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Southbound on the Underground Railroad Route


Discovering The Heart of America - Through The Eyes of One Curious Canadian

2,598 km (1,614 miles) over 45 days from August 26, 2012 to October 9, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 1-3 months, Underground Railroad (UGRR)
Locales: North America, United States, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Campbell, Newport, Indiana, Jefferson, Madison, Jefferson, Louisville
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/CuriousAboutAmerica

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Leonard Poole - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2012
Last update: Sunday November 18, 2012 09:48 (US/Pacific) (edited Wed 19 Dec 2012 07:47 (US/Pacific))
12,115 hits since August 6, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
196 pics


Table of Contents

My "Curious About America" Tour: Why I started thinking about making this trip.
The Plan: A Sweeping Arc From Niagara Falls to Orlando, Florida
Preparation: The Basic Equipment
A FUN(d)raising Idea: I'm going for a bike ride, but maybe I could do more.
The Countdown Has Begun: Less than three weeks to go
And the Journey Begins: All Aboard!
Crossing at Niagara: Let's Get This Party Started!
Weather Conspiracy: Making the Best of a Rainy Day
Cycling in Three States: Westfield, NY to Conneaut, Ohio
Heading South - Breaking Away From the UGRR: South on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail - Ashtabula to Warren
Newton Falls to Kent: Time to Slow Down
Time to Inquire, Learn & Reflect: Visiting the May 4 Memorial at Kent State
Kent to Massillon: Crossing a Continental Divide
Massillon to Mansfield in a Straight Line: With Lots of Ups & Downs - & a State Trooper Sends Me the Wrong Way!
Mansfield to Delaware, OH: Straight Down 42
Time to Relax: Rest Day in Delaware, Ohio - Getting to Know a Beautiful Town
You Cycled How Far to Get Where?: Bad Planning Leads to Pedaling in a Circle (and the 2nd flat didn't help)
Forging Ahead - London to Jamestown, Ohio: Gotta get to that ball game!
Jamestown to Morgan's Campground: A Great Little Camping Spot on a Great Trail
Morgan's Campground to Newport, Kentucky - State #4!: I Love Serendipity
Exploring Cincinnati: Enjoying a Rest Day with some leisurely cycling
Newport KY to Madison, IN: Some of these roads are just NOT meant for cycling
A Day Ahead of Schedule: Exploring Madison IN
Madison, IN to Prospect, KY: The Generosity of Strangers
After a Three Day Rest - It's Time to Move On: Prospect KY to Corydon IN
Corydon to Brandenburg - A Really Short Day: Call me a wuss, but I need something better than Plan M for the end of the day.
Brandenburg, KY to Tell City, IN: The "Generosity of Strangers" Strikes Again - This time in Cloverport, KY
Tell City, IN to Owensboro, KY: Those winds blow me around!
Owensboro Rest Day: Off the bike enjoying Owensboro
Rest Day # 2: Off to the Bean Blossom "Uncle Pen Days" Bluegrass Festival
Owensboro to Henderson: After two days of rest, time to say good-bye to a great host!
Henderson to Morganfield - A Very Short Day: There is rain in the forecast for several days - I'm considering my options.
Morganfield to Cave-in-Rock: Lots of hills, but the view is worth it.
Cave-in-Rock, Illinois to Grand Rivers, Kentucky: Quiet Roads become the most dangerous stretch of highway yet.
Grand Rivers KY to Dover TN: Cycling through Land Between the Lakes
Dover TN to New Johnsonville, TN: Washed out bridge - I accept a lift
New Johnsonville TN to Perryville TN: Lots more hills, and the dogs come out to play
Time for a Day Off as the Skies Open: Time for Diner Conversation
I REALLY am Sick and Tired of These Dogs: Give me the hills, get rid of the dogs!
Adamsville TN to Iuka MS: The Dogs bring me down, the hills up AND down, but the people lift me up again
The Dogs Have Won: I'm Formulating Plan B
Iuka MS to Tupelo MS: I found cycling heaven on the Natchez Trace - NO DOGS!!!
Storms Roll In So I Take Another Day Off: Musings About the Tour to Date
Tupelo MS to Houston MS: Back on the Trace
Houston MS to Kosciusko MS: A long day through some beautiful country
Kosciusko to Jackson: The Cycling Journey Ends - Another Journey Begins


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