April 25, 2018
Old Delina Country Store calls itself “Somewhere in the middle of nowhere.” Volunteers in Tennessee call it “An oasis… a good place to stop before enjoying the extremely quiet roads of southern Middle Tennessee.” A quick Google search makes it look like exactly the sort of road-side stop that leads to the best kind of bike travel stories. Old Delina Country Store is located along U.S. Bicycle Route 23 – and now, if you want a map to lead you there, we have you covered.
Back in December 2017, after years of wanting standardized maps to help riders navigate along U.S. Bicycle Routes, we launched a partnership with Ride with GPS. Using their web-based software, we spent the past several months creating digital maps for every designated U.S. Bicycle Route. And in true Adventure Cycling fashion, we also double- and triple-checked the maps to ensure their accuracy.
What this means is that you now have access to fully-navigable digital maps and route information to help you ride along a U.S. Bicycle Route - and discover all of the unique places along the way. You can download the file straight to your GPS device or print out a cue sheet. You can create an account and work within the Ride with GPS software to link a U.S. Bicycle Route to another known route. And you can share the route on your social media channels to get your friends excited to ride with you. (If you're not yet familiar with the Ride with GPS platform, take a look at this handy help document.)
Currently, there are nearly 12,000 miles of designated U.S. Bicycle Routes. That's a lot of America to explore! Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some of the unique experiences that await you, starting with Old Delina Country Store.
U.S. Bicycle Route 23 runs north-south across Tennessee, and will soon connect into Kentucky and USBR 76. So, you could find your way to Old Delina Country Store as part of a long rambling cross-country trip. Or you could do a bike overnight and start in Nashville.
For a fun short trip, pedal south out of Nashville to Henry Horton State Park (just off route). Book a room at the Inn for a comfy long weekend, or pitch your tent for a simple overnighter (bonus: Tennessee State Parks has a no-turn-away policy, which means you're assured of a place to pitch your tent, no matter what). On the second day, continue south along USBR 23 to Old Delina Country Store. Kick back with some lunch and a cold drink on the porch. Then make your way back north.
Or maybe riding through a cactus-dotted desert landscape is more your style. U.S. Bicycle Route 90 runs west-east across Arizona. Where the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier continues east out of the Phoenix metro area, USBR 90 travels down to the southeast corner of the state.
A lollypop loop out of the Phoenix or Tuscon metro areas would take you south along USBR 90. Wind your way through the quiet landscape and the wineries near Sonoita. Take in the Wild West heritage of Tombstone, "the town too tough to die." Climb up into the mountains to explore Bisbee, a former mining town turned quirky artist community. Out of the mountains to the east, take the alternate route to the north and loop back to just outside of Tombstone, where you can reconnect with the main route and head back to the metro.
U.S. Bicycle Routes are designed to take you long and short distances – across the whole country if you want, or just down the road a ways. They’re designed to connect you to new experiences, to introduce you to new people, and to open up new opportunities for bicycle travel. And now that they’re all online, in an easy-to-use format, they’re truly rideable.
So, take a look, take a ride, and let us know what you think!
Top Photo Delina Country Store | Bottom photo Dan Minjares.
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