TransAmerica: Section 3

TransAmerica: Section 3

25-Day Epic Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 09/12/20 - 10/06/20
Meet: Witchita, KS
Time: 2:00pm
Tour Price: $5990
Single Upgrade: $2000

If you've completed the first sections, or even if you haven't, join us for this third section of the TransAmerica Trail – the classic bicycle route across the country. This section begins where the second one ended in Witchita, Kansas and continues east more than 1100 miles to Lexington, Kentucky. This is the third of four sections of the complete 4200-mile TransAm that we’re conducting over four straight years. Join us as we cross the Great Plains and head toward Appalachia on this epic tour!

Almost Sold Out

The tour is guaranteed and has only one or a couple spaces left.



1148 miles through rolling and flat terrain. Average of 50 miles per day including 3 rest days.

All hotel lodging for 24 nights, all breakfasts, dinners, & snacks on cycling days, SAG support along the route, luggage transfer, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, mechanical support and instruction, state line crossing parties, celebration dinner and trained guides.

$500 but we recommend bringing your own bicycle. We have Specialized women-specific hybrid and rental bikes available.

Fly into the Wichita (ICT) airport and fly home from the Lexington, KY (LEX) airport.

Jessie Manfrin

Jessie Manfrin
Tour Leader/Chef

Cy Pugh

Cy Pugh
Tour Leader

Tour Details

DAY 1: We’ll meet for an orientation at 2:00pm Then we’ll make sure our bicycles are ready for the trip and have our first dinner together. 0 miles.

DAYS 2 - 24: The days will quickly fall into a comfortable rhythm. We'll start early with a light breakfast provided by our inn or 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 a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 8-9am and cycle at our own pace.

We follow the cue sheets that have been meticulously prepared for us, along with the expert Adventure Cycling maps and optional GPS directions. We each ride at our own pace, sometimes alone and sometimes in small groups and we stop where we want along the way.

About every twenty miles, we’ll meet our SAG vehicle. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools and a first aid kit. Even if we don’t need anything, we’ll stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or the panoramic view. If we’re too tired to bike anymore, we’ll 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.

Once at our hotel, we find our luggage, (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer,) check-in to our room, and meet our roommate. Most of our hotels are chains and most of us will be in double occupancy rooms. We rotate roommates every night, unless you’ve requested the single room upgrade. There’s time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in the hotel pool.

If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, we’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it. If it’s a more complicated repair, the bike will go to a trained mechanic at a nearby bike shop.

Then we eat dinner together, served buffet-style outside. Our traveling chef prepares hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. While she will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a nonmeat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot adhere to everyone’s likes and dislikes. You'll need to be flexible. If you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there will be a $150 fee.

After dinner, the guide holds a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and to go over the details of the next day’s route. We'll celebrate every day that we cross into a new state. When we reach Lexington, we'll celebrate with a special meal. Average of 50 miles per day.

DAY 25: We’ll say our good-byes this morning and head home. 0 miles.


  • The Ozark Mountains
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Arkansas, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
  • Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky

TO JOIN: Sign up online or call us to make your nonrefundable, nontransferable registration deposit of $300. The first payment of $2,000 is due March 1, 2020 and $1000 of that payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The balance of the trip fee is due by June 15, 2020.

DISCOUNTS: Take another shorter, domestic WomanTours trip within six months of the TransAmerica tour and receive a discount of 10% off the other tour. Make your payments by check and receive a discount of 2%.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable, but holds your space. Our cross-country and epic tours usually fill to capacity. One half of your first payment of $2000 is refundable should you cancel prior to June 15, 2020. The remaining $1000 is nonrefundable and nontransferable. There are no refunds for cancellations after June 15, 2020.

TRIP INSURANCE: We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.

MORE DETAILS: Help on training, transportation, packing, and an itinerary will be sent upon receipt of your registration fee. We will also mail you periodic Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the trip. Contact us if you'd like contact information of past participants.

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 full tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please contact us.

TransAmerica Section 3 Tentative Itinerary

Date Location Miles
Sep 12, 2020 Witchita, KS 0
Sep 13, 2020 El Dorado, KS 38
Sep 14, 2020 Yates Center, KS 68
Sep 15, 2020 Pittsburg, KS 89
Sep 16, 2020 Mt. Vernon, MO 76
Sep 17, 2020 Marshfield, MO 76
Sep 18, 2020 Marshfield, MO 0
Sep 19, 2020 Houston. MO 65
Sep 20, 2020 Eminence, MO 45
Sep 21, 2020 Lesterville, MO 51
Sep 22, 2020 Farmington, MO 41
Sep 23, 2020 Chester, IL 60
Sep 24, 2020 Chester, IL 0
Sep 25, 2020 Carbondale, IL 40
Sep 26, 2020 Metropolis, IL 40
Sep 27, 2020 Eddyville, KY 50
Sep 28, 2020 Madisonville, KY 45
Sep 29, 2020 Falls of Rough, KY 78
Sep 30, 2020 Falls of Rough, KY o
Oct 1, 2020 Elizabethtown, KY 52
Oct 2, 2020 Munfordville, KY 36
Oct 3, 2020 Cave City, KY 40
Oct 4, 2020 Springfield, KY 60
Oct 5, 2020 Lexington, KY 60
Oct 6, 2020 Home 0