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Bike Touring Thread?

Bike Touring Thread?

I am finding that I have more interest in traveling  on my bike with my gear to go somewhere new.  Does anyone else share that interest?  Perhaps we can start a forum to suggest and share bike touring trips.   

Here is a challenge, for all of you folks that read this.  Post a tour  or propose a ride that is an S24O..... Sub 24 hour overnight trip.    “You leave on your bike in the late afternoon or evening, ride to your campsite in a few hours, camp, sleep, and ride home the next morning. It’s that simple, and that’s the beauty of it. You can fit it in. It requires almost no planning or time commitment... .” – Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works

Here in the Megalopolis, we may need to drive to the start.  If you are reading this, I challenge you to add a thread and share!

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Lydia, I love bike touring/camping, and would be delighted to join in on an S24O or longer.  I have camped recently at Elk Neck State Park (MD) and in DE, Lums Pond and Killens Pond; all terrific. Lots of resources out there online, too, for destinations not very far from Bmore-Wash area. Please contact me via email (jstof408 at gmail dot com) to chat about potential rides. Judy Stoffer

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I'm also interested in touring though more inclined to so- called credit card touring than camping.  I have done a couple of overnights on the great allegheny passage and loved it.   You can reach me at susanglenn@glennwrite.com if you like to exchange touring ideas or get together for some rides.

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Here is a suggestion,
Start in Hagerstown (yes... in town, more interesting) at about 4:30 Friday.  Bike to McCoy's Ferry or Ft Frederick (16 or 23 miles) on the C&O, camp,  then next morning another 14 miles to Hancock for Breakfast, return on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. 30 ish miles back to Hagerstown.  That way we could be home on Saturday night, and have Sunday free.   It is flat, and a really easy start.  Thinking that this will be a self supported so we pack tents, stoves and food. 

If I can get two other folks to come along.. I will schedule it on the BBC site.  I am good for most weekends in September except 20-21.  Let's aim for the Friday Sept 13- Sat14  or Oct 4 and 5??  That way we don't overlap with CWC or Lancaster.

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Two websites you all may be interested in:  www.bikeovernights.org and www.crazyguyonabike.com.  The latter is a long-running collection of bike touring blogs that is very helpful, entertaining, and addictive!  Once you start, you just can't stop reading about these self-supported tours all over the world!

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Lydia Cunningham wrote:

If I can get two other folks to come along.. I will schedule it on the BBC site.  I am good for most weekends in September except 20-21.  Let's aim for the Friday Sept 13- Sat14  or Oct 4 and 5??  That way we don't overlap with CWC or Lancaster.

I've done two 2-night self-supported "bike camping" trips (to Codorus State Park in PA from Hampden, and to Janes Island State Park in MD from Trap Pond State Park in DE.)  My very first self-supported outing (to Gifford Pinchot State Park in PA from mile marker 2 on the NCR Trail) was sort of a S24O (I left in the morning, not the afternoon) -- but an inadvertent one, due to severe thunderstorms on my planned departure date.  I've been thinking I'd like to load up the bike and head out again.  current/smile

I likely can do September 13-14; I definitely can do October 4-5.

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Loaded Tour   Scott Durloo and I will be leaving from Williamsport Friday October 11 at around 4:30 pm , getting on the C&O for 10 miles, then camping at McCoy's Ferry.  In the  morning we'll go  15 miles up to Hancock for breakfast then return to down to Williamsport on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. 30 ish miles  in the afternoon.  We'll be at home on Saturday night!  Sub24 hours and a bunch of fun.   Just keep in mind Saturday will  be a total of about 45 miles. 

We may have an extra set of panniers, you will need your own rack, camping gear , food  and a bike that can go on gravel..  We will bring coffee for the morning

I you have wanted to try bike touring, this is a good way to start.  Please email  me by Wednesday if you plan to join us. lydia.c.cunningham@gmail.com 
Lydia.

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An overnight, fully-loaded touring ride on the weekend of June 14-15 in West Virginia. It is a loop ride that starts and ends at the town of Glady, passes by the Sinks of Gandy, Spruce Knob Lake, the towns of Bartow and Durbin and returns to Glady via the West Fork Trail of the Greenbrier River. Total distance is 63 miles but only about 15 miles are on paved road, the rest is either gravel forest service road or hard packed rail trail. We will camp either at Island FS campground near Bartow, a private campground in Durbin, or primitive camp somewhere of our choosing on National Forest Property. The daily mileage is split fairly evenly but the first day is the challenging one with numerous, sometimes long, hills on gravel. The return day is easy, there is a long climb on the rail trail but it’s so gently it seems flat.

We will ride our touring bikes but mountain bikes work fine with racks .  This is an invite to join us but would like to keep the group smallish, thinking no more than about ten, and everyone needs to be fully aware this not a beginners ride, camping and biking experienced please. 

We are looking for an early start on Saturday so will drive up Friday night after work and stay at the dispersed camping area near Spruce Knob, not far from Glady.          Lydia

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How was the bike tour?  I did a similar version a few years back but included Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods.  The West Fork Trail was only a grass field but ride-able, the hills nearby atrocious(especially the ones on dirt/gravel) but I had a lot of fun.  Some of the best camping can be had in this area with views unparalleled.

Please post a trip report as it might inspire a few others to tour.

I would also love to see this topic have it's own forum.

Do post again if you plan another tour. I would love to join you.  I am experienced in unsupported solo touring. 

Thanks, Charlie

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We did have a great trip, stayed in Durbin overnight and enjoyed poking around in the railroad yard.  We definitely got a few grass seeds caught in the spokes on the rail trail.   As you know the views are great, the scenery constantly changing.   About 3000 elevation on dirt roads was made a lot easier with cool temps.   We will post a trip report with pi ts.....once we get back from touring in Washington.

If you have trips let us know too (please ).

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