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Having grown up in Connecticut and now as a reporter in New England, I’ve leaf-peeped my whole life. But seeing the foliage by bike was more visceral — the gust of cool air in your face, the crunch of riding over acorns, the silence punctuated by the shifting of gears, the feel of a bright red leaf. The entire experience felt closer to nature. I melted into the landscape instead of blowing by it at 60 miles an hour.
It’s also, oddly enough, greener, which may explain why leaf-peeping on bicycle seems to be spreading. As interest in cycling continues to grow, outfitters and local tourism groups are promoting fall riding as a form of sustainable, eco-friendly travel, said Lou Bresee, president of Lake Champlain Bikeways, a nonprofit group that promotes cycling in Vermont, New York and Quebec. And the number of fall biking tours is rising, according to David Harrenstein, executive director of the National Bike Tour Association, which counted at least 59 organized tours for September and October in 2009.
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