Epic Cross Country- Northern Tier Bike Tours

Epic Cross Country - Northern Tier Bike Tours

Overview

Cycle of Life Adventures is taking our vast experiences of crossing the country on the Southern Tier and going the length of the US along two Epic routes following the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Range to now offering a Northern Tier adventure. We have had a very high demand for this trip over the past couple of years. Now we will be adding The Epic Cross Country – Northern Tier Bike Tour to the schedule for July 2024.

This route will take in the many sights and vistas of the Cascades, Rockies, Appalachian and Adirondack Mountains as we ride from Astoria, OR to Portsmouth, NH. While it will be a challenging ride, (it is not all mountain), we will also travel across the Great Plains and around the Great Lakes. What an extraordinary way to see and experience the wonderful country we live in. This Epic Northern Tier option will include an estimated 3576 miles over 52 days, taking you through numerous states and a portion of eastern Canada. The average mileage will be in the 75-80 miles/day range (but of course, this is impacted by availability of lodging) and daily elevations will be determined as the route unfolds. We will work to include 5-7 rest days and several National Parks in our itinerary.

Further details, such as exact dates, pricing, and routes will start to post shortly. There has been a great deal of interest already, so please contact the office to get your name on the waitlist and mailing lists to receive updates. Contact Info@cycleoflifeadventures.com to join our updates list.

Tour Highlights

  • Group breakfast at the Keenland Racetrack track kitchen on morning two.
  • A Bourbon tasting tour at Woodford Reserve.
  • A guided “Unique Horse Farm Tours” by Shawn Washington. Not to be missed!
  • Unbelievable riding, distillery tour, horse farm tour.
  • Additional information for local attractions.
  • Every day will include shorter casual options and “advanced” options.
  • Distances can vary from 15 miles of touring to a choice of century rides.
  • This tour qualifies for a 5% discount for returning guests or for groups of 4 plus.

Details

Rider Level

Active to Advanced

Distance

3576+ miles

Travel

Airline service should be scheduled into Portland, Oregon by July 6, 2024 prior to 5 pm for an airport pickup or you may Uber to the recommended airport area hotel.  There will be an 11 AM shuttle to Astoria, OR at 11AM on July 7 to our starting hotel with a 2PM warmup ride.

Returning airline service should be scheduled out of Boston- Logan International, MA on Aug 28  or later. We will offer a 9:30AM shuttle service to Logan Airport. Travel insurance is highly recommended due to our refund policies for this tour. Various insurers are available. We suggest Allianz and AIG

Meals

All breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days.

Accommodations

All hotels (no camping).

Included
  • Lodging (see above)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (see above)
  • Park entry fees
  • Ride with GPS mapping; printed guide sheets, if desired
  • Minimum of 3 guides
  • Mechanic
  • Van support
  • Luggage transports
  • Airport transfers
  • Souvenir jersey
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Rental bikes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike box shipping fee
  • Lunch and dinner during off days
  • Souvenirs
  • A 10% gratuity is not included, but suggested; 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 Bike Tour – Waiver and Release/ Safety Procedures

This tour will not be sold in segments, but is planned as a complete Cross Country tour to fulfill your bucket list. Half segments will be offered after Mar 1, 2024 if space becomes available. Available start/stop point will be Sioux Falls, SD. (Details will be available at a later date)

Due to extensive 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 do have parts and supplies with us for emergency repairs, but we are not a retail store. It is highly recommended you bring 2 additional tires, 6-10 tubes, extra spokes, a chain and a well-tuned bicycle.

We cannot accommodate tricycles or recumbent bicycles on our Epic tours. 

Summer 2024 Northern Tier Deposit

A non-refundable $500 registration fee is required at sign on. Please make deposits by credit card with an on line registration.

  • 1/3 is due by November 1, 2023.
  • 2nd 1/3 due by February 1, 2024.
  • last 1/3 – paid in full by Apr 1, 2024.
  • 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 18 riders and we need a minimum of 12 required prior to December 31, 2023 to guarantee the ride to depart.
Summer 2024 Northern Tier Cancellation Policy
  • $1000 cancellation fee before Jan 1, 2024
  • $1500 Cancellation fee before Mar 1, 2024
  • $2500 cancellation fee before April 1, 2024
  • No refunds for any reason after April 1, 2024
  • Please purchase travel insurance for this reason.

Dates

July 7 – August 28, 2024

PRICING

Per Person
$20,500/person
  • Single Room Supplement - $3900
  • Tour will be limited to 18 guests. Guests traveling solo will be matched with a same gender roommate, if possible. If a roommate is not available, then single room supplement must be charged.
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Itinerary

Saturday | 07/06/2024 | Portland, OR

Day 1 | 07/07/24 | Astoria, OR | 31 miles

Day 2 | 07/08/24 | St Helens, OR | 80.5 miles

Day 3 | 07/09/24 | Cascade Locks, OR | 75.6 miles

Day 4 | 07/10/24 | Biggs Junction, OR | 71.2 miles

Day 5 | 07/11/24 | Hermiston, OR | 94.9 miles

Day 6 | 07/12/24 | Walla Walla, WA | 61.4 miles

Day 7 | 07/13/24 | Clarkston, WA | 95 miles

Day 8 | OFF | 07/14/24 | Clarkston, WA 

Day 9 | 07/15/24 | Kamiah, ID | 73 miles

Day 10 | 07/16/24 | Lolo Hot Springs, MT | 115.2 miles

Day 11 | 07/17/24 | Missoula, MT | 38.2 miles

Day 12 | 07/18/24 | Helena, MT | 125.2 miles

Day 13 | 07/19/24 | Three Forks, MT | 68.6 miles

Day 14 | 07/20/24 | Livingston, MT | 69.4 miles

Day 15 | OFF | 07/21/24 | Livingston, MT

Day 16 | 07/22/24 | Columbus, MT | 80.2 miles

Day 17 | 07/23/24 | Lovell, WY | 90 miles

Day 18 | 07/24/24 | Sheridan, WY | 98.9 miles

Day 19 | 07/25/24 | Gillette, WY | 108.3 miles

Day 20 | 07/26/24 | Sundance, WY | 88.6 miles

Day 21 | 07/27/24 | Deadwood, SD | 62.3 miles

Day 22 | OFF | 07/28/24 | Deadwood, SD

Day 23 | 07/29/24 | Rapid City, SD | 79.4 miles

Day 24 | 07/30/24 | Wall, SD | 55.8 miles

Day 25 | 07/31/24 | Kadoka, SD | 57.3 miles

Day 26 | 08/01/24 | Oacoma, SD | 115.3 miles

Day 27 | 08/02/24 | Mitchell, SD | 76.2 miles

Day 28 | 08/03/24 | Sioux Falls, SD | 72.5 miles

Day 29 | OFF | 08/04/24 | Sioux Falls, SD

Day 30 | 08/05/24 | Jackson, MN | 95.6 miles

Day 31 | 08/06/24 | Alberta Lea, MN | 87 miles

Day 32 | 08/07/24 | Lanesboro, MN | 84.5 miles

Day 33 | 08/08/24 | La Crosse, WI | 52.6 miles

Day 34 | 08/09/24 | Spring Green, WI | 96 miles

Day 35 | 08/10/24 | Madison, WI | 55.2 miles 

Day 36 | OFF | 08/11/24 | Madison, WI

Day 37 | 08/12/24 | Milwaukee, WI | 87.9 miles

Day 38 | 08/13/24 | Grand Rapids, MI | 38.7 miles

Day 39 | 08/14/24 | Owosso, MI | 87.6 miles

Day 40 | 08/15/24 | Utica, MI | 76.9 miles

Day 41 | 08/16/24 | Chatham, ON | 25 miles

Day 42 | 08/17/24 | Tillsonburg, ON | 102.4 miles

Day 43 | 08/18/24 | Niagara Falls, ON | 95.1 miles

Day 44 | OFF | 08/19/24 | Niagara Falls, ON

Day 45 | 08/20/24 | Rochester, NY | 86.7 miles

Day 46 | 08/21/24 | Liverpool, NY | 87.1 miles

Day 47 | 08/22/24 | Little Falls, NY | 80.2 miles

Day 48 | 08/23/24 | Schenectady, NY | 68.9 miles

Day 49 | 08/24/24 | North Adams, MA | 74.1 miles

Day 50 | 08/25/24 | Keene, NH | 74.3 miles

Day 51 | 08/26/24 | Hooksett, NH | 55.6 miles

Day 52 | 08/27/24 | Portsmouth, NH | 46.4 miles

Day 53 | 08/28/24 | Catch Flights | 3576 total miles

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