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View Poll Results: What is the best tour in America?
Trans America
2
9.09%
Pacific Coast
9
40.91%
Great Divide
2
9.09%
Katy
5
22.73%
P&O
4
18.18%
East Coast Greenway
0
0%
Lewis & Clark
0
0%
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Best Tour in America

Old 06-28-18, 10:17 PM
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Best Tour in America

What is the best tour in America?
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North America? Latin America? Central America? United States of America? South America? Middle America?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americas

My vote goes to Patagonia.
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Originally Posted by alan s
North America? Latin America? Central America? United States of America? South America? Middle America?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americas

My vote goes to Patagonia.
Sorry meant to say North America, thought it would be obvious from the choices, but cheers for the heads up.
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Oh. You threw me off there. Thought P&O was the “O” Circuit in Patagonia.

https://www.switchbacktravel.com/pat...aine-O-circuit

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Originally Posted by willibrord
What is the best tour in America?
"best" is entirely subjective. it's like the taste of soylent green....it varies from person to person.

in general though, i'd say the best tour is the one you're on right now.

best for me would be self-supported and self-routed, not following the banana-pancake trail.

you have limited the choice to well-trodden trails, in which case i would have to select the katy, but only in the rain and only wearing cutoff jeans.
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Originally Posted by willibrord
Sorry meant to say North America, thought it would be obvious from the choices, but cheers for the heads up.

North America?


A route that includes the Icefield Parkway, Hwy 11, the Hwy out to Radium Hotsprings and around to Golden and back onto the Icefield Parkway. Could include a bit of the Cowboy Trail in that. Lots of different options depending on how much time you've got.


Or perhaps several options on Vancouver Island and in lower mainland BC.
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I liked my trip across the Americas which included bits of:
- Dalton Highway
- Alaska Highway
- Cassiar Highway
- Yellowhead Highway
- Icefields Parkway
- Great Divide
- Transamerica
- Southern Tier
- Baja Peninsula
- Mexico and Central America
- Colombia
- Lake Titicaca
- Bolivia including the salt flats
- Ruta 40
- Carretera Australia
- Patagonia
- Tierra del Fuego
Other spots would have been fine too(*), but some of what I enjoyed was making my own pace, distance and stops rather than completely​​​​​​ following one specific route.

(*) e.g. I missed the U.S. Pacific coast not because it wasn't awesome, but because I'd seen it a few times before. Other areas like the Natchez Trace or Atlantic Canada have their own charm but weren't completely on route.
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First...
It is impossible to answer without applying personal criteria.

Second...
Your list is made up of kind of odd choices and conspicuous omissions. You leave out the NT, ST, WE, SC, Great Parks, and the Idaho Hot Springs to name a few,, but not all, and you include the Easy Coast Greenway which isn't really designed to be a bike route and has not been ridden as a tour much as far as I can tell.

I liked the Trans America and the PC both very well. The L&C sounds very interesting and I'd like to ride it some time. The KATY and C&O (I assume that is what you meant when you said P&O) aren't my cup of tea, but are popular with some. The Great Divide sounds interesting.

The East Coast Greenway doesn't sound like it is really designed to be a bike route. It goes through more cities than I would choose to and I really find the East Coast less interesting, but that may be because I lived there for most of my life. Paralleling it in the rural coastal areas and/or the Appalachians would be much more interesting to me.
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I think one important part of this could be that if someone votes, it would be nice to know how many other places on the list theyíve been. I personally try to tour outside of the US, but have done the pacific coast. To me, itís the best on the list(part of why I chose it), but my opinion is pretty useless in this pole since Iíve only done one of the options. Not everyone needs to have done them all to have a valid opinion, but it could help others making future touring plans. If multiple people have done the PC and great divide and all say the coast is better, that means something.
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There is almost nothing green about the PA portion of the ECG. In fact, one stretch uses what is literally called Industrial Highway. The name it fitting.
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None of those involve Michigan, so the answer is "none of the above"

But more seriously, that is a wide variety of "tours". Can one really compare a 100 day trek across America with a long weekend trip on a greenway in determining "best"?
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Originally Posted by Machka
North America?


A route that includes the Icefield Parkway, Hwy 11, the Hwy out to Radium Hotsprings and around to Golden and back onto the Icefield Parkway. Could include a bit of the Cowboy Trail in that. Lots of different options depending on how much time you've got.


Or perhaps several options on Vancouver Island and in lower mainland BC.
I've done quite a bit of cycling in the areas I mentioned above and like them both.

But this is one that has been on my list of areas/routes to ride at some point in my life: La Route verte I've heard good things.
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Originally Posted by alan s
North America? Latin America? Central America? United States of America? South America? Middle America?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americas

My vote goes to Patagonia.
Have you ever toured in Patagonia?
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Originally Posted by axolotl
Have you ever toured in Patagonia?
Not yet. Many years ago, I saw a presentation by a couple who sailed through Patagonia. The idea of traveling there has stuck with me since then. Whether by boat, bike or on foot, I will see it some day.
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Originally Posted by axolotl
Have you ever toured in Patagonia?
I haven't, have you? The wife really wants to go to Argentina one of these years.
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The best tour will be the one you make/you design around what you want to see on any given tour...not what someone else has designed for you and hopes you like.

Instead of focusing on what someone else has designed for you so they can charge you for the maps/info go out and figure out what you like to see when you travel and then do the research online and hook up the places that meet those desires. That will lead you on the ultimate bike tour.
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The ride to the airport where you can get on a plane for France.
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Which one has a Waffle House at the end? 😁
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Originally Posted by jefnvk
I haven't, have you? The wife really wants to go to Argentina one of these years.
I toured in northern Patagonia in Argentina and adjacent Chile. I also saw a bit of far southern Patagonia. Southern Patagonia was the windiest damn place I've ever been to. There was nonstop, audible wind, 24/7 when I was there in December. I believe that's normal during the summer months. In northern Patagonia in and around Bariloche, there was some wind which got stronger as I biked eastward away from the Andean divide. In the gorgeous Chilean region of lakes and volcanoes between Puerto Montt and Temuco, I encountered very little wind. (That part of Chile is not usually considered part of Patagonia.) The Andes in that part of Chile/Argentina are not as high as they are further north. I crossed 2 passes which weren't that high or difficult, though neither pass was paved on the Argentine side at that time, and only one was paved on the Chilean side.
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Originally Posted by alan s


Not yet. Many years ago, I saw a presentation by a couple who sailed through Patagonia. The idea of traveling there has stuck with me since then. Whether by boat, bike or on foot, I will see it some day.
I thought that South America was in your "no-go zone" as far as bike touring is concerned.
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Thanks @axolotl, I'll have to give it a look someday!
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Railroad Valley on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada?

Totally empty, tiny wildflowers blooming all across the desert floor,
Jagged mountains shadowed by the low evening sun.

Of course, I happened ride this route when everything combined to perfection.
I doubt someone riding it in 105F heat, dry as a bone, with a stiff headwind would feel the same.
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Originally Posted by axolotl
I thought that South America was in your "no-go zone" as far as bike touring is concerned.
Must have me confused with someone else. While many parts of South America are not of much interest to me, and other parts are dangerous, I would not consider Patagonia to fall into that category. Iíve traveled to Guatemala, Belize and Chiapas, not by bike, and really enjoyed it. I suppose much of South America is similar. I wouldnít rule it out, but there are so many other places Iíd rather see first.
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Nope, not confusing you with someone else, alan. You've previously written that you wouldn't want to tour in places which aren't up to "western standards" though you hedged regarding Patagonia. You also once cited water contamination in Rio de Janeiro in a thread that I started, as a reason for not touring in the developing world, period.
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Originally Posted by Machka
But this is one that has been on my list of areas/routes to ride at some point in my life: La Route verte I've heard good things.
Oooo, that's on my short list too. There was a group seeking companions for a fall foliage tour that got me looking at that area. Looked amazing ... add in maple tree foliage ... wow!
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