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Completing the Loop around America


London, Ontario to Key West, Florida

4,726 km (2,937 miles) over 59 days from October 3, 2012 to November 30, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, 1-3 months, Atlantic Coast
Locales: North America, Canada, Ontario, United States, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
Year: 2012

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

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Brian Garnett, Pat Garnett and Tom Williamson - (contact)

Status: Completed Dec 2012
Last update: Monday December 3, 2012 04:16 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 17 Mar 2013 15:10 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

      What's the plan?

      Our equipment

      And now we are three

ONTARIO

      Day 1: Perfect start: London to Tillsonburg

      Day 2: Another perfect day to Dunnville

      Day 3: Good fortune continues to Fort Erie

NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA

      Day 4: No rooms at the inn

      Day 5: To Bradford, Pennsylvania in the rain

      Day 6: Just short of DuBois (pronounced locally as DEW-boys)

      Day 7: Into the hilly part of our trip

      Day 8: Getting close to the GAP rail trail

      Day 9: The GAP: what a treasure!

MARYLAND

      Day 10: Up and down the GAP

      Day 11: First leg of the C&O Canal Towpath

      Day 12: Another good day on the C&O towpath

VIRGINIA

      Day 13: From the C&O to the W&OD

      Day off: Being tourists in Washington, DC

      Day 14: Good, bad and ugly day, going south from DC

      Day 15: Another tough day through rolling Virginia

      Day 16: Perfect back-road riding as we approach Richmond

      Day 17: The hills are gradually disappearing

      Day 18: Peaceful Sunday riding in south-east Virginia farming country

NORTH CAROLINA

      Day 19: Best day yet: Atlantic Ocean now visible

      Day 20: It feels like we're in Florida already

      Day 21: Back to the mainland

      Day 22: Near-record temperatures but great riding

      Day 23: Wind: the good thing about a tropical storm

      Day off: Rain: the bad thing about a tropical storm

      Day 24: No rain, great tailwind, so away we went again

SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA

      Day 25: Struggling into South Carolina

      Day 26: Short day inland to Conway

      Day 27: South Carolina: so far, not a good place to ride a bicycle

      Day 28: Better day thanks to quieter back roads

      Day 29: Meeting cycle tourists and surviving rumble strips

      Day 30: Great shortcut into Georgia

      Day 31: Lovely summery Sunday drive through Georgia

FLORIDA

      Day 32: Into Florida; thank you Georgia and Highway 17

      Day 33: Nostalgic return to St. Augustine: Loop completed

      Day 34: Blown southward - to Edgewater

      Day 35: Blown southward II - to Indialantic

      Day 36: Blown southward III - to Jupiter

      Day 37: From Jupiter to Fort Lauderdale Beach

      Day 38: Surviving Miami and surroundings

      Day 39: Treated royally in Long Key

      Day 40: Success: Arrival at land's end in Key West

RANDOM WANDERINGS

      Days off: Walking all around Key West

      Some cycling: The first few relaxing days in Cape Coral

      Great holiday: The rest of our time in Cape Coral

      Day 41: Heading north toward Orlando

      Day 42: Central Florida - orange groves and cattle ranches

      Day 43: Journey complete!

      Spoon question

      Final thoughts


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