I thought that some members might find this interesting...Rob
This appeared on today's update from Frommer's Budget Travel website:
Budget Biking All Across the U.S.
Provider: Adventure Cycling Association
Activities: Adventure, Outdoor, Road Trip
Dates: Various and ongoing
Author: Robert Haru Fisher
Bikers of the world, unite! With Adventure Cycling Association, you have nothing to lose but, possibly, your breath. Especially if you sign up for their 77-day Lewis & Clark Expedition Tour, covering 3,250 miles across two-thirds of America at an average of 50 per day. But then, the $2,800 cost works out to a mere $37 daily rate. There are two departures, on June 10 and June 15, 2003, and the course runs from Hartford, Illinois to Astoria, Oregon.
There are a lot less strenuous bike trips, of course, the majority of them being seven-day "events," supported by a van trailing behind you with most of the load. Among them are two Lewis & Clark Historic Tours, leaving Missoula MT on July 12 and 19, 2003, and costing just $850. You'll pedal 610 miles total. On these van-supported "events," you stay usually in tents, often hosted at schools or private campgrounds. In most cases, sponsors say, motel options are available for an extra fee.
If that still sounds like too much (100 miles per day or thereabouts), consider some deals which take you only 280 to 300 miles in a week. Those would be the Cycle Montana or American Explorer events, respectively, costing $700 each. On the Cycle Montana tour (new this year), you'll follow over 200 miles of the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail, all on paved roads. It's a loop trip from Great Falls, starting July 19, 2003.
ACA's American Explorer tour (also new for 2003) begins and ends near Washington, D.C., and is also completely on paved roads. You visit Richmond, Nelly's Ford and Charlottesville, plus other sites connected to Lewis & Clark, before returning to the Virginia state capital.
All the trips mentioned have been organized in order to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which opened up the newly purchased Louisiana Territory to American settlement in 1803.
In addition to van-supported "events," the ACA has three other types of trips. There are 10-15 day Excursions, of which six are planned for 2003. Excursions are guided but otherwise self-supported (meaning no van).
Expeditions (such as the 77-day one mentioned above) are 60- to 93-day self-supported, guided trips, of which, again, there are six this year. They cover various routes within the National Bicycle Route Network.
Finally, there are instructional courses, including three-day Leadership Training and 6-day Introduction to Off-Road Touring programs.
The ACA, founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial, says it is America's premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to bicycle travel, with nearly 40,000 members across the country. For more information, to become a member, or to apply to join one of the tours, contact them at www.adventurecycling.org,
or phone them at 800/721-8754.