Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Summer Tour


Do you know of Adventure Cycling? It's a place where bicycle touring people post their rides and it's a great resource for those like myself who are researching rides, pretty much anywhere in the world. Except Canada. That's probably because of me no doubt. I don't want to seem paranoid, but the world is against me.

The original plan was to drive to Albany, NY, take the Adirondack Amtrak to Montreal and ride to Toronto. From there we would ride around lake Erie to Niagara Falls then Buffalo NY. The Erie Canal route would take us from Buffalo back to the car in Albany. The glitch is that Amtrak does not accommodate bikes from Albany to Montreal.

We looked at the C&O/AT ride from DC to Pittsburgh and also the Natchez Trace from Mississippi to Nashville. Crazy guy journals dissuaded us from both of those rides. Then along came the Adventure Cycling magazine. That's where I saw a couple of rides just around 400 miles. One in Vermont and one in Upstate NY. Both look like they are right up our alley. Also a repeat of the Erie Canal tour of 2008 is a possibility.

I just ordered one of the maps from Adventure Cycling, the Adirondack Park Loop.

Here is a link to a few journals of that route. As you can see, the ride has a few rollers and at least one mountain to climb.


As usual, the plans are constantly changing.  We have a route set in stone, then either something about it sours our desire, or a ride more interesting pops up.  In 2008, we did not decide on which area to tour till we were pretty close to leaving home.  This summer, it's the Adirondak loop. And that's final.

Unless we do the the Green Mountains Loop



8 comments:

  1. What turned you off to the C&O?

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  2. It looks absolutely stunning. You'll have some serious climbing to do ... should be fun!

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  3. Rain turns much of the C&O to muck. I heard too many stories of people abandoning the ride.

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  4. Gardeners are looking at seed catalogs, cyclists are thinking about tour options. We are leaning towards a self-supported hub and spokes ride somewhere with a nice camping spot or two in the middle. Perhaps we'll end up on one of the options you have detailed.

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