Selkirk Loop Epic Tour
14 Day Epic Tour
Cycle North America’s only international scenic drive with us. We’ll bike along rivers and lakeshores through some of the most beautiful territory in the Northern Rockies. We’ll encircle the spectacular Selkirk Mountains in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia on this epic tour.
The International Selkirk Loop features a variety of terrain, from narrow river canyons to broad fertile valleys and from lowland meadows to mountain vistas. We’ll cycle through national forest, past waterfalls, and through fields of wildflowers. We’ll take a ferry across a beautiful lake, cross the international border twice and overnight in quaint mountain towns.
$100 discount if you sign up by October 1, 2020
Average 50 miles per day with one rest day. You’ll experience all types of beautiful terrain in most types of weather. Moderate to Advanced cycling level.
13 nights lodging, all breakfasts, dinners, and snacks on riding days, daily SAG support along the route, luggage transfer, mechanical support, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, and trained guides.
$275 for women-specific Specialized road or hybrid bicycle. $400 for electric-assist bicycle.
This tour was incredibly scenic. The combination of higher and lower mileage days made the trip especially enjoyable. It was fun to have a few 40ish mile days so we could enjoy the towns we visited. This trip is spectacular!
DAY 1: We start our tour with an afternoon orientation, followed by a bike prep and then dinner together. Our hotel is nestled on the banks of the Spokane River. If you arrive early, test ride your bicycle on the Centennial Trail along the river or relax in the hotel pool. 0 miles.
DAYS 2-13: We’ll run this tour as we do our cross-country tours. We start early with a light breakfast provided by the hotel. Then we’ll pack our bike bags with snacks of raisins, nuts, energy bars and peanut butter sandwiches. We’ll make sure we have an extra layer of clothing and perhaps a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 7-8am and cycle at our own pace.
About every twenty miles, we’ll meet our SAG vehicle. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools and a first aid kit. Even if you don’t need anything, you can stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or the panoramic view. If you’re too tired to bike anymore, you can take a ride in the SAG vehicle to our hotel for the night. The SAG makes sure everyone is in safely at the end of the day.
Lunch is on your own during the day if you want something heartier than the snacks out of our SAG vehicle. We encourage you to stop and get a taste of the local fare and catch a bit of gossip. Once at our hotel, you’ll find your luggage, (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer), and can check in to your room.
Pend Oreille, Columbia, Spokane & Slocan Rivers
Little Pend Oreille & Kootenai National Wildlife Refuges
Kootenay Lake Ferry
Most of our hotels are chains, such as Best Westerns or Comfort Inns, and most of us will be in double occupancy rooms. We rotate roommates every night, unless you’ve requested a specific roommate or to upgrade to a single room. There will be time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in a hotel hot tub.
If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, we’ll use the time before dinner to fix it. Then we eat dinner together, served buffet-style outside.
Our traveling chef creates hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. While she will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a non-meat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot always adhere to everyone’s likes and dislikes. We ask that you be flexible. If you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there is an additional fee of $100.
After dinner, our guide will hold a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and to go over the details of the next day’s route.
We’ll have one layover day on this tour to give our bodies a chance to recover. This will also be time to clean our bicycles, do laundry, and explore the local town. There is no cycling, and meals are on your own.
Most of the trip takes place at elevations between 2000-3000’ so altitude shouldn’t be an issue for most people. We’ll finish the Selkirk Loop back in Spokane, WA. We’ll celebrate the end of our adventure at dinner on our last evening together. 51 miles average per day.
DAY 14: You will be free to take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to the airport at your convenience. 0 miles.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: To sign up for this tour, we require a nonrefundable deposit of $300. The first payment of $1000 is due by January 1, 2021 and $500 of that payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The balance of the tour price is due 75 days prior to the tour, by May 19, 2021.
TRIP INSURANCE: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.
SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 3 volunteers to drive a support car during this tour. Each driver works once every third day supporting the riders until the last cyclist finishes for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please contact us.
|Aug 2, 2021||Spokane, WA||0|
|Aug 3, 2021||Priest River, ID||62|
|Aug 4, 2021||Coleville, WA||73|
|Aug 5, 2021||Trail, BC||55|
|Aug 6, 2021||Nelson, BC||49|
|Aug 7, 2021||Nelson, BC||0|
|Aug 8, 2021||New Denver, BC||63|
|Aug 9, 2021||Ainsworth, BC||43|
|Aug 10, 2021||Creston, BC||62|
|Aug 11, 2021||Bonners Ferry, ID||44|
|Aug 12, 2021||Sandpoint, ID||43|
|Aug 13, 2021||Coeur d'Alene, ID||66|
|Aug 14, 2021||Spokane, WA||36|
|Aug 15, 2021||Home||0|