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Help me plan my vacation(17 posts)

Help me plan my vacationKristin
Aug 31, 2001 8:37 AM
Are there any experts out there on bike/hiking trips done dirt cheap?

I need to plan my trip soon. I'm almost completely broke, but have $270 in SouthWest Airfare to use up. That should get me and my bike just about anywhere on the mainland. So, where to go? I'm hopelessly untravelled and need help! It must be warm and beautiful and not too hilly. Well, hilly would be okay. I'd leave the bike at home and hike.

Kristin (never took a vacation before) L.
when?Jack S
Aug 31, 2001 8:41 AM
MTB Worlds at Vail in 2 weeks. BTW, add $60 or so each way if you wanna bring a bike.
here's a hintpeloton
Aug 31, 2001 10:17 AM
In the past if you were an IMBA member, you could bring your bike for no extra charge on a number of airlines. I don't know about the details today, but an IMBA membership is cheaper than $60. It's worth checking out.
re: Help me plan my vacationMJ
Aug 31, 2001 8:42 AM
Big Bend National Park?

great for cycling, hiking, camping, isolation and star gazing - fly to El Paso, Texas, rent a car drive Southeast and presto it's another world

in summer the Chisos Basin is cool enough to enjoy things - biking would be difficult in summer

mtb. with a BOB trailer on the unpaved jeep 'roads' would be sweet too
re: Help me plan my vacationbikedodger
Aug 31, 2001 8:49 AM
What time of year are you planning for the vacation?

I don't know where you are leaving from, but "warm and beautiful and not too hilly" sounds like San Diego. There is an ocean to the west and mountains to the east.

In the late spring through fall, the colorado front range would fit the bill. Lots of good biking and near the mountains for hiking.
Planning for 1st week in Nov. or Dec.Kristin
Aug 31, 2001 9:06 AM
I'll wait till it starts to get cold here--I hate the cold--then I'll make my escape.

Traveling at these times should guarentee low airfare. The Southwest fee for bike transport is $50 each way. $270 should still be more than enough for me and the bike.
Nov - Dec? San Francisco!Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 31, 2001 9:50 AM
Beautiful town with great cycling. You may never come back to Arlington Heights.

Actually...Cliff Oates
Aug 31, 2001 11:34 AM
We usually get a nice little heat wave (~80 or so) in late January or February. November is nice too, though. December is iffy, and LA or San Diego would be a better bet.
Southern Californiamr_spin
Aug 31, 2001 9:48 AM
I would think San Diego should fit perfectly into your plans. But it's probably cheaper to fly into LA, since there are a lot more airlines competing. Don't know if one of them is Southwest, but consider renting a car and driving down to San Diego. From LAX it would take 2 1/2 hours on a good day. I've heard the best riding is mostly in North San Diego county, so you may not want to go all the way into the city of San Diego.

You might also try Tucson, Arizona. There is some great riding there, and it will definitely be warm.
re: Help me plan my vacationharlett
Aug 31, 2001 10:30 AM
living in santa monica I may be biased.BUT.. southern california is paradise for year round bicycling, especially in the late fall/winter.from santa barbara county to san diego there are lots of great roads and bed and breakfasts'. here are two websites that have a lot of useful links.
check out Cycle North Carolinabianchi boy
Aug 31, 2001 10:53 AM
Not sure if this fits your time frame, but the Cycle NC tour looks like a great route this year. It goes from Mt. Airy in the foothills to Elizabeth City on the coast, Oct. 6-13, when the weather is generally very mild in NC. Cost is very reasonable for a fully sagged tour, $170 for the week, with extra charges for the shuttle service, meals, etc. Here's a link for more info:
re: Help me plan my vacationGregJ
Aug 31, 2001 12:16 PM
Santa Barbara has great cycling although it is a bit hilly here. Beautiful city with lots to do, lodging can be a bit pricey.
re: Help me plan my vacationdigger
Aug 31, 2001 12:25 PM
yeah, and you can visit grz mnky (and dog)!
Erik Zabel trains in San Diego every December...Bruno
Aug 31, 2001 3:36 PM
Has been doing it for the last 5 years and it is probably the reason he has won the last 6 Green jerseys of the TdF :-)

San Diego is a good bet for a road cycling vacation. Anywhere between La Jolla and Oceanside is prime roadie territory. Head East for some hilly great rides. After the ride there is the beach, some good attractions like Balboa park, Sea World, the zoo and there is even some night life. The downside is that it is a city so it won't be cheap and you may want to rent a car.
re: Help me plan my vacationcycleguy
Sep 1, 2001 12:26 AM
Sure let me offer my house as a starting point. Sacramento Valley. An hour by car to any type ride you want. Or you can just ride out the door and go flat, up hill, casual bike path. Hey this is where Greg trained, and Mapie last year! Oh and the rates are cheap!! LOL
LOL - Question about CaliKristin
Sep 2, 2001 8:04 PM
I was waiting for the offers to start rolling in. :)

One thing I like to do on vacations (the ones I never take!) is to get away from people. Chicago is way over-congested, so I like to get rural. To not see a car for miles--that kinda thing. Is this what San Diego and San Francisco are like? I must admit, it would be nice to see California. I've never been there before.

I was looking at the RedWood forest. Amazingly beautiful! But will not be very warm there and my camping gear isn't good enough. So back to the drawing board.

I second Arizonamike mcmahon
Sep 2, 2001 8:14 PM
I agree with mr_spin's suggestion on Tucson. Arizona is great in late fall/early winter. I've never hiked in Tucson, but I've heard great things about the hiking there. If you do decide to ride, Tucson's also a great cycling town. There's also some good hiking and riding in the Phoenix area, especially in the Superstition Mountains.