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Great American Road trip

Summary

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The Great American Road Trip will take riders across America’s vast landscape: from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean. Highlights: Grand Canyon, Roswell, Bourbon street in New Orleans and Historic Savannah. It is also possible to ride one or more of the five sections of this tour.

Road bike, Mountain bike
62 days
5890 km / 3660 mi
$ 14,050.-
  • Grand Canyon
  • Roswell
  • Bourbon Street in New Orleans
  • Historic Savannah
  • 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
62 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
5890 km / 3660 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 - 18 Nov 2021
Limited space available
Start
Santa Monica
Finish
Savannah
Airport at start
LAX Los Angeles
Airport at finish
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 14,050.-

Itinerary

Included / Not included


In the tradition of Travels with Charlie and On the Road, with a dash of the Electric Kool-Aid Test and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, This Great American Road Trip will take riders across America’s vast landscape: from the Pacific to Atlantic, from California to Georgia. Starting on the Santa Monica Pier in California the cyclists will traverse the endless wastes of the Mojave Desert, check out the wacky trees in Joshua Tree National Park, gaze in wonder at the colourful rock formations in Sedona, pedal through vast tracts of ponderosa pines, spin past abandoned mining towns, soak in hot springs close to the first atomic test site and scan the skies for UFOs near Roswell.

The cyclists will descend beneath the earth’s surface to wander through the amazing Carlsbad Caverns, spin across the immense empty landscapes of West Texas, gaze across the Rio Grande into Mexico, sample some music in Austin – the world’s live music capital, explore the bayous and swamps in Louisiana, join in the revelry on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, enjoy fresh oysters and shrimp along the Gulf Coast and saunter through the old world streets of Savannah. Along the way, the riders will experience the true heart of America – its people. Quirky, loud, boisterous, patriotic, thoughtful, hardworking, introverted, compassionate and friendly – especially friendly! They will provide a memorable backdrop to your Great American Road Trip – one that will linger in your memories long after the trip has ended.

* 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:

26 Nights in hotels and 36 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
Celebratory final dinner
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

choosing a bicycle
Camping gear information
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