I was chowing down some food with a friend of mine and she brought up an interesting topic, bike touring. You know, one of those three to four-day trip on bike where everything is planned for you. The route, food, lodging and support are all provided and all you have to do is show up and pedal. We talked about it further and who could go with us and as a result, I have a hankering for a guided road bike tour somewhere in the US of A.
A bike tour is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid. I rarely take a vacation and I’m due for one. My buddy asked me to go with her and drag her sister, and anyone else we can think of, along for the ride. Sounds fun to me! Now where to ride? East or west coast? Or maybe somewhere in the heartlands?
After doing a little research, it seems that there is a general prerequisite for any tour of any length, the ability to ride at least 40 to 50 miles a day on average or more if needed. It all depends on how far and the number of days the tour is scheduled for. I, myself, can easily work my way up to that, but my friends will need to start training for it. I’m sure they can do it, just need to devote some time to the project.
The real problem I see is which tour guide to go with. There are so many to choose from that it becomes overwhelming. The one that struck me as the most organized is the one sponsored by Trek called Trek Travel. What strikes me as being exceptional is how they categorize your skill level and then allow you to search tours that match it. Nice! I just wished others would do the same. I would hate to go through all the trouble of booking a tour and only to find out that it’s really beyond what we can do (such as too many steep climbs, or daily distance is grueling) and the tour turns from a nice vacation to work!
Where I’m from (deep south Texas), the terrain is flat, flat and more flatness. Our idea of hills are the overpasses crossing the expressway. With that in mind we would like something that is similar with some hills thrown in for a challenge.
I do want to go on a bike tour this year, but I would like real-life experience feedback from cyclists that have taken a road bike tour here in the United States. Let’s hear about your experience (good or bad), where did you go, how long was it and would you recommend the outfitter to others or not. Posting a comment would be greatly appreciated.
Keep them wheels spinning.