Michael from Mountains from London, England on 10/25/2019 03:37 AM
Dear Trail Rider and Marna
We've made a six-day trail ride, about 200 miles in total, each autumn for the last six years. This year it was the Katy; previously the Allegheny Passage/Cumberland and Ohio, and the Erie Canal Trail.
You pays your money and you takes your choice: is it a race (100 miles a day), or is it a journey (25 to 40 miles a day)? We've found 40 is plenty, 30 is good, and sometimes we just do 20. We rent bikes so they are ok but not always the best, and we take all our stuff with us, travelling as light as possible. And we stay in hotels and B and Bs. I might say that's so we don't have to carry camping gear, but really it's because we like a hot shower or bath, a comfortable bed and a good breakfast!!
As G&G says, we plan the ride around the places to stop and stay. A word of advice: find places as near to the trail as possible. If you are tired at the end of the day, the worst thing is to have a five mile up-hill country-road ride to your B and B. Believe me, we've done it, in the rain.
Also, check out where there is to eat in the evening around the hotel or B and B. People are inclined to tell you "there's a great place to eat just 5 minutes down the road". But that's 5 minutes by (fast) car, not on a bike or walking.
In terms of fitness, through the year we usually do up to 20 miles locally or in Derbyshire, England; often it's 10 or 15 miles. We don't do special training for the ride, just walk a lot, garden, are active, fix stuff and keep generally fit. And we are both of an age - 70 and 68.