Bicycle Touring – Week 2 – Getting into the Swing of Things

Despite all the flat ground we were covering, our biking tour was a real roller coaster for me. During our first week of adventuring, I knew we were on Adam’s dream vacation but I was struggling to keep up, both physically and in level of excitement. The chilly weather didn’t help. Fortunately for both of us, the second week was a lot more enjoyable for me. I was a little more used to biking, eating tons more carbs to keep my energy up, and the weather got warmer, too.  We had also had some great trails and other fun spots, too, like riding the Fort Fisher Ferry in North Carolina.

All aboard the ferry!
All aboard the ferry!

Our Stats

Here’s our stats for the 12 days we rode. We almost covered 500 miles as we traveled from Durham, North Carolina to Charleston, South Carolina.

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We averaged about 40 miles per day, and typically about 10 miles per hour when we were moving, even with the really low mileage weekend.  We spent about 4 or 5 hours a day pedaling on the bikes, with breaks for snacks and lunch. The record keeping on speed is tough because we often paused for traffic or to check directions without stopping the clock. Continue reading Bicycle Touring – Week 2 – Getting into the Swing of Things

One Week of Bicycle Touring and One of Us is Hooked

Adam and I decided about two weeks ago that it would be a fun and exciting challenge to ride our bikes as far as we could during the month of March. We’re taking a bike route called the East Coast Greenway south from Durham, North Carolina and hoping to make it to Tampa, Florida by April 1. We’re about a week in and here are some more updates on our journey so far!

In our full year of travel, even considering everywhere we’ve visited in the US and abroad, this biking trip is the closest we’ve come to being on Adam’s dream vacation. It might sound crazy. Here’s why:

  • Biking is Adam’s preferred method of self-propulsion and his favorite way to travel. (All self-propulsion is great for Adam, especially kayaking, but biking is the most practical.)
  • It’s physically challenging, but not too tough to ride a good number of miles most days, plus it’s the right speed to experience the countryside.
  • We get to eat as many snacks as we can to make up for all the calories burned.
  • Keeping with our minimalist tendencies, we carry all our stuff with us in small bags on the bikes. There’s no room for luxuries or crap we don’t need. Adam didn’t even pack a sleeping bag, opting instead for a smaller blanket for camping.
  • And finally, this whole trip is a little wacky, but biking and bicycle touring is nearby and not too hard for most people. Adam wants to prove it’s feasible and fun even for rookie bikers like us.
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If it’s not obvious already, I am skeptical on the bike trip as best vacation ever but I am really enjoying the snacks. Helmets are fun too.

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