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General Discussion / Re: What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: December 01, 2020, 09:43:04 am »
"I’m never in a hurry, never trying to get somewhere"

This is interesting and I'm enviousof you for it. My biggest problem is that even on tour I always feel like I have to get to the next place and I often don't even know where it's at. I don't know why I feel I have to contnulally push on even when I have all the time in the world with no deadlines but it just seems to be part of my psyche.  Left over habits from my days of employment and the stress of deadlines and getting things done, I suppose. I'm working on slowing down and smelling the roses, so to speak, but still struggle with the idea that I have to be in constant motion.  Any suggestions?

Not sure what specifically to suggest. And I should be clear, I am not a super experienced bike tourer. But I do have a very high stress, high speed, high impact career that bike touring is supposed to help counteract for me. One thing that has helped us touring with the kids (6 to 14 years old across our experience).  My natural tendency is to do a Bataan style forced march to get as many miles as possible. But with the kids that don’t enjoy that. So we go slower, stop more often and just don’t worry about the distances or speed or things like that. I don’t have a bike computer, I don’t track speed or whatever.  Maybe it helps to try to focus on the journey and the experience and the relaxation and embrace it rather than thinking of it as a goal to be accomplished. It may help (maybe not) to not journal the trip, don’t post daily updates to Facebook or wherever. Internalize the trip and time and experiences. Just some thoughts, no idea of this will help or not.

Twitch, I eat ice cream while on tour.  Do you remember the name of the ice cream place?  Thanks, John
John - Evergreen Dairy Bar, Chairville NJ.  Was a warmer day and the waffle cone was huge, full and delicious. Gets 5 stars from me and family.

I rode from Point Pleasant Beach to Philly but stayed at the wife’s sisters place in the middle so no real help on camping.

I will say if you’re ever near Chairville NJ there’s an ice cream place there that is out of this world good.  Seriously.

I recently rode the Terre Haute to St Louis portion of the Eastern Express and it was fine. In some spots there is a little less shoulder than ideal but even for a novice traveling with kids like myself I found it reasonable. I haven’t hit the OH and IN portions yet.

General Discussion / Re: What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: November 18, 2020, 10:02:07 am »
I like the deliberately slow pace. In career, in life in generally, everything seems to be a race to an end. When I’m riding I’m never in a hurry, never trying to get somewhere, just enjoying the scenery.

General Discussion / Paw Paw WV to Senecaville OH via GAP
« on: June 02, 2020, 10:43:31 am »
Planning to knock out another 4-5 days next week on our cross country journey.  Wondering if any has current status or conditions of the route from Paw Paw WV up to Pittsburgh and then west through Wheeling WV?  Stores open?  Campgrounds?  Restaurants?  How’s the trail? 

Thanks for any information you have.

Routes / Re: Missouri touring in May?
« on: February 19, 2020, 04:06:39 pm »
I live in the St Louis area and have ridden the Katy Trail in May. I thought it was a great time. Weather is good, not too hot.  I haven’t done any other stretches in Missouri other than continuing off the Katy heading east into Illinois which is also a nice trip.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: New phone - lost purchased sections
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:47:59 pm »
I may be the dumbest person on here...  though just found a ‘restore purchases’ button. Life is good again.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / New phone - lost purchased sections
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:46:28 pm »
I’m not tech savvy. I have a new phone now and my sections purchased don’t show up in the app. Any advice? 


I’m way late to the party but I used to drive across the Brookport bridge all the time. It’s a grated steel deck, single lane each way and no shoulder. No way at all i’d Ride a bike across it.

General Discussion / NYC to CHI vs. Eastern Express
« on: October 15, 2019, 01:57:42 pm »
Hello all,
I’m multi-stage tripping across the US. Starting on the Jersey shore, ending in Washington state.  We started following the NYC to CHI route via the philly alternative.  Eventually we’ll join up with the TAT then head West out of Missoula. Right now I’m contemplating the route from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis. Looks like the NYC to CHI and the Eastern Express cover slightly different but largely similar routes. Does anyone have first hand experience on either route or can offer a comparison analsysis of the two routes?  I’m riding with 2 12-14 year old boys. We’re in no hurry and like to see what there is to see.


General Discussion / Re: Riding w/ kids
« on: August 23, 2019, 03:02:51 pm »
We ended up staying on the ACA CHI-NYC route. The wife drove ahead a day or something and it looked flatter and ended up working well. We averaged ~48-55 miles a day which is less than I expected but exactly how long the kids could stay focused mentally. We also took 2 additional days off the bike at resort/campground dL and the kids had a blast. Basically we made it from Pt Pleasant Beach NJ to Paw Paw WV.

General Discussion / Re: Riding w/ kids
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:38:31 pm »
Neil - you mention traffic riding vs rails to trails with kids - I have to say my kids enjoyed riding through cities more than the country side and it wasn’t even close.

General Discussion / Re: Riding w/ kids
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:20:27 pm »
Neil - appreciate the feedback and advice. We’re off in 10 days or so, so we’re getting excited. Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Riding w/ kids
« on: May 08, 2019, 05:09:20 pm »
You are going to need appropriate bikes and tires for the portion of the route that is on the GAP and, more importantly, the C&O, which can be quite muddy after periods of sustained rain.

Traffic on PA 234 heading into York, PA can be quite heavy during rush hour. PA 462 into Lancaster, PA was also pretty busy on a Friday late morning. It's difficult to ascertain from the interactive map the exact route east of Lancaster, but it looks like it uses PA 23 east of New Holland, PA until PA 100. If so, I wouldn't go that way. I cringe when I see Amish kids riding it.  The section through Elverson has no shoulder and can be quite busy thanks to the nearby shopping center that includes a Walmart. There is also need to stay on PA 23 unti

There is a much nicer alternative that parallels PA 23 until a more bike-friendly stretch that includes a covered bridge. It also takes you through French Creek State Park, which has a large campground with some electric sites. (Reservations for a weekend night might be a good idea. The place can fill up on weekend.) Likely more climbing, but infinitely better riding.  I can map it for you if you'd like.
That’s extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. Any addition route into or guidance would be great. I’ll take the information you’ve already provided and adjust accordingly.

Thanks again.

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