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2021 -- Your Short Tours

Old 12-28-20, 10:53 PM
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2021 -- Your Short Tours

Short tours are great for those of us who can only spare a few days from our busy schedules to spend on a cycling tour ... or for those of us who want to do a quick exploration of the area where we live or an area we want to learn more about ... and for those who want to test equipment, bicycle setup, etc. ...or for those of us who can't do anything longer for one reason or another.

When you go on a short hub-and-spoke tour, overnight tour, weekend tour, long weekend tour, maybe even a week-long tour, or something similar ... tell us about it here throughout 2021.

Where did you go? What did you see along the way? Would you recommend the area? What sort of accommodation did you use? What kind of bicycle did you ride? Did you learn anything new?

What short tours do you have planned for 2021?

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2020 short tours:

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2018 short tours:
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Some attempt at definitions ...

Short tours can include quite a variety of different sorts of touring including, but not limited to ...

-- day tours (usually taking up most of the day and including scenic or tourist destinations)
-- hub-and-spoke tours (cycling or driving out to a destination which becomes the "headquarters" or "hub", and then doing day tours off in various directions from the "hub")
-- overnight tours (cycling out to a neighbouring town, campground, national park, etc, staying overnight in a campground, hotel, B&B, or whatever other choice of accommodation is available)
-- weekend or long weekend tours or several days or week long tours (similar to the overnight tour, but longer)

These tours can be credit card tours where no camping gear is carried and the cyclist stays in accommodations such as hotels, B&Bs hostels, etc., and eats in restaurants, cafes, etc., or they can be camping tours, or some combination of the two.

They can have a variety of purposes ... travel and exploration, a desire to get away from it all for a weekend, visiting family and friends, or in combination with work, school, or other events.

Lots of options!

Longer tours/all tours of 2021:
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I'm planning a short tour in June to sort of commemorate my first big tour in 1981. A friend and I spent the summer of '81 touring England and Scotland. We stayed mostly in Youth Hostels then, with the odd night spent camping. As it happens, I think my friend will be able to join me. The plan is to start from my house in Wiesbaden, ride up the Rhine to its confluence with the Moselle (Mosel) at Koblenz, then up the Moselle to Trier. We're allowing 4-5 days and will ride mostly on the riverside bike paths. We will probably use some combinations of B&Bs and camping. At Trier, we will take a train back to Wiesbaden. All of this is COVID permitting, of course.

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2020 certainly took wind out of the sails for longer trips. Several smaller ones I am eyeing for 2021 to start:
- Two weekends booked at nearby Texas state parks for March & April. So quick overnight trips, likely sharing the camping parts with some neighbors.
- In the past I've done a sequence of seven one week trips to bring me from San Jose to Reno to Salt Lake to Fort Collins to Wichita to Memphis to Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. What is left is cycling from Pittsburgh to Washington DC and still on my list.
- Two Christmas'es ago I cycled from Tucson to El Paso. That leaves San Diego to Tucson as a natural follow-up at end of 2021.
- Potentially a trip from Ruidoso, New Mexico to "connect" with other places I've cycled. Hence either Ruidoso to El Paso or Ruidoso to Lubbock.
Initially 2021 will be a year to be cautious rather than to take my postponed 2021 trip (to Timor-Leste/Indonesia) so I expect it will be mostly shorter trips initially. Ones above are the most obvious candidates.
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I have a professional association conference in Denver, CO Thursday July 29- Sunday August 1. I was thinking of going out there after work on Friday night to have a Saturday- Wednesday tour in that area. I'm thinking it would probably be a hub and spoke tour, using my Bike Friday folding bike. Considering I'm coming from SE Florida, it would be so much easier than boxing up my Trek 520 with panniers and all my camping gear for a more traditional end to end or start/finish circle tour. Either way, I plan to do some riding in the Denver area at the end of July.
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My plans for a couple of short tours in 2020 vaporized thanks to the pandemic.

As for 2021, I originally had planned to do a multi-night credit card tour, but I'm still wary about the pandemic and its effect on the ability to find services. I've decided that I will pick a place, book a motel for an entire week and then do hub and spoke rides all week. I'm moving into a new decade so this will be my week to celebrate that I am still active. The original goal was to do 600 miles, but 600K would also work for me. I'm turning 60 in June. I have no idea how this could possibly be as I was 28 just the other day, so it seems. But somehow my husband and I are also celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in August.

I enjoyed the area around Kewaunee, WI last summer when I finished up the Ice Age Trail sections of the eastern part of the trail so that is where I'm thinking I will stay.
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I enjoyed the area around Kewaunee, WI last summer when I finished up the Ice Age Trail sections of the eastern part of the trail so that is where I'm thinking I will stay.

What a great idea! I've toured around there several times and just love how comparatively calm and placid that side of the lake is. Door County is incredible and very underrated. Almost every single road is worthwhile to ride, each one offering a marvel, whether it's rock outcrops from the Niagra Escarpment, a picturesque orchard with towers of lilac, or an ancient grove of white cedar. Washington Island has a hundred miles of paved roads and no traffic at all.

The best thing about Wisconsin is how absurdly friendly people are--how respectful they treat cyclists. That and how empty it is while having a robust network of paved country roads. They were the first state to put in a rail trail, so their network is better than most states.

Things change fast, however. Last fall, I noticed a huge amount of new development on both sides of Sheboygan, and this fear it forever will lose its beauty.
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