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My first overnight bike trip was not what I expected, although I'm not sure what I had imagined in the first place. The idea began when I told my mum about some dreams of someday spending a whole week living off my bike. After hearing that she was definitely excited, and she suggested we try an overnight trip before thinking about something longer. With that it began.
Atlanta can be a tough town for cycling. In-town riding is accessible and convenient, but big roads and long distances often preclude comfortable trips beyond the city. However, the Stone Mountain Trail provides a nearly seamless connection from the inner neighborhoods to the state's most-visited park.
Bring up San Francisco and undoubtedly someone will mention the gloom, the grey, the horrible weather. The thought of the cold, the wind, and the constant threat of rain -- like a storied San Francisco fog bank -- seems to engulf the spirit of many travelers, dampening their vacation dreams. But for whatever reason, I have had the remarkable luck of never seeing this side of the City by the Bay on my outings. I’ve been turned lobster red sitting in the bleachers at Candlestick Park; strolled down the Embarcadero under clear-blue skies; enjoyed sun-splashed picnics on the lawn in front of the city hall. While I will never mistake San Francisco for a tropical paradise, the weather has never cast its evil spell on any of my adventures there. I hoped it would be no different this time.
Rhode Island, officially known as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is the smallest U.S. state by land area, covering only 1,045 square miles. And 30 percent of the state is water, so it should be no surprise that Rhode Island’s nickname is “The Ocean State.” Although I have cycled quite a bit in Rhode Island, I have never done any multi-day trips. The purpose of this overnight tour was two-fold: First, to practice fully loaded touring with a camping component; and, secondly, to see Rhode Island and share with the reader the surprising diversity of this smallest of states.
The Green Mountains of Vermont are a wonderful place for a bike tour. I found a 100-mile loop with campgrounds about 50 miles apart. It is hard to get a campground on the weekends in New England on short notice, so I went mid-week instead. The ride traveled along valleys so it wasn't particularly hilly -- no large mountains to climb.
Salisbury, Maryland, is known to many cyclists as the home of the Sea Gull Century. However, with at least five state park campgrounds within a 30-mile radius, it is also an ideal base for an overnight or other short tour. One of my most memorable trips was a night spent at Assateague State Park timed to coincide with a launch from the NASA Flight Center at Wallops Island, Virginia.
I hadn’t been to Santa Catalina Island since I was young. So when Bruce asked if I’d join him for an overnighter there, I jumped at the chance. I needed to try out my bikepacking setup, and this was a perfect chance.