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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. There are four more sections of this tour.

Road bike, Mountain bike
12 days
955 km / 593 mi
$ 3,350.-
  • Pacific Coast
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Sedona
  • Coconino National Forest
  • Deposit $170.-pp

    Full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine is required for participation on this tour.

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Details

Type
Road bike, Mountain bike
Duration
12 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
955 km / 593 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 - 29 Sep 2021
Limited space available
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

Included / Not included


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.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Level: intermediate

Some long and tough days with shorter less challenging days mixed in. Environment (sometimes including wind and heat) and terrain (including some significant climbing) are more of a factor. Some unexpected challenges may creep in from time to time.

Included:

5 Nights in hotels and 7 Nights of camping (bring your own camping gear)
Most dinners, most breakfasts, 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

Not included:

Bring your own bicycle, for this tour, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c tires
Flights from and to the tour start.
Gratuity guides
We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

For this tour, we recommend a touring bike, see PDF file for more information.

Downloads

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