Coast 2 Coast

The 2018 Coast 2 Coast Tour is sold out

Occasionally a slot will open up if someone cancels.  To join the Coast 2 Coast tour waitlist, fill out the form at the bottom of this page by clicking this link.

To view other rides offered by Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers, view the Schedule page.

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Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers is the proud recipient of Florida Bicycle Association Bicycle Business of the year for 2016 in recognition for efforts and achievements which shape the vision for Florida to be a state where bicycling is safe, respected and encouraged as a means of transportation and recreation.

Coast 2 Coast

Cross Country Bicycle Tour

March 2, 2018—-April 23, 2018

Please use Sun Screen.  Melanoma KILLS

Are you ready for the challenge of a Coast 2 Coast, Cross Country Bicycle Tour without any of the hassle? If you are, you have just found the perfect tour for you.

Starting in San Diego, CA March 2, 2018 and ending in St. Augustine, FL on April 23, 2018 the weather for this cross country bicycle tour will be perfect for just this sort of adventure.

You will be enjoying the vastness of this wonderful country from the seat of your bicycle which will allow you to explore, see, hear, smell, taste, and enjoy this country like you can no other way. Yes, bicycling Coast 2 Coast–Cross Country Bicycle Tour–will be an adventure which will change your life. Are you ready for the challenge without the hassle?

Picture yourself here, at the Pacific Ocean, ready for the start of your 52 day adventure.

Coast to Coast Bicycle Tour

 

Note from a past rider.
Bubba,
Since I rode your C2C in 2011, I have ridden Cycle America’s Northern Tier in  2012, America by Bicycle’s Middle Tier in 2013 and Cycle Canada’s Tour Trans Canada this past summer.
Of the four coast to coast rides, yours was, by far, the best. You and your staff provided the best food, sag stops, services and amenities. Each tour group had good points and some not so good points but your group provided the most fun.
You certainly Pamper the Pedalers. Maybe I will see you next year in Kerrville,
Texas Ted

Note from past rider: One year ago I landed in San Diego. I’d never been gone for more than three weeks before and then I was in a group of friends. I had several snickering people back home. I dedicated the ride to all my classmates who picked me last. All my coaches who said I was too slow and too fat. What if they were right? I’d never hear the end of it if I didn’t finish.

I exchanged a few e-mails but I didn’t know any of these people. It was like going to a new school in junior high.

That first few days in the mountains I reminded myself that I had no place to train for 4000 ft. I was the slowest rider in the world. I stopped frequently to breathe and took lots of photos. Every day when I finally arrived at camp the Coasters cheered. I rejoiced at my accomplishment. Those snickering people got quieter every day. Those strangers I started with became my cheerleaders. We had bumps and bruises along the way.  I toured great courthouses. Ate Blu Belle ice cream every day sometimes more than just once. I never got fast, but I did see America like very few people ever do. That beach in St. Augustine is a magic place. Pride, joy, sorrow at leaving your best friends, all of them.

Oh and those snickering people; my past classmates and all those coaches, they are now all saying “We knew she could do it”

Joyce B

The 2018 Coast 2 Coast Tour is sold out

Occasionally a slot will open up if someone cancels.  To join the Coast 2 Coast tour waitlist, fill out the form at the bottom of this page by clicking this link.

To view other rides offered by Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers, view the Schedule page.

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Mountains. Deserts. Prairies. Bayous. Citrus Groves. You will see it all as you pedal east on this cross country bicycle tour towards the rising sun.

From Sea to Shining Sea. Purple Mountain Majesty. Amber waves of grain. You have sung those words before,  on this tour you will bicycle through these words.

Leaving San Diego, you will climb out of the valley heading towards Yuma, AZ. Leaving Yuma, you will bicycle through the beauty of the desert towards Tucson.

Leaving Tucson, you will be bicycling into the Old West, into Tombstone, the town “too tough to die”.

Leaving Arizona, your third state is the State of Enchantment, New Mexico where you will be riding in the valley of the Chiricahua Mountains on roads with little to not traffic where you can see forever. You will spend the night in the town which claim to fame is being  invaded by a Pancho Villa.

Leaving the open flat spaces of New Mexico, you will enter Texas. Ah, Texas. In case you have forgotten, Texas is the BIGGEST state. If you have forgotten, you will remember on this tour. 40% of your entire adventure will be spent in Texas. From the flats of West Texas, through the Hill Country of mid-Texas, followed by the rolling hills of Eastern Texas, you will be amazed by the constant changing scenery of this state. Oh yea, you will be riding through Texas as the wild flowers bloom. Talk about beautiful!

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After Texas comes Cajun country. I love Cajun food and Cajun music. After spending almost a week in Louisiana, I am sure you will as well.

After two days in Mississippi followed by two days in Alabama, you will find yourself in your eighth and final state, the Sunshine State of Florida. Before crossing the Alabama/Florida State Line, you will first cross Mobile Bay via a ferry. bubba1Don’t be too disappointed when crossing into Florida, you still have lots of riding ahead of you and plenty of things to see and do before arriving at the white sand beaches of St. Augustine. Year after year, some of the riders favorite days on the saddle were in Florida where they have been amazed by the beauty of Northern Florida.

Bubba worked very hard to come up with what many consider the premier Coast 2 Coast, Cross Country Bicycle Tour route which is pictured below.

If you wish to connect-the dots, here are a list of a few of the larger towns you will be cycling through:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Douglas, AZ
  • Columbus, NM
  • El Paso, TX
  • Del Rio, TX
  • LaGrange, TX
  • DeRidder, LA
  • St. Francisville, LA
  • Poplarville, MS
  • Dolphin Island, AL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Gainesville, FL
  • St. Augustine, FL

 

Coast To Coast Bicycle Route

Note from two 2017 riders:  Bubba, we do not even know where to begin to thank you for this incredible journey.  Where there was a little bit of fear and trepidation at the start, there is now only pride, happiness and gratitude.  We have thoroughly enjoyed you and your entire staff.  Everyone was so encouraging and supportive always with such a wonderful attitude.  We truly felt PAMPERED the entire tour.  We are not done touring with you and will checking your other tours.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  It’s ALL Good……………Andrew and Mary

So, why is this tour is called the PAMPERED Coast 2 Coast Tour, Cross Country Bicycle Tour?

Simple stated, PAMPERED is the best word which describes the service. We do everything but ride your bike.  50% of the time you will be sleeping in a top quality tent which is provided by the tour while the other 50% will be non-tenting nights which included hotels, cabins and school gyms.

Don’t worry; you will not be dealing with all the hassle of camping; that is our job. We do all the work, remember? Our staff will have your top-quality Kelty tent waiting your arrival daily. Inside your tent will be a thick air mattress already inflated. Your baggage delivered already inside your tent.  A deluxe camp chair placed under the bubba4shade of a group of E-Z Ups awaits you along with a cooler full of all sorts of drinks and a variety of snacks.

In the morning, just zip up your baggage and head to the breakfast table. Is there anything better than the smell of fresh coffee and grilling bacon in the middle of nowhere?

After breakfast, air up your tires and start the next day of your PAMPERED Coast 2 Coast Adventure, Cross Country Bicycle Tour.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Get the idea?

Will there be some hardships and adversities along the way? Probably so. Some head winds, sure. Some hot days, no doubt. Some cold nights, most likely. Some chip and seal roads, definitely. Will you have to wait a short time for a warm shower and/or the use of a bathroom—perhaps a time or two.

One of the past riders said it much better than I could have ever said it.

“I have pondered at length on why this trip which had some adversity and discomfort and yet in the end I feel very happy that I did it. The tough parts have faded away almost instantly and nothing but nostalgia remains. The group became family for 52 days. We ate together, rode together, showered together, slept together, and because of the many clothing items provided by Bubba, we were usually dressed alike. It is hard to accept the fact that on day 53, the members of the group all spun off in different directions– many never to meet again.

I read recently that there are two components to happiness– gratification and satisfaction. It is seemingly more gratifying to sit on a comfortable couch sipping coffee and reading or watching television than it is to hike up a long, hard mountain. But the view at the top, the pride of accomplishment and the memory of the day are richly gratifying and satisfying. This seems the perfect analogy to our long and hard bicycle ride. The 3000 miles that I rode, the people I rode with and the landscapes I rode through all add up to an unforgettable experience that I feel privileged to have shared with the other riders.”

I wish it could be promised that you will be biking the entire way on a freshly paved off-road bike path with a downhill grade and a tailwind ending daily. I cannot nor will not make such a promise.

What I can promise you is this. As you dip your front wheel into the Atlantic Ocean in St. Augustine these “hardships and adversities” will no longer matter. What will matter is what you have just accomplished. You have actually bicycled Coast 2 Coast. Yes, Cross Country Bicycle Tour. Congratulations.

So, you dip your rear wheel into the Pacific Ocean and your front wheel into the Atlantic Ocean 52 days later and let us do everything in-between.

Picture yourself here 52 days later

The best time to check an item off your “bucket-list” is when you still can.

There are several options to choose from when selection a cross country bicycle tour.  It is very important that you choose the right tour for you.  This is why Bubba requires each rider to call in advance so they can chat to determine if this tour best meets their needs.

While you are “surfing the net” looking at options here are some things you should note and some great questions you should ask the other tours in order to help you decide which tour best meets your needs for YOUR Cross Country Bicycle Tour

  • How many staff will be assisting you? This tour has the largest rider/staff ratio on any tour on the market.  Usually one staff for three riders, sometimes the ratio is even smaller.
  • How many staff vehicles are there? This tour, on average, has seven vehicles which travel along to assure you are properly taken care of.  At times even a few more.
  • Do you have SAG Stops and if so how often? This tour has daily SAG Stops/SAG Check-Ins on an average of every 22 miles.  Some slightly longer some slightly shorter.  Each rider is required to check-in at each SAG location.  This is how the tour keeps track of you the rider.
  • What can I find at a SAG Stop? This tour has the very best SAG Stops on the market.  Starting off with the friendliest SAG Staff to greet you as you ride in. By the way, the SAG Staff are past Coast 2 Coast, Cross Country Bicycle Tour riders so they understand exactly what you want and need.  Each SAG Stop will have chairs, cold drinks, snacks, floor pumps and hand sanitizer.  All riders are required to remover cycling gloves and hand sanitize before touching anything at a SAG Stop.  Drinks will include cold water, cold soda/pop, Gator Aid as well as non-carbonated drinks such as teas and lemonade.  Snacks include PBJ, honey, candy, cookies, fresh fruit and chips.
  • What about meals? This tour has a professional traveling chef which prepares freshly made breakfasts and dinners daily as well as a snack in the afternoon before dinner. Dinners will have several entrees to choose from, all freshly prepared daily. Believe me, there is no other tour on the market where you will eat better than this tour.  Most lunches are on your own however in the very remote areas where not food options are  not available the tour provides lunch.
  • Do you supply daily route sheets? This tour offers pin-point accurate GPS generated turn by turn daily route sheets which not only will get you to the next location but will also note points of interest along the way. Nightly,after dinner, a short rider meeting takes place at which time the route sheets for the next day are given out and information about the next day’s ride is discussed.
  • Do you do our laundry? This tour offers free laundry service TWICE a week.  That is correct.  We do your dirty stinky smelly laundry free of charge TWICE a week.  No other tour on the market does that.    Do you want to do your laundry or would you rather be riding and let us?  This Cross Country Bicycle Tour believes your time on a non-riding day should not be spent do laundry.
  • What do I have to do when getting into the overnight location? On this tour, nothing.  Your bags will have been delivered, chairs are set up, snacks are available and the beer and wine are ready.  Just take your shower and enjoy the evening.  Camping nights the staff set up the tent, deliver your bags and inflate the air mattress.   Indoor camping nights, the staff will deliver your baggage and inflate your air mattress.  On hotel nights, the staff will deliver your baggage to your room.
  • What happens if I experience bike mechanical issues along the way? Not a problem on this Cross Country Bicycle Tour which has a professional bike mechanic on staff the entire time.

The 2018 Coast 2 Coast Tour is sold out

Occasionally a slot will open up if someone cancels.  To join the Coast 2 Coast tour waitlist, fill out the form at the bottom of this page by clicking this link.

To view other rides offered by Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers, view the Schedule page.

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Sorry,  Trikes and/or Electric Assist Cycles cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Special Dietary Needs:  This tour offers a professional Chef who will work tirelessly to assure you will not go hungry while offering you a wide variety of freshly prepared meals.

Vegetarian meals are not a problem however you will be required to advise the Chef  in advance if you are vegetarian.  There will be no additional fees associated with a vegetarian meal plan.

If you have dietary issues/needs other than vegetarian you MUST discuss them with the Chef before registering.  There may be additional fees associated with special dietary needs.

Friends and family are always welcomed to join for meals.  You will be asked to inform the Chef in advance and make arrangements for additional cost involved.

Coast 2 Coast-Cross Country Bicycle Tour Chef can be contacted directly at;  info@culinaryinsider.com.

Unexpected Medical Issues:  In the unlikely event you have a medical issue which occurs while on this tour, you will be transported to the nearest medical facility which can treat the issue regardless of your medical insurance coverage.

If by chance treatment requires more than the current day, it will be your responsibility to rejoin the tour.

Again, trip insurance is highly suggested.

Included in the registration fee:

o Full PAMPERING which include;  Kelty Tent, Thick Air Mattress, Towel and Wash Cloth Daily, Deluxe Camp Chair

o Electronic Charging Station (Cell Phones—i Pads—Computers—Garmin’s–etc)

o Baggage Transportation Daily

o Detailed GPS Generated Daily Route Sheets

o Sag Vehicles

o Drinks, snacks, and other items you might need along the way in each SAG vehicle

o All lodging fees

o Most breakfasts and most dinners freshly prepared by a professional chef—Yes a professional CHEF traveling with the tour!  The best food you will every have on a bike tour, promise.

o Staff knowing what the word PAMPERING means

o Laundry Service.  Yes, we even do your dirty laundry, twice a week!

o Coast 2 Coast–Cross Country Bicycle Tour cycling apparel

o Traveling Bike Mechanic

o Secure Free Long-Term Parking in St. Augustine if needed

o Transportation from San Diego Airport to host hotel

o Fun Surprises

o Great Memories

o New Life Long Friends

The 2018 Coast 2 Coast Tour is sold out

Occasionally a slot will open up if someone cancels.  To join the Coast 2 Coast tour waitlist, fill out the form at the bottom of this page by clicking this link.

To view other rides offered by Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers, view the Schedule page.

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What is not included with the registration fee:

o Transportation to the start and from the end

o Most lunches

o Hassle

  • Bike shipping to San Diego or from St Augustine.  There is a bike shop in San Diego which will receive your bike, Bernie’s Bike Shop.  Arrangements can be made with a Gainesville Bike Shop for shipping back at the end of the tour.
  • Lodging in San Diego
  • Transportation to an airport at the end of the tour must be taken care of by the rider.  There are private shuttle services available
  • Lodging Monday April 23, 2018 in St Augustine, FL is not included with registration fee.

I am always available to answer any question via BikerBubba@AOL.com or 321-759-3433.

 View the registration forms for Coast 2 Coast here

See what past riders have to say about this Coast 2 Coast Tour

Dawn Wilson and John Hardy’s Coast 2 Coast Journal

Pedal 4 Paws blog

Joyce Bricker’s Blog

2018 Coast 2 Coast Waitlist Form

This event is sold out but occasionally a slot will open up. Fill out the form below to join the waitlist for the 2018 Coast 2 Coast Tour.