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Routes / What's a good first tour?
« on: July 12, 2021, 11:25:43 pm »
I have my new Trek 520 and now trying to decide where to go for my first tour. I don't have any time constraints and just want to ride until I decide to stop, if that's even a thing.

I'm in MD so plan to start from there. I have been doing a lot of the C&O and GAP, including some overnights, for preparation. I thought about the Eastern Express Route but read that it should be started by early June. Am i too late?

I'm looking for suggestions please.


General Discussion / How difficult is Skyline Drive?
« on: June 17, 2021, 11:31:18 pm »
Is Skyline Drive a good option for a novice? How many miles per day would be realistic? Or is it dependent more on lodging? Has anyone done some or all of it and have any recommendations? Wow - I just realized I asked a lot of questions, didn't I?

General Discussion / Backpacking vs Bike Touring
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:31:27 am »

Hi everyone,

I'm transitioning from backpacking to bike touring and I'm already having space issues. I started with my camping gear and I seem to have had more room in my 60L backpack than I do in my panniers and I don't know if this is normal. Are there better options other than what I use for backpacking? 

Big Agnes Tiger Wall Ultra Light Bikepack 2 Person tent
EE Convert sleeping bag
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad
Trekology Ultralight Inflatable Camping Travel Pillow

The sleeping bag and pad especially seem to take a lot of room.

Novice bike tourer
Sending positive vibes to 'A'

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