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Offline my_aco

Anyone comments on this Ramblin River multi-day trip in KY?
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:52:13 pm »
Hi,

I was hoping to find people who can comment on this Ramblin River Route (http://www.trailsrus.com/biking/ramblin.html )?  I'm considering doing this tour, self-supported, in late May-early June in hopefully 9-10 days.   It will be early in the season for me and I assumed since it's a river route, there would be no steep hills to climb!

Weather and bug-wise, is that a good time to do it?  Also,  whether the camping accommodations are plentiful and nicely spaced out over the route, whether they'll be open by May and whether the towns are easily accessible from the trail since it may be nice to pop in and visit and then return to the bike trails. Plus, if I get serious bike problems, I may have to head into town for help.

Also since it is a point-to-point route, not a loop, suggestions as to how to get myself & bike back to the start point (ie bigger town where I could catch a bus/train).

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

TIA, Mary

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Anyone comments on this Ramblin River multi-day trip in KY?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 10:05:50 am »
Maybe there's someone with more direct experience, but here's my take on it:

First, there's a lot of overlap with the TransAm.  The purple (southern) route looks like it's the TransAm Route between Harrodsburg and Marion.  It's flatter that a lot of the TransAm route, but you'll still have to climb out of creek crossings.  I'd suggest you buy the TA map #10 for the section between Berea and Murphysboro, IL for the information on camping, detailed directions, and resources (including bike shops).

The blue route (where it diverges) is probably going to be flatter, since it looks like it's just outside the Ohio flood plain.  Spring floods usually hit in April, and may run into early May.  As a result, you can expect a fair few insects.  September/October is usually drier, so if you have a choice, that'd be my recommendation.

The endpoints look like East Bugtussle and West Podunk.  If you can't arrange for a shuttle from a friend, you might think about cutting the trip short, or making out-and-back loops.  Paducah (Barkley) is probably the closest airport to the western end of the route, and it looks like Huntington, WV is reasonably close to the eastern end.  You might also want to take the spur that goes up to Covington, KY -- that's where the Cincinnati airport is.  (IMHO, we owe somebody a "thank you" for mapping out a route from near the airport down to the TransAm!)  I'm pretty sure Greyhound/Trailways goes through Paducah, but I'd guess if you bus it you'd end up going through Nashville, so give yourself a full day to return if you use the bus as a shuttle back.

Offline my_aco

Re: Anyone comments on this Ramblin River multi-day trip in KY?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 05:48:51 am »
Thanks, Pat, that's a lot of good information! I will check out Map #10 and I'll definitely consider the endpoints you suggested.

The May-June timeframe is best for me and it there are bugs, that'll make me ride faster!

Thanks again!