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Cross Country | Southern Tier

Ride Details

Dates: Feb 24 - Apr 9, 2018

Distance: 2950 +miles

Cost: $12,100

Rider Level: Active to Advanced

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We are proud to announce our 2018 Cross Country Bicycling Tour. We have chosen the Southern Tier of the US from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL. Why this route?....  This is the shortest route from coast to coast at 2891 miles, yet you'll still have bragging rights of cycling across the country. The timing will be perfect for those who are sick of the winter weather. As we progress west to east, we should have the best, consistent temperatures ranging from the high 60s to perhaps the 80s, perfect cycling conditions. While we won't guarantee freshly paved bike trail for the entire route, we will boast that we have sought the most accommodating routes available in the area and you will enjoy scenery to include; sea shores, mountains, ranchlands, wildflowers, bayous and citrus groves.

This southern route takes us through wonderfully warm towns in southern California. We climb out of San Diego and head toward the Arizona border, Tucson, Tombstone, and the Chiricahua Mountains before taking on our 3rd state, New Mexico- "State of Enchantment". Then on to Texas where we will ride 1/3 of our tour crossing Texas at its widest part. We enjoy the flat ranches of western Texas, the blooming Blue Bonnets in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. Then on to the rolling hills of east Texas. From there it's a few days of riding across Louisiana- Time to enjoy some Cajun cooking. We cross the boot heels of both Mississippi and Alabama, then take a ferry across Mobile Bay to enter Florida's panhandle. North Florida has a varied landscape of strawberry fields, lush Live Oaks, horse farms, small college towns and orange groves as we move toward the coast. If you are curious, try connecting the dots....

San Diego, CA · Tucson, AZ · Tombstone, AZ · Columbus, NM · El Paso, TX · Del Rio, TX · Austin, TX ·  LaGrange, TX · De Ridder, LA · St. Francisville, LA · Poplarville, MS · Mobile, AL · Dauphin Island, AL · Pensacola, FL · Tallahassee, FL · Gainesville, FL · St. Augustine, FL

We have priced this bicycle tour as a budget tour coming in at $275 per day.  Returning guests and groups of 4 or more who sign up together get a 5% discount. Cycle of Life Adventures has and always will offer all-inclusive bicycling vacations. We encourage you to compare our cross country tour to others in the industry. We do not camp- we stay in nice clean hotels and inns. There are no wet, cold tents to set up and break down. There are no cold, clammy showers and outhouses. You are not sharing the cooking and cleaning chores with other cyclists. We eat dinner at nice restaurants in the evenings and sometime grill out under the stars. We have healthy breakfasts, nutritious fruits, vegetables, snacks and beverages on the van. Every morning you simply take your items to the van and we take care of your things from there. Our vans are equipped with Wi-fi and charging stations. Your family and friends are welcome to visit on our off days or ride along for a day.

We use the Adventure cycling maps as our basic guide, but do not adhere to them entirely, as we have our own special stops, quaint back-roads, amusements and break days planned.  We will schedule an off day on April 1st- Easter Sunday on the Gulf coast for those who want to share the day with loved ones. The average daily riding mileage is 71. Due to topography and lodging availabilities, there will be several century days scheduled. Along the route we have 5 layover days scheduled at approximately 8 day intervals.

Final route details and lodging arrangement are complete. Please call with your questions. Routes and hotel accommodations will be provided upon registration. Itinerary avaliable below.

Tour Details:  Dates: Feb 24, 2018 - April 9, 2018  | $12,100 pp double occupancy, single room supplement is an additional $2200, triple occupancy for the entire trip is $9900 pp if available | 44 total days | Tour will be limited to 12 guests

Travel: Airline service should be scheduled into San Diego by Sat-Feb 24, 2018. Returning airline service should be scheduled out of St. Augustine, FL after April 9 at 5 PM. Travel insurance is highly recommended due to our refund policies for this tour. Various insurers are available. We suggest www.allianztravelinsurance.com

Included: All hotels, (no camping), breakfast and dinner on riding days, snacks and light picnic lunches on riding days, park entry fees, ride with GPS mapping, printed guide sheets if desired, a minimum of 2 guides, mechanic, van support, luggage transports, airport transfers, souvenir jersey and laundry service one day per week.

Not Included:  Airfare, rental bikes, alcoholic beverages, bike box shipping fee, meals on off days, gratuity for your guides. A 12% gratuity is suggested and all gratuities will be divided among all tour support personnel.

Special Note* This tour is not sold in segments, but is planned as a complete cross country tour to fulfill your bucket list. Half segments will be after Sept 1 offered if space is available at Austin, TX. Half way stop/start date is March 20. Due to excessive long term planning, special cancellation and refund policies are needed. Because of distance, we suggest that you ride your own bike. Arrangements can be made for pre-shipping and with provided specifications of your bicycle, we can have many parts and supplies with us for emergency repairs.

Deposit: A non-refundable $500 registration fee is required at sign on. 2/3- $7734 is due by Oct 1, 2017, last 1/3- $3867 or paid in full by Jan 1, 2018. Double occupancy registration fees are due at the same time. Fees are paid by check. There will be a 2.25% additional fee for credit card use. Tour is limited to 12 riders and we have a minimum of 6 required prior to Nov 1, 2017

Cancellation Policy: $1000 cancellation fee before Nov 1, 2017 | $1500 Cancellation fee before Dec 1, 2017 | $2500 cancellation fee before Jan. 1, 2018 | no refunds for any reason after Jan. 1, 2018  Please purchase travel insurance for this reason.

2018 Southern Tier Itinerary        
Date Day Riding Day # Destination City Daily Mileage Segment Miles
           
24-Feb Sat 0 San Diego, Ca 0  
25-Feb Sun 1 Pine Valley, CA 53  
26-Feb Mon 2 El Centro, CA 75  
27-Feb Tues 3 Welton, AZ 95  
28-Feb Wed 4 Gila Bend, AZ 104  
1-Mar Thurs 5 Casa Grande, AZ 68  
2-Mar Fri 6 Tucson, AZ 75  
3-Mar Sat 7 Tucson, AZ OFF 470
4-Mar Sun 8 Benson, AZ 80  
5-Mar Mon 9 Bisbee, AZ 52  
6-Mar Tues 10 Rodeo, NM 81  
7-Mar Wed 11 Columbus, NM 93  
8-Mar Thurs 12 El Paso, TX 79  
9-Mar Fri 13 Ft. Hancock, TX 55  
10-Mar Sat 14 Van Horn, TX 74  
11-Mar Sun 15 Ft. Davis, TX 89  
12-Mar Mon 16 Ft. Davis, TX OFF 603
13-Mar Tues 17 Marathon, TX 60  
14-Mar Wed 18 Dryden, TX 74  
15-Mar Thurs 19 Del Rio, TX 89  
16-Mar Fri 20 Camp Wood, TX 88  
17-Mar Sat 21 Ingram, TX 76  
18-Mar Sun 22 Fredricksburg, TX 41  
19-Mar Mon 23 Fredricksburg, TX OFF 428
20-Mar Tues 24 Austin, TX 76  
21-Mar Wed 25 Bastrop, TX 56  
22-Mar Thurs 26 Brenham, TX 76  
23-Mar Fri 27 Willis, TX 82  
24-Mar Sat 28 Kountze, TX 87  
25-Mar Sun 29 DeRidder, LA 85  
26-Mar Mon 30 DeRidder, LA OFF 462
27-Mar Tues 31 Ville Platte, LA 77  
28-Mar Wed 32 St. Francisville, LA 82  
29-Mar Thurs 33 Franklinton, LA 78  
30-Mar Fri 34 Wiggins, MS 80  
31-Mar Sat 35 Passcagoula, MS 64  
1-Apr EasterSun 36 Orange Beach, AL 73  
2-Apr Mon 37 Ft. Walton Beach, FL 70  
3-Apr Tues 38 Ft. Walton Beach, FL OFF 524
4-Apr Wed 39 Bonifay, FL 76  
5-Apr Thurs 40 Quincy, FL 76  
6-Apr Fri 41 Perry, FL 78  
7-Apr Sat 42 High Springs, FL 70  
8-Apr Sun 43 Palatka, FL 70  
9-Apr Mon 44 St Augustine, FL 34  
          404
          2891 Total