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Cycling Events / National Day Of Climate Action Ride (New York NY)
« on: March 16, 2007, 03:02:50 pm »
Future Sea Level Ride
New York, NY
April 14, 2007 01:00PM to 02:30PM

Event Description:
FUTURE SEA LEVEL BIKE RIDE In conjunction with Step It Up, the National Day of Action on Climate Change, Times Up environmental group is organizing a bike ride which will address climate change and global warming in our local communities and highlight meaningful responses. Non-polluting trasportation is one part of the solution. Dress like you are underwater. Bike ride ends at Battery Park to link up with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.
Location:
New York City Union Square Park South Saturday April 14th, 1PM
Directions:
Take bike or subway to Union Square Park. We will meet on the Soouthside located on 14th Street between Broadway and University Place.


John Hunka
Manhattan

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Underground Railroad / Erie-Oberlin-Cleveland Loop Tour
« on: February 23, 2007, 06:16:53 pm »
My goal is to arrive in downtown Cleveland on Memorial Day weekend, when I'm going to get together with a friend to attend the big Ribfest.  Our plan is to stay at a hotel downtown.  Basically, I'm trying to find a nice scenic route from Oberlin to downtown Cleveland without retracing my steps from Erie to Oberlin.  

John Hunka
Manhattan

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Underground Railroad / Erie-Oberlin-Cleveland Loop Tour
« on: February 21, 2007, 03:14:56 pm »
This May, I'm planning a loop tour in northeast Ohio.  Starting in Erie PA, I plan to use the UGRR route to ride to Oberlin OH.  From Oberlin, I'm going to ride northeast to Cleveland.  From Cleveland, I'll return to Erie via the Northern Tier Route.  Does anyone know a good route for the leg of my trip from Oberlin to Cleveland?

John Hunka
New York NY

This message was edited by jkhunka on 2-21-07 @ 11:16 AM

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Underground Railroad / Western Reserve Greenway
« on: January 03, 2006, 02:54:53 pm »
According to a recent article in the Youngstown Vindicator, twelve Underground Railroad historical markers are going to be installed along the Western Reserve Greenway this spring in Ashtabula, OH.  Should the Greenway be incorporated into the bicycle route?

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/305030605628353.php

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Underground Railroad / Recent Book About Underground Railroad
« on: December 28, 2005, 10:55:24 am »
Hi Chuck,

I graduated from Oberlin College way back in 1985, and I now live in Philadelphia, PA.

Yes, I think the college would be very interested in having a role in promoting awareness and use of the route.  In fact, I contacted the alumni magazine last week to tell them that many alumni would be excited about the bike route and to suggest that the magazine publish an article about the topic.

Ideally, I wold like to see the college develop a permanent exhibit about the Underground Railroad that would include a slide show or film.  (The Lorain Public Library has assembled a slide show, called the Underground Railroad: The Lorain County Connection, that is available for free loan.)

There are three places on campus that are open seven days a week that would be perfect for an exhibit.  The first location is the Seeley G. Mudd Learning Center, which is the main library for the college.  The second location is Peters Hall, which is the student union building.  The third location is the Oberlin Inn, an on-campus hotel owned and operated by the college.  (In fact, the Adventure Cycling map should list the Inn as a place for lodging in Oberlin.)

Regards,
John

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Underground Railroad / Recent Book About Underground Railroad
« on: December 12, 2005, 02:30:54 pm »
In May of 2005, a new history book was released under the title "Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America."  The author is Fergus M. Bordewich.  I highly recommend this book to anyone researching the proposed bike route.  The paperback edition of the book is scheduled to be released in January or February of 2006.

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

P.S.  As a graduate of Oberlin College, I am very excited about this project and would love to assist in bringing it to fruition.


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Underground Railroad / In the News
« on: April 12, 2007, 02:19:10 pm »
The following item appeared in the New York Times:

Headline: "Comings & Goings"
By HILARY HOWARD
Published: March 18, 2007

The lyrics of 'Follow the Drinking Gourd' supposedly guided 19th-century American slaves north toward freedom (the gourd apparently being the Big Dipper). More recently, these lyrics guided the creation of a 2,058-mile-long simulation of an Underground Railroad route for 21st-century cyclists. The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route -- a brainchild of the Adventure Cycling Association and the Center for Minority Health in Pittsburgh --runs from Mobile, Ala., to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, passing through river valleys, wildlife refuges and small towns. A guided tour of the entire route is scheduled to start April 14. The 48-day journey costs $2,649, with stays mainly in campsites, and includes maps and groceries (meals are prepared by participants, who will rotate responsibilities). On July 30, there will be a seven-day guided ride ending at the 145th Emancipation Celebration in Owen Sound, Ontario. The fee is $699 and includes luggage transport and catered meals. Cyclists who want to tour the route on their own can buy maps at www.adventurecycling.org/ugrr.


John Hunka
Manhattan

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Underground Railroad / In the News
« on: August 31, 2006, 02:43:28 pm »
USA Today
"Map Out the Underground Railroad"
August 31, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2006-08-24-underground-railroad_x.htm

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Underground Railroad / In the News
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:46:02 pm »
"Milford trail fest begins Sept. 8"
The Kentucky Post
August 7, 2006
http://news.kypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060807/NEWS02/608070358/1014

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Underground Railroad / In the News
« on: January 05, 2006, 08:02:22 pm »
Lorain's Underground Railroad Heritage to Be Marked
Thursday, January 5, 2006

By Dale W. Hlaves, Lorain Morning Journal

LORAIN -- It was a simple matter of geography.

Sylvia DuVall knew that in order for slaves to get from Oberlin to Canada in the 1800s, they would most likely have had to come to Lorain.

CLICK BELOW FOR FULL STORY
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15874633&BRD=1699&PAG=461&dept_id=46371&rfi=6

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Routes / Vermont
« on: August 31, 2006, 02:52:01 pm »
I highly recommend visiting the islands in the northern half of Lake Champlain.  The scenery is fantastic, the terrain is flat to gently rolling, motorists are generally considerate, traffic is fairly light, and the roads are in good condition.  It's one of my favorite places for cycling.

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Routes / Bike Lanes For Cape Hatteras
« on: August 15, 2006, 01:03:38 pm »
This article has some very good news for those of us who have cycled, or plan to cycle, on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina:

"Hatteras plans bike lane on its main road"
Star News Online
August 14, 2006
http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060814/NEWS/608140386/-1/State


John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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Routes / NYC to Outer Banks of NC
« on: August 15, 2006, 01:10:15 pm »
The AC route through New Jersey and Pennsylvania is far more scenic than a ride along the Jersey Shore.  In particular, you ride through the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country on the AC tour, which is absolutely beautiful rolling farmland.  In addition, the Amish lead a very interesting lifestayle, and you get to meet and observe the Amish in a non-intrusive manner on a bike ride.  In short, I think you'd be missing alot if you stuck to the coastline.

John Hunka
Philadelphia, PA

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For a ride in September, I'd suggest a ride in northern New England and/or Southern Quebec.  The fall foliage is spectacular.

John Hunka
Manhattan

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General Discussion / Cycling on the Cheap . How low can you go?
« on: March 09, 2007, 03:11:38 pm »
I own a Trek 520 that I bought around 8 years ago for $1,000.  Last summer, my wife, two friends, and I rode our bikes from Manhattan to Philadelphia using a map I bought from Adventure cycling for about ten bucks.  We took New Jersey Transit from Penn Station to Raritan, NJ.  We cycled from Raritan to New Hope, PA, where we stayed overnight at a small hotel run by a French-Algerian couple.  The following day, we rode from New Hope to Doylestown, where we hopped on the SEPTA train with our bikes to Center City Philadelphia.  We had some Chinese food for dinner, threw the bikes on the roof rack of my car, piled in, and drove back to Manhattan.  I would estimate that the entire trip, including the hotel rooms, gas, train fares, meals and tolls for four people was under $500 for the weekend.  We had a blast!

John Hunka
Manhattan

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