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TRobertson:
I'd like to welcome you to the Underground Railroad Bicycle
Route forum. On this forum we are going to be hosting the
updates in the development process of the Underground
Railroad Bicycle Route. I'll also be keeping an eye on the
posts to answer any questions that people may have.

Tom Robertson
routes and mapping


 

kansas:
I've never heard of it. Can you fill us in?

Jane

Fred Hiltz:
What's the approximate route? If it goes through the Champlain Valley in VT, the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburg is a topical point of interest.

Fred

matthew:
When do you expect it to be available?  This is such a phenomenal idea!!!  

How far into the Deep South are you going to begin?  

TRobertson:
First off, if you haven't seen it...here is a link to a description
about the project that is on our website:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/
undergroundrailroad.cfm

We are still in discussions about where the route will go. We
have a conference call again this afternoon with the Center
for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and we'll
talk a bit more about where we think that it should go.

One idea that is gaining some ground is to follow the route of
the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd". Here is a link to the
description if you aren't familiar with it:
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/special/mlk/gourd2.html

We have talked about starting the route in Mobile, AL and
then following the route of the song up to the Ohio River.
From the river, there are many options....and it's possible that
we might have two, or even three different routes.

Since this is a new experience for us in collaberating with so
many other groups, it will take a little time to get the project
going. We anticipate identifying the first part of the route this
fall and trying to do some research. We hope to have the
whole route mapped and ready for riding at the beginning of
the 2007 riding year.

Tom Robertson
routes and mapping


 

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