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itself2012-04-25 15:21:37 +0000 #1
Have any of you ever payed to go on an all women bicycle tour? I know there are groups like Backroads, but I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions?

And if you were to pick some place to cycle in the States, where would you go?

I know I would love to cycle someplace like Banff, Canada, where I would e surrounded by mountains, or perhaps in West Virginia, a state that impressed me when we drove cross country when we moved.

Would love to hear about your experiences!
shootingstar2012-04-25 15:25:19 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by itself

Have any of you ever payed to go on an all women bicycle tour? I know there are groups like Backroads, but I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions?

And if you were to pick some place to cycle in the States, where would you go?

I know I would love to cycle someplace like Banff, Canada, where I would e surrounded by mountains, or perhaps in West Virginia, a state that impressed me when we drove cross country when we moved.

Would love to hear about your experiences!

I think there's the rare all-women's tour cycling trips firm somewhere based in the U.S. But maybe others know better than I do.

Yes, the Canadian Rockies would be fabulous in summer or early September. I live in Calgary.

There is the Bow Valley Parkway, parallel to the TransCanada highway which is more quiet but stilll with terrific views. At this time of year, spring there are the odd elk, deer or bear wandering around.

Between Canmore and Banff is a flat 20 km. paved bike path.

The ride between Banff and Lake Louise is lovely and Lake Louise area is great also.

Perhaps CrazyCanuck could comment she is from the area..before living in Aussieland now.

Vancouver and Vancouver Island combined with a (Canadian Gulf Island) Saltspring Island or Galiano Island would be gorgeous

Of course, I'm biased I lived there for awhile. You could also the Washington state ferry from vancouver island (Sidney) over to one of the American San Juan Islands.
Eden2012-04-25 16:06:28 +0000 #3
Hmmmmmm...... I think that if I was going to tour in the US I'd want to do Vermont in the fall - covered bridges, leaf peeping mmmmmmmmmmm.
KathiCville2012-04-25 16:34:37 +0000 #4
I rode part of the Natchez Trace with a group from WomanTours three years ago. Had a blast. Terrific tour leaders; nice accommodations; good routes; wonderful group of high-enthusiasm fellow riders, but no "hammers." Not inexpensive but I was celebrating my 50th birthday and wanted to do something special.

I'm going to Bhutan with WomanTours next spring on a nine-day tour that will mix in a bit of hiking with biking. Saving my pennies now!
indysteel2012-04-25 16:12:29 +0000 #5
I've had WomanTours bookmarked for ages but have never taken one. The price of those organized tours always scare me away. The only weeklong tour I've been on is the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which is put on by the state's parks department. It's WAY cheaper than something like Backroads. DH and I are also getting ready to do a supported tour along the Katy Trail.

Anyway, it would be hard to decide where to go. I'd love to tour part of Europe, e.g., France and Italy. Stateside, I'd love to do Montana, Utah, Oregon, Maine, and Vermont. California wine country and parts of Canada would be great, too. But, heck, I'd be happy going just about anywhere, so long as the roads were good and the scenery pretty.
Catrin2012-04-25 17:48:55 +0000 #6
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Anyway, it would be hard to decide where to go. I'd love to tour part of Europe, e.g., France and Italy. Stateside, I'd love to do Montana, Utah, Oregon, Maine, and Vermont. California wine country and parts of Canada would be great, too. But, heck, I'd be happy going just about anywhere, so long as the roads were good and the scenery pretty.

This would be my main problem, outside of the money to pay for such a tour. I am happy riding anywhere there are good roads and nice scenery! I had a friend look at me sideways the other day after she spent some time telling me of all of her European adventures and asked me where I would like to ride - and that was my basic response. I spent much of my youth traveling and I don't have to go to the other side of the world to find pretty places to ride

That being said, would love to go to Vermont someday, as well as North Carolina and other places.

Indy - I am really looking forward to hearing about your Katy Trail adventure!
indysteel2012-04-25 16:17:10 +0000 #7
No, I don't have to go to the other side of the world for a pretty place to ride, but it sure would be nice. There's a guy on RBR who races/rides in Europe and some of the photos he shares are sublime.

My problem is that Indiana is about my least favorite place to ride.

The roads are awful, the scenery is largely boring and the hills--when there are hills--are awful. I gotta move.
Catrin2012-04-25 18:09:58 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by indysteel

No, I don't have to go to the other side of the world for a pretty place to ride, but it sure would be nice. There's a guy on RBR who races/rides in Europe and some of the photos he shares are sublime.

My problem is that Indiana is about my least favorite place to ride.

The roads are awful, the scenery is largely boring and the hills--when there are hills--are awful. I gotta move.

Wouldn't it be great to ride in the Scottish Highlands

I don't have any real experience riding outside of Indiana, but would sure love to change that. I don't have any traveling money this year, but am going to start a savings account just for this. I don't HAVE to travel, but would love to broaden my horizons.

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