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Offline Symmachus

Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:49:58 pm »
I live in the DC area and wonder if it’s better to take the classic TA route from Yorktown west or ride the C&O canal and GAP trails to Pittsburgh and west to eventually link up with the TA in Missouri. Is there a bike friendly way to get there from Pittsburgh ? Thanks, bike gurus extraordinaire!


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Offline John Nettles

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 04:41:58 pm »
Google the "Eastern TransAm Express Bicycle Route".  It is a non-ACA but fairly well designed route going from DC to Walden, CO where it connects with the TA. 

Offline TCS

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 08:07:33 pm »
Sections of Adventure Cycling Association's own 'Chicago to New York' and 'Underground Railroad' cycletouring routes will take you from Pittsburg to the TA just across the river from Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/
"My name is Pither.  I am at present on a cycling tour of the North Cornwall area taking in Bude and..."

Offline aggie

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 08:34:02 pm »
Last summer/spring I started my eastbound tour on the TA in Newton, KS.  I left the TA and continued east on hwy 54 at the Lizard Lips Cafe.  I went to Iola, KS where I went north on the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail.  That trail ends in Ottawa, KS where you take the Flint Hills rail trail to Osawatomie, KS.  From there you take roads to Clinton, MO which is the beginning/end of the Katy Trail.  The Eastern Express leaves the Katy Trail in Boonville.  The Eastern Express uses the same route at the ACA NYC to Chicago route from Pittsburgh to Zanesville, OH.  I used the ACA NYC to Chicago route from Indianapolis, IN to Columbus, OH.  I rode hwy 40 from Indianapolis to Terre Haute, IN.  Since I was eastbound I left the Eastern Express in Terre Haute.  The Eastern Express route bypasses Columbus, Dayton, and Indianapolis.  It may be easier to follow John's advice to take the Eastern Express for DC to Walden, CO.  The web site for the Eastern Express is https://www.easternexpressroute.com/

I really enjoyed riding the rail trails in KS, MO, IL and especially OH.
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Offline John Nettles

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 08:45:09 pm »
Aggie,  while I know that the Prairie Spirit Trail is chat/crush limestone and is in fairly decent riding condition for "regular" touring tires, what is the condition of the Flint Hills Trail?  I keep getting conflicting reports.
Tailwinds, John



Offline aggie

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 08:56:56 pm »
Ottawa to Osawatomie isn't too bad.  Don't know about the rest.  The big difference is Prairie Spirit is a state park and it is $4/day to use.  The state rangers keep in very nice condition.   I met one on my ride and he did ask to see my permit.   I understand Flint Hills is volunteer so it isn't maintained as nicely as Prairie Spirit.  I rode the trails on 700x30 tires with no problems.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 09:13:09 pm »
"I rode the trails on 700x30 tires with no problems."

Great!  That is what I am looking to hear.  Tailwinds, John

Offline Symmachus

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2019, 10:14:47 am »
Thanks guys, very helpful advice. I’m taking a look at the Eastern Express TransAm route as recommended and I’m intrigued. It would be awesome to take advantage of the C&O, GAP and other trails available.
Eric


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Offline impulsepp

Re: Looking for advice from Pittsburgh, west to TA.
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2019, 05:16:03 am »
Thanks guys, very helpful advice.


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