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When I was planning my ride in the winter of 1996-97, there
were maybe half a dozen bicycle tour reports on the internet.
Now there are hundreds, if not thousands. I long ago gave up
trying to keep up! Here instead are links to a few pages that
do a better job of cataloging all the ride reports out there,
plus links to a few individual reports that for one reason or
another I liked.
- DC Bike Commuter Blog
- With a wife and two kids, most of my biking nowadays is to and from work. Here's a blog about it.
- Boston -> DC, 1995
- In the fall of 1995 I took a week to ride this segment of the east coast. If my cross-country writeup didn't wear you out, have a look.
- To Hail and Back
- Still more shameless self-promotion. A one-page letter I wrote home about a nasty 13 mile bike ride in England. Its main virtue is that it's short.
- Dave & Babak's Cross Country Bicycle Trip
- This site crops up everywhere. I am not sure if it is because the site is straightforward, fun and helpful, or because the authors are real good at picking keywords for search engines.
- Jim Vallino's Cross Country Bike Trips
- Jim Vallino photographically recounts his 1996 cross-country trip and describes another from 2003. Engaging.
- Armchair World: Cycle Across America
- Bunni and Carolyn, ages 55 and 60, ride from California to Florida.
- Bike Touring Circa 1980
- Matthew Cole provides a glimpse of bike touring in - surprise - 1980. A nice page, evoking unexpected depth of nostalgia for an era that shouldn't seem all that bygone. Extensive links into Matthew's photography site too.
- Mark Gardner's 1998 tour
- Mark and I talked about riding in 1997. He took his tour the next summer --
- Ken & Carol's Cross-Country Ramblings
- Ken & Carol Lyon, 1996.
- Steve's Big Adventures
- Steve Leroux describes various week-long trips on the Pacific Coast.
- Eric Anderson's "Coast to Coast 1999"
- Eric Andersen quits his job to ride across the country. Well laid out, with lots of photos and great graphics.
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Long distance touring books seem to come and go - the ones
now on the shelves at the bookstore are almost completely different
than the ones that were available when I was planning my trip.
Here are two that I read then, and which deserve mention:
Bicycling Coast to Coast - A Complete Route Guide /
Virginia to Oregon, by Donna Lynn Ikenberry (1996). Ikenberry
rode the Transamerica Trail, east to west, a couple of years
before I did. Rob brought a copy along with him and from time
to time we found it useful in planning our daily route. (The
book is less useful when it comes to general trip preparation
& training.) Clicking here
will take you to the book's page at Amazon (including three reviews
by customers) if you're thinking of buying it.
Over the Hills - A Midlife Escape Across America by
Bicycle, by David Lamb (1996). This book came out a couple of
months before I set out. It ticked me off as soon as I saw it,
because he'd gone and written the book I would have written if I'd taken my ride first (and if I had his talent)! Lamb -- a smoker with an increasingly sedentary job -- set out without a day of training and a lot of the early chapters deal with his working his way into shape. But the balance of the book reflects a keen eye and a talent for storytelling; I read it again after returning from Oregon and found that I enjoyed his insights and observations even more. It seems to go in and out of print. Check this link at Amazon to see what today's news is.
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