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    Best place to tour in Mid-September-Novemberish?

    A friend and I have been working up to doing a big tour for ~2months. We were shooting for Europe, but unfortunately things didn't get wrapped up in time before the weather is getting rainy and cooler. We're finally ready to go and looking for a destination. Any suggestions on a 1-2 month tour with decent weather in Mid-September through November-ish?
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    You can bike cross country in that time frame - And you did say "big tour".
    You don't give us much info - other than that you are from Wisconsin.
    That would suggest that you can handle a few chilly nights.

    One possibility is to start on the Western Express from the Bay Area
    But swing down to the Grand Canyon from Cedar City -
    Then Monument Valley, northern NM, Taos - rather than the Colorado mtns.

    I've ridden the Okla panhandle and across to northern Ark before in October - nice.
    There a ferry across the Mississippi at Hickman, Ky.
    From Hickman, I would head southeast as the weather get chillier.

    November is the driest month in Alabama and Georgia - and autumn colors.
    The Sea Islands of Georgia are really nice - esp. Sapelo.
    If you can swing west of Atlanta - then head out to the coast.

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    Remember, your days get really short by late October -
    but are slightly longer the further south you are.

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    The weather in the southern US is okay in the fall, but it gets dark early that time of year, so you don't have much daylight to ride in. Also the low sun can blind drivers. I'd look at the Southern Hemisphere if you can afford the fare.

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    what Jamawani said, or Pacific Coast, or start partway down the Pacific coast, and when you get to San Diego hang a left. Desert southwest is pretty decent in November.

    Or Australia/New Zealand... probably a bit on the early side for New Zealand, but I would defer to local knowledge on that one.
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    You could still tour in Sardinia, Sicily or Southern Italy.














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    the Med is warm, but IDK if the Poster had Crossed off Europe, anywhere , or not..

    US southern border states SOCal Az NM TX & the Gulf coast?


    CUBA? if Hurricanes dont pass over it.

    Argentina, Chile? its spring there too ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
    A friend and I have been working up to doing a big tour for ~2months. We were shooting for Europe, but unfortunately things didn't get wrapped up in time before the weather is getting rainy and cooler. We're finally ready to go and looking for a destination. Any suggestions on a 1-2 month tour with decent weather in Mid-September through November-ish?
    That's springtime in Australia.

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    You could consider Morocco, which has some good mountain passes, like Tizi n Test.

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    The California coast from SF southward typically has gorgeous weather in September and October.

    I had perfect weather touring in SW France in the 2nd half of September. I once biked into Italy (coming from Austria) around November 1 and had comfortable temperatures as I headed south in Italy, so I would think that October would be fine. Portugal and parts of Spain would probably be OK.

    I biked in Tunisia in the first half of November and had near-perfect weather. (I was there before the revolution.) The Morocco suggestion above is worth looking into.

    My southern hemisphere trips have mainly been from December-February. Some areas of the tropics could be nice, but you'd need to check rainfall data. Northern Thailand & Laos are both great for touring, but not only are temperatures much more comfortable Dec-Feb, but that period also coincides with the dry season. The same for the Yucatan of Mexico.

    Hawaii is a nice place for touring.

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    Are Chile and Argentina safe and easily do-able for non-Spanish speaking US folks? I don't know my touring partners feelings about touring there, but I do know I would Love to get out of WI for January/February. That would be Well worth putting the trip off for a little bit.
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    Australia would be cool, but camping there with all of the biting things that kill you would make me nervous... And I think it's expensive to fly there from the US.
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    Chicago to Rome is under $1000 right now. If the weather is warm, bike from the Airport in any direction. If the weather is abnormally cool, stay along the coast or take a ferry to Sardinia.
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    Chile and Argentina are beautiful . . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
    Are Chile and Argentina safe and easily do-able for non-Spanish speaking US folks? I don't know my touring partners feelings about touring there, but I do know I would Love to get out of WI for January/February. That would be Well worth putting the trip off for a little bit.
    If none of you speak any Spanish, it would definitely be difficult. As for safety, Chile felt like just about the safest place I've ever toured. Argentina isn't particularly unsafe, especially rural Argentina. But the economic situation there is chaotic right now, which could make the country a bargain, but could also have some less pleasant ramifications for visitors. If you want a real adventure, look into the "Carretera Austral" in southern Chile. Most of my biking in both countries was the the lake & volcano region between Puerto Montt & Temuco in Chile, and near Bariloche, Argentina. The Andes are low there and were easy to cross.

    I would seriously consider northern Thailand in that period. You don't have to bother with camping gear or stoves because good, inexpensive accommodations, and delicious inexpensive food are readily available. Thailand has the best value for money of anyplace I've visited. Weather is ideal at that time (generally highs in the low 80s, lows in the 50s from Dec-Feb). The scenery is nice, people are friendly, and roads are pretty good. Enough people speak basic English that language wasn't a huge issue. Northern Laos is good too, though in villages, accommodations can be much more basic (though cheaper). Language was sometimes an issue in Laos, but a phrasebook and a friendly smile worked fine. You can either fly into Chiang Mai or take a train with your bike from Bangkok. There's also a train to Vientiane, Laos, from Bangkok.

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    Best place to tour in Mid-September-Novemberish?

    September is fantastic in France. Head south to Spain and Portugal for the winter sun.

    I find www.wunderground.com/history great for planning

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
    Australia would be cool, but camping there with all of the biting things that kill you would make me nervous... And I think it's expensive to fly there from the US.
    The biting things that kill you in Australia are not as common as what people think.

    I spent 3 months cycletouring up and down the east coast of Australia in 2004 ... camping almost the whole way ... without an issue.

    I did another 10-day cycling & camping tour of Victoria, Australia in 2008 ... without a single nibble.

    And I've been living here since 2009 ... and so far, all has been well.


    September - November is a beautiful time of year here.


    But if expense is an issue, you might want to start plugging possible destinations into various airlines, and create a little spreadsheet of possibilities.

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    For a fall tour in the U.S. I'd go for the Pacific Coast. I don't think mid-September would be too late to start in Vancouver, BC, and head north to Lund, cross over to Vancouver Island, and start south to Mexico. By mid October you would be far enough south that cold weather should be less of a problem. However, it is the coast, and it can get wet anytime of the year.

    This is a good site, if you want to check historical climate conditions for an area:https://weatherspark.com/averages/28...he-Netherlands
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