Originally podcast December 22, 2014. In the summer of 2014, I took 6 weeks to ride the Pacific coast from Victoria, BC to the US-Mexico border. I recorded a 2-5 minute audio entry every day for the Tour Journals podcast to share the more detailed aspects of the ride, but always intended to edit and condense it into a more manageable length to share my Pacific Coast bike tour here.
Planning for a June tour… someplace… I stumbled upon a brand new tour option: the Eastern Express Route is an alternative eastern spur for the Trans Am route, starting in DC. It includes the C&O, the GAP and Katy trails and we chat with the person who did the heavy lifting (and cue sheet creation!) for this amazing new option.
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- Segmented into about 10 mile chunks
- Adding descriptions over the rest of the spring
- Embedded maps
- Embedded campsite video reviews
- More to come!
- West coast touring options for June?
- Vancouver Island
- Multimodal Oregon/Washington tour
- Brompton or no?
- Eastern Express as another option? C&O->GAP-> and beyond. Hooks up with the Katy eventually. Hmmm…
The Interview: The Eastern Express Route with Frank Mortiz
Frank Moritz, is a veteran Adventure Cycling tour leader, instructor and board member, and completed the initial research to create an “eastern express route” addition to the legendary TransAmerica bike route. This new route provides a welcome option for TransAm cyclists to bypass the severe mountain climbs and nasty dogs that confront cyclists in southwestern Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern Missouri on the eastern half of the existing route. It also replaces three major high-altitude climbs in Colorado with one gradual and scenic climb to the Continental Divide. Amazingly, almost 600 of the 2,100+ miles of this route are on dedicated bike/pedestrian paths, towpaths, or rail-trails.
- Your background in bike touring, including your work with ACA
- Your thoughts on the Trans Am route as it currently is routed in the east
- It’s one thing to develop an alternate route, but quite another to do ALL of the great work with cue sheets etc. for the Eastern Express… what motivated this?
- What is the plan for the route – it feels like this is a “public beta” and you’ll be doing some refinements after comments this year.
- What can Pedalshift listeners do to help with this process?
- Any other recommendations that might be different from “the usual” routes out there in the US?
- Oregon (wonder why?)
- New York (Empire State!)
- Illinois (biggest surprise?)
- Texas (everything’s bigger)
- UK (about 25% the US DLs)
- Canada (about 7% – c’mon Canada!)
- Australia (4%)
- Sweden (1.4%)
- Ireland (my people! 1.3%)
- New Zealand
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