Arriving in Tucson, the weather was exactly what I’d expected: clear, dry, and warm. Right there in the parking lot, I shucked off my Northeasterner’s garb faster than you can say frigid Vermont winter and donned shorts and a tee. Heaven! Joshua and I got busy prepping Sojourn’s new fleet of Cannondale bikes for the tour’s start on Sunday afternoon. We were diligent and focused, enough so that we had some late afternoon free time and an opportunity to hop on bikes, giving me my first taste of the vast network of sweet bike paths that criss-cross all over the city of Tucson.
Josh and I raced the setting sun to get in some miles on Sojourn’s new Cannondales
Last month, I had the good fortune to travel to California and then on to Arizona for my first Sojourn bike tour since joining the staff last fall. This west coast trip, I knew, was an important opportunity to meet Sojourn’s partners face-to-face, view (and stay in) our beautiful lodging properties, and ride some the bike routes for myself. I was expecting to have a good time but, after all, this was still work, right?
It ended up being one of the most fun 16-day stretches of my adult life. (By the way, you can click on any of these thumbnail images to view these photos full size, if you like.)
Stunning landscapes, compelling history, and a stay at a 19th-century landmark property highlight a new twist on Sojourn’s award-winning Vermont bike tour in the Lake Champlain region. During one very special trip in July of 2015, Sojourn guests will experience one of the most majestic and beautiful properties in the United States.
The Inn at Shelburne Farms on Lake Champlain. Photo credit: Shelburne Farms
Canada may not be the first country that comes to mind when considering world class wine or significant historical events but a visit to the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario might change that line of thinking. Featuring outstanding wine country accommodations and gourmet regional cuisine, the Niagara region has a decided edge over many of the world’s wine country bicycle tours. The network of bike paths and quiet country roads make the Niagara Wine Country of Ontario, Canada an extraordinary destination for exploration by bicycle.
Nestled between two of the five Great Lakes, the Niagara Peninsula was settled by Loyalists fleeing north during the American Revolution. The most visible evidence of British influence can be seen in the gardens, architecture and pubs of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the prettiest town in Canada. Its charming main street is lined with unique shops, tasting rooms and restaurants.