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Great American Road trip- section 4

Summary

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Having sampled some of Austin’s live music the cyclists will head out of town along peaceful country roads, past small farms and through friendly towns. This section of the tour ends in New Orleans where you can celebrate the end of this section with a Sazerac - a mix of rye whiskey, bitters and absinthe that originated in the bayou, the official drink of the city. Highlights: New Orleans, Lafayette, Bayous and Cajun Culture. There are four more sections of this tour.

Road bike, Mountain bike
11 days
1115 km / 693 mi
$ 3,850.-
  • New Orleans (The Big Easy)
  • Lafayette
  • Bayous
  • Cajun Culture
  • Deposit for this tour is $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
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
1115 km / 693 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
26 Oct 2021 - 04 Nov 2021
Limited space available
Start
Austin
Finish
New Orleans
Airport at start
Internationale luchthaven Austin–Bergstrom
Airport at finish
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,850.-

Itinerary

Included / Not included


Having sampled some of Austin’s live music the cyclists will head out of town along peaceful country roads, past small farms and through friendly towns. In La Grange, the riders can visit the ruins of one of the state’s first breweries before saddling up and continuing east to Navasota, named the Blues Capital of Texas in honour of local blues musician Mance Lipscomb. The route passes through the expansive Sam Houston National Forest, home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and soaring bald eagles before crossing into Louisiana. A rest day in the town of DeRidder allows the riders to explore its famous Hanging Jail where condemned prisoners would meet their end in full view of their fellow inmates.

Then bayous start to appear and there is a hint of voodoo in the air. The strains of Cajun music can be heard as the cyclists pedal through cypress trees shrouded in Spanish moss towards their next rest day in Lafayette. Here they can sample incredible Cajun cuisine (locals claim they cook every part of the pig except the squeal), learn about the history of the Acadians, expelled by the British from Atlantic Canada in the 1700’s who form the basis of Cajun culture or take a spooky swamp tour through the nearby bayous. The riders now pedal across the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers on their way to The Big Easy, New Orleans where they can celebrate the end of this section with a Sazerac - a mix of rye whiskey, bitters and absinthe that originated in the bayou, the official drink of the city.

* 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:

6 Nights in hotels and 5 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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