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What: down the Mississippi River by Canoe, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.
Where: Central United States; MN, WI, IA, IL, MO, KY, TN, AR, LA.
When: Aug 12 - Oct 8, 2014 (58 days).
Distance: about 2120 miles.
One great city. 600 outdoor public stairways. 120 miles in eleven sequential routes. Take a hike a month, or combine them into one multi-day hike. This is the most creative, surprising, and flat-out fun trip we have ever taken.
What: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
Where: Banff Canada to Antelope Wells NM, then to Tucson.
When: Aug 5 – Oct 2, 2007 (59 days).
Distance: ~2865 miles GDMBR + 280 miles to Tucson.
What: thru-hike of the Haute Route Pyrenees.
Where: the border of France and Spain, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
When: Jul 8 – Aug 11, 2010 (35 days).
Distance: about 480 miles.
Here are my ten favorite trips, ordered by distance from my home. The theme in this list is diversity.
What: Long trail hike in the most beautiful region of the Sierra Nevada.
Where: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Distance: about 155 miles.
Highlights: an alternative to the JMT with fewer people and great scenery
What: excellent coastal hiking with many interesting river crossings.
Where: Sydney to Mallacoota, Australia.
When: Sep 22 – Oct 15, 2011 (24 days)
Distance: about 416 miles.