Epic Appalachians

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26 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1450 Miles
avg 66 Miles
Guided

For 2020 , we have brought back our former version of the Appalachian Trail and reversed it from north to south to make an ideal end of Summer Epic Holiday. The tour starts in rustic and rural western corner of Maine and parallels the Appalachian Trail on low volume surface streets to our termination point in Pisgah National Forest just south of Asheville, NC

This is an original route designed by Cycle of Life Adventures. This is a 25 day cycling experience that can be done entirely or in halves.

The northern segment will include the wilderness of central Maine, the Green and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. Mt., the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Red Mountains of Connecticut Mountains of eastern and central PA and New Jersey, The Delaware Gap, The Pocono Mountains, Harper's Ferry WV
After our mid-way break near Harpers Ferry West VA, we then have the hills to contend with. Big hills!   But they are beautiful, lush green and at altitude, so the temperatures will be nice for riding.  Many miles of the southern segment will include the full length 105 miles of Skyline Drive National Park and 460 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway National Park.

Right out of the starting gate you get to experience our favorite ride of this trip, The Kancamagus Highway. The  VT an NH roads will be quiet because we are ahead the “Leaf Peeper” season.  We visit the Robert Frost Museum and Norman Rockwell Museum. Fruit stands will be busy and apple cider will fill the air in Vermont and the rolling countryside orchards of western Pennsylvania and Maryland. In most minds, one thinks of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts as being nothing but city. Just 50 miles north of NY city we find some charming, small towns with rolling hills, rivers and great scenery and one of the Vanderbilt mansions. Then you have the thrill of riding your bike across the Hudson River on the walkway bridge. Don't blink your eyes or you will miss our tiny crossing through the state of New Jersey. Through most of Pennsylvania we hug the valleys between Appalachian range, The Poconos and some parts of the Delaware Water Gap. The beautiful capital city of Harrisburg lends to some comfortable scenic bike trails along the Susquehanna River. And with a break day coming up, we have few days take us into some of our country's most well preserved and educational Civil War Battlefields and the historic town of Harper's Ferry.

While here in the West VA triad, take in the views and relax on your off day. We will now take on Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway where we will be picking up a few additional guests cycling just the southern portion of our tour. Don’t get too self-confident. These folks know what they are getting into and will work seamlessly into your peleton.

The southern portion of this epic journey takes us into a couple of wonderful National Park Inns like The Peaks of Otter, and Big Meadows in VA  and Pisgah Inn in NC.  There are beautiful long-range views from nearly 300 hundreds overlooks on Skyline and the Parkway.  The road surfaces are perfectly paved, but you will need bright head lamp and flashing tail lamps to find your way through the 27 tunnels that have been carved into the mountainsides along these roadways. Throw in some water shoes, we ride past cool mountain streams, waterfalls and swimming holes.

Small mountain towns of Meadows of Dan, Fancy Gap, Blowing Rock and Linville to name a few, will be our resting spots nightly before we wrap up our tour near the vibrant small city of Asheville, NC. Think about  meeting family and friends after the tour, stay a few extra days to enjoy local  beer scene,  the River Arts District and The Biltmore Estate.


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Tour Location

Country:
USA
Region:
Mid-Atlantic States (NY to VA)|New England|South East (GA NC SC FL)
From:
Bethel ME
To:
Asheville NC

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
26 Days
Level:
Mod/Advanced
More Options:
Point to Point|Electric Bike
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 8200

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1450 Miles
Riding Days:
22
Month(s):
August|September
Departure:
16th Aug 2020

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: $1750

Inclusions

25 nights lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Options

Northern Half $4900 / Southern Half $3900
Bike Rental: Road bike $525  Ebike $750

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