There is no better way to see the country than on a bicycle!

TransAmerica Bicycle Route

I rode the TransAmerica Bicycle Route, using detailed maps published by Adventure Cycling, from May 1st to July 21st in 2010. My friend, Steve, and I rode the 4,250-mile ride self-supported, carrying everything we would need on our bikes. Highlights: Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Mountains, Kansas prairies, Rocky Mountains, all the great people we met along the way.

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KATY Trail, Missouri

The KATY Trail is a 225-mile long Missouri State Park running from St. Charles, Missouri to Clinton, Missouri. It follows the old railroad route of the Texas, Missouri, and Kansas Railroad (nicknamed the KATY) and runs next to the Missouri River for a good share of its length. It is crushed rock and is somewhat rough and/or soft in places. I suggest a hybrid or mountain bike.

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Northwoods Wisconsin Ride

An annual, supported week-long ride in northern Wisconsin (and sometimes a bit of Minnesota). Well organized and supported.

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CANDISC

CANDISC (Cycling Around North Dakota in Sakakawea Country). This is an annual, week-long organized ride through the North Dakota prairie.

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TRIRI

Tour Riding In Rural Indiana. The September ride is a supported ride between southern Indiana state parks. On most other rides everything at the overnight stays centers on the campground, but on this ride everything centers around the state park lodges, which are very nice. Leave the tent at home and spend the extra money for the lodges; they are worth it.

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Swiss Cheese & Spotted Cow ride

This is a small (50 riders), supported, inn-to-inn ride through southern Wisconsin and a bit of Illinois. It is very well organized and the riders are absolutely pampered.

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath Bike Trail

This trail is in Maryland and runs from western Maryland to Washington, D.C. along the old C & O Canal towpath. The towpath was used in the 1800's by mules to tow canal boats from western Maryland to Washington.

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Door County Bike Ride

This was a bike ride put on International Bicycle Tours, Inc. for the Road Scholars company. It was a very small group (16 riders), was well organized, and went from inn-to-inn. The daily rides were only 25 miles or so but there were interesting stops along the way.

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TransAmerica Bicycle Route | KATY Trail, Missouri | Northwoods Wisconsin Ride | CANDISC | TRIRISwiss Cheese and Spotted Cow Ride | Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath Bike Trail | Door County Bike Ride