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Vermont Bike Tours Enjoy Beautiful Weather!

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Our fall foliage tours are in full swing as bicycles are rolling down lovely back roads under blue skies. Yesterday’s guests enjoyed warm temperatures as they headed south with a light tailwind. Rumor has it that picnic lunch on the town green in Vergennes was so delicious that there was little room left for dinner! The Waybury Inn is always a favorite and tonite it’s likely that hungry cyclists will be well fueled by Donna’s bountiful and delectable cuisine. Tomorrow the foliage should be stunning along our route that follows the New Haven River! Who’s that talented cyclist riding on top of the split rail fence?!?!

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California Bike Tour Guest Journal – Day 3

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Wednesday

Today is the rest day (although of course there are advanced cycling options for the hard core) and I am happy! We slept in and then made our way to the hot tubs to work out yesterday’s ride over coffee. The views here at the Bodega Bay Resort take your breath away while the crashing waves of the ocean are the soundtrack to another beautiful morning here in Northern California. The weather is a bit rainy and overcast, cooler than we’ve had the past few days, which is actually quite nice.
We enter the Bodega Bay Resort Dining room for breakfast to find a roaring fire and a wall of panoramic windows overlooking the bird sanctuary and ocean. It is a place I could spend hours. The friendly staff served us an incredible breakfast of crab cakes Benedict and blueberry pancakes (guilt free since we biked 50 miles yesterday!) and we lingered awhile over coffee. Ah vacation!!!
Cy came in during our meal and offered to bring us to the opposite side of the bay for a walk along the headland. Walking on the headland path was one of the best experiences of my life. The path was no further than 8 feet from cliffs that plunged in to the Pacific. Birds and animals were all around us, and Luke even found a slug the size of a small child (at the least the slimy thing seemed that big!) As the path progressed along the shore, Cy spotted some spouts of water out at sea and before long we were being treated to a spectacular show by a family of grey whales. This was my first time seeing a whale and the majesty of that animal is something I will never forget. Walking this path was remarkable in every way.
After an afternoon of relaxing, dinner tonight was on our own. However we were all enjoying each other so much we made the decision to go out together. Even though it was our guide’s night off they happily volunteered to drive us all to a restaurant and then pick us up – now that is service. We are enjoying our new friends (which currently feel like family) and this bicycle tour so very much. Off to bed now, for it is another ride tomorrow!
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Vibrant Color for Vermont Fall Foliage Tours!

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Despite what you might have seen on newscasts, the entire State of Vermont was not devastated by Hurricane Irene.  Although our bicycle tour routes were not impacted by the damage from the storm, those joining us on trips this fall will be able to view damage caused by a small stream that became a raging torrent and tore through the main road in Brandon.  The road has been repaired and re-paved however huge sections of pavement and boulders tossed by the floodwaters are still visible from the road.  Our fall bicycle tours will be certain to witness the finest display of fall foliage colors in recent memory. With all of the rain in Vermont last spring, and the recent addition of moisture brought by Hurricane Irene, the colors are really popping.  Temps are dipping low in the evening and daytime sunshine enough to warm you while you ride. We have a few spaces still remaining on our Vermont bike tours this fall and we’ll make a donation of $100/person to support flood victims for each reservation. Join us soon for a fabulous bicycling vacation in beautiful Vermont this fall!

The quiet roads of Vermont are perfect for bike tours.

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Vermont Fall Foliage Tours OK!

Our bike tours in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont will run as planned this fall. Routes and lodging will remain unchanged as the damage from Hurricane Irene was concentrated farther south and east of our tours.

We still have a few spaces left on our fall trips and for each person who books a Vermont tour this fall, we will make a donation of $100 to the Vermont Red Cross to support flood relief for those impacted. Many people lost homes and possessions – support those less fortunate while cycling through our beautiful state.

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