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Looking for 5 day vacation Ride(21 posts)

Looking for 5 day vacation RideLen J
Dec 18, 2003 4:38 AM
would like to do a 5 day riding vacation this summer and am looking for ideas/experiences as to what to do.


1.) I would like to stay in the US.
2.) I would like to do 70 to 10 miles per day
3.) I would like to stay in hotels.
4.) I would prefer to have my Bags forwarded from hotel to hotel
5.) I would like to ride with an organized group of like minded riders.
6.) Not opposed to climbing (although 10,000 ft/day for 5 days might be extreme).
7.) Would like some sightseeing along the way.

Individual particulars:

48 yo Non-drinker (am not looking for an excuse to get drunk)
16 to 20 MPH average speed depending on terrain & distance. I do 6 hour elapsed time solo centuries throughout the year.

Anybody have any ideas?

Help is much appreciated.

re: Looking for 5 day vacation Ridegf99
Dec 18, 2003 5:22 AM
A little longer than five days, but a mountains to coast tour of NC sounds somewhat like what you're looking for.
re: Looking for 5 day vacation RideSuds
Dec 18, 2003 5:31 AM
Western Spirit Cycling which specializes in mtb tours has added some road tours this year that may fit the bill for you. If I recall they are doing some Colorado and east coast rides.
re: Looking for 5 day vacation RideGiantcyclist
Dec 18, 2003 6:25 AM
Cyling around North Dakota in Sakakawea Country (CANDISC)- This is an extremely well organized ride that will allow you to take in the beauty of the Northern Plains and you will also be riding in and accross many areas where Lewis & Clark were 200 years ago.

This is actually a seven day ride but you can start or stop any time. Although most people tent it, some do use hotels at each stop. All of your gear is transported to the next destination each day. There are stops approximately every 15-25 miles to load up on fluids and snacks.

Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions about the ride.

How 'bout Virginia?Spunout
Dec 18, 2003 6:51 AM
Ottawa Bicycle Club offers organized tours, you might have to pay for membership but we can always use more members.

Click on the left-hand links for other touring events.
Hey Len, this is what I did last summerPaulCL
Dec 18, 2003 7:38 AM A tour through Colorado and parts of Wyoming.

1. IN the US
2. 6 days of riding, 525 miles total, 87.5 per day avg
3. Hotel option is available
4. They deliver your bags from hotel to hotel as part of the cost
5. 400+ riders. From hardcore racer types (not me) to the casual recreationalists (who shouldn't have tried this tour). I went alone and found plenty of guys to ride with. Two from this board...hey out there?
6. Yup. Several days of intense climbing. Then a couple of relatively easy days. But then again, everything is easy compared to Trail Ridge Road.
7. Sightseeing. You can't get more beautiful than the terrain we traveled through. Breathtaking.

My individual particulars:
41 yo social drinker. Only drank on our day off. A few beers
16-19 mph average thru the rolling hills and 1 mile climbs of KY. I didn't have any problems with the speed. Nobody from the flatlands or hills of KY are ready for mountains. I had ridden about 1800 miles YTD when I started. My only problem was coming into the tour on the tail end of a viral infection. I was feeling pretty lousy the first couple of days. Near the end of the tour, my back was really hurting. My body wasn't used to that many hours in the saddle day after day. I sagged the last 40 miles of the last day. So, I did 485 miles in six days. Thank goodness for Advil.

I had a blast. I would have had more fun if I hadn't been sick and had stayed in hotels every night. I tried the camping thing but quickly moved my stuff out of a tent and into the gym, then into a hotel for three nights.

If you have any questions, post it here or we can email.

Paul, what did this end up running you?eyebob
Dec 18, 2003 9:22 AM
I am seriously interested in this for my next Spring/Summer/Fall riding vacation. Any more details?

Paul, what did this end up running you?PaulCL
Dec 18, 2003 10:52 AM
If I remember correctly....

...airfare from Cincinnati $400
...tour fee $500 (more this year but 8 days)
...three nights in hotel $200
...odds and ends fees $200 (bike box storage,jersey,hat, etc..)
...meals out $200 (they supply breakfast and lunch)
...plane ride for the bike $160 roundtrip. bummer

Add them all up: $1600-1900. To save money, you can camp everynight, thus saving the hotel cost. The tour pre-reserves rooms at hotels, then you book them individually. I should have shipped my bike out and saved some bucks. I signed up late costing me an extra $50 and booked my airfare late which cost an extra $150. I was booked on another tour which fell through 4 weeks before this one, so I was one of the last on board.

I'm in the Same place as you...Scot_Gore
Dec 18, 2003 8:28 AM
I've just about decided on my choice.
This is what I'm thinking for me.

I think most of the tours offered by this group fit the majority of your criteria.

Good luck, have fun
I'm in the Same place as you...FTMD
Dec 18, 2003 8:51 AM
I was thinking of a tour for my big vacation this year. The last few vacations have been mtb orientated. First I looked at the Pedal the Peaks, which was cool and I ordered a brochure. This one, though, ends in my own back yard. How cool would that be? Knowing the area, the scenery won't be on par with a western tour, but travel costs sure would be cheaper.
Starts in my backyard, so same appeal of low travel cost (nm)Scot_Gore
Dec 18, 2003 8:59 AM
Here's an ideaPaulCL
Dec 18, 2003 11:05 AM
Since you both live in the same area...carpool out to Colorado for the Pedal the Peaks tour. Just a thought. Since the your chosen tour is 9 days long (plus at least one long car/bus/plane travel day) and PtP is just 8 days, use the extra couple of days to drive to Colorado. The change of scenery...OK...the Colorado scenery is worth the trip IMHO.

If my wife would OK it, I'd go back again this summer. But she's going to hold to our agreement of a weeklong bike trip every other year. Bummer.

Here's an ideaFTMD
Dec 18, 2003 12:14 PM
Don't want to be a burden, but could you email me at mootsmtb at hotmail dot com? I've got a few specific questions I would like to ask. At your convenience. Thanks.
Here's an ideaScot_Gore
Dec 18, 2003 1:48 PM

I don't think FT and I are neighbors. I live at one end of a 9 day bicycle tour and FT lives at the other. Not really carpool proxcimity. :)

Cycle America is in Cannon Falls MN, so they are my neighbor, maybe I can carpool with them : )

Oregon Coastspluti
Dec 18, 2003 9:04 AM
PAC tourcyclopathic
Dec 18, 2003 9:29 AM
Take a look at www.adventurecycling.orgThe Walrus
Dec 18, 2003 10:28 AM
They offer tours of all sorts, plus they're a great resource for maps and info if you plan to do any self-supported touring.
I've done several tours with Timberline Bicycle tours...Tiger Lilly
Dec 18, 2003 11:02 AM
and they seemed to attract more serious bikers than say, Backroads, who, at least at the time, seemed to cater to non-cyclists who wanted a bike vacation. The Canadian Rockies trip was excellent, and I also liked their Canyonlands and Yellowstone trips. I was having trouble opening their website - hope they're still in business! It's been several years since I've taken a road bike trip - I've been mtbiking a lot. I did get through to this page:

Thanks so far &.............Len J
Dec 18, 2003 11:15 AM
Paul, e-mail me if you get a chance

Sounds like we have a few people interested, How about an RBR gathering? I'd be willing to organize (somewhat), it would be great to have people to ride/socialize with.

Okay, one more in VirginiaGregory Taylor
Dec 18, 2003 11:34 AM
Check out Bike Virginia --

They are doing the Shennandoah Valley this year -- good roads, pretty views, and undoubtedly some climbs.

This is a pretty good organization, and I've done a couple of these tours. You have the option of camping or doing the hotel thing, your bags are take care of, meals are available, and you have a lot of fellow riders to hang out with. Plus, it is relatively inexpensive.
70 to 10 miles a day? That is pretty easy for you Len.MB1
Dec 19, 2003 4:05 AM
Miss M and I are quite fond of Pedal Pennsylvania and OATBRAN (One Awesome Tour Bike Across Navada). One of the Colorado rides would be pretty good for a flatlander (they actually are not all that hard).

Talk to us sometime.