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HomeNewsEast Coast Greenway: Hike or bike your way from Maine to Florida

East Coast Greenway: Hike or bike your way from Maine to Florida


Florida cyclist Stefanie Boewe suffered a collapsed lung. During her long recovery she read an article about the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile route that connects existing biking and walking paths and will eventually create a linear park from the Canadian border to Florida`s southernmost point. Having grown up in Germany, touring by bike as a child, Boewe realized she missed long-distance cycling. As she recuperated, she began daydreaming about biking the greenway and visiting friends along the East Coast.

[I thought, `If I ever recover from this, I`m going to tell these lungs that they can`t say what I can and cannot do,`" Boewe said. [Plus, I had adopted this dog who goes crazy running with a bike."

In 2017, over a stretch of 89 days, Boewe biked the entire greenway from Key West, Florida, to Calais, Maine, pulling a trailer and accompanied by her 6-year-old Australian shepherd, Murf. She joined a small tribe of cyclists and walkers who have taken on the whole greenway - even though it`s only one-third complete. For these pioneers, creating a patchwork route of protected paths and sometimes-busy roadways was a small price to pay for the adventure - and bragging rights - of being among the first to complete the East Coast Greenway.

[We`ve been working at this since 1991, trying to think about how to piece together local trails," said East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano. Forty-four miles were added in 2018 and he`s hoping for similar growth this year.

Markatos-Soriano said the remaining two-thirds of the trail, near or parallel to the future greenway, is included on the online map at , and that the entire route will have turn-by-turn signage by the end of 2020. [It`s exciting to see the progress and see people experiencing the greenway for themselves. We continue this march to become the most popular park in the country."

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