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Old 01-23-09, 10:21 PM   #1
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Need advice for 3 week tour

I ride with a club that does multi week tours, usually two to three weeks. We use a van to carry our gear and we do motel stay. A couple in our group usually scouts the routes and makes the route sheets and arranges for our lodging.
We will be a group of 12 to 20 riders aged 50 and up [one rider is 80]. We are looking for 60 miles or shorter days, probably around 600 miles total, with not a lot of climbing.
We will be riding in early October 2009 and would like to stay out of the cold weather.
We have done the Erie Canal path, the Outer Banks, the Natchez Trace, and others.
Does anyone have any suggestions for us?
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Not a lot of climbing plus wanting warm weather in October rules out most of the NW and NE.

Are you all looking for scenic fall color, or would that be secondary?
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Not a lot of climbing plus wanting warm weather in October rules out most of the NW and NE.

Are you all looking for scenic fall color, or would that be secondary?
We rode from Buffalo to NYC last October and had plenty of fall color.
Probably need something more to the south.
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How about southern Utah - the Zion and Bryce area? Not sure that really fits the bill as far as not a lot of climbing, but it's beautiful at that time of year!
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Pacific Coast. I did SF to Santa Barbara at the very end of October one year and had great weather.

Daily distances are very controllable, since there are a lot of towns. Motels will be a little spendy, but in October you shouldn't have too much trouble getting reservations. Lots of nice off-bike beach and cute-little-town activities.

It's not flat, though.
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I ride with a club that does multi week tours, usually two to three weeks. We use a van to carry our gear and we do motel stay. A couple in our group usually scouts the routes and makes the route sheets and arranges for our lodging.
We will be a group of 12 to 20 riders aged 50 and up [one rider is 80]. We are looking for 60 miles or shorter days, probably around 600 miles total, with not a lot of climbing.
We will be riding in early October 2009 and would like to stay out of the cold weather.
We have done the Erie Canal path, the Outer Banks, the Natchez Trace, and others.
Does anyone have any suggestions for us?
The eastern end of the Lewis and Clark from Sioux Falls to St. Louis would be very nice. Some hills around Sioux Falls but the rest is pretty flat. Part of the Underground Railroad route would be nice too. How about Section 5 of the Southern Tier? Or along the Mississippi River Trail? Souther New Mexico (Carlsbad area) would be nice too but that's not too flat.
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I know nothing about it, but Baja peninsula perhaps?
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