Northern Tier: Eastern Half
43 Day Cross-Country Bike Tour
Are you interested in bicycling across the country on the Northern Tier route? We've cut the tour in half to make it easier on your busy schedules. We'll run the Eastern half from North Dakota to Maine this year, and the Western half from Washington to North Dakota in 2020. We last ran these trips seven years ago and it will probably be just as long until we're able to do them again. Do just one half or both. Come ride what many cyclists believe to be the prettiest cross-country route of them all!
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
2440 miles with an average of 59 miles per day with 6 rest days. You’ll experience all types of terrain in all types of weather.
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, and trained guides.
Not available for cross-country tours.
Fly into Fargo, ND and out of Bangor, ME.
"WomanTours proved to be a good company for me to fulfill a long time dream of going cross-country when I retired. There’s nothing like such an experience as hearing the birds, seeing the fields, the hills and dales, farms and cities, and yes, sometimes struggling up long climbs, to know that it’s possible to stretch one’s self and physically accomplish more than you ever dreamed you could."
It was even better than last year's Southern Tier!
We’ll start our cross-country tour on the Northern Tier in 2019 and finish it in 2020. We’ll start this Eastern Segment in Fargo, ND and continue through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. We’ll celebrate the finish of our tour by dipping our tires into the Atlantic Ocean.
We’ll bike along the shores of two of the Great Lakes – Erie and Ontario, and right by the fantastic Niagara Falls. After cycling by WomanTours headquarters, you’ll bike through Adirondack State Park, near the shores of Lake Champlain and over the Green Mountains of Vermont. We’ll end the tour in beautiful Acadia National Park.
Along the way you’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 at our hotels. No camping for us!
We give you descriptive, “can't get lost” maps by Adventure Cycling and our own detailed cue sheets and GPS electronic voice cues to show you the way.
Everyone rides at her own pace. Our supportive atmosphere for and by women helps each of us accomplish more than we ever thought possible.
- Mississippi River
- Niagara Falls
- Great Lakes of Michigan, Erie and Ontario
- WomanTours headquarters
- Adirondack State Park
- Lake Champlain
- Acadia National Park
- States of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine
We offer a reasonable price. You’ll find we have the cheapest per day rate for any hotel cross-country bike touring company.
There will be 6 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 and keep our bodies healthy and strong.
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 $300 surcharge.
We limit the group size to 25 plus staff. You’re neither alone nor anonymous. We guarantee you’ll make some lifelong friends along the way.
TO JOIN: Sign up by making your non-refundable, non-transferable registration deposit of $300. Save $500 off the tour price if you sign up before July 1, 2018. The first payment of $1,000 is due October 1, 2018 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $2000 is due December 1, 2018. The balance of the trip fee is due March 1, 2019. Save 2% if you make your payments by check. All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Our cross-country tours often fill early and have waiting lists.
DISCOUNTS: Sign up by July 1, 2018 and save $500 off the tour price. Sign up for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2018 or 2019 at the same time you register for the 2019 Northern Tier Eastern Half and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour. Save 2% by paying by check or wire transfer.
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.
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.
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. For more information, including references and links to blogs kept by past participants, contact us and we’d be happy to send you more details. Sign up today!
Northern Tier Eastern Half (tentative)
|May 16, 2019||Fargo, ND||0|
|May 17, 2019||Pelican Rapids, MN||57|
|May 18, 2019||Wadena, MN||59|
|May 19, 2019||Little Falls, MN||81|
|May 20, 2019||Milaca, MN||57|
|May 21, 2019||Stillwater, MN||106|
|May 22, 2019||Stillwater, MN||0|
|May 23, 2019||Wabash, MN||84|
|May 24, 2019||La Crosse, WI||71|
|May 25, 2019||Prairie Du Chain, WI||70|
|May 26, 2019||Dyersville, IA||46|
|May 27, 2019||Muscatine, IA||98|
|May 28, 2019||Muscatine, IA||0|
|May 29, 2019||Kewanee, IL||78|
|May 30, 2019||Streator, IL||78|
|May 31, 2019||Watseka, IL||86|
|Jun 1, 2019||Logansport, IN||96|
|Jun 2, 2019||Logansport, IN||0|
|Jun 3, 2019||Huntington, IN||71|
|Jun 4, 2019||Defiance, OH||83|
|Jun 5, 2019||Bowling Green, OH||49|
|Jun 6, 2019||Huron, OH||68|
|Jun 7, 2019||Cleveland, OH||55|
|Jun 8, 2019||Cleveland, OH||0|
|Jun 9, 2019||Austinburg, OH||57|
|Jun 10, 2019||Erie, PA||49|
|Jun 11, 2019||Hamburg, NY||91|
|Jun 12, 2019||Niagara Falls, NY||45|
|Jun 13, 2019||Niagara Falls, NY||0|
|Jun 14, 2019||Brockport, NY||68|
|Jun 15, 2019||Sodus Point, NY||76|
|Jun 16, 2019||Pulaski, NY||61|
|Jun 17, 2019||Old forge, NY||69|
|Jun 18, 2019||Schrod Lake, NY||86|
|Jun 19, 2019||Middlebury, VT||42|
|Jun 20, 2019||Middlebury, VT||0|
|Jun 21, 2019||White River Junction, VT||68|
|Jun 22, 2019||Lincoln, NH||62|
|Jun 23, 2019||Bridgton, ME||69|
|Jun 24, 2019||Bath, ME||67|
|Jun 25, 2019||Bucksport, ME||86|
|Jun 26, 2019||Bar Harbor, ME||46|
|Jun 27, 2019||Shuttle to Airport||0/12|