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!
The tour is filled, but call us. We may be able to squeeze you in.
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 15-20 miles, luggage transfers every day, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, a tire repair workshop, mechanical support, state line crossing parties, send-off banquet, celebration dinner, airport transfers, and trained guides.
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!"
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 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 us every night. No camping for us! Descriptive, "can't get lost" maps by Adventure Cycling, as well as our own detailed printed 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 day.
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, gluten-free, dairy-free or other special 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 $4,000 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 for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2023 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 $2,000 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!
|Mar 8, 2023||San Diego, CA||0|
|Mar 9, 2023||Alpine, CA||39 +2603’/-924’|
|Mar 10, 2023||Jacumba, CA||52 +5003’/-3981’|
|Mar 11, 2023||El Centro, CA||54 +719’/-3584’|
|Mar 12, 2023||Yuma, AZ||64 +925’/-726’|
|Mar 13, 2023||Yuma, AZ||0|
|Mar 14, 2023||Wellton, AZ||54 +820’/-707’|
|Mar 15, 2023||Gila Bend, AZ||88 +1116’/-660’|
|Mar 16, 2023||Mesa, AZ||83 +1137’/-657’|
|Mar 17, 2023||Mesa, AZ||0|
|Mar 18, 2023||Tonto Basin, AZ||82 +7123’/-5986’|
|Mar 19, 2023||Globe, AZ||54 +5459’/-4171’|
|Mar 20, 2023||Safford, AZ||76 +2201’/-2922’|
|Mar 21, 2023||Lordsburg, NM||77 +2658’/-1282’|
|Mar 22, 2023||Silver City, NM||46 +3891’/-2165’|
|Mar 23, 2023||Silver City, NM||0|
|Mar 24, 2023||Kingston, NM||47 +4966’/-4722’|
|Mar 25, 2023||Las Cruces, NM||88 -1071’/-3414’|
|Mar 26, 2023||El Paso, TX||57 +824’/-892’|
|Mar 27, 2023||Sierra Blanca, TX||86 +1547’/-840’|
|Mar 28, 2023||Van Horn, TX||32 +435’/-819’|
|Mar 29, 2023||Fort Davis, TX||91 +4571’/-3829’|
|Mar 30, 2023||Fort Davis, TX||0|
|Mar 31, 2023||Alpine, TX||26 +725’/-1044’|
|Apr 1, 2023||Sanderson, TX||86 +1353’/-3128’|
|Apr 2, 2023||Del Rio, TX||119 +3998’/-5746’|
|Apr 3, 2023||Bracketville, TX||33 +585’/-505’|
|Apr 4, 2023||Camp Wood, TX||48 +1342’/-1019’|
|Apr 5, 2023||Vanderpool, TX||39 +2917’/-2641|
|Apr 6, 2023||Fredericksburg, TX||79 +3507’/-3578’|
|Apr 7, 2023||Fredericksburg, TX||0|
|Apr 8, 2023||Austin, TX||77 +3690’/-4552’|
|Apr 9, 2023||Bastrop, TX||54 +1800’/-2243’|
|Apr 10, 2023||La Grange, TX||41 +1723’/-1752’|
|Apr 11, 2023||Navasota, TX||69 +2721’/-2781’|
|Apr 12, 2023||Cleveland, TX||72 +2247’/-2383’|
|Apr 13, 2023||Lumberton, TX||62 +455’/-528’|
|Apr 14, 2023||Lumberton, TX||0|
|Apr 15, 2023||DeRidder, LA||82 +1115’/-991’|
|Apr 16, 2023||Bunkie, LA||98 +1024’/-1147’|
|Apr 17, 2023||St. Francisville, LA||85 +953’/-816’|
|Apr 18, 2023||Gonzales, LA||62 +582'/-752'|
|Apr 19, 2023||New Orleans, LA||80 +489’/-501’|
|Apr 20, 2023||New Orleans, LA||0|
|Apr 21, 2023||Bay St. Louis, MS||66 +296’/-278’|
|Apr 22, 2023||Pascagoula, MS||57 +437’/-443’|
|Apr 23, 2023||Dauphin Island, AL||42 +310’/-317’|
|Apr 24, 2023||Dauphin Island, AL||0|
|Apr 25, 2023||Pensacola, FL||63 +655’/-642'|
|Apr 26, 2023||Crestview, FL||64 +1735’/-1621’|
|Apr 27, 2023||Marianna, FL||91 +2126’/-2156’|
|Apr 28, 2023||Quincy, FL||53 +1511’/-1363’|
|Apr 29, 2023||Tallahassee, FL||23 +767’/-941’|
|Apr 30, 2023||Madison, FL||66 +1839'/-1827'|
|May 1, 2023||Alachua, FL||86 +1492’/-1473’|
|May 2, 2023||Palatka, FL||80 +1475’/-1578’|
|May 3, 2023||St. Augustine, FL||37 +244’/-250’|
|May 4, 2023||Tour Ends: Shuttle to Jacksonville, FL||0|