Cross-Country: Southern Tier Bike Tour

Cross-Country: Southern Tier Bike Tour

58 Day Cross-Country Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 03/04/26 - 04/30/26
Meet: San Diego, CA
Tour Price: $17490
Single Upgrade: $5249 (single rooms may not be available a couple nights)

Are you interested in bicycling cross-country? Bike coast to coast? Ride across America? Then here’s your chance for an unforgettable cross-country bike tour from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida. For women only!

Sign up by 5/31/2024 and save $750.

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All types of terrain in all types of weather. Average of 58 miles per day. Advanced cycling level, moderate with an e-bike.

All lodging, breakfasts, dinners and snacks on riding days, SAG stops every 15-20 miles, luggage transfers every day, audio GPS files and customized printed cue sheets, 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. Road, gravel, hybrid and e-bikes are welcome.

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, cabins or 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

Cross-Country Bike 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 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.

We ride from the beach in California at the Pacific Ocean, through the saguaro desert of Arizona, over the continental divide in New Mexico and into the wildflowers of Texas. Then it’s across the Mississippi River to New Orleans and the bayou of Louisiana. We spend a layover day on the white sand beaches of Dauphin Island in Alabama and celebrate our finish in the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine, Florida on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

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!

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. We average 58 miles per day. We'll feel ourselves getting stronger with every day, as we experience all types of riding in all types of weather.

There will be 8 rest days over the course of the trip. We try to 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 provide verbal GPS files for use on your smartphone, along with our own customized printed cue sheets.

We carry your luggage, and you, if necessary. We support the tour with two vans equipped with tools, supplies, first aid, food and water, a trailer, two guides and a chef. 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 surcharge.

We offer a reasonable price. You’ll find we have the cheapest per day rate for any hotel cross-country bike touring company.

We limit the group size to approximately 22 cross-country riders plus staff. You’re neither alone nor anonymous. We guarantee you’ll make some lifelong friends along the way. Many of our groups have gone on to hold reunions on their own many years later.

MORE INFO: For more information including printed tour specifics, links to blogs kept by past participants, and contact information of women who have completed this cross-country bike tour with us, email or call us. 

DISCOUNTS: Sign up by May 31, 2024 and save $750. Sign up for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2024 or 2025 when you register for the 2026 Southern Tier bike tour and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour. Save 2% if you make your payments by check or Zelle.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The first payment of $2,000 is due July 1, 2025 and a second payment of $2000 is due October 1, 2025. The balance is due 75 days prior to the start of the tour. Due to the amount of work that goes into the planning of such a long tour, all payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. We recommend getting travel insurance.

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 send you periodic Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the trip. We don't offer this cross-country bike trip every year, so it usually gets a wait list. Don’t hesitate and sign up today!

Tentative Itinerary

Date Location Miles
Mar 4, 2026 San Diego, CA 0
Mar 5, 2026 Alpine, CA 39 +2603’/-924’
Mar 6, 2026 Jacumba, CA 52 +5003’/-3981’
Mar 7, 2026 El Centro, CA 56 +867’/-3594’
Mar 8, 2026 Yuma, AZ 64 +925’/-726’
Mar 9, 2026 Yuma, AZ 0
Mar 10, 2026 Wellton, AZ 54 +820’/-707’
Mar 11, 2026 Gila Bend, AZ 88 +1116’/-660’
Mar 12, 2026 Mesa, AZ 83 +1134’/-658’
Mar 13, 2026 Mesa, AZ 0
Mar 14, 2026 Tonto Basin, AZ 82 +7123’/-5986’
Mar 15, 2026 Globe, AZ 54 +5459’/-4171’
Mar 16, 2026 Safford, AZ 76 +2201’/-2922’
Mar 17, 2026 Lordsburg, NM 77 +2658’/-1282’
Mar 18, 2026 Silver City, NM 46 +3891’/-2165’
Mar 19, 2026 Silver City, NM 0
Mar 20, 2026 Kingston, NM 47 +4966’/-4722’
Mar 21, 2026 Las Cruces, NM 88 -1071’/-3414’
Mar 22, 2026 El Paso, TX 57 +824’/-892’
Mar 23, 2026 Sierra Blanca, TX 86 +1547’/-840’
Mar 24, 2026 Van Horn, TX 34 +435’/-925’
Mar 25, 2026 Fort Davis, TX 90 +4583’/-3733’
Mar 26, 2026 Fort Davis, TX 0
Mar 27, 2026 Alpine, TX 26 +725’/-1044’
Mar 28, 2026 Sanderson, TX 86 +1353’/-3128’
Mar 29, 2026 Del Rio, TX 119 +3998’/-5746’
Mar 30, 2026 Bracketville, TX 33 +585’/-505’
Mar 31, 2026 Camp Wood, TX 48 +1342’/-1019’
Apr 1, 2026 Vanderpool, TX 39 +2917’/-2641
Apr 2, 2026 Fredericksburg, TX 79 +3507’/-3578’
Apr 3, 2026 Fredericksburg, TX 0
Apr 4, 2026 Austin, TX 77 +3690’/-4552’
Apr 5, 2026 Bastrop, TX 54 +1800’/-2243’
Apr 6, 2026 La Grange, TX 41 +1723’/-1752’
Apr 7, 2026 Navasota, TX 69 +2721’/-2781’
Apr 8, 2026 Cleveland, TX 72 +2247’/-2383’
Apr 9, 2026 Lumberton, TX 62 +455’/-528’
Apr 10, 2026 Lumberton, TX 0
Apr 11, 2026 DeRidder, LA 83 +1138’/-1000’
Apr 12, 2026 Bunkie, LA 103 +1089’/-1430’
Apr 13, 2026 St. Francisville, LA 81 +779’/-748’
Apr 14, 2026 Gonzales, LA 63 +664'/-651'
Apr 15, 2026 New Orleans, LA 82 +489’/-501’
Apr 16, 2026 New Orleans, LA 0
Apr 17, 2026 Bay St. Louis, MS 66 +296’/-278’
Apr 18, 2026 Pascagoula, MS 57 +437’/-443’
Apr 19, 2026 Dauphin Island, AL 42 +310’/-317’
Apr 20, 2026 Dauphin Island, AL 0
Apr 21, 2026 Pensacola, FL 63 +655’/-642'
Apr 22, 2026 Crestview, FL 64 +1735’/-1621’
Apr 23, 2026 Marianna, FL 91 +2126’/-2156’
Apr 24, 2026 Quincy, FL 53 +1511’/-1363’
Apr 25, 2026 Tallahassee, FL 23 +767’/-941’
Apr 26, 2026 Madison, FL 66 +1839'/-1827'
Apr 27, 2026 Alachua, FL 86 +1492’/-1473’
Apr 28, 2026 Palatka, FL 80 +1475’/-1578’
Apr 29, 2026 St. Augustine, FL 37 +244’/-250’
Apr 30, 2026 Tour Ends: Shuttle to Jacksonville, FL 0