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    Boston to Austin


    March is my 40th birthday, thinking of riding down to Austin for the race in April. Has anyone ever done that ride? How many days does it need to be completed without slabbing it the whole way?



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    Re: Boston to Austin

    I've driven (not ridden) back from the race, and it's a lot of highway time. You could break it up with the Blue Ridge National Parkway, which I didn't do, or the Cherohala Skyway, which I did do. Well worth the detour, but still, it's a lot of miles.

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    Re: Boston to Austin

    I was in a rush and did it in 25hrs and 22mins with 2 short breaks. I detoured through the Gap and blue ridge parkway. Arkansas has good scenic routes. Then back roads through NE Dallas, then through the hill country from Waco to Austin.

    There a lot of good roads if you have more time.

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    Re: Boston to Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by Qfactor View Post
    I was in a rush and did it in 25hrs and 22mins with 2 short breaks. I detoured through the Gap and blue ridge parkway. Arkansas has good scenic routes. Then back roads through NE Dallas, then through the hill country from Waco to Austin.

    There a lot of good roads if you have more time.

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    So 3 days in an enjoyable fashion?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewcati View Post
    So 3 days in an enjoyable fashion?
    3-4 days I would say, but I am not one for wasting time.

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    Re: Boston to Austin

    I've been thinking about riding down them myself. I haven't done it before, but I'm making progress on convincing my partner to "let me" do it. I did a very quick estimate of how long it would take if I did a mix of slab and twisty backroads, without extreme time on the saddle (I'm no Iron Butt'er). Including the return trip, I estimated I'd need between a week and half to two (including Fri-Mon in Austin). It'd include backroads through Virginia, North Carolina, then again in Arkansas, and some in Texas. That was a very rough mental route with some help from Google maps, but I plan on putting a detailed route together at some point - I'll post it here once I have it.

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    Re: Boston to Austin

    And here I thought this was about that documentary on Netflix...

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    Quote Originally Posted by butcher bergs View Post
    And here I thought this was about that documentary on Netflix...
    They made a documentary about me?

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    Re: Boston to Austin

    After today's great end to the 2017 season I got excited about 2018 and riding to the Austin race. Here's the rough outline of what I'm thinking - nearly 5,000 miles round trip. It means taking two weeks off work, but it shouldn't be a problem. Any thoughts, feedback, things I should consider?

    Saturday, Apr 14: PVD to Shenandoah National Park (8.5 hours, 525 miles)
    Google Maps

    Sunday: Shenandoah to Dobson (8 hours, 320 miles)
    Part 1, Google Maps
    Part2, Google Maps

    Monday: Dobson to Cherokee (8 hours, 300 miles)
    Part 1, Google Maps
    Part 2, Google Maps

    Tuesday: Cherokee to Memphis (8.5 hours, 480 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/AJt64Bxw3V82

    Wednesday: Memphis to Hot Springs, AK (9 hours, 425 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/6cMujd2nYb92

    Thursday: Hot Springs to Austin (7 hours, 480 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/huLR5Rcgrd22

    Friday-Sunday @COTA

    Monday: Austin to Jackson, MS (8.5 hours, 530 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/CdTXAFpSrR82

    Tuesday: Jackson to Cherokee (9 hours, 550 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/95H9o9JcS1L2

    Wednesday: Cherokee to Dobson (7.5 hours, 300 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/PqRsLDUJnmu

    Thursday: Dobson to Snowshoe, WV (7.5 hours, 300 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/i6mTaZxakKR2

    Friday: Snowshoe to Lancaster, PA (8 hours, 330 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/KnYfmACPVGB2

    Saturday: Lancaster to PVD (6.5 hours, 350 miles)
    https://goo.gl/maps/wZV2ezVBJgq

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