June 3, 2017
Congratulations to the winners of our map set giveaway. These lucky bike travelers will soon be holding map sets of our latest route, Chicago to New York City Bicycle Route (CNYC), a rural route that visits the big cities.
This map set includes six sections, four for the 1,161-mile main route, and two additional sections for the Philadelphia Alternate, a 1,173-mile option that bears south at Pittsburgh and includes the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal before approaching New York City from the south.
The maps feature turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions for either eastbound or westbound riders, elevation profiles, and services cyclists will need along the route. Combined with Bicycle Route 66, the CNYC gives cyclists a fourth option to cross the United States, this time from New York City’s Battery Park all the way to Santa Monica, taking in the three largest cities in the nation along its length.
For more information on this new route, read an introductory post, Introducing the Chicago to New York City Bicycle Route, by Jennifer Milyko, Adventure Cycling’s Routes & Mapping Assistant Director.
Here's what people are saying about our new route.
“I can't wait until my brother retires so we can do this!” –Angela Turner
“Living in Chicago and dreaming of taking a long distance bike tour somewhere, this map set is ideal to make a dream a reality. Really happy you all are making these.” –Alex
“I like a good rural route as much as the next girl, but city to city is so exciting. I've done pgh to dc and coming out of the boonies into a city feels like such an arrival.” –Barbara Mosier
“I’m retired and this looks like it would be a wonderful adventure. Route 66 would be a dream and I've been through Hocking Hills and it’s gorgeous." –Larry Ross
“I have toured most of the western U.S. and would love to see this part of the country on Bertha, my touring rig :-D Thanks for all the great stuff y’all do!” –Neal Eargood
“Retiring in three days. Will add this to my list of bike rides to take!” –Sharon H.
“So excited to connect my home in NYC with my parents’ home in Chicago. Maybe we can meet up halfway, Mom and Dad!” –Elizabeth
“I am a two-year cancer survivor who has a daughter living and working in Manhattan. As a long time member of Adventure Cycling, I have been looking forward to this route for some time now. I plan on using the route both to go see my daughter and raise money for Lymphoma research. Thanks ACA!” –Dave
“Having lived in both Chicago and NYC, it's really cool to see a cycling route designed to bridge these two cities. I highly recommend Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry!” –Abby
“I have dreams of one day biking across the U.S. How wonderful to have another option for part of the trip!” –Kelly
Photos by Saara Snow
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer ‘Jenn’ Milyko, Routes & Mapping Assistant Director, and appears once a month, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.