The East Coast Greenway is a route for biking and walk that runs from Maine to Florida and skirts right around the eastern and southern edge of Melrose.
As it starts to get more popular for long tours, there’s an opportunity to meet people traveling up and down the coast on their bikes with some interesting stories. Having ridden across the country on a bike in the past, I can personally confirm that it is truly delightful when somebody offers a meal or a place to stay.
Here are a few highlighted by the East Coast Greenway Alliance today (text quoted from their newsletter):
Green Pix Adventures – two photographers from France are biking the ECG from Miami to Montreal, Canada. They wanted to ride the East Coast Greenway to “cast new light on the natural riches of the American East coast and …encourage people to abandon their cars in favor of taking their bicycles or some other eco-friendly mode of transportation…” They began in early April, and are currently making their way through New England. See photos of their ride here on their Facebook page.
Riding for Ovarian Cancer Research – two women from Texas are biking the ECG from Maine to Florida to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Read more of their inspiring story, follow their trip, and support their cause on their blog.
The Journey to Support Type 1 Diabetes Research – a 16-year-old ECGA member is biking 900 miles on the ECG from the Canadian border in Maine to New Jersey to raise funds for type 1 diabetes research. All net proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Read more and donate if you can. (PS. This is Steven’s first long distance bicycle ride! His father is biking with him, but the fundraiser is all his doing.)
We wish everyone great success and hope they have a wonderful experience on the ECG! (Want to host any of these long-distance ECG visitors as they come through your area? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you in touch.)