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Great long-distance bike trails: no cars, no trucks

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This post is very good news for those who like to bicycle:

A quickly emerging network of abandoned railway lines are being converted by regional governments into superb bike paths. In addition to offering very gentle grades that are ideal for bikes, many of these new trails are satisfying long. The longest rail trail is over 300 miles long, and the longest off-pavement bike trail in the country stretches 2,500 miles. On these bike roads you can cruise along for weeks without ever encountering a car, or worrying about being bumped off the white line by an oblivious motorist. These are not paved roads, but packed gravel or dirt. Many sport spectacular tunnels and bridges courtesy of the former railways. At the same time these trails pass through small towns affording local eateries and rural lodging, as well as the usual camping spots along the way. I tell you, there’s nothing like arriving at the soft pillows of a B&B after a long day of pedaling.

Many of these trails did not exist as bike paths even a few years ago. More are being opened every day. There’s great effort to sew short sections together into long haul bike-primary paths. Eventually you will be able to cross the country via a series of interconnected car-free roads. In the meantime, the clearinghouse for the latest additions to the bike-road network is the Rail to Trails Conservancy. But you don’t have to wait to enjoy some fantastic overnight tours on roads without cars. Here are six of the longest continuous bike trails in operation right now, in ascending order of length.

Much more info (and photos) at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

20 September 2007 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Daily life

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  1. How cool would it be to cycle from Canada to Mexico?!!


    The Niece

    20 September 2007 at 8:03 pm

  2. Well, what about that Kettle Valley Rail Trail? Have you done that one?



    20 September 2007 at 8:09 pm

  3. I’m not sure where you’re blogging from, but Missouri has a lot of these rails to trails program-type trails, including the Katy Trail in and around St. Louis.

    More communities really do need good bike paths. One of my favorites in Missouri is St. Joe State Park’s 14-mile trail.

    Be well and keep riding,



    19 June 2009 at 8:59 pm

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