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The Pedalshift Project 029: Bicycle touring all 50 states?

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 trainAmtrak 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!

Featured image (cc) Kevin G. Saunders on Flickr


  1. JohnnyK says:

    Wow I feel like it has been forever since an episode. I am so glad that you decided to produce another one 🙂 Anyway I am not sure if you know about this site You may have mentioned it before. As for Amtrak and their roll aboard option I think is really awesome even if I never use it. I think out of being polite to other riders you should probably still take small bikes and even fold up bikes whenever you can. I have biked in Fl and GA but no where else. I have planed over the Thanksgiving holiday I will be biking in Texas this year when Debbie and I go out to visit her Mom but I have only toured here in Florida. When I was in Georgia I was visiting family and went on a couple of bike rides. Well I really enjoyed listening and I can’t wait to hear from you again hopefully it won’t be as long hahaha Oh is just to mess with you and because you told us not to DC is not a state it’s just where all the politicians go to stay out of jail.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      How come I knew you’d be the “DC ain’t a state” guy? 😉 New shows every two weeks… I must have spoiled ya Johnny K!

      Folding Cyclist is a good site… just saw they showed Dahon’s new Brompton-esque model. Worth the look if you’re thinking folding bikes!

      Totally agree about being considerate of other riders. I folded my bike during any transit shuffle when it was next to me. The trick was buses… I think of it like bike lanes. There are people that think if there’s a bike lane you should always use the bike lane, and you’re being a dick if you take the lane. Thing is, in most states (DC included) there’s no requirement to use a bike lane and it’s perfectly legal to ride in the all traffic lanes. Similarly, since I have a folding bike I think I should be able to bring it aboard folded if I choose… it’s no bigger than a stroller or other foldable item. Just because there’s a bike rack, it shouldn’t be required that I rack it if my bike folds to a reasonable size that is similar to items other people are allowed to bring on board.

      Happy riding Johnny K!

      • JohnnyK says:

        Get some shoulder straps like a backpack and wear your folder. Maybe then they will let you bring it on the bus? If they say anything tell them it’s your backpack what can they say then? #AaronDoItDamnIt just saying @SprocketPodcast

  2. I recently came across your podcast and I have been “binge listening”, just listened to episode 029 and thought I would chime in on what states I have toured through.
    The summer of 2011 I did a tour across the country from NY-CA. My route was made up of stealth camping and a no-plan kind of ride. It took me 76 days and I covered 4038 miles. I started in Binghamton NY headed west through PA, OH, MI, crossed Lake Michigan on a high speed ferry, WI, MN, SD, WY, CO, back through WY northwest to MO, ID, OR, and then CA riding a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway. Then I took a train back to the East Coast.
    Although I did step into Nebraska just because I was so close to the border along the Lewis and Clark trail in SD but I don’t count that one.
    Then in 2012 I rode from Atlanta GA through AL and into FL.
    So the total so far is 16 states.

    I am so happy I found your Podcast thanks to The Sprocket Podcast! Currently living in Colorado making plans for a 2016 tour maybe adding a couple more states.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      That’s awesome Brian! I want to find the time to do a cross country at some point in the next year or two… one of my favorite rides was the Pacific Coast. There’s something about stringing together a long run like that that’s good for the soul!

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