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Cross Country | Southern Tier 2020

Ride Details

Dates: Feb 22 - Apr 7, 2020

Distance: 2865 +miles

Cost: $13,100 pp double

Rider Level: Active to Advanced

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The 2020 dates are Feb, 22-April 7, 2020. 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, and 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 $290 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 sometimes 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. The average daily riding mileage is 74. 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 being finalized. Please call with your questions. Routes and hotel accommodations will be provided upon registration. Itinerary avaliable below.

Tour Details:  Dates: Feb 22, 2020 - April 7, 2020  | $13,100 pp double occupancy, single room supplement is an additional $2200,  | 45 total days | Tour will be limited to 11 guests. Guests traveling solo will be matched with a same gender roomate if possible. If a room mate is not available , then single room supplement must be charged.

Travel: Airline service should be scheduled into San Diego by Feb 22, 2019. Returning airline service should be scheduled out of Jacksonville, FL after April 8 at 11 am. Travel insurance is highly recommended due to our refund policies for this tour. Various insurers are available. We suggest www. silentsportsinsurance.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, lunch and dinner during off days, gratuity for your guides. A 12% gratuity is suggested and all gratuities will be divided among all tour support personnel.

Special Note*  Due to the length and cost of this tour, We ask that each registrant call the office staff personally and discuss the personal goals you desire to achieve from a tour of this magnitude. Prior to Registering, please read the following link to our special tour documents.

CROSS COUNTRY TOUR - WAIVER AND RELEASE/ SAFETY PROCEDURES  

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 offered after Sept 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. 1/3-  is due by Sep 1, 2019, 2nd/3 - due by Oct 1, 2019, last 1/3-  paid in full by Jan 1, 2019. 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 11 riders and we need a minimum of 6 required prior to Nov 1, 2019

Cancellation Policy: $1000 cancellation fee before Nov 1, 2019 | $1500 Cancellation fee before Dec 1, 2019 | $2500 cancellation fee before Jan. 1, 2020 | no refunds for any reason after Jan. 1, 2020  Please purchase travel insurance for this reason.

 

Check out our blog from 2018

 

2019 Southern Tier Itinerary        
Riding days Day Date Destination City Daily Miles Segment Miles
           
0 Sat 2/22 San Diego, Ca 0  
1   2/23 Pine Valley, CA 53  
2   2/24 El Centro, CA 81  
3   2/25 Welton, AZ 97  
4   2/26 Gila Bend, AZ 88  
5   2/27 Casa Grande, AZ 67  
6   2/28 Tucson, AZ 77  
  Sat 2/29 Tucson, AZ OFF 463
 7   3/1 Benson, AZ 65  

 8

  3/2 Bisbee, AZ 50  
 9   3/3 Portal, AZ 84  
 10   3/4 Columbus, NM 99  
 11   3/5 El Paso, TX 78  
 12   3/6 Ft. Hancock, TX 54  
 13 Sat 3/7 Van Horn, TX 73  
 14   3/8 Ft. Davis, TX 81  
    3/9 Ft. Davis, TX OFF 584
 15   3/10 Marathon, TX 54  
 16   3/11 Sanderson, TX

54

 
 17   3/12 Del Rio, TX 119  
 18   3/13 Camp Wood, TX 80  
 19

Sat

3/14 Ingram, TX 80  
    3/15 Fredricksburg, TX 37  
20   3/16 Fredricksburg, TX OFF 424
21   3/17 Austin, TX 88  
22   3/18 La Grange, TX 75  
23   3/19 Navosta, TX 67  
24

 

3/20 Cleveland, TX 75  
25 Sat 3/21 Silsbee, TX 68  
26   3/22 DeRidder, LA 76  
    3/23 DeRidder, LA OFF 449
27

 

3/24 Ville Platte, LA 78  
28   3/25 St. Francisville, LA 84  
29   3/26 Franklinton, LA 76  

30

  3/27 Wiggins, MS 81  
31 Sat 3/28 Moss Point, MS 70  
32   3/39 Gulf Shores, AL 68  
    3/30 Gulf Shores, AL OFF  457
33   3/31 Ft. Walton Beach, FL 77  
34   4/1 Chipley, FL 86  
35

 

4/2

Midway, FL

78  
36   4/3 Madison, FL 76  
37 Sat 4/4 High Springs, FL 78  
38   4/5 East Palatka, FL 70  
39   4/6 St Augustine, FL 43  
   Tue  4/7  Catch Flights  0 508
          2885 Total