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What’s What: Riding a bike is one of the few experiences in life when you are both the passenger and the engine. It’s fabulous exercise and you’ll see things you’d never notice from your car or even on foot. If riding is your thing, why not take it a step further and turn it into an adventure? There are all kinds of adventures, from cross country to city-specific to bikepacking, off-roading and international touring. You can venture out solo or join a specific group. There are thousands of options, from day trips to year-long journeys and everything in between. You can even ride for a cause.
Amava Take: Load up your bike, grab a map, and head down the open road. Bike touring forces you to travel slowly and take it all in while also keeping you fit. You’ll meet like-minded people and see the sights from a whole new perspective. Ride, eat, camp, repeat. And don’t forget your helmet!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
People who love to ride! There is a tour or adventure for everyone.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Never underestimate the amount of training you need to get ready and be sure to practice riding your bike in its fully equipped state.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
It depends on the tour, but expect to ride 40-60 miles a day with breaks for food and water. It’s about the journey as much as the destinations.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of this experience?
The feeling of accomplishment each day, especially if we covered a lot hills.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Hunger! I had to train my mind to think about other things when pizza cravings kicked in and we had hours to go.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
How friendly and open my tour-mates were. We became like a family and looked out for one another.
Special Requirements: You need the right bike for the trip you’re planning and thorough training is essential. It helps to know how to make simple bike repairs and you should be prepared for a flat tire.
Related Classes: Handling Medical Emergencies
Finding a Position: Bikepacking Magazine covers different types of tours, like this one for climate change. Adventure Cycling has information on all types of rides and tours, including the U.S. Bicycle Route System, a national network of public bike travel routes. Travel to Wellness has information on 16 tour companies. Fodor’s Travel rates the 10 best bike vacations in the U.S. CityLab has information on the The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and its planned route for a coast-to-coast bike and walking path from Washington, D.C. to Washington State. You can also search the internet using the terms “cycling tours and adventures” and the location you’d like to visit.