Cross-Country: Southern Tier
58-Day Cross-Country Bike Tour
Are you interested in bicycling cross-country? Coast to coast? Across America? Then here’s your chance for an unforgettable cross-country bike journey from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida. For women only!
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All kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather. There are flat sections, rolling hill segments and periods of long climbs.
57 nights lodging, all breakfasts, dinners and snacks on riding days (except dinner in Tallahassee), van support, SAG support, daily luggage transfers, detailed maps, cue sheets and electronic directions, a bike maintenance class, mechanical support, state-line crossing parties, send-off banquet, celebration dinner, airport transfers, commemorative jersey, and trained guides.
Not available for cross-country tours, so please bring your own bicycle.
Most of our nights will be spent at chain hotels, such as Hampton Inns, Best Westerns and Comfort Inns, but they'll be broken up with selected stays at historic inns and resorts to get the flavor of the local area.
Fly into San Diego, CA and out of Jacksonville, FL. Our starting hotel has a complimentary shuttle from the San Diego airport. We provide a complimentary shuttle from our ending hotel in St. Augustine to the Jacksonville airport or train station, arriving by 10:00am on the last day of the tour.
"We were all from different states and unacquainted with one another before our southern tier adventure. We formed lasting friendships with each other and we have a reunion every other year, planned and hosted by one of us in our own “backyard.” This year we will meet in May in Puerto Rico. One gal has a vacation home there, is making the arrangements, and will show us the sites. My best wishes for this year’s group. May they be as lucky as we were to find friends for life!"
We designed this tour with women over 50 in mind, but women of any age are welcome. We will dip our tires into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday down the road from our hotel catching the sunrise over the city. Our route takes us on a bike path as we leave the city of San Diego. We then begin the adventure of a lifetime over back roads of the southernmost part of the United States.
Along the way we’ll experience scenic, rural America and small town hospitality. Our van carries your luggage. Dry, warm beds and a hot shower await you every night. No camping for us! Descriptive "can't get lost" maps by Adventure Cycling and our own detailed cue sheets show you the way. You can also use the Ride with GPS app for verbal cues.
After four days of cycling, we will have our first day off to let our bodies recover from conquering the mountains east of San Diego, and to prepare for more "bumps" ahead. Our miles per day are moderate and we'll feel ourselves getting stronger with every mile.
There will be seven rest days over the course of the trip (plus a few days with lower mileage). We schedule these rest days at scenic stops where there is an opportunity to explore the area. We strongly believe in giving everyone time to see the natural wonders of our country and to relax to keep our bodies healthy and strong.
We ride from the beach in California, through the saguaro desert of Arizona, over the continental divide in New Mexico and into the wildflowers of Texas. Then it’s on to the bayou of Louisiana, across the Mississippi River, and onto the white sand beaches at Dauphin Island of Alabama. Finally, we celebrate our finish in the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine, Florida.
We offer a reasonable price. You’ll find we have the cheapest per day rate for any hotel cross-country bike touring company.
We include maps by Adventure Cycling Association along with our own easy-to-read cue sheets and electronic GPS files.
We carry your luggage, and you, if necessary.
We offer healthy, home-cooked meals prepared by our traveling chef who understands the “performance food” needed to undertake such a challenge. She'll accommodate food allergies and provide a non-meat protein source for vegetarians, but if you require a vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free diet, there will be a small surcharge.
We support the tour with two vehicles equipped with supplies, first aid, food and water.
We limit the group size to approximately 25 plus staff. You’re neither alone nor anonymous. We guarantee you’ll make some lifelong friends along the way.
TO JOIN: Register online to make your nonrefundable registration deposit of $300. The first payment of $2000 is due Oct. 1, 2023 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $4000 is due Nov. 1, 2023. The balance of the trip fee is due Dec. 15, 2023. Save 2% if you make your payments by check.
DISCOUNTS: Sign up by June 30, 2023 and save $600 off the tour price. Sign up for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2024 when you register for the 2024 Southern Tier tour and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour. Make your payments by check and save 2%.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The first payment of $2,000 due Oct. 1, 2023 is also nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $4000 is due Nov. 1, 2023. The balance is due Dec. 15, 2023. If you cancel after you’ve made your second payment but prior to Dec. 15, 2023 then $2000 is refundable. After that time, the remainder of your payments and the balance 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: Help on training, transportation, packing, and an itinerary will be sent upon receipt of your registration fee. We will also share a series of Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the trip. For more information, including links to blogs kept by past participants, read the testimonials or contact us and we’d be happy to mail you more details. This trip usually has a wait list, so don’t hesitate. Sign up today!
|Mar 6, 2024||San Diego, CA||0|
|Mar 7, 2024||Alpine, CA||39 +2603’/-924’|
|Mar 8, 2024||Jacumba, CA||52 +5003’/-3981’|
|Mar 9, 2024||El Centro, CA||56 +867’/-3594’|
|Mar 10, 2024||Yuma, AZ||64 +925’/-726’|
|Mar 11, 2024||Yuma, AZ||0|
|Mar 12, 2024||Wellton, AZ||54 +820’/-707’|
|Mar 13, 2024||Gila Bend, AZ||88 +1116’/-660’|
|Mar 14, 2024||Mesa, AZ||83 +1137’/-657’|
|Mar 15, 2024||Mesa, AZ||0|
|Mar 16, 2024||Tonto Basin, AZ||82 +7123’/-5986’|
|Mar 17, 2024||Globe, AZ||54 +5459’/-4171’|
|Mar 18, 2024||Safford, AZ||76 +2201’/-2922’|
|Mar 19, 2024||Lordsburg, NM||77 +2658’/-1282’|
|Mar 20, 2024||Silver City, NM||46 +3891’/-2165’|
|Mar 21, 2024||Silver City, NM||0|
|Mar 22, 2024||Kingston, NM||47 +4966’/-4722’|
|Mar 23, 2024||Las Cruces, NM||88 -1071’/-3414’|
|Mar 24, 2024||El Paso, TX||57 +824’/-892’|
|Mar 25, 2024||Sierra Blanca, TX||86 +1547’/-840’|
|Mar 26, 2024||Van Horn, TX||32 +435’/-819’|
|Mar 27, 2024||Fort Davis, TX||91 +4571’/-3829’|
|Mar 28, 2024||Fort Davis, TX||0|
|Mar 29, 2024||Alpine, TX||26 +725’/-1044’|
|Mar 30, 2024||Sanderson, TX||86 +1353’/-3128’|
|Mar 31, 2024||Del Rio, TX||119 +3998’/-5746’|
|Apr 1, 2024||Bracketville, TX||33 +585’/-505’|
|Apr 2, 2024||Camp Wood, TX||48 +1342’/-1019’|
|Apr 3, 2024||Vanderpool, TX||39 +2917’/-2641|
|Apr 4, 2024||Fredericksburg, TX||79 +3507’/-3578’|
|Apr 5, 2024||Fredericksburg, TX||0|
|Apr 6, 2024||Austin, TX||77 +3690’/-4552’|
|Apr 7, 2024||Bastrop, TX||54 +1800’/-2243’|
|Apr 8, 2024||La Grange, TX||41 +1723’/-1752’|
|Apr 9, 2024||Navasota, TX||69 +2721’/-2781’|
|Apr 10, 2024||South Cleveland, TX||72 +2247’/-2383’|
|Apr 11, 2024||Lumberton, TX||62 +455’/-528’|
|Apr 12, 2024||Lumberton, TX||0|
|Apr 13, 2024||DeRidder, LA||82 +1115’/-991’|
|Apr 14, 2024||Bunkie, LA||98 +1024’/-1147’|
|Apr 15, 2024||St. Francisville, LA||85 +953’/-816’|
|Apr 16, 2024||Gonzales, LA||62 +582’/-752’|
|Apr 17, 2024||New Orleans, LA||80 +449’/-501’|
|Apr 18, 2024||New Orleans, LA||0|
|Apr 19, 2024||Bay St. Louis, MS||66 +296’/-278’|
|Apr 20, 2024||Pascagoula, MS||57 +437’/-443’|
|Apr 21, 2024||Dauphin Island, AL||42 +310’/-317’|
|Apr 22, 2024||Dauphin Island, AL||0|
|Apr 23, 2024||Pensacola, FL||63 +655’/-642|
|Apr 24, 2024||Crestview, FL||64 +1735’/-1621’|
|Apr 25, 2024||Marianna, FL||91 +2126’/-2156’|
|Apr 26, 2024||Quincy, FL||53 +1511’/-1363’|
|Apr 27, 2024||Tallahassee, FL||23 +767’/-941’|
|Apr 28, 2024||Madison, FL||66 +1839'/-1827'|
|Apr 29, 2024||Alachua, FL||86 +1492’/-1473’|
|Apr 30, 2024||Palatka, FL||80 +1475’/-1578’|
|May 1, 2024||St. Augustine, FL||37 +244’/-250’|
|May 2, 2024||Home: Shuttle to Jacksonville, FL||0|