SOUTHWEST TOUR

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Dates

2019: May 11 to May 24

2019 Prices

Per Person:   $4,295.00
Sgl Upgrade:    $800.00

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“Tracy and the staff do an absolutely wonderful job of providing for their guests. One thing that comes in great measure is encouragement. They are wonderful.” GR

“To the staff, I will be eternally grateful – always there, always strong!!” JG

Southwest Tour

The allure of the Southwestern desert is irresistible with its rugged beauty and unique climate. The spirit of adventure, reminiscent of the Old West, can be relived as we pedal through the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.

Our route takes us from the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles through Sedona, AZ where you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Red Rock Mountains and Oak Creek Canyon. We spend a rest day in the high country air of Flagstaff, ride along Historic Rt. 66 and cross the Continental Divide in New Mexico. Your tour will end with a visit to Old Town Albuquerque where locals share their magnificent Southwestern history.

This scenic tour offers rewards and memories that will be yours for a lifetime as you discover the magic of the Southwest found only on a bicycle.

*Our Southwest tour is the first leg of our Cross Country tour from Los Angeles to Boston. If you would like to join us at any other point along our route see Choose a Segment or call for details.

Cyclists and Groups

Average age: 62
Oldest: 80
Youngest: 32
Typical age range: 35 to 70
Group size: 20 to 25 (Includes Cross Country riders)
Typical male/female ratio: 60/40
Leaders per tour: 5 to 7
Support vehicles per tour: 3

Tour Days

Total number of days: 14
Rest days: 1
Riding days: 11
Orientation day: 1
Departure day: 1

Miscellaneous

Weeks: 2
Miles: 868
State lines: 3
Miles per day: 79 (Avg.)
Longest day: To Wickenburg, AZ – 116 Miles
Shortest day: To Cottonwood, AZ – 46 Miles

Elevation

Most gain: To Prescott, AZ – 5,648’ of climbing
Least gain: To Holbrook, AZ – 1,620’ of climbing
Highest point on tour: Santa Fe, NM – 7,260’ above sea level
Lowest point on tour: Indio, CA – 14’ below sea level

State Lines

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Weekly Summary

Mileage (Rest day to rest day) Riding Days Miles
Los Angeles, CA to Flagstaff, AZ 7 538
Flagstaff, AZ to Santa Fe, NM 5 330

*Our Southwest tour is the first leg of our Cross Country tour from Los Angeles to Boston. If you would like to join us at any other point along our route 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”!

You Can - 3,000 Miles

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 vi

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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Indio, CA
  • Blythe, CA
  • Wickenburg, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Cottonwood, AZ
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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
  • Departure