Cross-Country: Southern Tier

Cross-Country: Southern Tier

58 Day Cross-country Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 03/08/23 - 05/04/23
Meet: San Diego, CA
Tour Price: $12790
Single Upgrade: $4500 (single rooms may not be available a couple nights)

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!

5% Discount

Save $600 if you sign up by 12/31/2021!

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Longer miles per day over flat to hilly terrain, including some longer climbs.

All lodging, breakfasts, dinners and snacks on riding days, SAG stops every 20 miles, luggage transfers every day, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, a bike maintenance class, mechanical instruction and support, state line crossing parties, send-off banquet, celebration dinner, airport transfers, and trained guides.

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Cross-Country: Southern Tier

Not available for cross-country tours so please bring your own.

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, arriving by 11:00am 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!"

Donna B. Carnelian Bay, CA

Tour Details

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 Friday 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, as well as our own detailed cue sheets and electronic GPS files show you the way.

After 4 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 8 rest days over the course of the trip. We schedule these 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 along with our own easy-to-read cue sheets and 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 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 on-line or call us at 585-424-2124 to make your nonrefundable registration deposit of $300. The first payment of $2,000 is due October 1, 2022 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $4000 is due November 1, 2022. The balance of the trip fee is due December 15, 2022. Save 2% if you make your payments by check.

DISCOUNTS: Sign up by December 31, 2021 and receive a $600 discount off the tour. Sign up for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2022 when you register for the 2023 Southern Tier tour and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The first payment of $2,000 due October 1 is also nonrefundable and nontransferable. If you cancel after you’ve made your second payment but prior to December 15, then $2000 is refundable. The remainder of your payments 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 mail you periodic 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!

SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 4 volunteers to drive a support car during this tour. Each driver works once every fourth 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 email or call us.

Tentative Itinerary

Date Location Miles
Mar 8, 2023 San Diego, CA 0
Mar 9, 2023 Alpine, CA 39
Mar 10, 2023 Jacumba, CA 46
Mar 11, 2023 El Centro, CA 56
Mar 12, 2023 Yuma, AZ 63
Mar 13, 2023 Yuma, AZ 0
Mar 14, 2023 Welton, AZ 54
Mar 15, 2023 Gila Bend, AZ 88
Mar 16, 2023 Mesa, AZ 83
Mar 17, 2023 Mesa, AZ 0
Mar 18, 2023 Tonto Basin, AZ 85
Mar 19, 2023 Globe, AZ 52
Mar 20, 2023 Safford, AZ 76
Mar 21, 2023 Lordsburg, NM 77
Mar 22, 2023 Silver City, NM 46
Mar 23, 2023 Silver City, NM 0
Mar 24, 2023 Kingston, NM 47
Mar 25, 2023 Las Cruces, NM 88
Mar 26, 2023 El Paso, TX 57
Mar 27, 2023 Sierra Blanca, TX 86
Mar 28, 2023 Van Horn, TX 32
Mar 29, 2023 Fort Davis, TX 91
Mar 30, 2023 Fort Davis, TX 0
Mar 31, 2023 Alpine, TX 26
Apr 1, 2023 Sanderson, TX 82
Apr 2, 2023 Palatka, FL 74
Apr 3, 2023 Bracketville, TX 33
Apr 4, 2023 Camp Wood, TX 48
Apr 5, 2023 Vanderpool, TX 39
Apr 6, 2023 Fredericksburg, TX 78
Apr 7, 2023 Austin, TX 77
Apr 8, 2023 Austin, TX 0
Apr 9, 2023 Bastrop, TX 54
Apr 10, 2023 La Grange, TX 41
Apr 11, 2023 Navasota, TX 69
Apr 12, 2023 Navasota, TX 0
Apr 13, 2023 South Cleveland, TX 72
Apr 14, 2023 Lumberton, TX 64
Apr 15, 2023 DeRidder, LA 82
Apr 16, 2023 Bunkie, LA 97
Apr 17, 2023 St. Francisville, LA 73
Apr 18, 2023 St. Francisville, LA 0
Apr 19, 2023 Amite, LA 61
Apr 20, 2023 Bogalusa, LA 50
Apr 21, 2023 Wiggins, MS 61
Apr 22, 2023 Pascagoula, MS 66
Apr 23, 2023 Dauphin Island, AL 42
Apr 24, 2023 Dauphin Island, AL 0
Apr 25, 2023 Pensacola, FL 70
Apr 26, 2023 Crestview, FL 61
Apr 27, 2023 Marianna, FL 91
Apr 28, 2023 Quincy, FL 53
Apr 29, 2023 Tallahassee, FL 23
Apr 30, 2023 Madison, FL 70
May 1, 2023 Alachua, FL 91
May 2, 2023 Palatka, FL 80
May 3, 2023 St. Augustine, FL 47
May 4, 2023 Tour Ends: Shuttle to Jacksonville, FL 0