East Coast Greenway “One Week A Year” Tour 2014 from Philly to DC

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Follow me and forty other cyclists on the “One Week A Year” tour of the East Coast Greenway. This wonderful non-profit organization works hard to create safe bike routes from Maine to Florida. Each year they host a fundraising tour that features one segment of the Greenway, and for 2014 it’s a 325-mile ride from Philadelphia, PA to Fredericksburg, VA. Thanks to my flexible schedule this fall, I’m able to ride along with the group for five days from Sunday, Oct 5th to Thursday, Oct 9th, but need to hop off in Washington DC and take the train to an urban history conference back in Philly. If you can’t join us in person, come along for a “virtual ride” by checking out my photo map below (see full-screen version). Click to view any of my geotagged photos along a GPX route map of our trip. (Thanks to my son Eli, who helped me  to create this code. )

Or see the slideshow below of photos from my public Flickr photo album. I’ll update all of these images during our trip.

  • Thanks to Eric Cohen, an old friend who hosted me in Philadelphia the night before my East Coast Greenway bike ride

  • Inspiring pre-bike ride pep talk from Dennis Markatos-Soriano (on right), executive director of East Coast Greenway. "We'll start after I finish this speech in an hour or so," he joked.

  • Enjoying sunshine with my bike (and hundreds of other people) on the new Schuylkill Boardwalk, which opened this week in Philadelphia

  • The East Coast Greenway bike route connects communities, including the impoverished city of Chester, PA. I looked for the home of the Harris family on West 3rd St, where I lived in 1985 while working with a housing group instead of college.

  • On ECG bike trip through Chester PA, I stopped by the Calvary Baptist Church that I attended while living with the Harris family. This experience profoundly changed my narrow view of African-American spirituality and culture.

  • While riding my bike under the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester PA, I'm stunned by the number of city blocks that have vanished since I renovated houses here in the mid-1980s.

  • Welcome to Delaware! Let's see if we can persuade the Governor to replace sewer drains like this one, which are deadly for bikes

  • Delaware Governor Jack Markell, "the most bike friendly governor in the nation," welcomes the East Coast Greenway riders to the DuPont Environmental Education Center.

  • A great day to ride a bike on the East Coast Greenway in New Castle, Delaware, along the river

  • During a lunch break on the bike tour, people at the next table heard us talking and asked for help fixing a flat tire on a bike in their car (Photo: Silvia Ascarelli)

  • The East Coast Greenway is working with local partners to create a bike and pedestrian bridge across the Susquehanna River when Amtrak constructs a new rail bridge.

  • How General Hamilton helped us to cross the Susquehanna River on our East Coast Greenway bike trip.

  • On today's bike ride I found these Osage orange tree fruit, which I haven't seen since we lived in Nashville.

  • Riding the East Coast Greenway bike tour with Chuck and his son Alex from Media, PA, where I lived for a short time many years ago.

  • Wonderful bike ride into Baltimore on the Jones Falls Trail through Druid Park

  • Bike police officers Cam and Dom from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, who escorted our crew along the BWI bike trail.

  • Great view of Baltimore by bike, thanks to the East Coast Greenway. We rode the Jones Falls Trail for about 8 miles to the Inner Harbor.

  • Seeing Baltimore from the top of Federal Hill Park with our ECG bike guide Greg

  • Thanks to Karen from Annapolis (left), who rode about 20 miles to meet our ECG bike tour group and escort us into her city.

  • My favorite sign on the East Coast Greenway bike tour in the Woodridge neighborhood of northeast Washington DC (Photo: Silvia Ascarelli)

  • Our East Coast Greenway bike tour finally arrived in Washington DC

  • After arriving in DC, I disassembled my folding bike, placed it inside a suitcase that I had stashed at my in-laws' house, and boarded Amtrak back to a work conference in Philadelphia.

  • Visited Beth's cousin Robert and Colleen during bike tour in Annapolis, and 10-week-old Henry slept through the entire meal

Special thanks to Silvia Ascarelli, who also posted photos from our ride and wrote about the experience on her blog, ExploringByBike, which you should definitely check out. I’ve credited the photos she took that also appear in my album.

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Jack Dougherty

Jack Dougherty writes about cycling adventures, advocacy, and his growing appetite at JackBikes.org.