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Old 03-12-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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Top bicycle destinations?

Recently, I have gotten back into riding my bike around and the idea has occurred to me to start building some trips around riding. SO, I am interested in hearing what places you all love for the riding. Mostly I am looking for day trips, but in theory I would consider longer trails if it was possible to "leapfrog" camp with the AS by linking together day rides....

Let the games begin!
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:36 PM   #2
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James Town - Colonial Williamsburg?

This looks like a great area to bike, is there camping there close or do you have to drive in?

Anyone know about Chippokes Plantation SP or the ferry?
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:03 PM   #3
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Hi Rodney,

Consider the bike path system along the Arkansas River (on both sides) in Little Rock/North Little Rock. Another bridge is under construction near the existing Big Dam Bridge that will link the south (Little Rock) side with paths running west to Pinnacle Mountain.

There is even an RV park on the east end of the north (North Little Rock) side of the path system, the Downtown Riverside RV Park.

There is plenty of other bicycling, both mountain and road, in the area.

Also, Orbea's US location is just off the river in North Little Rock.

On the east coast, Gainsville Florida belongs in any discussion of top cycling destinations. Great place to ride. So is the St. John's River just west of St. Augustine.
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The Withlacoochee trail in central Florida is in the top 10. It's 46 miles of paved old railroad grade, relatively flat and easy to ride. Various campgrounds along the route as well as small towns to grab a bite. Old Florida at its best!
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Developments have gone forward so far and wide that I find Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is getting more difficult to find already in-use trails. But it looks like this link is the key to finding trails state by state. Scroll most of the way down the page to select a state under 'Find Trails by State.'

I frequently use a number of the Minnesota trails. Lanesboro-Preston area in SE Minnesota is very nice. And has the advantage of being in the driftless area -- no standing water, no wetlands, no mosquitos.

Another very, very, very favorite is the Elroy-Sparta trail system in Wisconsin. Bring a headlamp, headlight or flashlight setup; you'll be biking through some old rail tunnels and it is too dark to navigate without illumination. Heck -- this area of SW Wisconsin is the primo location anywhere in the fall. (sorry Vermont, it's got a few million fewer people who try to get away from it all in the dairy state...)
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:26 PM   #6
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Rodney, that (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Hampton Roads) is our neck of the woods. Great biking and camping. I have some suggestions for you, or you can boondock here and we'll go with you. Spring is here.

And - if you have not heard, we (Richmond) have a Picasso exhibit going on, and there is a reconstruction (and artifacts) of the Monitor at the Mariners Museum in Newport News.

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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This looks like a great area to bike, is there camping there close or do you have to drive in?
Newport News Park Campground is where stay when going to Williamsburg (Scroll down for campground information):

Newport News Park: Newport News Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism - Virginia

!4 miles from Colonial Williamsburg. Good bike trails in the park and surrounding area. It's the only place we stay.
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I second the recommendation for NN Park. It's also a great jumping off spot for biking. You can bike up to the Yorktown Battlefield, which has a driving trail that is excellent for biking. Grab a bite to eat next to the river at Yorktown.

Another trip is to follow the Colonial Parkway from Yorktown through Williamsburg and end at Jamestown. They have found the old three-sided fort (when I was a kid, history taught us that the old fort had been lost to the river), There is a motorcar/bike trail there as well. Plus great museum and interpretive site.

Williamsburg is very bike-friendly and you can enjoy the reconstructed 18th-century village.

If you can, spend a day at the Mariners Museum, which is not far from you. When the Monitor was found, the artifacts that could be recovered are here. There is also a full scale reproduction on site. On the same day, you can day-trip to Hampton and visit Fort Monroe; moat, casemate museum (where Jeff Davis was held after the Late Unlpleasantness).

Once you've finished with the Peninsula, take the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry over to the south bank of the James River and visit Chippokes State Park. Good biking and sightseeing there as well. Visit Bacon's Castle, a 17th century brick manor house that is open to the public. Oh, yes - you're near Smithfield, so enjoy some of our famous hams. If you get some, slice it thin like proscuitto.

Since we are at the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, there is much going on around Richmond; if you have time, visit the museum at the old Tredegar Iron Works to get oriented. And, as I mentioned earlier, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a large Picasso exhibition (the only place on the east coast).

Probably more info than you wanted, but there's a lot to do.

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Check out the dike surrounding Lake Okachobee, campgrounds at various point surrounding the lake some right on the water.
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If you get down to FL check out The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail...

Biking the Lake Okeechobee Trail, Okeechobee, Florida

Not a short ride, but plenty to see.

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I always take my bike and I haven't found a place yet where I couldn't find a good ride. Well, except for Willingboro, NJ where I used to go for dog trials. The only good ride there was just a mile or two.
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Hi Rodney,
When in Missouri, we enjoy the Katy Trail, while staying at Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles. In addition to being adjacent to the trail, it is also within walking distance of lots of other interesting things to do.
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I second the recommendation for the Arkansas River bike path in Little Rock, AR. We rode around the entire route last summer. The North side is mostly bike & walking asphalt path with a dedicated Big Bridge across the Arkansas River on the West end which is over 4000' long built exclusively for bikes and pedestrians. The path on the South side travels mostly on city streets, but much of it is along the Arkansas river.

We camped at a Corps of Engineers park 5 miles downstream from Little Rock.

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Recently, I have gotten back into riding my bike around and the idea has occurred to me to start building some trips around riding. SO, I am interested in hearing what places you all love for the riding. Mostly I am looking for day trips, but in theory I would consider longer trails if it was possible to "leapfrog" camp with the AS by linking together day rides....

Let the games begin!

I noticed you wanted day trips mostly, then I realized your avatar says you live on earth. That narrows it down quite a bit, I guess the moon is out then?
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