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by aquilegia
7 Dec 2009, 2:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycleing Washington DC USA
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: Cycleing Washington DC USA

A friend & I biked from Pittsburgh to DC last year on these 2 trails. We did it in 6 leisurely days. We loved the GAP Trail. It has great scenery and the crushed stone surface is quite good. When you pass through Ohiopyle, I urge you to go on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's [i]Fallingwater[/i], a...
by aquilegia
6 Dec 2009, 5:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycleing Washington DC USA
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: Cycleing Washington DC USA

It makes no sense to me to fly or even take the train between NY & DC if you've got a bicycle. These new bus services are great. They're modern, clean, many even have WiFi, and best of all for cyclists, you can usually just ride to the bus and have you bike placed for free in one of the large st...
by aquilegia
6 Dec 2009, 5:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in S. India vs. N. India vs. Sri Lanka
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Touring in S. India vs. N. India vs. Sri Lanka

Thanks for the responses, nirakaro and simonhill. They are very helpful. I welcome any others.
by aquilegia
5 Dec 2009, 5:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycleing Washington DC USA
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: Cycleing Washington DC USA

The train is surprisingly expensive, and Amtrak doesn't always make bringing bikes easy. I would suggest that you take one of the many inexpensive and reliable buses that now go between Washington and NY. Most of them take bikes for free. I would suggest that you avoid the "Chinatown" buse...
by aquilegia
5 Dec 2009, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in S. India vs. N. India vs. Sri Lanka
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Touring in S. India vs. N. India vs. Sri Lanka

I've toured in Sri Lanka and enjoyed it, but I've never been to India. Mr. Pumpy's website as well as a few cyclists I've met have told me that cycling in south India is a saner experience than cycling in the rest of India. There were very few hassles while cycling in Sri Lanka (traffic is fairly sa...
by aquilegia
15 Aug 2009, 1:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the pyrenees in April
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: Crossing the pyrenees in April

I found the following on french-language wikipedia: "Le col ferme en cas de forte chute de neige ou d'éboulement de la montagne. Autrement, le passage reste ouvert toute l'année" which basically says: "the pass closes when there's heavy snow or a rock slide. Otherwise, the pass remain...
by aquilegia
21 Jul 2009, 11:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Zealand tips needed
Replies: 23
Views: 1842

Re: New Zealand tips needed

I was repeatedly attacked by a magpie on the North Island on the day that I cycled from Raitihi to Wanganui. I was wearing a helmet, but with no face painted on it. Anytime that I glanced upward when I perceived it was divebombing toward me, it would veer away at the last second. Eventually, I got o...
by aquilegia
21 Jul 2009, 11:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family friendly parts of france
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: Family friendly parts of france

The Loire valley has very gentle terrain and a wealth of little roads. With a good map, it's easy to find country lanes which have very little traffic. The weather is drier than Brittany & Normandy, too.
by aquilegia
14 May 2009, 6:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Marseilles-Genoa What's the best time of day to cycle?
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Marseilles-Genoa What's the best time of day to cycle?

I would be less concerned with the time of day as the route itself. I realize that you're committed to this route, but I found the French Riviera to be generally quite bad for cycling due to heavy traffic, and the Italian Riviera to be positively awful. There are so many better regions in both count...
by aquilegia
3 Dec 2008, 2:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA East Coast touring April/May 2009 - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 826

I wouldn't want to bike from Florida to NY myself. I've done 2 long-distance tours in North America that I would recommend. One was along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to California, the other was in the Rocky Mountains from Denver, Colorado, to Jasper,Alberta. Elsewhere in North America, ...
by aquilegia
2 Dec 2008, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA East Coast touring April/May 2009 - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: USA East Coast touring April/May 2009 - advice please!

If you only have a week, one possibility is to bike from Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) to Washington, DC. There is a trail called GAP (Great Allegheny Passage - http://www.atatrail.org), an old railroad track bed, which is now a trail going from the Pittsburgh suburbs to Cumberland, Maryland. There is a...
by aquilegia
6 Sep 2008, 9:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Quebec Montreal & Ottawa - experiences?
Replies: 4
Views: 878

A few years ago, I biked the length of the rail-trail "Le P'tit Train du Nord", which goes from Mont Laurier, which is north of Ottawa, to St. Jerome, a northern suburb of Montreal. It would certainly be a longer distance than riding directly from Ottawa to Montreal, but it would be a love...