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Old 07-12-12, 02:51 PM
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1- and 2-day tours for non-touring partners

After my recent ride down the California coast from Mendocino to Petaluma, it occurred to me that a section of it (Mendocino to Gualala) would be perfect to do with non-bike touring friends as a 2-day tour. In addition, in the past, I've had the same thoughts about the 23 miles from Carmel to Big Sur, a ride I planned with my (non-touring) wife but cancelled due to rain.

I've combined these two rides into an article in the hope that people can find a way to share their passion for bike touring with their non-touring, but fit partners.

I am quite familiar with this part of the California Coast as I live in San Francisco and have ridden both of them several times. I suspect there are similar types of rides all over the world that combine wonderful scenery, good services, and easy riding into just a few miles. The main purpose for writing the article and posting it here is spur other members to identify short tours near where they live or have experienced that they would recommend for non-touring partners.

You can post them here or as a comment to the article linked above.
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I recommend ... Hub-and-Spoke Tours.

Rowan and I have done heaps of hub-and-spoke tours around the state of Victoria, Australia. Victoria is a beautiful little state with a wide variety of scenery ... beautiful ocean views and beaches, mountains, forests, lakes, flatlands ...

Over the 3 years I lived there, we spent numerous weekends in various places ... on average, probably about once a month. We would book a cabin in a campground for 2 or more nights. We would usually drive down on a Friday night after work, then spend the day on Saturday cycling off in one direction, then spend the day on Sunday cycling off in another direction, then drive home on Monday. We could make the cycling portion of the experience as long or short as we wanted. Sometimes it was part of an event (Alpine Ascent Challenge or a Randonnee), but other times it was just us cycling here, there, and everywhere. And sometimes we'd keep the cycling short so we could take in other things in the area.

We both cycle, but this sort of tour would work well for a couple where one is an avid cyclist, and the other isn't.


I grew up in a cycling family, but while growing up my father was the stronger cyclists. So we did hub-and-spoke tours as a family, often in the Canadian Rockies. Several times my father would set off early from Banff, out the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnson's Canyon or further, then he'd turn around and cycle back. Meanwhile, my mother, brother and I would get ready to go and we'd pedal along at our pace. My father would meet us on his way back, then turn around and we'd ride out to Johnson's Canyon as a family. He would get a good long ride in, and the rest of us would have a decent ride for our ability.

And there are other rides a person can do out of Banff as well. Plus hikes and shopping and hot springs and all sorts of other things to do.

So there's a Canadian option for a hub-and-spoke tour for varying abilities.


But back to Victoria ...

Wangaratta to Beechworth, overnight in Beechworth, return to Wangaratta might be an option for someone who cycled, but who wasn't a long distance cyclists. That route is all on a paved bicycle path. It is a long, gradual climb to Beechworth on the first day, but then it is a long gradual downhill on the way back the next day. Beechworth has a large campground with both campsites and cabins (like most campgrounds in Australia), so you wouldn't even need to carry much. You could book a cabin there and have all your bedding etc. provided for you.

One hub we stayed in several times was Port Fairy. We would head eastward one day, maybe northward on another day, and then drive to Portland and do some cycling around there on another day. There are two good options out of Portland, we've done one of the options twice and the other one once so far.

The Torquay area is also quite nice, and over on the other side of the bay, you've got the area around Inverloch and down Wilson's Prom.

Just to name a few options.
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