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Great American Road trip- section 1

Summary

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This section begins in the seaside city of Santa Monica, starting from the pier, to Flagstaff the end of this amazing section. Highlights: Pacific Coast, Joshua Tree National Park, Sedona amd Coconino National Forest.

Road bike, Mountain bike
11 days
920 km / 572 mi
$ 3,350.-
  • 4 nights in hotels, 7 nights of camping, 9 riding days, 1 rest day
  • Included: most breakfasts and dinners and all roadside lunches, experienced chef.
  • Vehicle to carry your bags
  • GPS tracks & route notes, Experienced tour leader
  • Sweep rider, Bike mechanic
  • Pre-tour information bulletins, Pre-tour rider discussion forum
  • Bring your own (touring) bike
  • deposit for this tour is $170.-pp

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Details

Type
Road bike, Mountain bike
Duration
11 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Total distance
920 km / 572 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
19 Sep 2021 - 28 Sep 2021
Start
Santa Monica
Finish
Flaggstaff
Airport at start
LAX Los Angeles
Airport at finish
Flagstaff airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,350.-

Itinerary

This section begins in the seaside city of Santa Monica, starting from the pier that marks the end of another great American Road Trip, Route 66. The route heads inland, passing through the upscale Beverly Hills neighbourhood, before leaving the city behind. The cyclists then begin the challenging climb up though the scenic Angeles National Forest before venturing out into the arid Mojave Desert, the driest in North America. The riders will pedal south past stands of Cholla cacti and its nasty barbed spines before pulling into the city of Twentynine Palms for a rest day. Here they can explore the nearby Joshua Tree National Park, known for its namesake twisted trees, stunning rock formations and challenging hiking trails.

The cyclists now head east through the Sheephole Valley Wilderness, keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes and roadrunners (and maybe Wiley Coyote), before crossing the legendary Colorado River into Arizona. The route continues over the Cactus Plain to Salome, nestled between the Harcuvar and Harquahala Mountains, before climbing some 3,000 m up through forests of ponderosa pines to the historic town of Prescott where the riders can reward themselves with a cold beverage in one of its famous saloons. Cyclists now spin downhill, past boutique vineyards and on into Sedona and its unforgettable buttes and mesas, a mesmerizing mixture of reds, oranges and browns. Finally they pedal through the Coconino National Forest to Flagstaff and the end of this amazing section.

For this tour, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c

Map & Routes

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