Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Underground Railroad Tour

I am soooo excited! The Adventure Cycling Association is beginning to map out an Underground Railroad Bicycle Route which will stretch from Alabama to Pennylvainia.

I commented on their forum about a year back when they first proposed the idea. I suggested that many southern states continue to strive for the "New South" image. The Old South died not long after the Civil Rights Movement. Sure there are still vestiges, but for the most part this isn't the same place.

Anyway, starting in the Heart of Dixie would be great. Many escaped slaves came left Alabama. Pennsylvania was a not free or safe per se, but it was an important transition point. In 1850 laws were passed, however, that allowed slave owners to find their slaves in any part of the country. Local authorities were forced to help. Canada was the only true choice for freedom. It would be nice if the trail goes all the way to Lake Eire.

Alabama is NOT a bicycle friendly state. Having an Official Adventure Cycling Route would be great way to change that.

Rather then end the tour at Lake Erie I would suggest continuing it onwards into Southern Ontario. In Dresden there is a memorial for Uncle Tom's cabin and I've seen memorials for other historical places/people as well.

The additional bit would add a day or two at most to the tour but crossing the border would also highlight the transition they had to make from one place to another.
True, it should go all the way to Canada. I wonder if it's going to be a dirt road tour or a regular route liie their TransAmerica Route?
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