My fall 2023 adventure checks the box on one of my goals from the beginning of the year… I love crossing states by bike, and is it my fault that some of them are very, very skinny? Ok, fine I’ll cross it TWICE to make it count! Previewing my next ride… the Delaware Double Cross!
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Delaware Double Cross Preview
2023 goal… cross a new state by bike
First plan… the one I didn’t choose ¯_(ツ)_/¯
All transit and bike
MARC to the northern terminus in Perryville
Bus to Elkton
Ride across to Delaware City
Ride to Wilmington
Amtrak to DC
Why didn’t I choose this? Safety!
Bike situation near Elkton was even dicier than the Florida sidewalk and shoulder riding I’ve done that is pretty marginal
Google Street View revealed possible options, but the more I scratched at the surface, the worse it looked
What I chose – the LaCrosse! and a simpler off-road option
Drive to Chesapeake City MD
Ride the Mike Castle Trail to Delware City along the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal to the Delaware River
30 miles of riding
Very minimal gear (snacks and water)
Weather – could be hot, could be rainy… will dress as appropriate
Some cool towns to explore – all new to me!
No camping or overnighting… just a day tour that checks a box. Twice in fact!
Skinny state? #notcheating
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Mark Van Raam
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