If you could go on the ultimate bike trip, where would you ride? What would you bring with you? For Jasmine, it is her violin and her dog.
In 2012 I biked from DC to Boston...part of the route was the "East Coast Greenway," the ambition of which was to eventually have an off-road bike route from Maine to Florida. If they complete it someday I would love to ride the whole thing. :)
That is a really inspiring story!
It really is. I love that she brought her essentials - pup and violin. Definitely has her priorities straight.
If we are talking pure fantasy...drop off the grid. I would leave the phone at home and have enough cash in the wallet to deal. there would be four full panniers and camping gear. An Amtrak train would take me somewhere and I would start riding. If I eventually saw an ocean in front of me I would turn around.
I love it! One question - would you dip your toes in the ocean before you turn around? Seems a hard one to resist having travelled all that way.
Yeah, I may even lay the bike on the beach and wade for a while. I'll let you know if the fantasy ever gets me to the Atlantic.
I'm happy with the occasional trip to Milwaukee... just need to find some time to do it and be able to chill in Milwaukee without having to rush back.
You could always make an overnight or weekend of it and have a night or two at a hotel. :-)
I dream about biking to our cottage near Baraboo. Google calls it 218 miles. I'd probably budget four days due to all the hills north of the border, but see if I could do it in three.
I'd bring some audiobooks for the boring bits 'twixt here and the Cheddar Curtain, a good camera and a willingness to chat with the folks I meet along the way.
Homeward bound, maybe head due east to Milwaukee for dinner at Karl Ratzch's, then Amtrak back.
Didn't Karl Ratzch's close? Suppose you could go to Mader's.
Whichever way you go...east, west, north or south, make sure you finish at an AMTRAK station. And enjoy a comfortable ride back to Chicago.