Cross Country… Bike Trip?
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One of my favorite memories while abroad was riding a bike everywhere without the fear of a car zipping by at ungodly speeds (20 mph in reality). The scenic walk is nice every now and again, but a bike is the best option for a better workout, less tired feet and an environmentally friendly option if you want to get somewhere quickly. Bikes are also capable of getting you to more remote places that might not be accessible by car, making travelers feel more in control of their explorations for hidden gems.
So as a traveler (or prospective one) I was excited to see that the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has announced plans for a cross-country, multi-use trail that will run across 12 states and Washington D.C., known as The Great American Rail Trail. According to Lonely Planet, the idea for this trail began 30 years ago and the RTC has spent the last 18 months researching 34,000 miles worth of pathways across the U.S., as well as collaborating with state agencies and local trail partners to create a comprehensive plan.
Don’t grab your helmets just yet — apparently, the work for this project will take years to complete. However, the RTC is continually sharing updates to routes on their website. Until then, I’ll take recommendations for bike trails where I don’t have to compete with drivers!
Posted by Cat