Caldwell at MP 3.

We both rode touring bikes with Clement LAS 33 cross tires, fenders and rack bags. The tires were perfect for the trail conditions, as the gravel was rather loose in spots, and the fenders were nice when we got caught in a heavy downpour that fortunately lasted only about 15 minutes. We carried lunches with us on two days because there were no places to eat along those segments of the trail.

I highly recommend the Greenbrier trail for anyone looking for a short tour in the Eastern US.

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Old 09-16-15, 06:40 PM
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We're on a short hub-and-spoke tour now. Drive to a location, park the van at the "hub", cycle and walk from the "hub" ...


Yesterday we covered 50.73 km cycling in northern Tasmania ... where the roads are beautiful, wonderful, and gloriously relatively flat. Flat compared with the Hobart area.

We loaded up our folders ... me with pannier and handlebar bag, and Rowan with panniers, trunk bag, and trailer filled with folding chairs, table, cooler, etc ... and cycled to Evandale for the annual Evandale Village Fair and Penny Farthing National Championship.
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Old 11-18-15, 03:36 AM
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It's springtime down here ... any southern hemisphere folks planning short tours?
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Old 11-18-15, 08:01 AM
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This is the 9th time that you've bumped this thread which you created. You often do this with other threads which you created. If someone else were doing this, you'd be the first to complain.
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Friday afternoon: DC Area (from my front door) to Harpers Ferry via W&OD trail, Whites Ferry, and the C&O. Camped at a Hiker-Biker site; 60 miles
Saturday: Paralleled the Shenandoah river to Front Royal, then up onto skyline dirve, camped in the woods off the Compton gap trail; gorgeous scenery the whole day, 60 miles
Sunday: Compton Gap trail into Chester Gap, Hume road and Zulla - two of the nicest cycling roads I've ever been on, pit stop at Lost Rhino Brewing, join the W&OD at Smith Switch Station, second brewery stop at Caboose in Vienna; which is only two miles from home; 65 miles.

Would love to hear of other's short tours from the DC area
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Old 11-18-15, 11:34 AM
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An August Sub-24 Overnighter.

About 35 miles of nice dirt roads to a rustic camp ground, a short ride to a local restaurant for dinner. A nice ride home the second day.

Too short for a short tour?
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An August Sub-24 Overnighter.

About 35 miles of nice dirt roads to a rustic camp ground, a short ride to a local restaurant for dinner. A nice ride home the second day.

Too short for a short tour?
No way is that too short! S24O is what I live on right now. Looks like a great road to take an overnight on.
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There is a reason I find Machka's frequent thread bumping, including bumps poorly disguised as replies, to be bad netiquette. If everyone who started a thread on this forum bumped their thread after a few weeks, months, or even years had elapsed since the last time anyone else had posted something (the way Machka routinely bumps and links to her own threads), this forum would become an unreadable wasteland. Nobody else is constantly bumping, the way she does.
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Originally Posted by TheReal Houdini View Post

Would love to hear of other's short tours from the DC area
My daughter and I went on a 150 mile ride on the C&O just last month. We started at Carderock (she lives in N. Bethesda), and rode to the far side of the Paw Paw Tunnel where we got a ride back to Bethesda. The first night, we camped at the Harper's Ferry hostel. Great meal and breakfast there, plus we met an AT through hiker on his last 5 miles of the trail (a flip flopper). The next day we did a nice detour through Antietam. Very moving. We camped at one of the many free h/b campgrounds, Jordan Junction, I believe. My journal is at crazyguyonabike.com/canal2015.
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An August Sub-24 Overnighter.

About 35 miles of nice dirt roads to a rustic camp ground, a short ride to a local restaurant for dinner. A nice ride home the second day.

Too short for a short tour?
Sounds great!

We're considering something similar soon.
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Originally Posted by axolotl View Post
There is a reason I find Machka's frequent thread bumping, including bumps poorly disguised as replies, to be bad netiquette. If everyone who started a thread on this forum bumped their thread after a few weeks, months, or even years had elapsed since the last time anyone else had posted something (the way Machka routinely bumps and links to her own threads), this forum would become an unreadable wasteland. Nobody else is constantly bumping, the way she does.
Anger issues? Is this really the crime of the century? Just relax and go for a ride.
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Sounds great!

We're considering something similar soon.
- i really like the super-shorties .... umm ... single overnight tours! Requires little planning, not much in resources, and keeps family stress pretty low. Where I live (S.E. Michigan), there's a nice network of dirt roads and pretty OK campsites. I got motivated by the Rivendell folks - s24o a good resource.
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- i really like the super-shorties .... umm ... single overnight tours! Requires little planning, not much in resources, and keeps family stress pretty low. Where I live (S.E. Michigan), there's a nice network of dirt roads and pretty OK campsites. I got motivated by the Rivendell folks - s24o a good resource.
I've mentioned it elsewhere, but one of our favourite tours was one where we left town about 5 pm after I finished work, cycled out to a campground about 40 km away arriving there after dark, and then returned the next day after a leisurely morning at the campground.

Packed into that brief period of time were coyotes howling, the Northern Lights, beautifully starry sky, and gorgeous autumn colours.
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Originally Posted by TheReal Houdini View Post
Friday afternoon: DC Area (from my front door) to Harpers Ferry via W&OD trail, Whites Ferry, and the C&O. Camped at a Hiker-Biker site; 60 miles
Saturday: Paralleled the Shenandoah river to Front Royal, then up onto skyline dirve, camped in the woods off the Compton gap trail; gorgeous scenery the whole day, 60 miles
Sunday: Compton Gap trail into Chester Gap, Hume road and Zulla - two of the nicest cycling roads I've ever been on, pit stop at Lost Rhino Brewing, join the W&OD at Smith Switch Station, second brewery stop at Caboose in Vienna; which is only two miles from home; 65 miles.

Would love to hear of other's short tours from the DC area
Have you got some good autumn colours out your way these days? I do like touring in the autumn, there's something about the bright colours and autumn-y smells.
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Anger issues? Is this really the crime of the century? Just relax and go for a ride.
The crime of the century? Of course not. But IMO it is certainly bad netiquette on her part, and she's been bumping her often very old threads for years. If it bothers you that someone called her on it, perhaps you should just relax and go for a ride. As I said, if everyone who started a thread did the same thing, this forum would turn into verbal mush.
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It's springtime down here ... any southern hemisphere folks planning short tours?
We're mapping out some possibilities here.



If you're going into winter, your short winter tour plans and stories are welcome here too.
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Have you got some good autumn colours out your way these days? I do like touring in the autumn, there's something about the bright colours and autumn-y smells.
It’s a little late for autumn colors here but there were other benefits. There’s a whole lot more to see on that route when the leaves are off the trees – even though I’ve ridden most of this route many times it felt new and different. Friday night was gusty and the wind in the bare trees and dry leaves was musical. Saturday was the quietest night I’ve spent in the woods since winter camping in Minnesota as a kid. It was very pleasant.
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