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Youth Bicyle Travel / Over protective lady in Virginia
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:33:24 am »
I was doing a father's day tour with my sons and our dog. We started in DC out the W O and D to Leesburg. We were going to cross the Potomac River and then return to DC via the C and O canal. Camp along the way.

When we got to Leesburg, I confirmed with a pedestrian that we were on the right track. She assured us we were, but that the road was incredibly busy, and way too dangerous for my children.  I brushed her off as being a nonbiker and therefore a little bit nervous. We thanked her and went on our way.

About a half hour later this very same lady pulls up to us on the road with a van and her daughter in the other car.
She then proceeded to tell us exactly how dangerous it was. "No shoulders." "Fast traffic." "Crazy drivers." "People die there all the time." She tried to get us and our bikes into the van..."at least put the kids in the car" she pleaded.

By this time, my 10 year old is a nervous wreck, convinced we were going to end up a bloody heap on the side of the road. This civilian pestered us for well over an hour. We should have ridden away, but I didn't want to appear inconsiderate and ungrateful. 

The sun was setting and we lost our window to scoot down the road, cross the ferry and set up camp before sunset. So we commando camped in a regional day use park nearby. My sons were nervous that we were about to be arrested for trespassing.

We woke early and broke camp before the camp rangers showed up. We then proceeded down this "Death Highway."

Oh were we steamed....the road in question was downsloping, so you could maintain a tasty pace, there was a 6 foot shoulder, there were "watch for biker" signs, the whole journey down the Death Highway was about 4 brisk miles of beautiful riding. We turned off the highway and were greeted with cows, deer and a two lane country road that emptied at the ferry to cross the Potomac.

When we crossed we found the beautiful campground where we intended to camp. We were so disappointed that we didn't camp there.

My point? I wish I had been gracious but separated myself from the non biker advisor. My son was so flustered by the talk, I was sure he was going to have a breakdown.  I had done my research and while the road in question was heavily traveled it was still completely manageable. On that evening, I abdicated my judgement to an overbearing local and our trip paid the price.

We carried on the next day and had a great trip. I recommend the DC Leesburg Whites Ferry C and O to DC ride with kids and a dog. Great fun. Flat, easy and manageable. Good shade and solid riding. I will do it again, but certainly won't hesitate to bike those last 6 mile to the ferry.


International / Chengdu to Lhasa
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:18:34 am »
OK, I just got another bug. One of my friends here in Shanghai just suggested that I bike from Chengdu to Lhasa.
Sounds like a good idea. Will start planning. Looks like a about 2300k with a few hills, both up and down variety.

Looks like an early June trip, maybe be in Lhasa by July1 more or less.

Beginning to gather maps etc. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

I am about to check the Crazy guy on a bike website now.

International / Hanoi to Bangkok
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:54:22 pm »
I am looking to bike from Hanoi to Bangkok this December-January.
Can any recommend any helpful maps/routes for this trip?

Thank you,
Shanghai, China

Classifieds / Re: ACA Maps For Sale
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:43:13 pm »
I will take the atlantic coast maps.
Let me know what you have available.
Thank you,

Routes / Re: Start Dates?
« on: January 04, 2013, 01:59:59 pm »
Thanks for the 4 replies.
This is helpful. I was considering starting in April, so I will probably have to start from further south. Maybe Southern California.

Thanks for the suggestions. I will keep my eye on the Oregon and Washington DOT road opening announcements.


Routes / Start Dates?
« on: January 03, 2013, 04:10:33 pm »
If one were to bike from Seattle eastward, realistically, what is the earliest start date in the Spring?

I know I have seen someplace on this website about "the first transcontinental visitor" of the year at the ACA headquarters, but I can't seem to find a good barometer for the start date that would be passable considering snow closing roads.

Thank you,


Canada / Quebec Montreal Ottawa
« on: March 18, 2012, 09:34:27 pm »
Biking with my family from QC to Montreal to Ottawa.
Anything to be aware of on this route?

New England / NYC to Montreal
« on: October 05, 2011, 12:11:21 pm »
I am looking for information on a self contained trip from NYC to Montreal.
Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Thank you,

International / Biking in Greece?
« on: April 03, 2011, 09:52:18 am »
Can I get some suggestions on a moderate 7-8 day bike trip in Greece?

One summer 20 years ago, I was riding north from Carolina to Massachusetts and had 3 great days along Hatteras followed by several grim days through Virginia, when a flat, wind and rain and other annoyances was getting me down.

I was stopped at a 7-11 and a young stoner guy started talking to me about the trip, both the good and bad. He empathized, and then he said something that has stuck with me ever since.

He said, "Yeah dude, I guess if you are going to ride the bike, you gotta ride the bike."

That has been my biking mantra ever since.

International / Biking in China?
« on: December 31, 2010, 02:08:59 am »
Does anyone have any information on biking in mainland China?
I will be based in Shanghai for a while and would like to plan on some bike touring while in the PRC?

Any thoughts?

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: tour with small children
« on: May 08, 2010, 07:55:08 am »
I took this ride last year and it is a great ride to do with kids.
I suggest you take both kids in the burley.
My 4 year old really didn't want the responsibility of hanging on to handle bars, pedalling.


Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Kids on Pacific Coast Route?
« on: May 08, 2010, 07:52:34 am »
I would recommend taking the 3 yr old in a burley trailer, a child seat would be too uncomfortable for the longer days. The trailer will give them space and comfort. Take toys and a favorite blanket and let the child sleep on the road.

Gear Talk / Comparing Kona Sutra and the Surly LHT
« on: May 05, 2010, 09:08:02 pm »
I am considering buying a  Kona Sutra or a Surly Long Haul Trucker. I just saw a fruitful discussion comparing two other bikes.

Does anyone have anything to say on these two bikes?

Thank you,  Joe Earley

Routes / Biking in Greece
« on: April 27, 2010, 01:16:20 am »
I am starting to plan an 8 day bike tour in Greece.
Does anyone have any ideas about this, or experience with a self supported bike trip in Greece?

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