CROSS COUNTRY TOUR 2

Dates

2019: May 11 to June 29

2019 Prices

Per Person: $12,895.00
Sgl Upgrade: $2,990.00

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“The crew always did the ”little extras” like remembering birthdays, “checking everything twice” and greeting us each morning with a smile. They made our tour run so smoothly.” RD

“It was the support and encouragement offered on a daily basis that kept me going. My leaders seemed tireless in their efforts to keep everyone upbeat and happy. They’re honestly the kindest bunch of leaders I’ve ever met.”
SF

“If you’re looking for an adventure bigger than life, ride across America with CrossRoads. Their appreciation for the journey sets them apart.” JO

Cross Country Tour

Like many avid cyclists, you have asked yourself time and again if you have what it takes to ride across the country. You mentally rehearse riding through the desert, climbing the first mountain pass and catching your first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. Your images are so powerful yet you still wonder if you have what it takes.

When we meet in Los Angeles your journey will be commemorated with a wheel-dipping ceremony at the Pacific Ocean in California then, 3,415 miles later you will partake in your second celebration, this time at the Atlantic Ocean in Massachusetts making your journey a complete coast-to-coast event.

Our route takes us over the Continental Divide in New Mexico, along Historic Rt. 66 and to the Dalton Brother’s Hideout in Kansas. Continuing east we will ride the Lewis and Clark Trail in Missouri, cross the Mighty Mississippi into Illinois, and pedal through historic Bennington, Vermont and Lexington, Massachusetts.

Study every photo and read every word on this web site as they tell the story of our support, before and during tour, then ask yourself again if you have what it takes; your answer will be YES!

*Our seven-week tour is an exciting, life affirming adventure! Ride the entire tour from coast to coast, split it into multiple segments over multiple years, or join us at any point along our route for any length of time. See Choose a Segment or call for details.

Cyclists and Groups

Average age: 62
Oldest rider: 80
Youngest rider: 26
Typical age range: 35 to 70
Group size: 20 to 25
Typical male/female ratio: 60/40
Leaders per tour: 5 to 7
Support vehicles per tour: 3

Tour Days

Total number of days: 50
Rest days: 5
Riding days: 43
Orientation day: 1
Departure day: 1

Miscellaneous

Oceans: 2
Weeks: 7
Miles: 3,415
State line crossings: 15
Miles per day: 79 (Avg.)
Rainy days: 3.2 (Avg.)
Longest day: To Wickenburg, AZ – 116
Miles Shortest day: To Liberal, KS – 40 Miles

Elevation

Total elevation gain: 90,039’ of climbing
Most gain: To Prescott, AZ – 5,648’ of climbing
Least gain: To Guymon, OK – 480’ of climbing
Highest point on tour: Glorieta Pass, NM – 7,570’ above sea level
Lowest point on tour: Indio, CA – 14’ below sea level

Milestones

0 Miles: Pacific Ocean – Los Angeles, CA
1,000 Miles: Tucumcari, NM
1,708 Miles: Topeka, KS – Halfway point
2,000 Miles: Quincy, IL
3,000 Miles: Syracuse, NY
3,415 Miles: Atlantic Ocean – Boston, MA

Commemorative Wheel Dips

Front wheel: Pacific Ocean at Manhattan Beach Pier (Los Angeles)
Back wheel: Atlantic Ocean at Revere Beach (Boston)

Rest Days

Flagstaff, AZ
Santa Fe, NM
Abilene, KS
Champaign, IL
Erie, PA

State Line Crossings

California
Arizona
New Mexico
Texas
Oklahoma
Kansas
Missouri
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Pennsylvania
New York
Vermont
New Hampshire
Massachusetts

*Ride the entire tour from coast to coast, split it into multiple segments over multiple years, or join us at any point along our route for any length of time. See Choose a Segment or call for details.

Yes, You Can!

You might be questioning your ability to complete a long distance tour or ride across the country on a bicycle. Our tours may seem daunting but it matters not your age or skill level, rather your attitude, courage and determination. It is the simple act of pedaling one day at a time, at your own pace, with the camaraderie that shines through every group that turns your dream into reality!

Theodore Roosevelt said it best, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”!

Our promise to you is that we will work together before tour discussing your cycling history, fitness, equipment, goals and desires then develop a plan to help you prepare for the most extraordinary adventure of your life. This is what we have done with every one of our alumni and this is what we will do for YOU and with YOU!

Accept the challenge and become a member of the very elite group of cyclists who have pedaled their bicycles across the United States of America or completed an ultra-distance bicycle tour!

Please call so we can help you begin preparing for YOUR victory!

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Destination
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Indio, CA
  • Blythe, CA
  • Wickenburg, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Holbrook, AZ
  • Gallup, NM
  • Grants, NM
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Sante Fe, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Las Vegas, NM
  • Tucumcari, NM
  • Dalhart, TX
  • Guymon, OK
  • Liberal, KS
  • Dodge City, KS
  • Great Bend, KS
  • McPherson, KS
  • Abilene, KS
  • Abilene, KS
  • Topeka, KS
  • St. Joseph, MO
  • Chillicothe, MO
  • Kirksville, MO
  • Quincy, IL
  • Springfield, IL
  • Champaign, IL
  • Champaign, IL
  • Crawfordsville, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Richmond, IN
  • Marysville, OH
  • Wooster, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Erie, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Hamburg, NY
  • Canandaigua, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Herkimer, NY
  • Albany, NY
  • Brattleboro, VT
  • (Ride through NH)
  • Burlington, MA
  • Boston, MA
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Points of Interest
  • Arrival, Orientation, First Group Dinner!
  • Pacific Ocean Wheel Dip at Manhattan Beach Pier! First Day of Riding, Mother's Day!
  • San Andreas Fault, Palm Springs, Lowest Point on Tour: Indio, CA – 14’ Below Sea Level, Windmill Farms
  • First Century! First Desert Crossing: The Mojave!
  • First State Line Crossing! Second Century, Old Town Wickenburg, Dude Ranch Capital of the World
  • First Mountain Pass: Yarnell at 4,868’ Above Sea Level! Ponderosa Pines, Historic Gurley St. in Old Town Prescott
  • Mingus Mountain: 7023’ Above Sea Level, Historic Mining Town of Jerome, Yavapai Indian Ruins
  • Red Rocks of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Old Town Flagstaff
  • First Rest Day
  • Historic Route 66 Wigwam Motel and Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Eagle’s Song Landmark “Standing on the Corner of Winslow, AZ…”
  • Second State Line, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Mtn. Time Zone
  • Continental Divide: 7275’, Red Rock State Park, Historic Route 66 Cafés
  • Rio Grande Crossing, Old Town Albuquerque
  • Santa Fe Plaza, Historic Mining Town of Madrid, Highest “Sleeping Elevation”: 7,260’, State Capital
  • Second Rest Day
  • Highest Point on Tour: Glorieta Pass at 7570’, Pecos Indian Ruins
  • 1,000 Miles! Third Century, Second Desert Crossing, Historic Route 66 Motels, Canadian Escarpment
  • Third State Line, Texas Feed Lots, Central Time Zone
  • Fourth State Line, Oklahoma Panhandle, Dust Bowl Museum
  • Fifth State Line, Liberal Air Museum, Pancake Blvd, Yellow Brick Rd, Dorothy’s House
  • Dalton Gang Hideout, Boot Hill Museum with Can Can Show and Gun Fight
  • Santa Fe Trail’s Historic Pawnee Rock, WWII B-29 Training Facility, Arkansas River Bend
  • 1,500 Miles! Santa Fe Trail, McPherson’s Historic Opera House
  • Eisenhower Library and Boyhood Home, Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame, Old Town Abilene
  • Third Rest Day
  • Half Way Point: 1,708 Miles! Fourth Century, State Capitol
  • Sixth State Line, Pony Express Museum, Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Home of Sliced Bread and Long Distance Cycling, Dekalb Historical Museum
  • Thousand Hills State Park, 148 “Roller Coaster” Hills
  • 2,000 Miles! Seventh State Line, Mississippi River Crossing, Historic Quincy Museum and Mansions
  • Fifth Century, Lincoln’s Boyhood Home, State Capital
  • One Month Tour Anniversary, Home of Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
  • Fourth Rest Day
  • Eighth State Line, Eastern Time Zone, Home of Ben Hur author L. Wallace, Famous “Old Jail Museum”
  • Home of Zipp Wheels, Lots and Lots of Cornfields!
  • Famous “All American Rose Garden” (2,000 roses)
  • Ninth State Line, Sixth and Final Century, American Legion Park, Father's Day!
  • Home of Rubbermaid, Amish Homesteads, Historic Glacial Area
  • Birthplace of President McKinley, Amish Bakeries and Farm Stands
  • Tenth State Line, Presque Isle on Lake Erie, Famous “White Turkey Root Beer Stand”, Old Town Erie
  • Fifth and Final Rest Day
  • Eleventh State Line, Lake Erie Vineyards and Wineries, Nearby Niagara Falls
  • Finger Lake Beachfront Cafes and Attractions, Canandaigua Wine Trail
  • 3,000 Miles! Erie Canal State Park, Women’s Rights Hall of Fame, Birthplace of Memorial Day
  • Mohawk River Valley, Fort Klock Homestead
  • Erie Canal’s Lock #17, Shaker Furniture Museum
  • Twelfth State Line, Vermont’s Green Mountains, Two State Line Crossings! Bennington Battle Monument
  • Thirteenth State Line, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Mohawk Trail Museum
  • Fourteenth State Line Crossing into Fifteenth and Final State, Historic Concord and Lexington, Revolutionary War Monuments
  • Final Ride to Revere Beach, Atlantic Wheel Dip, Celebration Banquet
  • Departure – As a Cross Country Cyclist!