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Old 05-18-18, 04:20 PM
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Hello and two week tour ideas

Hi, I'm new to these forums...
I wanted to do a first tour for my two week vacation this summer.
Are there any destination/route recommendations?
Something not too remote, and preferably in north america. I'm a fairly strong rider.
Thanks!
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Did you have a general location in mind? North America is a big place. Where are you located?
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just leave from your front door with your bike and make a loop.
It prevents a lot of planning and beginners angst.
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Located in Florida. Was already thinking a bit about riding up the east coast.
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Originally Posted by cycleon789
Located in Florida. Was already thinking a bit about riding up the east coast.
The most congested corridor in the US? Forget it. You will have a miserable time. My suggestion is the Northwest. Look up Selkirk Loop. You can do it without camping if you wish as towns are close enough together. There is enough traffic on the road that if you were to get into trouble you could flag someone down but if there was much less traffic on the road it would be a bike trail.

It was the most comfortable place I have ever toured. Perfect mix of beauty, easy to reach towns and just the right amount of traffic to know there was help nearby. ,

Really easy ride from Spokane Washington. There are a couple of shops where you can ship your bike. The only issue I see for a beginner is the towns are very small. Not a ton of choices for lodging so you might want to plan ahead. But if you are camping and/or make use of airbnb you might be able to get away with just rolling into town and finding a place.

Be sure to set aside at least one day for New Denver and the Galena bike trail.





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Georgia would be another good choice for something nearby but still no way as pretty as the Selkirk.
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Thanks spinnaker, very nice photos. Sounds like there are enough services (lodging/food) on that route for me. Also like it because I wanted to check out the PNW region. Will look into it more.
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Vancouver Island

Or maybe the "Golden Triangle" loop in Alberta plus up the Icefield Parkway and back.
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On the east coast, pretty much anywhere in Vermont is nice for touring, and it could be combined with nearby parts of NY, NH, or the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

The entire Oregon coast is great, and much of the California coast is great. The road along Big Sur is closed at one point due to a slide last year, but a friend who lives in the region told me recently that it may re-open before the summer is over. A hilly work-around exists.

A great loop is possible in SW Utah, but it will be hot in the summer months.

Colorado has some great riding, if you're not averse to climbing.
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Originally Posted by cycleon789
Hi, I'm new to these forums...
I wanted to do a first tour for my two week vacation this summer.
Are there any destination/route recommendations?
Something not too remote, and preferably in north america. I'm a fairly strong rider.
Thanks!
One of my favorites...and a rather pleasant surprise...was Arkansas (see "Twisting Down the Alley" below). The roads were nice with good shoulders and the riding was pleasant.

Another option would be the KATY trail in Missouri. Very pretty and very easy riding.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute

Another option would be the KATY trail in Missouri. Very pretty and very easy riding.
The GAP when combined with the Montour would be a better option. Bot the KATY and GAP both share the same problem. They can easily be done in a week or less unless you want to do them round trip.

But both the GAP and the KATY are excellent options for the beginner.

P.S. The C&O will likely be out of commission for some time to come. It looks bad.
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The summers are hot everywhere. I'd look for some elevation, especially since you're are a strong rider. Smokey Mountains, Allegheny Loop, Green Mountains come to mind. Anywhere at elevation in the west. I'd also second the Vancouver Island idea along with the San Juan Islands. A bike and ferry tour would be a hella first tour.
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I did this in two weeks last summer:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23235312

Some of the roads/trails are not paved. Enough services along the way that only had to carry dinner stuff twice. Regret not markig the camping locations. If you ship your bike to the Missoula REI for re-assembly it will hold your bike box for you.
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Fly to AMS airport take bike out of box, ride there, in BeNLux region, and fly home..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Fly to AMS airport take bike out of box, ride there, in BeNLux region, and fly home..
I am willing to bet 95+ % of people have no idea that AMS is Amsterdam.

OP want north America suggestions.
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Shiphol * is the airport's local name , and it is a ways away from the city, to the south.
great thing is you can use the same bike paths the airport employees use to get to work.
I typically have flights landing in the afternoon , ride to the coast at Zandvoort , camp in a campground there
and next morning fresh and jet lag free, I can go from there . a separated bike path runs up the coast ..

* yes a site of old shipwrecks , it like so much of the Polderlands is below sea level , reclaimed,
but the fabulous engineers built it so a National Railroad Station is Under the Airport building
to take a train to anywhere in Europe from there.
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Portland to San Francisco.
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Originally Posted by GP
Portland to San Francisco.
My recommendation is north to south along the PNW coast. Even as far south as Santa Barbara is nice. Pick a starting point and destination. You can rent a car to get back to your starting point.
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Hello and two week tour ideas
Originally Posted by cycleon789
Hi, I'm new to these forums...
I wanted to do a first tour for my two week vacation this summer.

Are there any destination/route recommendations?

Something not too remote, and preferably in north america. I'm a fairly strong rider.
Thanks!
I have perenially posted these suggestions for week-long or so tours in the USA
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Suggestions for next epic ride

Personally. I'm very happy cycling in Metro Boston, and have posted an informal Cycling Guide to Metro Boston that would make a nice hub and spoke tour of nine days (and is easily accessible from Washington, DC).

It may seem parochial, but I think the cycling around here is great.
One can be in scenic countryside within about one hour from downtown, while passing through an interesting, compact urban and suburban scene. Furthermore you can extend your range with a convenient Commuter Rail that allows fully-assembled bikes during off-peak hours. In Spring through Fall it’s a temperate climate.

Besides the cycling, Boston is such a popular tourist destination that there will always be something interesting to do off the bike…culture, nightlife, sports and so forth.

I know you would like to avoid the urban experience, and further out into New England could satisfy that condition. Camping near Boston too would be problematic, but not impossible. If you’ve never been here before, the experience may be even more…epic. ]
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Suggestions for Fourth of July trip in Midwest

FWIW, after decades I still have fond memories of my earliest cycle touring in my home state of Michigan.

Tourism is, I believe Michigan’s second largest industry, and it’s largely a rural / forested state with a lengthy shoreline, an extensive road system, and numerous towns and facilities, including campgrounds, spaced at convenient cycling distances.

IMO, an excellent, though perhaps mundane getaway. Just sayin’…FWIW (even as a cross-country cyclist).

BTW, over the years I have responded to several of these threads with open-ended requests for travel destinations. One thing they have in common is that the OP never informs us of the final destination, much less how was the trip, even when requested to do so.

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