It was on an Adventure Cycling bicycle tour along the Blue Ridge Parkway when I first heard a vireo. At least, the first time I knew that what I was hearing was a vireo. I had stopped alongside the Parkway. It was in the middle of a long climb; shaded, fortunately, and I was tired. Tim, one of the Adventure Cycling leaders on the tour, caught up to me as I stood by the roadside. I was resting a bit and listening. The trees were tall, creaking quietly with the wind, and the canopy was dense and dark and it felt at the time as if I had entered a concert hall. To the left the mountain rose up out of sight; to the right, it dropped away towards the east; any view obscured by forest.
People who choose to go on a bicycle vacation aren’t always uber cyclists. There are a lot of benefits to a cycling vacation beyond the exercise you get. If you have any sense of wanting to learn about the area you’ve chosen to vacation in, a bicycle vacation will satisfy that curiosity in a way that no other mode of transportation can match. You tend to notice sites that would have otherwise been overlooked, and if you see places where you want to stop and take a closer look, it’s easy to do that on a bicycle, whereas in a car you may have driven on by the time you realize what you’re passing, if you see it at all.
Top 3 reasons people choose to go on a bicycle vacation
1. Cycling tends to bring you closer to the local culture
When you’re on a bicycle, people will naturally see you as more approachable and open up to you in a more relaxed way. When we stop somewhere on bicycle vacation, people are always curious as to who we are, where we’re from, where we’re headed, etc. Often times people will share Continue reading
When we started our bicycle tour company, we thought we’d mostly offer open enrollment bike tours – trips where we set the agenda and people sign up. But we quickly realized the value of custom tours and shifted our focus to specializing in working with cyclists to create their own version of the perfect bicycle vacation.
Cyclists of all types can go on a bicycle vacation. Creating custom bike tours with a small group of friends, or a larger club, can allow you to really create the type of vacation you want rather than go with a pre-set agenda. You’re in control of your experience, and it’s possible for cyclists of different abilities to vacation together.
For example, we once created a custom tour for a couple from England who wanted to include the Blue Ridge Parkway on their trip. One of them was concerned about being able to make climb up the mountain, yet the other one was a stronger cyclist and wanted the challenge of riding to the top. We arranged to transport one while the other cycled up the mountain, they reconnected at the entrance to the Parkway and continued on their way; both having a great time. Continue reading