Sunday, March 04, 2007

New 2,100 Mile Underground Railroad Cycling Route

Maybe it's a little early to be talking about spring considering it is still quite cold outside. Spring is on the horizon, however, and when it does dawn with warmth, we will naturally be thinking about outdoor activities. One activity that seems to be greatly tied to the area is bicycling. I started noticing a number of cyclists flowing through the area some time back, but now they have even more incentive. Maysville Kentucky is a key point on a new 2,100 mile cycling route that follows the trail of the Underground Railroad from Mobile, Alabama, to Owen Sound, Ontario.

According to Jeff Lee, a cycling enthusiast from Mayslick who emailed us about the route:

This is a pretty big deal in the world of bicycle touring - there will be hundreds of people riding their loaded touring bicycles through our area this spring and summer, and for years to come.

I did a solo coast-to-coast bike trip last summer from Virginia to Oregon, following Adventure Cycling's TransAmerica route. I met people from all over the world who were doing it; I think it will be extremely cool to see all kinds of people bike through our area this summer.

I'm excited. Now that I know the length of the route, I will definitely be hounding cyclists for tales of their adventures. Speaking of which, here's Jeff's online journal he kept during his trip last year. He says he carried a laptop with him on the bike, and updated the site whenever he could:

Crossing The Country On A Cannondale »

You can find more information about Jeff's route and the new Underground Railroad route that passes through Old Washington and Maysville at the Adventure Cycling Association's website.

Thanks Jeff.

posted at 2:40 PM by Jeremy Parnell