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The Bicycle Touring Beginners Series continues with a focus on training and route planning for bicycle touring! Plus a review of WQED’s The Great Ride, a new documentary on bicycle touring the C&O Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage.

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Special thanks to Pedalshift Society and Hawbuck Dyneema Wallets for sponsoring this episode of the show!

Review of The Great Ride
Stream it over at WQED.org through 3/31. It’s worth the hour if you’re into touring. And you are. You listen to a bike touring podcast for crying out loud…
 
  • Nice overview of the C&O and the GAP.
  • Loved seeing familiar faces (Doug Riegner was featured)
  • Each section featured different group of narrators, from a veteran couple to a Black Girls Do Bike group, to a photographer and more. Different POVs, even different bikes.
  • Nice dose of history
  • Stunning shots. Really nicely done!
  • Would love to see this be successful and encourage other public tv stations to get behind similar docs on the Katy Trail, the OTET, the Cowboy Trail and more
Beginners Series: Training and Route Planning for Bicycle Touring Training Philosophies
  • Train like hell vs. Ride your way to touring shape vs. Somewhere in the middle
  • Hill work is important for your tour. Any of those around Fort Collins?
  • Take a cue from marathon runner training – they never run a full marathon to train for a marathon
  • Taper
  • Nutrition
  • Know your body
Route Planning
  • Established routes
  • Build your own
    • Online journals (CycleBlaze, etc.)
    • Ride With GPS
    • Strava heat maps
    • Google Streetview
Next in the series… group dynamics on tour with special guest Guthrie Straw from The Sprocket Podcast!
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this winter’s Cross-Florida bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Sandy Pizzio
Richard Patch
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Jody Dzuranin
Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Ohio to Erie Trail spans 326 miles diagonally across Ohio, linking up Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland and everything in between. On this episode, we chat about the trail and the experience biking across Ohio!

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Cross Florida Brompton Bike Tour - YouTube
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Housekeeping
Check out the Cross-Florida by Brompton video over on YouTube! It’s 3 days of riding across central Florida jammed into a nice tight 15 minutes. It’s a great companion to the podcast because you get to see some of the things I mentioned in living color 4k goodness.
 
Next live show coming at you! When’s a good time for you? I’m doing a super quick survey – like 5 seconds, make your choice over at pedalshift.net/live. I’d love to get more in on the live part of things, so we’ll rock some voting this time.
 
  • Friday March 29 9pm ET
  • Sunday March 31 6pm ET
  • Wednesday April 3 6pm ET
 
Of course this will be recorded and available in video form on YouTube, and audio form on the pod for the 4/11 show, so no worries if none of the above is your answer! We’ll be doing the spring tour announcement and more. Polls will close midnight eastern time on March 20th and we’ll announce the live show date on the next episode!
 
Check out the new documentary, The Ride, exploring one of America’s most treasured biking destinations. Consisting of two connecting trails, the C&O Canal Towpath (Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland) and the Great Allegheny Passage (Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA), cyclists from all over the world are enjoying 335 uninterrupted miles of breathtaking scenery and fascinating history.
 
If you’re in the PGH area, WQED is airing this March 14th at 8pm ET. Everywhere else? We get to stream it from the 15th through the end of March at wqed.org/ride. I’m planning on watching this ASAP and will give it a review next pod!
 
The Interview: The Ohio to Erie Trail

In late 2015, Lisa Daris became the part-time Executive Coordinator, replacing Jerry Rampelt, who was in this role for 15 years. Lisa handles the day to day operations of the organization and reports to the board president and officers.  Lisa serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s transportation department. She is an active volunteer with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits and operates Olentangy Paddle, a pop-up livery service in Central Ohio. She is a graduate of Ohio State.

Jody Dzuranin is a Board Member of the Ohio to Erie Trail, serving as the Marketing Committee Chair. She Co-founded the Friends of Camp Chase Trail and is a past leader of the Ohio delegation at the National Bike Summit. She’s currently attending Ohio University for a Masters in Public Administration and holds a B.S. on Business Administration from Ohio State.
Ohio to Erie Trail: Questions
What’s the history of the Ohio to Erie Trail and how did the series of regional trails get knitted together over time into the cross-state network?
 
For someone looking to bicycle the length of the trail, how much is completed off-road surface and how much includes shared infrastructure on roads? What is the signage like in the “C cities” of the trail?
 
Is there a dominant direction cyclists choose (i.e. Cleveland to Cincinnati or vice versa?)
 
One fun thing you have on the OTET is the 326 Club – what’s the story behind that and how many people a year claim membership?
 
Is the typical through ride for the trail 5-6 days? On some trails we hear about endurance athletes completing rides in super compressed times – do you see that on the OTET at all?
 
Do you see 4-season cycling on the trail with fat bikes becoming more of a thing?
 
I grew up near Lake Ontario so I know all about lake effect snow! When would you say the trail is typically thawed out for the first spring riders? What’s the rough months for prime season cycling the OTET?
 
The trail goes through a ton of iconic towns on its route through the state, so lodging looks abundant… what’s the camping mix like for people who are looking to be totally self-supported? (i.e. public vs. private, location relative to the trail, etc.)
 
The OTET is one of the gateway trails for the recently announced Great American Rail-Trail. What’s it been like working with Rails to Trails Conservancy and how did you see the future of the larger network impacting the OTET? 
 
What’s the thing you’re most looking forward to on the OTET this year?
 
What can listeners do to learn more about the trail and the organizations that help maintain it?
 
Ohio to Erie Trail: Resources
Hat tip to friend of the show,  Preston Paige Piper for making the connection with Lisa and Jody!
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this winter’s Cross-Florida bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Sandy Pizzio
Richard Patch
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The podcast version of the most recent Pedalshift Live, featuring the Cross-Florida bike tour wrap up… takeaways, highlights, and answers to your questions about using Google Maps for bike tour planning, what it’s like touring on a Brompton and more.

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A big thanks to Hawbuck Dyneema wallets for sponsoring this episode!
Listen to the whole Cross-Florida bike tour series:
  Pedalshift Live: Cross-Florida Bike Tour Takeaways

Tampa, FL to Cocoa Beach, FL
Check out the full route at Ride with GPS

  • Florida is a good bike touring state (trails are intriguing but roads were pretty good!)
  • Three days across Central Florida is about right but you could do it in two
  • The rural parts were the best even though there were no shoulders
  • Use sunscreen and cover up
  • I get the no-camping tour thing
  • February in Florida is an antidote to winter
  • You will never be lonely riding a Brompton
  • I ride better with minimal breaks
  • A dose of nostalgia is a good thing
  • If you want to preserve memories on tour – shoot a lot of video… take a lot of pictures… maybe even record your thoughts. But stay in the moment.
  • Huge shouts to the meetup folks! Greg, Kenny and our boy Big Rick at the bar. 
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this winter’s Cross-Florida bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Sandy Pizzio
Richard Patch
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart
Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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Day 3 was the longest ride of the trilogy… over 60 miles that captured so much of Florida’s landscape… from congested suburban Orlando to a lengthy shoulderless 60mph strip of asphalt through a rural stretch of grazing land to the Atlantic coast that beckoned in Cocoa Beach. I was running out of Florida, but still had some work to do.

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A big thanks to Hawbuck Dyneema wallets for sponsoring this episode!
Reminder to check out part 1 in PSP 153 and  part 2 in PSP 154 and then again Friday 2/22 at 9pm ET for Pedalshift Live, the wrap up of the XFL tour or hang tight for PSP 156 on Thursday 2/28. 
The Journal: Cross-Florida Bike Tour, Part 3

Kissimmee, FL to Cocoa Beach, FL
Check out the full route at Ride with GPS

Statistics

Miles biked 60.1
Miles of Nova Rd, the sweetest asphalt ever 31
Tranquil lilly pad stops 1
Nights spent on a boat 1
Flats 0

Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this winter’s Cross-Florida bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Sandy Pizzio
Richard Patch
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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Day 2 of the Cross-Florida bike tour began in Lakeland, Florida with a serene morning palling around with exotic birds. With 51 miles of riding ahead of me, I got an early start knowing there was a small stretch of questionable riding towards the end in Kissimmee.

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A big thanks to Hawbuck Dyneema wallets for sponsoring this episode!
The Journal: Cross-Florida Bike Tour, Part 2

Lakeland, FL to Kissimmee, FL
Check out the full route at Ride with GPS

Statistics

Miles biked: 51
Orange groves: 2
Alpaca encounters: several
Sweet paved trail miles: 5
Transit fast forwards avoided: 1
Incomplete sidewalk connections: zero (woo hoo!)
Flats: zero
Theme park hotel bars: 2

Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this winter’s Cross-Florida bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Sandy Pizzio
Richard Patch
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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Central Florida has a thousand personalities. Sure, we all know the theme parks, and the big cities of Tampa and Orlando, but there are also huge swaths of barely developed pastures, orange groves, irrigation canals and lakes to catch a cyclists’ eye while pedaling the miles away. A lot of people come to Florida to escape the chill of winter and return with stories and surprises. This tour was no different! Pedalshift Tour Journals Vol. 13 : Cross-Florida Bike Tour, Part 1 begins with some pre-tour banter in DC and continues through the first day’s ride from Tampa to Lakeland, Florida.

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A big thanks to Hawbuck Dyneema wallets for sponsoring this episode!

Apologies for the show being late… one of the things I brought back with me from Florida was a nasty, nasty virus that has killed my voice. We’re going to split up the tour into three episodes that are all going to come out between now and the live show wrapup episode on the 22nd. Each episode will cover a day of the ride. Look for Part 2 in the next few days and Part 3 at the usual 7am Thursday slot!

The Journal: Cross-Florida Bike Tour, Part 1
Cypress Point Park in Tampa, FL to Lakeland, FL

Statistics
Airline miles flown: 814
LCBs carried on planes: 1
Lyfts lifted: 2
Strawberry Festival setups witnessed: 1
Strawberry Pop Tarts desired: 1
Strawberry Pop Tarts eaten: 0
Miles biked: 41.6
Tires dipped: zero
Flats: zero
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like my upcoming XFL trip this winter! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Sandy Pizzio
Richard Patch
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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The Great American Rail-Trail, a bold project recently launched by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, is a proposed network of nearly 4000 miles of off-road trails linking Washington, DC to the outskirts of Seattle, WA. On this episode, we chat with Kevin Mills of RTC to get the scoop on this exciting project and what to expect in the years to come.

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Housekeeping
  • XFL Tour: I’ll be rolling my own route across central Florida from Tampa on the gulf coast to Cocoa Beach on the east. Tour Journals Vol. 13 coming in the next two weeks!
  • Podcast sponsor slots are available starting in the new year… check out pedalshift.net/sponsor for more info.
Meetups & Live Shows
  • Pedalshift Orlando meetup Saturday 2/9 2-4pm at the Thirst Topher in the Barley Row section of Orlando, – go to pedalshift.net/orlando to sign up and for more info.
  • Pedalshift LIVE Friday February 22 at 9pm ET! It will be the wrap up show for the XFL tour… takeways and a whole lot more. We’ll do another AMA session too, so send me your bike touring or non-bike touring questions to pedalshift@pedalshift.net or come and ask in the chat box the night of.
  • Big announcement! Pedalshift and Sprocket are teaming up for the first ever Podcastpalooza Ride in Portland! Tentative dates are Friday 6/14 or Saturday 6/15. We’re throwing our hats into the Pedalpalooza ring with a fun ride full of interviews, cool stops, and a live show plus meetup. More details to come! pedalshift.net/events.
The Interview: Great American Rail-Trail
Kevin Mills is Senior Vice President of Policy of the Rails to Trail Conservancy where he shapes and oversees RTC’s policy agenda, including federal and state legislation and rulemaking, grassroots movement building, program initiatives and research. With an expert knowledge of the political relationships and maneuvering that influences the outcomes of Capitol Hill, Kevin is a national leader in the effort to ensure trails, biking and walking remain key elements of America’s transportation policy. Read more about Kevin’s work at railstotrails.org.
 
What is the Great American Rail-Trail?
 
What prompted the selection of the gateway trails that are forming the backbone of the larger network?
 
Why is a shorter trail like the Capital Crescent a gateway trail, but a larger one like the Great Allegheny Passage is not?
 
According to the RTC press release, a more precise route is planned for release this spring. Does this include on-road connections between the gateway trails? Are additional trails between the gateway trails likely to make the spring route release?
 
The press release notes the route is 50% complete. Is there a goal date for full off-road completion of the Great American Rail-Trail? If not, are there smaller benchmarks you can share for future links between gateway trails (i.e. connecting the Panhandle Trail to the OTET)?
 
A lot of excitement out there:
ACA on twitter this morning”Even if it takes decades to complete, this trail will be a treasure for the US”
REI… “incredible… we can’t wait to ride it”
The former is an important constituency group that would use the trail, the latter a corporate retailer that would potentially benefit a lot in sales from people looking to bike the trail Are you looking into corporate sponsorships as a vehicle for connecting these trails up?
 
What are the prospects for federal funding/BUILD grants and how would that impact completion?
 
Any lessons learned from our friends up north with their equally bold Great Trail project?
 
I understand you’re an avid cyclist yourself – what parts of this trail have you biked and which ones are on your list to hit next?
 
What is the best way to get involved and support the Great American Rail-Trail?
 
 
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like my upcoming XFL trip this winter! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Richard Patch
Mark Messer
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankle

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

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As the US shivers through the polar vortex, let’s talk about prep for next week’s cross Florida bike tour! Details on the route, the gear, the flying, the meetup in Orlando and much more. Warm up to the first Pedalshift tour of 2019!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/pedalshift/psp151.mp3

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 151: Preparing the Cross-Florida Bike Tour (mp3).

Subscribe/Follow The Pedalshift Project:
RSSiTunes – Overcast – Android – Google Podcasts – StitcherTuneIn – IHeartRadio – Spotify

Reach out to the show via , Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109.

Housekeeping
  • XFL Tour: I’ll be rolling my own route across central Florida from Tampa on the gulf coast to Cocoa Beach on the east. Preview episode drops in two weeks!
  • Podcast sponsor slots are available starting in the new year… check out pedalshift.net/sponsor for more info.
Meetups & Live Shows Five Stars followup
Andy from Orange still listens!
 
Hi Tim, thanks for the shoutout in the latest episode, I am indeed still listening. Here are som pics from a recent tour of the New South Wales mid coast in Australia. Keep up the good work. Andrew Andyfromorange
 
Great American Rail-Trail
4000 miles car free? The Great American Rail Trail is a project that would link up existing trails into a network that stretches from DC to Seattle. Super behind this… imagine riding across country on a traffic-free route??
 
 
This is such a big deal, we’re skipping a best-of this month and I’m scheduled to have an interview with Kevin Mills, the Senior VP of Policy at RTC. That will drop next week while I’m on tour!
 
The Journal: Preparing the Cross-Florida Bike Tour
Florida has the “bones” to be a superior bike touring state and I’m taking advantage of as many of them as I can.
 
Drivers on secondary roads are reportedly used to bikes. The state has a good site remarking traffic volumes and my route adjustments track either roads with bike infrastructure or low traffic roads that are long and straight where there aren’t shoulders to speak of.
 
Shout to Greg from MI (yes one of the “Michigan guys” I met on the Katy in 18) for his thoughts on things and the DOT map!
 
https://tdaappsprod.dot.state.fl.us/fto/ gives you daily traffic usage for Florida roads to help with planning.
 
Robert in Titusville asks… Why did I not choose the Coast to Coast trail? 
Simple answer is once I decided not to make this a camping trip, the best route kept me closer to larger towns in order to get better lodging options. The C2C route is excellent, but it swings well north of Tampa and routes through a lot of rural Florida before winding its way to Orlando. My best guess is if I do another winter tour in FL, this will be my route, but with camping.  Sidebar… I’m unreasonably weirded out by FL wildlife, even though I’ve camped in South FL before and there was no issue.
 
 
Tampa to Lakeland: Day 1
Lyft from airport
Cypress Point Park to Lakeland, FL
40 miles
 
Storyline: Tampa is a bit of a maze of bike lanes and sidewalks, but getting out is ok. 
 
Lakeland to Kissimmee: Day 2
52 miles
 
Storyline: excellent infrastructure of lanes and trail, then a very rural road (no shoulder) that works well until toward the very end. Transit FF is there to bypass a truly shitty stretch, but a grass walk of less than a mile gets to a sidewalk if the train timing is off.
 
Highlight: riding a portion of the Van Fleet trail (paved 29 miles – I’m riding about 6)
 
Google maps is ok but also have a more refined RWGPS for the last 6 or so miles. For GMaps use 1st option through Polk City – lanes and bike trails!
Water and food up in Polk City… not much else for 20+ miles and really til Kissimmee
In Poinciana, option to take Sunrail to Kissimmee if timing is right, otherwise walk on the grass margin for <1 mile to the sidewalk on Poinciana.
Alt options are 17/92/OBT  OR parallel old tampa hwy but both have a zero shoulder portion on fast and congested roads.
Sunrail is safest option (12:15, 1:15, 2:15 trains). Poinciana grass walk is probably preferred.
 
Kissimmee to Cocoa Beach: Day 3
60 miles
 
Storyline: Sidewalks and mediocre infrastructure lead to… middle of nooooooowhere.
 
RWGPS is best because Google gets stupid on Nova Rd. 
Fuel up and water up big time in St. Cloud (Wawa on 192 is last call) before leaving because there’s next to nothing for 32 miles after
Nova Rd is shoulder less but quiet. 20 miles of nothing
520 is busy but has a shoulder
520 bridge has sidewalks
Merritt Island has lanes and sidewalks
Causeway has lanes
 
Preliminary packlist
Jeans (town clothes)
Black pants (re-waterproof them)
Convertible pants – gives a shorts option
LS top
SS top
Merino wool sweater
Puffy vest
rain jacket
arm shades
hat
helmet
2x short socks
1x long socks
new trail shoes
underwear x3
bandanas x3
bike lights
 
Collapsible grocery bag
front luggage rack
Ortlieb
large duffel (check)
 
smaller battery
chargers
iPhone
MacBook Air?
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like my upcoming XFL trip this winter! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Richard Patch
Mark Messer
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankle

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

Join Pedalshift Society Consulting

The post The Pedalshift Project 151: Preparing the Cross-Florida Bike Tour appeared first on Pedalshift.

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  • Show original
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As the US shivers through the polar vortex, let’s talk about prep for next week’s cross Florida bike tour! Details on the route, the gear, the flying, the meetup in Orlando and much more. Warm up to the first Pedalshift tour of 2019!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/pedalshift/psp151.mp3

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 151: Preparing the Cross-Florida Bike Tour (mp3).

Subscribe/Follow The Pedalshift Project:
RSSiTunes – Overcast – Android – Google Podcasts – StitcherTuneIn – IHeartRadio – Spotify

Reach out to the show via , Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109.

Housekeeping
  • XFL Tour: I’ll be rolling my own route across central Florida from Tampa on the gulf coast to Cocoa Beach on the east. Preview episode drops in two weeks!
  • Podcast sponsor slots are available starting in the new year… check out pedalshift.net/sponsor for more info.
Meetups & Live Shows Five Stars followup
Andy from Orange still listens!
 
Hi Tim, thanks for the shoutout in the latest episode, I am indeed still listening. Here are som pics from a recent tour of the New South Wales mid coast in Australia. Keep up the good work. Andrew Andyfromorange
 
Great American Rail-Trail
4000 miles car free? The Great American Rail Trail is a project that would link up existing trails into a network that stretches from DC to Seattle. Super behind this… imagine riding across country on a traffic-free route??
 
 
This is such a big deal, we’re skipping a best-of this month and I’m scheduled to have an interview with Kevin Mills, the Senior VP of Policy at RTC. That will drop next week while I’m on tour!
 
The Journal: Preparing the Cross-Florida Bike Tour
Florida has the “bones” to be a superior bike touring state and I’m taking advantage of as many of them as I can.
 
Drivers on secondary roads are reportedly used to bikes. The state has a good site remarking traffic volumes and my route adjustments track either roads with bike infrastructure or low traffic roads that are long and straight where there aren’t shoulders to speak of.
 
Shout to Greg from MI (yes one of the “Michigan guys” I met on the Katy in 18) for his thoughts on things and the DOT map!
 
https://tdaappsprod.dot.state.fl.us/fto/ gives you daily traffic usage for Florida roads to help with planning.
 
Robert in Titusville asks… Why did I not choose the Coast to Coast trail? 
Simple answer is once I decided not to make this a camping trip, the best route kept me closer to larger towns in order to get better lodging options. The C2C route is excellent, but it swings well north of Tampa and routes through a lot of rural Florida before winding its way to Orlando. My best guess is if I do another winter tour in FL, this will be my route, but with camping.  Sidebar… I’m unreasonably weirded out by FL wildlife, even though I’ve camped in South FL before and there was no issue.
 
 
Tampa to Lakeland: Day 1
Lyft from airport
Cypress Point Park to Lakeland, FL
40 miles
 
Storyline: Tampa is a bit of a maze of bike lanes and sidewalks, but getting out is ok. 
 
Lakeland to Kissimmee: Day 2
52 miles
 
Storyline: excellent infrastructure of lanes and trail, then a very rural road (no shoulder) that works well until toward the very end. Transit FF is there to bypass a truly shitty stretch, but a grass walk of less than a mile gets to a sidewalk if the train timing is off.
 
Highlight: riding a portion of the Van Fleet trail (paved 29 miles – I’m riding about 6)
 
Google maps is ok but also have a more refined RWGPS for the last 6 or so miles. For GMaps use 1st option through Polk City – lanes and bike trails!
Water and food up in Polk City… not much else for 20+ miles and really til Kissimmee
In Poinciana, option to take Sunrail to Kissimmee if timing is right, otherwise walk on the grass margin for <1 mile to the sidewalk on Poinciana.
Alt options are 17/92/OBT  OR parallel old tampa hwy but both have a zero shoulder portion on fast and congested roads.
Sunrail is safest option (12:15, 1:15, 2:15 trains). Poinciana grass walk is probably preferred.
 
Kissimmee to Cocoa Beach: Day 3
60 miles
 
Storyline: Sidewalks and mediocre infrastructure lead to… middle of nooooooowhere.
 
RWGPS is best because Google gets stupid on Nova Rd. 
Fuel up and water up big time in St. Cloud (Wawa on 192 is last call) before leaving because there’s next to nothing for 32 miles after
Nova Rd is shoulder less but quiet. 20 miles of nothing
520 is busy but has a shoulder
520 bridge has sidewalks
Merritt Island has lanes and sidewalks
Causeway has lanes
 
Preliminary packlist
Jeans (town clothes)
Black pants (re-waterproof them)
Convertible pants – gives a shorts option
LS top
SS top
Merino wool sweater
Puffy vest
rain jacket
arm shades
hat
helmet
2x short socks
1x long socks
new trail shoes
underwear x3
bandanas x3
bike lights
 
Collapsible grocery bag
front luggage rack
Ortlieb
large duffel (check)
 
smaller battery
chargers
iPhone
MacBook Air?
Pedalshift Society

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like my upcoming XFL trip this winter! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
Richard Patch
Mark Messer
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Dave Roll
Joseph Quinn
Susan Brewster
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankle

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

Join Pedalshift Society Consulting

The post The Pedalshift Project 151: Preparing the Cross-Florida Bike Tour appeared first on Pedalshift.

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