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Bike tour stops in Fredericksburg
Tour members, Boy Scouts and Fredericksburg Cyclists Club members took part in the ride along Lee Drive.
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Skott rode along Lee Drive during his 2004 trip. He said it was a pretty bumpy ride back then.
On Saturday, he said the road wasn't so bad.
"If it had not been brushed, it would have been a major problem," he said after arriving at Old Mill Park. "That kind of gravel is a hazard to cyclists anywhere."
Beth Gentry, a Fredericksburg Cyclists Club member who rode with the group Saturday, said Lee Drive "is much better" than it was.
The biggest issue, she said, was that the park service didn't involve local cyclists in their plans.
"I hope it was a learning experience," she said.
Either way, it turned out OK, she said, noting that since the gravel fracas the club has gotten more than two-dozen new members.
As for the Skotts, they hit the road again today and plan to wrap up the ride in Portland, Maine, on July 7, which is the International Day of the Cooperative.
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The Greenway is a 3,000-mile trail system from the Maine-Canada border to Key West.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance was formed in 1991. To date, about 25 percent of the trail has been completed.
Riders who travel the Greenway take a combination of the trail and mostly secondary roads.
According to the alliance website, when the "traffic free" pathway is completed it will link major cities along the East Coast, "incorporating waterfront esplanades, park paths, abandoned railroad corridors, canal towpaths and pathways along highway corridors."