Entries Tagged as Bed & Breakfast
The Northeast Texas Trail (NETT) is a partially completed rails-to-trails conversion, stretching 130 miles across six counties and 19 towns, from Farmersville to New Boston, Texas. Over a three-day weekend from October 26 to 28, 2012, Steve DeBauge and I completed a “thru-bike” of the entire NETT corridor. The challenge was as much logistical as it was physical -- but well worth it.
A few years ago my English friends, Don Mahad and Susan Dawson, told me that they had completed a ride called the “C2C," from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east. When I asked them how the ride was, they said something like “challenging.” Well, now I know that when two strong 30-something cyclists use the word “challenging,” it means something quite different than what it means to me as a 68-year recreational cyclist. After I did the ride in August 2008, I chuckled at their reference -- it was downright strenuous for me. But, I’d also say that it was well worth the effort.
With two Adventure Cycling interstate routes passing through New York State -- the Atlantic Coast Route and the Northern Tier -- and the Adirondack Loop completely within the state, I was surprised to see that there have not been more Bike Overnight adventures submitted for New York. The MTA Metro North Commuter railroad link from here in the mid-Hudson Valley provides numerous possibilities for the starting location of a cycling adventure, both long and short. Quite a number of people have already taken advantage of this bicycle/rail-transit link for the start of a day ride or a longer overnighter.
In mid-June Christine and I spent our "virtual weekend" (Wednesday and Thursday) on a few acres of land next to the Raging River at a wonderful place called TreeHouse Point. This place is not far from our home in Issaquah, Washington just over 8 miles as the bikes roll, and almost all of those miles traverse paths designated for non-motorized travel.
When we lived in Brentwood -- a suburb just outside of Nashville, Tennessee -- 'RandoGirl' and I took this two-day tour a couple of times. Most of it is on the Natchez Trace, a federal road closed to commercial traffic and carefully maintained by the National Park Service, making it a truly superb bicycle route. It makes for an easy self-supported tour; you can follow the route either to one of two bed and breakfasts, or to a full-amenities campground. By following the "off-Trace" part of the route, you'll go by a great country store for lunch, and a fine little winery for an afternoon break.
The wet Pacific weather this past winter had made us anxious to get on our bikes again, so we planned a spring tulip ride through the colorful fields west of Mount Vernon, Washington. The bicycling began and ended in Mount Vernon, but we loaded our bikes on Amtrak from Vancouver (Washington) to get to the start.
The next time I drink a glass of milk, eat a soy burger, or bite into an ear of corn, I will think of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This area (also called Pennsylvania Dutch Country), known for its fertile soil and strong farming industry, generates food, feed, and fiber via livestock-raising, dairy and poultry farms, and acres of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. A large concentration of Amish and Mennonite farmers live here and work the land.