As you may have noted during the recent nomination process, the membership was asked about their interest in touring. It is a two-wheel journey that some do every season; some have only imagined it. The romantic idea of setting out for an extended destination with gear in-tow under your own pedal power, and nothing but everything between here and there to captivate you along the way.
Just last fall a group of TAB members took on the GAP trail from Pittsburgh to Washington DC and, for some of us, it stirred our interest. Watching the daily reports come in from the trail, I know I wanted to be out there with them, experiencing the sights, sounds, and adventure that surely comes with such a trip.
The problem for some, in taking on a loaded tour, are limitations in either gear setup or physical ability to push a fully-loaded bike for several days riding. Now comes Nancy Beeman with a plan to make it happen. The plan is to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri, which is the country's longest continuous rail-trail, running from St. Louis almost all the way across the state.
The interesting part of this tour is that this one may possibly be supported, giving those who don't want, or cannot for some reason transport their own gear, a way to move equipment from place to place. For those, it would be wake, pack, load in the van, and jump on the bike. Those that wish to can ride fully-loaded. Additionally, there should be several options for accommodations to allow for a whole spectrum of rider experiences.
The tour is planned for June. Information will roll out as things start to take shape. Nancy will present more info on the plan at our annual banquet on February 24th, so make sure you attend to get the latest on what I have been told is going to be a beautiful ride.