Mar 06

What to take on your bike trail trip

Okay, spring is nearly sprung and we’re all itchin’ to hit the (hopefully not so) dusty trail. I understand your enthusiasm, but slow down little buddy. Take a few minutes to prepare for your bike trip. Let me make a few suggestions for you to take on the trail:

  1. well-tuned bike w/ storage onboard (seat pack or panniers or handlebar pack)
  2. sunscreen
  3. sun glasses
  4. helmet
  5. water
  6. weather protection (depending on forecast and local conditions you may need sweatshirt, windbreaker, shower cap to put over helmet [see my article in May 2009 Budget Travel magazine], gloves)
  7. snacks (nuts, energy bar, fruit)
  8. $
  9. bike repair kit, pump, spare tire
  10. optional items that I usually take include cell phone (w/) GPS & bike light (front & back)

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Mar 04

Traveler quote

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.” – Lao Tzu

I couldn’t agree more. Some of the best parts of travel are the planning, the journey, and the arrival home. The destination is often incidental and occasionally even disappointing, but the trip is always worthwhile.

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Mar 04

Please support Rails to Trails Conservatory

If you believe that rails-to-trails is valuable, please contact your congressperson in support of an upcoming bill. Visit this website:

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Mar 03

South Platte Trail

You know the old saw, “I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms sore?”
Well, just rode my bike from Denver and boy is my knee sore. Dang!!! I thought I’d licked this knee thing. Obviously not. I’ve got it on ice now.
The short but sweet Denver trip was nice though. I rode the RTD bus in, then spent a couple hours at Tattered Cover Bookstore, then rode the South Platte Trail back home. In addition to a sore knee, I was starving.
For Platte River Trail information, click here.

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Mar 02

Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails


I’m trying to get to the Silver Comet Trail and not having any luck.

My First mistake was to book my flight into Birmingham, AL instead of Atlanta, GA. I thought I could easily get to the Chief Ladiga Trail from Birmingham airport.


So now, I’ve decided to start my rail trail ride on the Silver Comet Trail rather than the Chief Ladiga Trail. A couple of the reasons I made that decision include:
– Easier to get from airport to a hotel near the trail.
– I found a great and very helpful bike shop named SCD Bikes that has recumbent bikes for rent and is located near the Silver Comet Trail.

I tried getting a shuttle or a ride from a local. I called a few people and put an ad in Craigslist. But nothing came of it. So now it looks like I’ll have to rent a car. I’d hoped to avoid that. It’s a bit of a waste since I’ll be on a bike for most of the trip. I’ll only really need a car to get from the airport to the hotel and back again.

I think someone would do a pretty good business if they provided shuttle service for trail riders. One of the bike rental shops should consider this as part of their business.

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Feb 28

Health Benefits of Living Near Open Space/Rail Trails

Many studies have shown that living near open spaces (such as those provided by rail trails) is beneficial to your health. Specifically, a study done in the Netherlands that examined medical records showed that those who lived close to “green spaces” were a third less likely to have anxiety disorders.

But what about those people not fortunate enough to live near open/green spaces? That’s where rail-trails come into play. Even if you can’t live on or near open space, trails offer the opportunity to relax, unwind, & reinvigorate yourself. America’s trails are for everyone and investment in trails is an investment in our national health.

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