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USA (all)

This page lists all reports that for USA including those that involve other countries too.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Bike and Build NUS 2009
by Ally Katch, tour started June 2009, submitted 23 December 2008

My name is Ally Katch, and in the summer of 2009 I will ride 4000 miles across North America to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. I, along with 33 other men and women, will need to raise $4000 for the affordable housing cause. Then, in June, we will set off from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA for the summer of a lifetime with an organization called Bike and Build.

Over the course of about 10 weeks, we will bicycle 4000 miles and spend several days at affordable housing build sites with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity to help construct housing for people in need. You can learn more about my ride at my website, , or you can track our progress (starting 18 June, 2009) on my blog at .

34 men and women riding east to west, leaving a trail of construction in their wake...
Western Desert: Washington State to Kansas State in the USA
by Wayne Joerding, tour started May 2008, submitted 15 November 2008
America: USA

This cycle journal describes my trip from eastern Washington state, through the central basin area of Oregon, across Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Kansas to the Missouri border. Most of this route follows the Adventure Cycling Association Western Express route, famous for it's long distances between towns, food, or water. However, the less traveled central basin of Oregon presents even more challenges requiring careful planning.

See all 7 reports by Wayne Joerding

Capitol Reef National Park and bicycle
Back on Hwy 1
by Iris Mueck, tour started September 2008, submitted 3 October 2008
America: USA

Bicycle Tour San Francisco - Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara. Some back country roads. Distance: Total 926 Kilometer.

See all 95 reports by Iris Mueck

Project VELAIA - A VELosophers epic journey around gAIA
by Daniel N. Lang, tour started 2007, submitted 6 September 2008
language: en, de

This is the website and travelogue of The Project VELAIA. 22 year old velosopher, environmentalist and often minimalistic outdoor adventurer Daniel N. Lang has decided to go around the world by recumbent and upright bicycle after finishing an epic journey of more than 17.000km from Paris to Beijing as a rider of the Beijing to Paris 2007 Carfree Rallye, following coastlines for hundreds of kilometers, crossing deserts during mid summer in the Middle East, Central Asia and China and climbing some of the highest passes of the world under extreme conditions in the starting Tibetan winter.

After Eurasia he cycled Australia, New Zealand and the United States and is now on a tour through the South American Andes, starting in Caracas, Venezuela and cycling his way down to Chile at the time of writing this (beginning of September 2008).

See all 2 reports by Daniel N. Lang

Cycling on a StreetMachine GT recumbent on 4500m in Tibet
Northern Tier Trans America Tour - Bike Adventure!
by Maya and Lara Buelow, tour started June 2008, submitted 3 August 2008
America: USA

Two sisters make the move back to the west coast from Manhattan on Bikes! Lots of great pictures and stories to boot, and some suggestions on packing, route choices, etc. (more to come soon).

Ah, yes, goin' strong! - Spirit Lake, ND
El Mundo en Bici - Viajes por Nueva Zelanda, Asia, Europa y Alaska - Ushuaia- 2008-2010
by Ivana y Harry, tour started July 2008, submitted 8 July 2008
language: es
El Mundo en bici - porque nos gusta andar por el mundo en bici y  porque queremos que el mundo ande en bici, para cuidar el mundo.
Touring the world with Warren Music and Baba Spokie.
by Warren Music, tour started 2008, submitted 25 June 2008

Come see the adventures of Warren Music and Baba Spokie. Our website shows tours we have done in Asia and North / Central America. on bicycle. We have commentary, gear/kit analysis and recommendations and everything a bicycle tourist would like to read about.

Buffalo and Yaks everywhere in the streets of Manali
The continuous bicycle touring story since 2002 + no plans to stop
by Tim E Cindle Travis, tour started 2002, submitted 9 June 2008

We are Tim and Cindie Travis.

We left our Arizona, USA home back in March ( 2002), and have been traveling by bicycle throughout the world. We have peddled through Arizona, Mexico, Central and South America. Our future plans include Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, Russia, Canada, and the USA. Our plans will take us the next several years to complete.

Visit our popular web site that is updated frequently as we travel. You will enjoy thousands of pictures, our daily journal, and the online discussion.

Cycling from Argentina to Alaska
by Kelly and Dave, tour started November 2008, submitted 6 April 2008

Two Poole based intrepid travellers are setting off on a journey of a lifetime to raise funds for a local charity, Julia's House and the international charity, SOS Children's Villages.

Kelly and Dave will be starting in Ushuaia, at the Southern tip of Argentina in South America and will cycle to Alaska, the extreme northwest portion of the North American continent.

They anticipate that they will be on the road for up to 2 years, facing extreme weather conditions and the challenging terrain that the American continent has to offer. They plan to cycle the world's driest desert and the high altitude mountain regions of the Andes.

By doing the trip by bicycle they are hoping it will bring them closer to the environment and learn about the ever changing world that we live in and aim to leave minimal impact upon the environment.

Transcendental Transcontinental - Xcountry USA
by SLObike, tour started August 2004, submitted 3 March 2008
America: USA

Website includes travelogue, gear, planning, 50 (USA) State Bicycle Coordinator summary page, beer sampling, etc.

I also took the opportunity to sample beers from across the USA. When you are riding your bike across the country, beer is guilt free. It's called fuel, and it tastes good, too! At the end of the day, nothing replaces those vital body fluids better than beer - water works OK, too, I guess.

You'll find that some state bicycle coordinators are better than others. Wyoming and South Dakota coordinators were topnotch! Clearly, they were real bike riders not some pinky office donut eaters.

See all 2 reports by SLObike

King of the Prairie Dogs, Badlands - South Dakota
Following the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany
by Michel Laliberté, tour started September 2006, submitted 5 February 2008
America: USA
language: en, fr

A one-week cyclotouring trip from Albany to Buffalo, along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River in New York State (650 km ~ 400 miles), mostly camping. Practical informations about traveling and camping in Upstate New York, and getting there by bus. Especially useful for budget travelers who don't mind pedaling long hours along the Mohawk River Valley, the cradle of US industry, an area rich in historical significance and landmarks.

See all 7 reports by Michel Laliberté

Canada Geese Patrols on Duty in Albion
Journals of a few modest bike tours in the Western US and Canada
by Peter Hoffman, tour started January 2007, submitted 4 December 2007

I live in Berkeley, California and my friend John lives in Los Angeles. Since 2003 we've been getting together each year to do a modest 7-12 day bike tour. Our criteria include, if possible, light traffic, beautiful scenery, reasonable odds for good weather, and no more than 80 miles between indoor accommodations (so we don't have to lug camping gear). The journals of other bike tourists have been so helpful in planning these trips I thought I should share ours as well. As of 2007 we've ridden on the Oregon Coast, the Central Oregon High Desert, Wyoming (Yellowstone NP, Teton NP, Wind River Valley), Sunshine Coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and Southwest Utah (Zion, Bryce & Capitol Reef NP).

Chilly morning in Yellowstone National Park
Jerry's Tour of Colorado 2007
by Jerry Nilson, tour started July 2007, submitted 10 October 2007
America: USA

A shorter tour of Colorado on a race bike, including two days on a mountain bike. Visiting: Ophir Pass, Imogene Pass, Corkscrew Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Lizard Head Pass, Independence Pass, Cottonwood Pass, Loveland Pass, Mount Evans, the lovely Trail Ridge Road and more.

See all 13 reports by Jerry Nilson

Imogene Pass 3997m
Viaggi in tutto il mondo. In auto, a piedi ma soprattutto in bicicletta.
by Corradini Leonardo, tour started 2007, submitted 11 September 2007
language: it

Sono rimasto stregato dalla bellezza della Terra durante le lunghe camminate effettuate nelle ``mie'' Alpi o i brevi sentieri percorsi tra le migliaia di cascate del parco di Plitvice in Croazia. Ho avuto la sensazione di poter rallentare lo scorrere del tempo nelle interminabili giornate in sella alla mia amata bicicletta, percorrendo le strade sterrate nel mezzo della pampa patagonica così come salendo e scendendo per le dolci colline toscane e siciliane. Ho anche imparato ad apprezzare la capacità, l'ingegno ed il genio artistico umani, visitando alcune splendide capitali europee, la vivace Rio de Janeiro, le caotiche San Paolo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, la surreale Las Vegas e la inarrivabile New York.

Tutto questo cerco di raccontare nelle pagine del mio sito web.

See all 2 reports by Corradini Leonardo

Melbourne, tramonto infuocato sulla citta`.
Round the World and other Tours
by Helen Cooney, tour started 2007, submitted 18 August 2007

Read about my adventures by bicycle around the world,taking in Europe, the Near East, India, South East Asia, Australasia, and the USA on Route 66.

For something a little less ambitious, I have prepared details of a three-week tour of the beautiful landscapes of central Portugal.

Or if you prefer a central base and some day rides, read about my routes on the Spanish island of Mallorca - a cyclist's paradise, with warm weather, flat hinterland, stunning mountain climbs, and huge ice-creams!

the Sinai desert, Egypt
Colorado, Utah & Arizona
by Nicolas de Hemptinne, tour started July 2006, submitted 16 August 2007
America: USA
language: fr

From Denver to the Grand Canyon and return...

See all 5 reports by Nicolas de Hemptinne

1 fille, 2 roues, 3 amériques... (1 girl, 2 weels, 3 Americas...)
by Martine Hubert, tour started July 2007, submitted 13 August 2007
language: fr

De l'Alaska à la Terre de Feu, SortiePleinAir.com vous invite à suivre le périple extraordinaire de Martine Hubert: la traversée à vélo, en solo, des 3 Amériques.

Martine, Canada (Alaska)
Paul Carter's Cycling Adventures
by Paul Carter, submitted 12 July 2007

Just a simple compilation showing some photos of my solo, minimum preparation/planning, fast, travel light, using only my vacation allowance rides across the continents. First ride was with road bike, all other rides on Orange P7 rigid mountain-bike with semi-slick tyres.

First big ride 1993. New York to San Francisco via Grand Canyon and Death Valley. 6000km in 28 days
Day Rides in San Diego County
by Kirby James, tour started April 2007, submitted 29 June 2007
America: USA

These pages describe a series of day rides around San Diego County, these include

  • Mount Laguna and the Sunrise Highway
  • Mount Palomar
  • San Diego's South Bay
  • The Anza-Borrego Desert
  • Julian, and
  • La Jolla

See all 6 reports by Kirby James

Queen Califia's Magical Circle, Escondido
The tour Home
by Courtland Bibb, tour started December 2006, submitted 29 May 2007
America: USA

Last year I decided I wanted to go home for Christmas, but I previously stated that I would only leave Orlando if it was under my own power.

I spent seven days covering the 610 miles between Orlando Florida and Birmingham Alabama.

The page tells some of the highlights and realizations I encountered along the way as well as a map showing some of the places I stayed, I think this trip was a great warm up to my eventual goal of riding across country one day.

camping near a trail in Florida
Bicycle Tour 2k6
by Ira Cox & Andrea Newberry, tour started May 2006, submitted 11 May 2007

We are two cyclist from Chicago who have taken a year off to ride a large part of the U.S. perimeter and some of coastal Canada. We have only a rough plan of where we are headed at any time, and spend nearly every night camping or with people we meet along the way. Our only goal is to see interesting parts of North America and meet the people who live there, so you will notice our journal is less about riding than the places we've been.

Bicycle tour from CA to VA
by Forest Baker, tour started May 2005, submitted 21 April 2007
America: USA

The plan is to pedal from Southern California to Virginia, or Canada if we don't feel that 3,200 miles is enough. Barring accidents, failed joints, or break-ups, we'll get to dip our tires in more than one ocean. We hope to succeed or fail before August.

Palm Springs...where the days are red hot and the hair is light blue.
Banff, Canada to Montana, USA - Back Country with Lodging
by Gene Nacey, tour started September 2005, submitted 25 February 2007

This trip had riders and non riders alike. This might be the most beautiful experience in Canada that any American can have. Even the cabin in the woods (which outside of no electricity and running water, was phenomenal - see pics from day 3) was impressive. Non riders could hike in and out to this location, or spend 2 nights in Elkford. Only the motel in Elkford was modest - even though it also had high speed internet. The remaining accommodations would all be rated 3 or 4 stars, yet were very modestly priced. While food selections were limited in some locations, the food was outstanding in others. All in all, I would not be afraid to take even the most seasoned traveler on this trip.

There is a button that details each day of our trip. Lots of pictures, my diary of what happened each day, and I've posted both the original itinerary as well as the packing list (which turned out to be just right). The map we used was from the Adventure Cycling Association, and it was right on! It only lacked good information about climbing. I've added that myself as I uploaded it from my GPS.

See all 3 reports by Gene Nacey

Banff, Alberta, Canada - The first view as we started the trip
Telluride, CO to Moab, UT - 6 Day Back Country Epic Ride
by Gene Nacey, tour started July 2004, submitted 25 February 2007
America: USA

Six men set out on a journey that would build character in body, mind and spirit. Physical challenges, scenery and surroundings ``to die for'', and a spiritual emphasis made this trip truly ``one of a kind''. There are many photos, detailed route maps, a list of everything we packed, the expenses for the trip and a daily ``blog'' or diary of each day. If your planning on doing this trip, it probably is worth your reading. If you've never done a multi-day trip in the ``back country'', it's a ``must read''. It was a trip none of us will ever forget - in the best sort of way! Enjoy!

See all 3 reports by Gene Nacey

Sunset & Rainbow in Gateway, Colorado
Day rides on or near California's Coast
by Kirby James, tour started October 2006, submitted 24 December 2006
America: USA

These pages describe a series of day rides on or near California's Coast.

The rides include visits to

  • King Ridge, Meyers Grade, Cazadero, Healdsburg, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and the Jimtown Store in Sonoma County;
  • Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Sausalito in Marin County;
  • Paso Robles, Peachy Canyon, and the Klau and Buena Vista Mines in San Luis Obispo County;
  • Lake Piru in Ventura County and
  • Calabasas, Topanga, Fernwood, Saddle Peak, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Manhatten Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County.

See all 6 reports by Kirby James

Autumn in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Bicycling Utah's summits and passes
by Michael Fiebach, submitted 18 December 2006
America: USA

Utah is better known for its colorful canyon geography than its lofty summits. But it order to get to the summits, you have to traverse the canyons first. A cycling climb in Utah often involves a combination of arid canyons, mountains and forested plateaus. These pages derive from day rides or short tours taken over many years. They contain elevation profiles, pictures, route descriptions, maps and history for numerous summits. Some of these summits are part of popular touring routes, such as Ut12 connecting Capitol Reef and Bryce National Parks, or the Kokopelli's Trail near Moab. Many others see cyclists very seldom - includes paved and MTB summits - new summits added regularly.

See all 8 reports by Michael Fiebach

Kokopelli Trail near Moab
Spinning Southward - Alaska to Argentina for Brain Tumor Research
by Mike Logsdon, tour started July 2005, submitted 16 November 2006

In 2002, my brother Mike and I began to talk about an epic, tip to tail, bicycle trip spanning the length of the Americas. At the time, however, our geographic separation and respective professional endeavors would force us to shelve our dream ride and hope for more accommodating circumstances. Two years later, that opportunity presented itself in the fall of 2004 when our lives converged in the mountains of Colorado. Over the course of our stay in Colorado, my brother and I began laying the groundwork for a bicycle trip that would take us from the far northern shores of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern most city in the world. On July 26, 2005, having cleared all financial and logistical hurdles, we will start pedaling on the long road south.

The motivation for our trip is a reflection of our life-long ambitions - to explore new places, to make meaningful connections with other people and cultures, and to test the boundaries of our physical endurance and mental resolve. These ambitions are inspired by the enduring spirit of our late mother, Jean, herself an accomplished world traveler who always supported and encouraged our explorations of the world. We dedicate this trip to her memory.

In 1996, our mother Jean was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that took her life in the winter of the same year. To honor our mother's lasting legacy and help those confronting the same illness that eventually took her life, Spinning Southward has partnered with Racing Ahead®, a program created by the National Brain Tumor Foundation that celebrates the passion of cyclists, runners and other athletes. NBTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative brain tumor research and patient care. We are committed to raising both financial support and awareness for the NBTF through our nine-month, 15,000-mile ride across 13 countries. We hope that our ride will inspire you to join us in support of this worthy cause through a contribution to Jean's Journey.

Heading for Patagonia along the road through La Pampa
Cycling the Northern California Coast
by paul Stockton, tour started August 2001, submitted 2 November 2006
America: USA

The gap was bothering me. I had done San Francisco to San Diego and Astoria to Eureka. The ride from Eureka to San Francisco would take about a week. Which, coincidentally, was about all the vacation time I had after starting a new job. So I flew to San Francisco, took the bus to Eureka, and filled in the gap, on my first solo tour.

See all 2 reports by paul Stockton

Joshua on Highway 101
California's Central Coast
by Kirby James, tour started May 2006, submitted 26 August 2006
America: USA

These pages describe a series of day rides in California's Central Coast.

The rides include 17 Mile Ride, See Canyon, Figueroa Mountain, Camino Cielo and a loop of Lake Casitas.

See all 6 reports by Kirby James

Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara
Subnixus: A Bicycle Tour of America
by Eric Reynolds, tour started August 2006, submitted 18 August 2006
America: USA

Why would I bike around America? Why not? Or better yet, because I can. After first reading about cross-country bicycle tours on Crazyguyonabike.com I was hooked!

There it was, a great adventure that almost anyone could do, and I had all the free time in the world. Before reading about bike touring, I had dreams of hiking the 2500+ mile Appalachian Trail. But 75 mile days on a bike and real food quickly trumped 15 mile days on foot and oatmeal.

So I sold all of my stuff, opted to not renew my apartment lease, and bought a bike. It took me three months and almost $2,000 to aquire the knowledge and equipment to pull off this trip, but now I am ready to start it.

A lot of people ask me why I would want to do something like this. They either assume that I am either crazy, or poor. And while I may be a little of both, I just think it sounds like a good time. Cars, planes, and big cities are three things I try to avoid when I travel. So a nice slow bike ride through the Rocky Mountains sounds like a dream.

While most people will spend $20,000 on a new car, or $5,000 on a one week vacation, I spent $2,000 on a three month vacation with no bills to worry about. Everything I need, will be carried with me on my bike.

So, while it may seem a little crazy at first, I guess the main reason I would do something like this would be the journey itself. As one old Chinese guy once said, `The journey is the reward.'

Cycling California--The Do-It-Yourself Way
by Norman D. Ford, tour started April 2006, submitted 1 July 2006
America: USA

Ten Days Of Cycling Through The Best Of California: Starting off with an awesome 150-kilometer ride high on the cliffs of America's wildest seacoast--past beaches filled with monstrous elephant seals--I pedaled on around surrealistic 17-Mile Drive and on through the Cannery Row of Steinbeck's novel into the famous resort of Monterey. Next, I soared across vast San Francisco Bay on the Golden Gate Bridge, and on across bike-friendly Marin Country to Point Reyes National Seashore for two nights in a traditional cyclists' hostel. Then came more exciting bike travel, through towering redwood forests beside the Russian River and across the Napa Valley Wine Country to the university town of Davis, famed for its many bicycle paths. Finally, I cycled part way around beautiful Lake Tahoe and ended the trip at the Nevada State Line. My website gives full day-by-day info on how I made the tour;and how to make the same trip yourself, including overnighting at economy lodgings, and where to get maps, when to go, and other helpful literature.

See all 13 reports by Norman D. Ford

Huge elephant seals sprawl on beaches within a few metres of Highway One
Riding the volcano: Haleakela, Maui
by Patrick Morris, tour started 2006, submitted 25 June 2006
America: USA

Seven tips, ride description, and map for a one-day ride from the sea up the mammoth 61-kilometer climb of the Hawaiian volcano Haleakela on Maui. At over 3,000 meters, this climb will take literally into thin air - some planning should be undertaken.

A North American Bicycle Journey
by Leon Steber, tour started May 2004, submitted 19 March 2006

When I quit my job, bought a bicycle and rode out of San Francisco, most of my friends thought I'd be back within 3 weeks. With no map, no compass, my sense of direction was flawless. Hence the route from San Francisco to the Yucatan in Mexico via the Alaskan arctic circle.

A stormy alberta afternoon
Athens to Bremen
by Michael Fiebach, tour started 1999, submitted 15 February 2006

This tour includes scenic detours around Greek islands, the Peloponnese, and proceeds through Italy, Austria, and Germany. This site also has tours in the USA: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana; and in Portugal and Spain.

See all 8 reports by Michael Fiebach

From sea to Haleakala Summit (10,023ft) on Maui
by Mike Jacoubowsky, tour started November 2005, submitted 29 January 2006 : USA

It's just a hill, in the grand scheme of things. Only different. Not because it's 10,023ft at the summit, but because this is one of those rare mountains that you can literally start at sea level... well, not just sea level, but actually at the sea! You don't have to do the ride that way though; you can start at the base of Highway 37 (near the airport), and pretty much eliminate the chance of taking a wrong turn and adding another 1700ft to the climb. But what's the fun in that?

The climb isn't challenging because it's steep (it isn't), but rather the length. You start climbing and never, ever stop, until you reach the top. Lots and lots of photos on our page, along with a printout from a HAC-4 heart monitor/altimeter.

Literally sea level in Paia, the start of the 10,023ft climb up Haleakala
Seattle to San Francisco Bicycle Tour
by Chuck Anderson, tour started October 1991, submitted 28 January 2006
America: USA

A number of articles in rec.bicycles and rec.travel about the Oregon Coast inspired me to take my first long distance bicycle tour. I flew to Seattle from Denver on the 10th of July with a plane ticket to return from San Francisco on the 28th. If there was anything that I didn't like about this trip it was that deadline. I felt free except for the schedule I had to keep. This article is a personal narrative about my journey from Seattle to San Francisco following highways 101 and 1 along the Pacific Coast.

Every day is different. If you bring expectations from yesterday into a new day you increase the chance for disappointment and you waste time and energy trying to overcome that disappointment. Everyday unto itself.

This tour changed my life. I had never felt more alive. I left seeking a new way to see the world and I found me.

See all 5 reports by Chuck Anderson

Overlook - Nehalem Bay, Oregon
Touring Oregon's Columbia River Gorge
by Norman D. Ford, tour started October 2005, submitted 22 January 2006
America: USA

Paved all the way, Oregon's Historic Columbia River Highway takes cyclists on a breathtaking 75-mile ride through the Columbia River Gorge, a region so spectacular that in 1986, Congress declared it a National Scenic Area. Almost every mile of the way, I pedaled past steep, rocky cliffs and evergreen forests and I cycled next to 5 roadside waterfalls, one cascading down a sheer 620-foot drop. Most of the ride is on low-traffic, secondary roads with about ten miles on car-free bikeways. (To by-pass an as-yet unfinished 14 miles, cyclists are permitted to ride on the wide shoulder of I-84.)

Comfortable, affordable motels are spaced every 20-30 miles and you can take either 2 or 3 days to ride the Gorge--surely one of America's most awesome cycling experiences. En route, I pedaled up two superbly scenic--and fairly gentle--climbs, each around 750-feet in elevation gain--and with stunning panoramas from both summits. Along the way, I also spent a couple of hours touring Bonneville Dam where salmon were leaping up fish ladders. My day-to-day report tells exactly how I made this two-day tour and it's packed with advice and map sources for anyone wishing to duplicate my route. (Tip: it's just a six-hour drive between the Gorge and Spokane WA, end of my ``Touring the Northwest'' trip (see report on home page menu) and you can squeeze both tours into a one week vacation.

See all 13 reports by Norman D. Ford

Cycling high above the Gorge near Hood River
Touring New York's Finger Lakes and the Erie Canal
by Norman D. Ford, tour started May 2005, submitted 22 January 2006
America: USA

New York State's long, spindly Finger Lakes are webbed by roads that take you pedaling along lakeshores or over rolling hills, past world-class vineyards and picturesque farms, to quaint towns and villages with elm-lined streets bordered by elegant Victorian houses and gardens. From high ridges, I viewed breathtaking panoramas of the sparkling lakes below. On quiet backroads, I met Amish carriages drawn by high-stepping horses. And I spent the final two days on a flat 90-mile ride along the car-free towpath of the Erie Canal, cycling next to a series of still-operating locks and 19th Century towns, each with a unique lift bridge across the Canal.

My trip took 14 days and covered nearly 600 miles and I spent each night at a comfortable, affordable motel in traditional towns like Auburn, Geneva, Watkins Glen, Penn Yann, Canandaigua, Brockport and Lockport. Small wonder this is one of America's most popular bike tours! And if you'd like to ride it yourself, my full report not only describes my day-to-day cycling experiences but also gives full map and info sources for duplicating my route on your own.

See all 13 reports by Norman D. Ford

Colorful Federal-era houses line bike route through downtown Geneva
Touring the Northwest on the Hiawatha-Norpac-Coeur d'Alenes-Millenium Trails
by Norman D. Ford, tour started September 2005, submitted 22 January 2006
America: USA

Up in Northern Idaho and Washington, a series of 4 car-free bike trails linked together form one of America's newest bicycle tours. My 4-day tour began high in the Bitteroot Mountains with a wildly scenic ride down the Milwaukee Road's Trail of the Hiawathas, former route of the famous Hiawatha Scenic Vista Dome train. The line went bankrupt in 1977 and the Hiawatha stopped running. Today, though, you can enjoy the same scenic adventure on a bicycle, including traveling through the same 9 cavernous tunnels and across the 7 high steel trestles used by the train.

Next, I rode a 12-mile stretch of the former Northern Pacific railbed through emerald forests then switched to a paved stretch of the former Union Pacific Road that led for 66 spectacular miles through a wilderness of tall mountain peaks, rivers, lakes and wetlands and past historic mining towns to the Victorian village of Harrison, perched on a hilltop overlooking beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. I completed the trip by riding another 62-miles on the paved Millenium Trail beside Lake Coeur d'Alene then west along a cascading river into Washington and the city of Spokane.

My day-by-day report not only describes how I biked this 160-mile tour but also gives full map and info sources for duplicating my route. Using a unique routing strategy, for instance, I was able to ride the whole way either on the flat or downhill. And I found comfortable motels or guest houses a day's ride apart the entire way.

See all 13 reports by Norman D. Ford

Cycling the paved Centennial Trail beside the Spokane River
Biking and Kayaking at Frisco, Colorado
by Norman D. Ford, tour started September 2005, submitted 21 January 2006
America: USA

Almost every year, I spend a bike touring vacation at Frisco CO, staying in the same motel while each day I bike out and back on a complex of paved, car-free bike trails that wind past colossal mountain scenery to famous ski resorts like Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Vail. One easy trail hugs the shore of huge Dillon Lake to Keystone. Another winds up to the posh resort of Breckenridge. And a third climbs through awesome Ten Mile Canyon to Copper Mountain and on up over Vail Pass (10,600 feet, 3250m) then drops down to the Alpine-style town of Vail.

Using fat tires, I usually spend a day cycling up the unpaved road to Boreas Pass (11,480 feet, 3500m) where America's highest railroad depot still stands. Then for a change, I'll rent a kayak and paddle around Dillon Lake for a few hours. But there's lots more. It's just an hour's drive to nearby Georgetown, an unchanged Victorian mining town and from here a paved bike trail leads up to Silver Plume, a fascinating old mining town still much as it was in 1880. Heading back down, a low-traffic paved road leads to Idaho Springs, your motel base for cycling America's highest paved road that leads for 28 miles to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet, 4360m). And with a mountain bike, still more exciting rides await, all in a world class setting of breathtaking grandeur. My website describes how I biked each trail, then gives loads of advice, and full map and info sources, for riding these trails on your own.

See all 13 reports by Norman D. Ford

Cycling up North America's highest paved road to the summit of Mount Evans CO, 14,260 feet (4,360m)

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