The Pedalshift Project 233: Rando Pannier Full of Followups and More

You know how a few days into a tour you have a pannier full of rando things in no particular order? Welcome to the 233rd edition of the pod, then! Odds and ends, followups and a Black History Month recommendation with a bike touring twist!

The Pedalshift Project 233: Rando Pannier Full of Followups and More

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The All Rando Pannier Episode

Odds and ends on my mind, inbcluding follow ups and a suggestion for some Black History month learning with a bike touring twist.

Followup on closures and detours

Hey, Whites Ferry has a chance after all! New owner of the ferry is negotiating with the VA landowners. 
Other C&O closure… Paw Paw tunnel is closed (sort of) until next year. I have thoughts. 
Highway 1 – road is still closed but CalTrans is on it but there’s no timeline.

Followup on bikepacking setup

FOTS Reinhart Bigl… how about replace that fork with a new one with proper brazons and get those fork cages?

Followup on the route scouting trip

FOTS Todd Grossbeck brings some knowledge!
short rail trail through Chambersburg that you can pick up before you get into downtown Chambersburg (confirmed!)
There are a fair amount of Amish folks on bikes north of Chambersburg, so people expect to see a bicycle on Rt 11.
30 east out of Chambersburg is as rough as I thought it was.  The shoulder appears again one town over in Fayetteville and there is a campground in Caledonia state park (right off of 30), and the park is beautiful.
RockWilliam2 does the same…
I just listened to your podcast about your DC to NY trip. I live in Mont Alto, Pennsylvania and frequently bike on both route 11 and route 30. I’m sure you have seen this, but if not Maryland 63 might be a “less traveled” route that would still support bikes. By using this you could go from Williamsport MD and connect with route 11 outside of Greencastle PA. This route is mostly rural and avoids riding through the center of Hagerstown.
Good luck! Let me know if you need anything when you are up this way!

Little Clown Bike love

Aloha Tim, 
Have enjoyed your show and tales of adventure for a few years- especially the fables and foibles of your Brompton upgrades and travels.  I ride a Bike Friday as far as I can…2020 limited me to an island in the pacific. 
Thought you may like to read of a couple that rode from Greenwich and back on their folders!  Great pictures too!   Don’t let anyone say a Brompton  can’t compete with the big wheelers! 
Scott Gilbert

Some Black History Month watching and reading

The 25th Infantry’s bicycle trip from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. 2000 miles on steel tires, averaging about 60 miles per day! The Black infantry was “volunteered” to test a theory that the bicycle would replace the horse in transporting men for the army. Fascinating look at the amazing feat these Black soldiers accomplished, despite the obstacles.
Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels (PBS)

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