The promise of the National Parks was getting ever closer as the team rode from Dillon to Ennis – Dillon is another small town located in the South West of Montana, also a hub for activity and adventure in the local area. The journey consisted of 67 miles of steady uphill climbing to a pass and then whizzing down the other side into town. The highlights of the day entailed passing through 2 extremely well-preserved gold mining towns – Nevada City and Virginia City, both towns are living historical museums and very interesting places to visit, even if they were crawling with tourists.
The team is now 700 + miles away from the Pacific Coast, well into the US interior where many of the locals they come across have travelled little further than the neighbouring state, and show very little awareness regarding what’s going on in the outside world. Following the rest day in Grangeville, the team pedalled out through extensive golden cornfields, before heading into the Nez Perce Indian Reserve – the reservation today consists of around 750,000 acres of which tribe members own approximately 13%.
Having been on the road for 5 days, the team are now settling into a steady rhythm which includes getting an early breakfast and being out on the road by 7 am to ensure a solid few hours of riding before the sun gets too hot – freeing up the afternoon for a well deserved rest in the shade.
Bike Adventures’ hardiest customers are tackling the TransAm under the guidance of experienced cyclist Steve Wesson.
Steve completed this epic journey back in 2009 cycling from the West Coast of Oregon all the way over to the state of Virginia on the East Coast. The 2018 ride will cover a grand total of 4156 miles with an average of 69.3 per day with 60 days riding and 5 rest days. The tour will cross a total of 11 states, to include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.
In 2009, Steve Wesson, one of Bike Adventures‘ senior leaders, rode across the United States; it was, he states, ‘the best 8 weeks of my life’. Over the last few years he has discussed this trip with many Bike Adventures regulars and a number have expressed an interest in such a trip should we ever organise one. Well, guess what? On July 19th, Steve, 11 of our most intrepid customers and a support driver head to Florence, Oregon to start a ‘TransAmerica’. We asked Steve to tell us more about the trip.
Travelling from coast to coast has always been popular, regardless of the mode of transport. Coast to coast cycle tours however are an especially popular choice, providing a unique feeling of accomplishment for cyclists, having crossed the width of the country under his/her own steam. There is also the distinct sense of embarkation and arrival, as riders pedal from one sea all the way across to the other.
Cycling holidays for singles have become increasingly popular in recent times, with a growing number of individuals seeking to travel alone, but ride within a group. For some, this may be due to the simple reason that neither friends nor family share their enthusiasm for cycling, and for others it is a way of meeting new and like-minded people, whilst participating in cycling adventures.
A cycle tour in Aotearoa meaning “Land of the white cloud” in the language of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people cannot be compared to any other – as 36-year-old cyclist Cameron Nicholls experienced first-hand during his epic winter adventure. Cameron cycled 2,336km from the tip of the North Island all the way to the most southern point of the South Island in a mere 12 days with the help of his wife Alice who accompanied and supported his journey along the way – an impressive feat!
If you’re about to embark on a cycling adventure this summer, choosing the right bike rack for your car can be unnerving and problematic, especially if you’ve never used one before. Maybe you have used one before, but with a bit of wear and tear you’re not entirely convinced by its safety features and believe you deserve an upgrade. We agree.
Needless to say, cycle carriers (or bike racks, whichever you prefer to call them) have a lot riding on them – pardon the pun! This is particularly true if you have an expensive, high-end bike, whose price tag never fails to unsettle non-cyclists.
Europe has some of the best cycling routes on earth but travelling with your bike on the quest for that perfect road, though certainly appealing, could leave you out of pocket.
Cycling enthusiasts are never too far from their bikes at any one time and for many, only cycling in the UK is too restrictive. Whether you’re planning on tackling the Alpine mountains, the sandy tracks of southern Portugal, or following the meandering Danube, you can be sure that Europe’s cycling routes will stagger and astound even the most seasoned cyclist.
As with all holidays, determining the most cost efficient means of travelling is a time consuming and frustrating task – especially when information is thin on the ground! Sometimes it helps to have a little advice.