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Beach Biking on Cape Cod

by Ray Bartlett. Posted Aug 7th 2013 04:00 PM
Cape Cod girl biking

Cape Cod is known for white sand beaches, but spend too much time there and you'll miss the area's rich diversity of habitats. These ecosystems make the Cape a spectacular place to bird-watch and spot local plants and animals. The network of bike trails (many on old railway lines) that lace the region offers green travel at its finest --- a way to enjoy nature without the fossil fuels or fights for parking.
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Cruising Washington's Discovery Trail

by Leslie Forsberg. Posted Jul 17th 2013 04:00 PM
Bike ride on cloudy day in Washington state's Long Beach Peninsula

A thin veil of mist seeps in from the ocean, blanketing the dunes and making the serpentine Discovery Trail ahead of me appear as though it winds up into the clouds. As I spin my beach cruiser through a gentle watercolor landscape, I breathe in the salt-tinged air. The cry of gulls punctuates the sound of the Pacific Ocean waves sighing onto the sand, and a breeze keeps me cool.

I'm visiting Long Beach Peninsula in the southwest corner of Washington state, a 28-mile-long finger of land that separates the Pacific Ocean from wildlife-rich Willapa Bay. Just over two centuries ago, in October 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first laid eyes on the Pacific "Ocian" here, at the end of their perilous overland journey.
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Cruising Chicago's Lakefront Trail

by Nina Kokotas Hahn. Posted Jul 12th 2013 11:00 AM
Chicago Lakefront Trail at dusk

Timing is everything when it comes to biking Chicago's Lakefront Trail, especially from the comfy seat of a beach cruiser. Sandwiched between the city's legendary skyline and the ocean-like views of Lake Michigan, the 18-mile trail traverses everything from city parks, harbors and a dozen or so beaches to long, uninterrupted stretches of pathway. It is the undisputed champion of Chicago's views. Not surprisingly, it draws both locals and visitors at all hours, sometimes in droves and especially in summer when the beaches are a main reason to come to the city. Knowing when to go can make all the difference in the world.
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