As Martin Krieg works to actualize the Greenway envisioned in 1994 in “Awake Again”, the true story about his comeback from a long coma, paralysis and clinical death and subsequent two bike rides across America, this book is set against the national Mayor's Rides we have run not long after his true comeback story became a book. In this sequel, from the Eagle HiWheel, the rare backwards facing Penny Farthing that still excites people even today, he shows the fun work we, the National Bicycle Greenway, have been doing to make the NBG real and what our plans for it are as a fictional ride unfolds on what we have long foreseen.
Our NBG Scouts have been researching the route this book talks about, from San Francisco to Washington DC, since 1997. And it is their work, combined with the advances made in the Google mapping platform that now allow us to show this connection at BikeRoute dot com!
What this book will talk about in future editions, now that we are done scouting a route, is what we are doing to get it known about. Besides encouraging cyclists to ride all or part of it, we will also celebrate the 20 Anchor cities through which it passes.
In the same way that the US Office for Public Roads promoted our National Parks and Forests to get people to drive in the early 1900's, we will use our 20 NBG Anchor cities to get people to bike in them and ultimately to and from one Anchor City to another. In showcasing the cities that make up our route, we have begun the work of fleshing out their sights to see, things to do, places to eat, drink and be merry as well as the bike shops (the gas stations of the future) that do business in them.
Toward this end, in December of 2015, we completed our Virtual Tour of Reno, Nevada, arguably the best road biking city in America. Reno's compelling tour and the rest of our NBG Anchor Cities can be found under the NBG Biking Cities link that runs in the header at any of our BikeRoute web pages.