14476RE: [rootsradicals] What's your longest one day ride or longest trip overall?
- Dec 2, 2012If by century you mean a general 100 miles, rather than an organized
100 mile ride for a charity/group ride, then yes I have ridden a century
a couple of times on my Big Dummy. Actually, it was more like 114 miles
and both times I did it in one day.
After I moved to York, PA I found out an artist of the only comic book I
ever collected was going to be attending a comic convention in Baltimore
Maryland, and I had never seen him in person. Before I moved to the area,
I knew about a rail trail from York, PA running down into Maryland, so I
naturally intended on riding it at some point. Just for a side note, the
rail line is the same one used by Abraham Lincoln when he traveled up to
give the Gettysburg Address. The rail line was also a significant route
of the Underground Railroad, and the first town along its path north of
the Mason-Dixon Line is appropriately called New Freedom, PA.
Anyway, the very next day after I picked up my Big Dummy (before this I
had an Xtracycled Univega, which broke), I biked down to Baltimore as a
reconnaissance ride to figure out the precise route and see exactly how
long it would take to bike down there for my later trip to the actual
comic book convention. The trip down is 57 miles one way with it mostly
flat on the rail trail, but then there are significant rolling hills in
Maryland between the end of the rail trail and Baltimore. Once I arrived
outside the convention center and looped around the block to determine
the most secure lock up spot, I then simply headed back home on my Big
For the second trip down to Baltimore on the day of the convention, I had
to leave way early in the morning while it was still dark. Since the rail
trail is under the authority of the parks department, I had to get
advance permission to be on it at night because night time usage of the
rail trail is officially not allowed. Since I hung out for a few hours at
the convention, I ended up being on the rail trail after the sun set as
well, but both times I was lit up like a Xmas tree. I had red strobe
lights, handle-bar mounted head lights, a head-mounted light, a 2-tube
blue Down-Low-Glow system, and even a couple of different colored glow
sticks for good measure.
Apart from those two rides I have not toured/bike-camped like I use to
before even getting my Xtracycle. Although, I did do a charity century
ride on my Xtracycle, but that was 100 kilometers instead of 100 miles.
Come to think of it, I biked up to the start of that century and back
home, so technically I did actually do more than 100 miles that day.
Having a long tail cargo bike on that century ride also made things more
amusing. Since I hauled everything I needed on board, I never had to stop
at any of the rest stops. Many other riders would pass me, only to pass
me again repeatedly between check points.
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