Upon signing up for an organized tour, you will receive confirmation and preparatory materials, including a Before You Go booklet that contains a packing list and training tips. About 60 days prior to your trip, you will receive a Tour Information Packet with specific details about your starting location, a participant roster, official bike shop, travel tips, and much more.
Please note: In order to participate in our Family Fun tours, adults must be accompanied by a child and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Our catering staff will provide all meals, and rest stops will be located approximately every 25 miles. You’ll start each day with a hot breakfast, followed by a mid-morning rest stop to fuel you on to lunch. Another rest stop awaits you mid-afternoon, and you’ll be rewarded each evening with a sumptuous dinner. Vegetarian and special dietary needs will be accommodated, though food selection may be limited in some locations.
On a fully supported Family Fun tour, all personal and group gear is transported by a vehicle each day; there is no need to carry very much at all. Self-contained Family Fun tours require riders to carry personal gear and a few group gear items during the day.
Fully supported Family Fun tours are camping-based trips with occasional indoor overnights. You will need a good freestanding tent with a ground cloth, a sleeping bag rated appropriately for the season and elevation of your tour, and a sleeping pad. Campsites range from private campgrounds to state parks to school athletic fields. Bathrooms are available at each evening’s campsite. If access to indoor facilities is unavailable or insufficient, we may supplement the facilities with portable toilets and a shower truck. Fully supported Family Fun tours are designed to be primarily camping trips, but motel options are available at the participants’ expense (see “Accommodations” for more information). For those who elect to stay indoors, a list of indoor accommodations is provided 60 days before your trip’s departure and participants must make their own arrangements for indoor lodging. In most cases, motels will be located within a few miles of the official campsite, and we will be happy to pick up and drop off luggage from the lodging facilities identified in the Tour Information Packet.
You should come to the tour physically prepared to ride the entire route. Vehicle support will be prioritized for use in medical and/or mechanical emergencies.
Fully supported Family Fun tours provide an experienced mechanic who follows the route every day in a support vehicle to take care of mechanical emergencies. The mechanic will also be available each evening at the camping location. The mechanical support vehicle carries a supply of tires, tubes, and spare parts, but you should come prepared with the equipment and tools to change a flat.
You will carry your own gear and there will be no vehicle support. Adventure Cycling’s self-contained family tours will have at least two leaders and up to 20 participants who share cooking duties and camp for the majority of overnights.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for each day of the trip. Your group shares responsibilities for food purchase, preparation, and clean up on a rotating basis. Food and group cooking gear are also distributed among the adult group members, and each adult participant must set aside approximately one-fourth of his or her total carrying capacity for this purpose. Vegetarian and special dietary needs will be accommodated, though food selection may be limited in some locations.
Most of the overnights will be at private or public campgrounds with a variety of amenities. Depending on the nature and location of the trip, these facilities could range from RV parks to wilderness locations with no running water. Indoor facilities such as motels/hotels, hostels, and churches are used occasionally. You will need a good freestanding tent with a ground cloth, a sleeping bag rated appropriately for the season and elevation of your tour, and a sleeping pad.
Our tour leaders will have the mechanic skills to assist you with minor bike repairs. They will also make arrangements for your bike to be repaired at a local bike shop if required. You should come prepared with the tools and skills to change a flat.
The number of participants on a tour may be adjusted in response to demand and facility availability. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications without notification and to make alterations and substitutions to the itinerary as needed to improve the quality of the tour or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of our guests.
Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity recreation provider that is an authorized permittee with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and departments of transportation. Adventure Cycling Association is working cooperatively with these agencies to secure the appropriate permits.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202.720.5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Photo by Tom Robertson
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