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Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....(22 posts)

Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....fz4vgq
Jul 22, 2003 11:59 AM
I live in the metro detroit area in michigan. I cycle the same 23 mile loop of road most of the time because the pavement is newer with a larger shoulder. It is in a decent suburbian/country area with lower traffic in the early mornings on the weekends. It has a mixture of tough climbs and nice flats but it is getting extremely boring. Anytime I'm driving anyplace I am always looking for a nice road/area to ride but I have to tell you the roads in michigan are a joke (pavement is full of potholes and cold patch for miles on end and the shoulder line is practically painted on the dirt) and there are alot of areas that are just not cycling friendly (I'm talking about the people). The Metro detroit area is actually a great place to live but a horrible place to cycle because the suburbs are so crowded anymore.
My question is what area/town/city in the lower 48 has the best cycling (nice roads, large/safe shoulder, low traffic, cycling friendly drivers, and nice scenery)?
thank you,
re: Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....bcm119
Jul 22, 2003 12:09 PM
some suggestions-
1)Santa Ynez valley of CA. Fly into Santa Barbara.
2) Vermont. Fly into Albany NY and stay in inns around Bennington and Manchester.
Both beautiful, with great roads, yet very different landscapes.
Austin, TX or Boulder/Denver COJer77
Jul 22, 2003 12:19 PM
Austin - Not because Lance lives there, but there is unbelievable riding down there. The team I rode for in college would train there during Spring Break, perfect weather (mid 70s, low 80s), never been there in the summer but hear it is really hot. We stayed out by Lakeway, (30 miles out of Austin on Lake Travis). The roads have wide shoulders, rolling hills, flats, and good pavement.

The foothills of Colorado are tough to beat too, although I am pretty partial as I that is where I currently reside. The weather can be kind of a crap shoot during the spring (3 ft of snow last March, 10 inches in May), but then again it could be 60 and sunny in December. The summer is usually consistent (90s and plenty of sun). Although wide shoulders are a little tougher to find here, the motorists are pretty good about sharing (most of the time) because the large number of cyclists that live here.

I also hear San Diego is pretty amazing, however, I do not have any insite on that for you. Good luck and if you have any questions let me know.
Austin, TX or Boulder/Denver CObriburke
Jul 22, 2003 1:56 PM
Here's a link to get you started in the Denver/Boulder area...

Austin, TX or Boulder/Denver COlonghorn
Jul 22, 2003 9:44 PM
The heat index was supposed to be up to 110 today in Austin. It didn't quite get there, but it definitely was on its way. It's always fun when you feel your cleat get stuck on the road cuz the tar is melting.... Other than that, I think you'd have to go to Colorado or California to get better rides. Most cars are pretty cycling friendly as well.
Jul 22, 2003 12:33 PM
You won't find cycling friendly drivers in the US.
re: Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....My Dog Wally
Jul 22, 2003 12:41 PM
I live in Seattle, and I have to tell you that there are hundreds of terrific rides around this city, many of which have views of Puget Sound, various lakes, the Cascade mtn. range, the Olympics mtn. range, Mount Rainier, and assorted rivers. This is cycling heaven. I've also taken an organized tour through southern Vermont and enjoyed it very much.
Seattle is nice, if the weather co-operates, Portland too...rwbadley
Jul 22, 2003 3:27 PM
I think I would recommend either one. Maybe giving the better of the two to Portland. Tho' in Seattle you can jump a ferry to all sorts of island paradise. Do them both!

When the ride is over, the food and beer are terrific. Yum!
re: Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....mosovich
Jul 22, 2003 1:31 PM
I vacationed in Vt. last year, and it was a blast. I'd go there again in a minute. Beautiful countryside and nice drivers.
re: Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....jhart11
Jul 22, 2003 2:09 PM
Asheville, North Carolina has some great mountains and hills, mostly friendly drivers, share the road bicycle signs posted all over the state, and police that do not tolerate speeding automobile AT ALL. The air quality is better than in other parts of the South (i.e. Knoxville, where I live, yuck) and even in the summer the elevation keeps Asheville slightly cooler than its neighbors (the humidity sucks all over the South though).

p.s. Avoid knoxville at all costs--we have awesome mountains to climb but the motorists range from agressive to life-threatening, and the air quality here will soon surpass L.A. in unhealthiness.
Cycle NCtarwheel
Jul 23, 2003 4:43 AM
If you really want a cycling vacation, consider one of the cross-state tours like A lot of states have these tours and they're a great way to see the country. They generally ride about 60 miles/day through small towns and nice countryside. The tour organizers carry your gear, so all you have to take with you each day is water, a few tools, some snacks, etc. Costs are usually very reasonable, particularly if you camp.

Cycle NC runs from Oct. 4-11 this year, and runs from Boone in the mountains to Oak Island along the coast. Other good tours include cycle virginia, the great ohio bicycle adventure (goba), bicycle ride across georgia (brag). Most of these tours run in early summer, but a few (like Cycle NC) run at other times. Most of the web sites for cross-state tours have links for tours in neighborhing states. I've ridden in 4 cross-state tours (Georgia, NC, Ohio and Wisconsin) and plan to ride one every year if possible.
Colorado....many locationsbburgoyne26
Jul 22, 2003 3:34 PM
Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Crested Butte, Leadville, Salida....don't know where to stop. Do some googling. Are other people going with you and do they need to be entertained while you are riding?
I second this suggestionPaulCL
Jul 22, 2003 4:39 PM
I just came back from a cycling vacation in Colorado. This year started in Loveland to Estes Park..Steamboat...onto Wyoming etc.. Beautiful. A couple of years ago, I spent a week in the Breck/Frisco/Dillon area cycling. Unbelieveable. If you are an American cyclist, you must make a pilgramidge (spelling?) to the US mecca of cycling sometime in your life: the Colorado Rockies!!

Just hop a plane, get a hotel room and go out and ride. You will find plenty of people to ride with. Plenty of LBS's to give you routes. Plenty of great food. Go for it. If you need someone to tag along and show you the way...just call..I'm sure my wife will let me leave for another week. Yeah right!
Thanks guys, VT and NC sound really nice....fz4vgq
Jul 22, 2003 3:41 PM
and since they're both east coast that means I don't have to stuff my bike into a case for an airplane trip. I'm going to look into an early fall trip to one of them.
If going to VT in fall...lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Jul 23, 2003 7:37 AM
don't wait too long to make plans. VT is very popular for leaf peeping in fall and fall is almost considered peak season up that way. I drove through there on an unplanned trip late last summer and I couldn't find a room from Maine to upstate NY. No kidding!
Northern Michigan, Vermont, Wisconsin, etc. (nm)Kerry Irons
Jul 22, 2003 4:09 PM
Madison Wisconsin.Cycling capital of the US (nm)TREKY
Jul 22, 2003 6:23 PM
re: Tell me where my cycling vacation should be.....ukiahb
Jul 22, 2003 7:24 PM
The Oregon coast is great too...a wide bike lane most of the way, usually a tailwind if you are heading south, and a town every 20-30 miles. Lots of low cost hiker-biker state campgrounds along the way too if you want to try loaded touring...
Boston for sure!orange_julius
Jul 23, 2003 5:58 AM
Most people go on vacation to a really nice place, and then
spend the rest of the year being nostalgic about that nice
place and complain about their own home.

This year, do the opposite: ride in a place with terrible
weather, terrible traffic, terrible hospitality, terrible
roads, and when you go back to Detroit you'll be grateful
for what you have. You live in Detroit, so learn to cherish
it! :-)

Although I'm sure you can find worse places than Boston!
Southern VT and Washington County, NYMariowannabe
Jul 23, 2003 7:20 AM
Cycle through farmland and State Forests. Flat, rolling, or mountains - you choose. True country stores to stop in for fuel (or to sit and chat). If you're nice to me I'll even tell you where the swimming holes are - most with waterfalls. To top it off - Great country inns and restaurants. You can ride 100 miles through 10 towns and not see a traffic light.

I've just got myself so excited I think I've got to go riding.
Jul 23, 2003 8:56 AM
Come and ride here and you'll appreciate Detroit for the rest of the year. Now that's a valuable vacation! :)
Maybe I'm late to this thread, but another great region toRhodyRider
Jul 23, 2003 11:32 AM
consider is Western Massachusetts. The Berkshires offer virtually everything that Vermont or New Hampshire offer, and could be just a tad less crowded in fall season. I can personally recommend the Harbour House Inn in Cheshire, MA as a perfect place to stay as a base. Plenty of great roads and climbing in this area. Earn a breathtaking (lung-busting?) view by climbing up the Mt. Greylock access road!