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General Discussion / beaten paths?...
« on: April 03, 2004, 05:46:02 pm »
I'm gearing up for my first major tour later this month.  First off I'd like to quickly express how excited I am to find so much information out here as well as such a great community of cyclists willing to share their experiences.  While ebay and mp3's are great and all I have to believe communities like this are the greatest benefit of the internet.

Anyways, I'm planning on taking a bus out to Carlsbad, NM and riding back to my home in Long Creek, SC.  I planned my trip based on campgrounds, secondary roads, and most of all places I wanted to see and experience such as Austin, New Orleans, and as much of the Gulf Coast as possible.

Since my initial planning I have discovered this online community and planned routes such as the "Southern Tier".  Which almost strategically misses every place I would like to see.

So the question I'd like to throw out there is this, how does everyone feel about the 'Southern Tier' as well as other routes compared to simply finding your own way?  I'd like to know if the roads and conditions are better on these routes for cyclists, are the towns they pass through more bicycle friendly, is more than an average amount of campgrounds and facilities on these routes then other possible routes?  Basically what makes these 'beaten paths' better, if they are?

Any thoughts about these random meanderings would be greatly appreciated, and thanks all for your time! Text


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