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Great American Roadtrip section 3

Summary

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Cycling fans of the X-Files will love Roswell, the start to this challenging section. It was here in 1947 that a UFO allegedly crashed, an event celebrated in the town’s quirky International UFO Museum. The final stages lead the cyclists along small rural roads to the state capital, Austin, known around the world for its music scene. Highlights:UFO Museum, Carlsbad Caverns, Fredericksburg and Austin.

Road bike, Mountain bike
13 days
1310 km / 814 mi
$ 3,850.-
  • UFO Museum
  • Carlsbad Caverns
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austin
  • 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
13 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
120-140 km / 75-87 mi
Total distance
1310 km / 814 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
13 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021
Limited space available
Start
Roswell
Finish
Austin
Airport at start
Roswell International Air Center
Airport at finish
Internationale luchthaven Austin–Bergstrom

Prices

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

Itinerary

Included / Not included


Cycling fans of the X-Files will love Roswell, the start to this challenging section. It was here in 1947 that a UFO allegedly crashed, an event celebrated in the town’s quirky International UFO Museum. Keeping a close eye on the sky above the riders will head south to a rest day in Carlsbad where they can make a side trip out to the amazing Carlsbad Caverns, immense limestone caves far below the earth’s surface. The route continues into Texas with its immense landscapes, endless skies, eerie ghost towns and massive ranches. At Fort Davis, with its restored historic US Army fort, the route turns southeast and follows the Rio Grande to the border town of Del Rio for a well-earned rest day and, perhaps, a quick trip across the river to Mexico.

Re-energized by their day off, the riders head out away from the US/Mexico border, slowly climbing up into the fertile, green Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio. The route passes through Kerrville, home to the annual Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair, featuring artists and entertainers from around the state, and historic Fredericksburg where the riders can explore the sobering National Museum of the Pacific War, experience the city’s German heritage at the Pioneer Museum or simply sample some of the area’s fine wines. If you are lucky, you might even hear some of the local conjunto tunes, a mix of Tex-Mex and German accordion music. The final stages lead the cyclists along small rural roads to the state capital, Austin, known around the world for its music scene.

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:

4 Nights in hotels and 9 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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