||If you are looking for a vacation out of
the ordinary and can pedal a bicycle,
consider a bicycle tour. Tours are
in a variety of difficulties and comforts.
Here are some suggestions:
- location - choose a location appropriate
to the time of year. Many bicycle tours run
during the fall when the weather is cooler
and the foliage colorful, but stay clear
of the far north as the temperature drops.
For more information, see the locations on
the left or the ads on the right.
- route - pick a route appropriate for your
skills. Beginners should take short, level
routes that follow off-road, paved paths.
More experienced riders can tackle hilly
terrain, longer routes, dirt and gravel,
and traffic. If travelling with others, see
if the routes offer optional paths so that
the more experienced riders can split off
from the pack.
- length - keep your trip to one to three days
if it is your first trip. Once you've
a bicycle tour, then look into the
- accommodations - find out where you will
stay over night. Some trips book luxury hotels,
others tend toward picturesque bed and breakfasts.
The truly hardy pitch a tent.
- guides - while some tours simply offer written
directions, an experienced tour guide that
rides with the pack is a plus. Not only can
they keep you on track, but they can point
out interesting sites and diversions along
- support vehicle - the better trips have a
van or other vehicle to carry luggage, food
and drinks for breaks, emergency repair gear,
and tired riders. The support vehicle usually
trails the group and occasionally runs up
to the front to service the leaders as well
- bike rental - many tours offer bicycle rentals;
while expensive, this saves the hassle
carting your bike back and forth.
that the rental package includes
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