Coast 2 Coast

PAMPERED

Coast 2 Coast

March 6, 2015—-April 27, 2015

View the registration forms for Coast 2 Coast here

The 2014 Coast 2 Coast Tour was totally booked by the end of August 2013.  It is strongly suggested, if you wish to be part of this great adventure, register sooner rather than later.  Discounts are available for those registering early.  See registration forms for details.

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

Starting in San Diego, CA March 6, 2015 and ending in St. Augustine, FL on April 27, 2015 the weather 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 will be an adventure which will change your life. Are you ready for the challenge however without the hassle?

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

Coast to Coast Bicycle Tour

Mountains. Deserts. Prairies. Bayous. Citrus Groves. You will see it all as you pedal east 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 Poncho 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.

So, why is this tour is called the PAMPERED Coast 2 Coast 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 your tent 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.

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 at campgrounds with 20 showers, a heated pool, with shaded hammocks. 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. 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.

Now, picture yourself 52 days later here, dipping your front when into the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Included in the registration fee:

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

Also Included;

o Cell Phone Charging Station

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 cycling apparel

o Traveling Bike Mechanic

o Secure Free Long-Term Parking in St. Augustine

o Transportation from San Diego Airport to host hotel

o Fun Surprises

o Great Memories

o New Life Long Friends

 

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.

Transportation to an airport at the end of the tour must be taken care of by the rider.  There are private shuttle services available in St Augustine to cover those needs.

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

 

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