The Impossible Route: Trans Appalachia is a 3-day gravel bike-packing adventure that follows the first attempt of the Lost Roads Route.
In this expedition, The Vegan Cyclist, his 19-year-old protégé Travis Longfellow, and Jeremiah Bishop attempt to traverse the Appalachian Mountains on a route filled with legend.
Jeremiah used the Strava Route Builder to map the Lost Roads Route that he’d spent years researching. Beginning in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the route heads east traversing the Appalachian Mountains toward Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The route follows in reverse a once-vital lifeline for commerce, mail, and supplies for the American frontier. Spanning 462 miles with 38,000 feet of climbing between the Ohio River Valley and the James River in Richmond, Virginia.
Now overgrown and often abandoned, these mountain roads and abandoned rail lines once connected the first and only major route through the region’s rugged Appalachian wilderness.
As an added challenge, the riders will bring just $40 each, and the only additional supplies available to what they set out with will be what fans mail to the three U.S. Post Offices along the route.
For a bird’s eye overview of the adventure, they hatched a plan to fly in a small prop plane to the start. The journey began with a shakedown to the bare minimum in order to come under the maximum takeoff weight for the little aircraft.
Nervously they set off into the unknown, eagerly anticipating the adventure. Some things will go right and some things are bound to go sideways. Begging the question, will this route be possible?
This is episode 2 of 5, find all 5 episodes here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDY6KkROyd2mGKE0b70OJLAJokFhOIGbG Ep.0 - Hawaii (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFtJkjXO6ZE) Ep.1 - Death Valley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgl-3INWMgA) Ep.2 - Virginia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRLkbNMwxsQ) Ep.3 - Montana (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS8EOC_7Dm4) Ep.4 - Colorado (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MEf3DSGIY)
STRAVA DAY 1 - https://www.strava.com/activities/5364425862 Day 2 - https://www.strava.com/activities/5369737127 Day 3 - https://www.strava.com/activities/5374369661
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MUSIC BY: Nothin' Left Blues Peter Crosby Blue Notes John and the Sick Man's Blues Peter Crosby The Bayou Tigerblood Jewel On the Bayou Chris Shards I'm Indestructible Tigerblood Jewl Virginia Highway Tigerblood Jewl No Regrets Today Step Two! Trouble Stay from My Door Roy Williams Kid Arizona Tigerblood Jewl The Mission J.F. Gloss She Don't Like Me No Mo' Peter Crosby Partners in Crime Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen
0:00 Intro 3:42 Day one 16:51 End of the first day 16:52 Day two Morning 18:10 Start of day two ride 35:30 End of day two 35:31 Start of day three 37:28 Start of ride day three 55:45 End of ride day three 55:42 Closing chat with Tyler and Jeremiah