Takeaways from the recent transit aided tour from DC to Boston, some amazing news from Amtrak plus… have you hit all 50 states bicycle touring?
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Digesting the transit-aided ride – takeaways:
– I love the Dahon (check out the review), but I’m getting a Brompton
– Transit in the NE US is pretty reliable (small sample size!)
– NYC, particularly 8th Avenue is a really challenging place to ride, but awesome.
– Just because you can do it doesn’t mean it’s a good tour
– Lighter and smaller FTW
– Wild camping is fun, but respect the space you choose.
– Not all people are asshats
– Using transit or trains is absolutely #notcheating
– Sleep is really important
– Always be prepared for someone to tell you “no”
– Bringing positivity to things is really important to me
– I’m going to use these lessons in a bigger tour next year
Amtrak brings us some great bicycle news
– Amtrak threw a curveball and is implementing roll aboard service on the Capitol Limited (CHI-DC)
– Unboxed bikes everywhere still not a reality
– What it means for GAP/C+O touring
– Cost is $25, which is about the same as baggage service if you bought a box from them
– “as soon as this week” to “next several weeks”
– Articles from Adventure Cycling, the Post Gazette, and the Herald Mail.
FOTS Eric Iverson asked me and a few others #howmanystatesivebikedin
My answer (after forgetting a few and amending) was 15: DC MD VA WV DE NY FL SC MT WA OR CA AZ CT PA
Who out there can beat that? And for my international listeners, #howmanycountriesivebikedin is waiting for you too! Chime in on Facebook, Twitter and the comments section below!
The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ new release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And hey, a video for Ghost!