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Offline skyraider

Biking in the Northeast vs VA Trips
« on: March 20, 2004, 03:53:12 pm »
I'd like you northerners here to tell me if I'd have a good time going biking somewhere up north like Maine or Vermont (I live in NC and go up to Virginia to bike alot).  Are there any good trails there?  Not looking for a huge mountain... for example, here's how a trip to Virginia for biking started out:

Located in southwest-central Virginia, Shot Tower State Park's main attraction is the Shot Tower, which was used more than a century ago to make lead for settlers' guns. Because of a map misunderstanding, my dad and I ended up here - had to go a few miles down the road for the biking. The tower is pretty cool, but I didn't go inside. Who wants to pay three dollars to admire centuries-old hunks of granite?

But the interesting part is in the nearby biking. Trails include those on the New River Trail State Park, which I visited and rode along. The trail winds along the wide New River, and to my surprise, the New River is actually on of the oldest rivers in the world - even older than the Nile.

I have posted the resthere if you'd like to read it.

How do the two compare?

Offline Peaks

Biking in the Northeast vs VA Trips
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2004, 06:54:06 pm »
Northeast Bike trails:

If I understand your question right, it sounds kinda loaded.  

If you are asking about established off highway long distance bike trails, well there aren't too many.  One that comes to mind is the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  

But, certainly there is great on road cycling here in the northeast.  Several states have established routes.  Just check some of the bike touring companies, or by a bike book or two.  Vermont, New Hampshire, and upstate New York are all good possiblities.  Have you considered the Erie Canal ride?  

Offline trevay

Biking in the Northeast vs VA Trips
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2004, 09:09:57 pm »
Contact Rubel Bike Maps for five bicycle maps of Massachusetts.  These include Eastern Mass, Central Mass, Western Mass, Cape Cod and Cape Ann, and the Boston Bikemap.

The maps show trails, as well as roads ranked by cyclists for suitability and as through routes.  They also show bed & breakfasts, hostels, parks and points of interest, bike shops, and ice cream shops.  (Mmmmm ... ice cream!)

These are the best bicycle maps I've ever seen.  I only wish Andy Rubel could work faster!  He's currently busy on Connecticut, and I believe that New Hampshire is next.

Their website is at

Tom Revay
Dedham, Massachusetts