Spring is here, and time to look at the calendar. More importantly, I appear to have a “work schedule” where I can predict what my days on-and OFF-will be. That leads to future scheming and dreaming.
Get the Bike Out
I’m torn between hiking and biking. Biking leads to a bit more planning. But biking is looming large in my future mini adventures.
What’s bikepacking? It’s backpacking with a bike. Or: any ride that requires an overnight stay.
Bikepacking trips I am planning:
Bike Overnight: It doesn’t have to be far away. Just get out for a night, camp out, return home. I will ride from my house, to Salt Fork State Park, and camp out in one of my tents overnight.
It’s only 13 miles, but a bit hilly. This will be a good excuse to get the gear out, and see about packing my new bike.
Steel City Loop: This is a 72 mile loop around Pittsburgh, using mostly trails-The Montour, Great Allegheny Passage, Three Rivers Heritage Trail. This could be a one day, or two day tour. I’m leaning toward an overnight, as this would give me plenty of time to hang out and explore Pittsburgh.
Greenbrier Trail-this is a long rails trail in Southern West Virginia. Due to the time involved driving to the southern trailhead (not far from White Sulphur Springs) this would be at least a two day overnight.
Wabash Cannonball Trail-this is a rail trail in northwestern Ohio, 63 miles long.
National Trails Day, June 1-bikepack to the Buckeye Trail Association Barn-this is about 33 miles away for me. But this is the route I would take:
a stout undertaking!
As you can see, most of these rides are fairly close by for me. You don’t have to travel far to have a big adventure!