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Need help planning a 10 day bike trip in October.(21 posts)

Need help planning a 10 day bike trip in October.MB1
Sep 4, 2003 9:18 AM
Miss M really wanted to do something in Southern Europe but my injury killed those plans. She is getting anxious to go on a bike trip. I ought to be ready for 100 mile days by early October.

So where should we go. Most likely the West Coast is out since I am so familiar with it. Anybody have any suggestions for an interesting 800-1000 mile ride?
IOWA - Land of RAGBRAIbimini
Sep 4, 2003 9:39 AM
I live and ride in IOWA.

It is a neat place for long trips. Not a lot of glamour. No mountains to challenge.

The traffic on any of the secondary highways is very low and in general cars give you a wide berth when passing. It is farm country and there are small farm town every 15-20 miles to stop at and take a break on any of the highways. The people like to talk, especially if they know your are from somewhere else.

Mostly rolling hills, light traffic and friendly people. The weather in early October would be nippy in the mornings and evenings but in the 60's during the day.

If you know anyone who's been on RAGBRAI before ask them what they thought of the trip. Iowa is about 400 miles across. Southern Wisconsin is very beutiful, lot of forests, hills and valleys. Some major hills, but great rides again with low traffic and good roads.

Just a suggestion.
Around Lake SuperiorScot_Gore
Sep 4, 2003 9:53 AM
Here's a ride report I found via Google.

http://www.lmb.org/reports/biglake.htm

This would likely be very different country for you two, the Lake, locks, GB Packers, big ships in fresh water, wildlife.

Never done it but it comes to mind now and again.

Scot
Weather???ms
Sep 4, 2003 10:23 AM
I have spent a fair amount of time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the summer. By late August, the leaves already have hints of color in them. The latest I was in the UP was after a visit to Isle Royal the week after Labor Day several years ago. On the return trip the leaves really were turning and the nights were cold. By October, wouldn't there be the possibility of snow or other inclement weather?
Weather???Scot_Gore
Sep 4, 2003 7:41 PM
It would be cool, but that's not all bad. Snow would be rare in October even in the most northern sections through Canada. Fall color would be done, but sight lines through thinning trees might improve some views. You generally see your first snowflakes around Halloween, with no accumulation. Substantial snow is genrally more a Thanksgiving event. It's, of course possible, we got 36" inches on Halloween in 1992.

Scot
Vermont?gtx
Sep 4, 2003 9:53 AM
I've only done a little riding there and don't know what the weather would be like in October, but that's where I think I'd go. Super nice people and gorgeous roads. Lots of cool dirt roads, too.
I second this. Have you done the northern seaboard before?Kristin
Sep 4, 2003 9:58 AM
Maine to Mass and then up through Vermont. Its all pretty up there, and there are already some well established routes. Another place that's beautiful is the Oregon/Washington coast line. Don't ride in Iowa. Its just a bunch of cornfields. Why do you think everyone drinks so much on RAGBRAI? They need to keep it interesting.
And if you plan it for mid October, you'll get fall colors. nmKristin
Sep 4, 2003 10:00 AM
Thanks but we have been there, done that. nmMB1
Sep 4, 2003 11:02 AM
aw, Iowa isn't that badgtx
Sep 4, 2003 10:12 AM
Went to school there for two years. Only problems are the heat, which he would miss in October, the crazy headwinds and some of the smells (corn and pig processing). But it can be quite purdy.
I'd third it...The Walrus
Sep 4, 2003 11:06 AM
...I've always wanted to do an East Coast fall color tour. Mount Desert Island (Acadia Nat'l Park) in Maine is supposed to be superb for riding around that time--I'm trying to find the issue of Adventure Cyclist that had a piece on it--and it's a good starting point for a trip south. What about going down along the Hudson River? (Be sure to stop at West Point for me...)
Cycle North Carolina, Oct. 4-11tarwheel
Sep 4, 2003 10:03 AM
Cycle NC is a well run cross-state tour and relatively inexpensive. They might not ride far enough for you each day (about 60 miles/day avg.) but you could easily tack on extra miles (or ride to the start from DC and back home afterwards). This year's tour goes from Boone in the mountains to Oak Island on the coast sound of Wilmington. They limit the number of riders and charge a late fee after September 8 I think. Here's a link:

http://www.ncsports.org/CycleNorthCarolina/
utah, wyoming, colorado, new mexico, arizona nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 10:03 AM
What about a nice loop ride from Memphis? nmMB1
Sep 4, 2003 11:01 AM
>1k mi nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 5, 2003 5:06 AM
Nova Scotia ?Lon Norder
Sep 4, 2003 10:36 AM
I've bicycle toured there before and loved it. Maybe Halifax up to and around Cape Breton Island and back. Or take the ferry over from Bar Harbor and do the southern part.
France?cyclopathic
Sep 4, 2003 11:08 AM
it will probably too cold to do PBP route (which is btw 770mi) but you can spent nice time in Southern France, Nice, Provance, etc. It will be too cold to do Cols though.

Also I would try to get in touch with Italians, Spaniards or Greeks on randon list, they may share 600km route cues with you good luck.

here's cuesheet for PBP http://perso.wanadoo.fr/audax-club-parisien/paris_brest_paris/pbp_iti.htm
New Mexico (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 4, 2003 11:39 AM
Another voice for the desert SWtheBreeze
Sep 4, 2003 3:00 PM
I like JS's suggestion, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado. Are you doing self supported? Credit card, touring? One complication is things can get really remote.

Oct 4-12 is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. You haven't lived until you've seen 800 hot air balloons take off directly over your head. From Albuquerque you could head south to Socorro then west back along this year's RAAM route into Arizona. Maybe head north to Flagstaff, Williams, the Grand Canyon. Heading back east you have the problem of the huge Navajo Rez. Convenience stops are few and far between. But the scenery is gorgeous.

If you want mountains you could head up toward Santa Fe and Taos. October is my favorite month up here. Aspens turning gold in the mountains, and cottonwoods doing the same in the valleys, beautiful. Head on to southern Colorado, Alamosa, great Sand Dunes, Pagosa Springs (10,800 Wolf Creek Pass in the way, but you'll love it) Durango, Farmington, Gallup, El Morro Nat'l Monument, and back to Albuquerque.

Also lots of possibilites in Arizona. Oct 4 is the Cochise County Classic, a perimeter ride around Cochise County starting in Douglas AZ. Ride distances of 45, 92, 157 and 252. Fly to Phoenix, ride to Douglas, do the classic distance of your choice and loop back to Phoenix through Willcox, Safford, and Globe.

If you've got questions about what highways are rideable and what aren't just holler. Pretty much anything marked a "scenic route" should be good.

Get a map and dream!
Another voice for the desert SWdcdre
Sep 5, 2003 6:35 AM
I'll second the desert southwest. I car camped thru the area 4 years ago when I drove cross country. The Baloon Fiesta is very neat to see, but the whole area is just spectacular. Some really neat national parks south of Tucson. Good time of year to do it as well - the killer heat is gone but it's still nice and warm.
re: Need help planning a 10 day bike trip in October.lyleseven
Sep 7, 2003 12:36 PM
Did 500 miles in Ireland in July. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven. October may be too wet, however. I've cycled over 2,500 miles in that country. You don't want to do more than about 60-65 miles a day there.