53 Day Cross-Country Bike Tour
Tour Start: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tour End: Bar Harbor, ME
Average Mileage: 50 miles daily
Total Mileage: 2,528 miles
Includes: All lodging, breakfasts, dinners and snacks on cycling days, SAG support, detailed maps and cue sheets, mechanical instruction and support, send-off banquet, celebratory dinner and commemorative jersey.
Van Support: We carry your luggage, and you if necessary.
Rental Bike: Not available for this tour.
Participants: 30 women, maximum
Travel Arrangements: Fly into Fort Lauderdale, FL and out of Bangor, ME
For a free DVD of our cross country tours, request a catalog
You’ve been asking for this tour for years. It completes our tours around the perimeter of the USA and we are so pleased to be able to offer it to you!
As urban as this part of the country can be, you wouldn’t know it from the lesser traveled roads we cycle. We follow the route expertly designed by Adventure Cycling. When we get close to larger cities, we’re able to hop on the myriad of bike paths developed during the past decade to keep us off the streets entirely.
We’ll start in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, hugging the coast as we make our way north. We’ll stop in quaint beach towns and then head into the Deep South past cotton and tobacco plantations. Then it’s onto Virginia where you can visit Colonial Williamsburg during our layover day.
We’ve planned our next layover day in Alexandria where you can take the paved Mount Vernon Trail to the monuments of Washington, D.C. and to one of the free museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution. We’ll skirt the city of Philadelphia and then head into New England in time for spring. We’ll finish the route in Bar Harbor by Acadia National Park.
If you’re a history buff, this is the tour for you. History happened all along our route: from St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation to Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, to Valley Forge and its key role in the American Revolution. We'll cycle near such important waterways as the Potomac River, Delaware River, Connecticut River, and the Chesapeake Bay, and cross the Walkway Over The Hudson River, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
If you’re a state counter, you’ll be excited to know that our route passes through 14 states plus the District of Columbia, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
If you’ve completed our Northern Tier or Southern Tier tours, our overnights in St. Augustine and Bar Harbor should bring sweet memories.
We will run this tour like our other cross-country tours. There will be hotels, hot showers, and home-cooked meals every night. Two
vehicles will carry your luggage and support you all the way. We’ll average 50 beautiful miles per day.
If you’re unable to do the entire trip, in 2016 we will offer the tour in two sections. You can do the 31-day Southern section from Florida to Virginia or the 24-day Northern section from Virginia to Maine.
TO JOIN: The 2015 tour is filled. Register on-line or call us at 800-247-1444 to make your non-refundable registration deposit of $300 for the 2016 tour. The first payment of $2000 is due November 15, 2015 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $2000 is due January 1, 2016. One-half of this payment is refundable if you cancel prior to February 15, 2015. The balance of the trip fee is due February 15, 2016. Save 2% if you pay by check.
DISCOUNTS: Sign up for a shorter, domestic 2015 or 2016 WomanTours trip at the same time you sign up for the 2016 Atlantic Coast tour and receive 10% off the shorter tour. Make your payments by check and receive 2% discounts off the amount paid.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. If you cancel prior to February 15, 2016, $3000 is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
TRIP INSURANCE: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation/interruption insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.
TOUR DETAILS: We will send you materials about training, transportation, packing, and other pre-trip details upon receipt of your registration fee. We will also mail you periodic Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the trip.