Life In the Big Green Jolly

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Our favorite bike tours

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Cycling is life.  Or maybe cycling is (almost) more important than coffee.

At any rate, we have ridden many organized and self-planned bike tours ranging from 1-day rides to week long rides. Below are some of our favorite bike tours.

For a general run-down on how to choose a tour and the difference between organized and self-planned tours, see our guide.

Organized Bike Tours

Week long

Cycle Montana – Missoula

Location:Montana, USA
Description:Cycle through rural Montana with experienced guides
Vendor:Adventure Cycling Association
Distance:407 miles
Duration:8 days
Terrain:Hilly
Type:Loop
Why go:Mountain scenery. Crosses over the Continental Divide – twice!

Ireland – Southwest

Location:Ireland
Description: Self-guided tour through Ring of Kerry and southwest
Vendor:Iron Donkey
Distance:~400 miles
Duration:7-10 days
Terrain:Hilly
Type:Loop
Why go: Self-paced ride providing countless pub stops

GOBA – Ohio

Location:Ohio
Description:Explore small-town Ohio by bike
Vendor:GOBA
Distance:~300 miles
Duration:7 days
Terrain:Hilly
Type:varies – depends on the route that year
Why go:The camaraderie is off-the-charts on this ridee

Teaching Family Homes – Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Location:Michigan, USA
Description: Tour the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Vendor: Teaching Family Homes
Distance:~240 miles
Duration:6 days
Terrain: varies – depends on the route that year
Type:Loop
Why go: The UP is beautiful and the support of the tour crew is amazing

Mountains to Coast Ride – North Carolina

Location:North Carolina, USA
Description:Ride across the state of NC
Vendor: Cycle NC
Distance:~400 miles
Duration:7 days
Terrain: varies – depends on the route that year but always starts hilly and ends flatter
Type:Point-to-point
Why go: Pure Americana experience cycling through small towns connected via back roads

RAGBRAI – Iowa

Location:Iowa, USA
Description:Ride across the state of Iowa
Vendor:RAGBRAI
Distance:~450 miles, depends on yearly route
Duration:7 days
Terrain:Varied
Type:Point-to-point
Why go:Party on wheels. The atmosphere is like having a county carnival follow you on the bike for 7 days.

3-day

Mountain Ride – North Carolina

Location:North Carolina, USA
Description:3-day ride of NC mountains
Vendor: Cycle NC
Distance: Pick your own daily mileage 5-100 miles
Duration:3 days
Terrain: Paved roads. Expect a terrain ranging from hilly to “you gotta have that 3rd chain ring (aka creeper gear) to avoid walking the route”
Type:Spoke-and-wheel
Why go: Easy way to explore NC mountain towns

Coastal Ride – North Carolina

Location:North Carolina, USA
Description:3-day ride of NC coastal town
Vendor: Cycle NC
Distance: Pick your own daily mileage 5-100 miles
Duration:3 days
Terrain: Paved roads. Flat except for drawbridges
Type:Spoke-and-wheel
Why go: Easy way to explore NC coastal town

1-day

Tour de Tucson – Arizona

Location:Tucson, Arizona, USA
Description: 1 day perimeter ride around the city
Vendor: Perimeter Cycling
Distance:Pick your own mileage based on set starting points. Usually 5 to 100 miles available.
Duration:1 day
Terrain:Paved roads. Primarily flat-ish except for one section of hills
Type: Loop for full distance, point-to-point for shorter distances
Why go: Experience Tucson by bike with 10,000 other cyclists
Location:Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
DescriptionA gorgeous but challenging ride through Cape Breton
Distance:
Duration:7 days
Terrain:Paved roads, hilly
Type:Loop
Why go:Scenery and friendly locals
Location:Georgia, USA
DescriptionRide from Atlanta GA to the border of Mississippi
Distance:
Duration:3-5 days
Terrain:Paved greenway, mostly flat
Type:Out-and-back
Why go:Greenway route, easy access to amenties
Location:Cleveland, Ohio, USA
DescriptionRide from small town Ohio to Lake Erie
Distance:Varies based on starting point, 88 miles roundtrip for our route
Duration:1 day
Terrain:Mostly paved greenway, some road. Flat.
Type:Out and back
Why go:Greenway ride to Lake Erie
Location:Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
DescriptionRide from Raleigh, NC to Clayton, NC
Distance:33 miles one-way
Duration:1 day
Terrain:Paved greenway, some hills
Type:Out-and-back
Why go:Greenway route along Neuse River

Self-planned Bike Tours

Week Long

Cabot Trail – Canada

Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Canada
Description: A gorgeous but challenging ride through Cape Breton
Vendor: self-planned
Distance:~400 miles
Duration:7 days
Terrain:Paved roads,hilly
Type: Loop
Why go: Scenery and the friendly people

Silver Comet Trail – Georgia

Location:Georgia, USA
Description:Ride from Smyrna (just outside Atlanta) to the Alabama border
Vendor: self-planned
Distance: ~61 miles  Our itinerary here
Duration:1-5 days
Terrain:Greenway, mostly flat
Type: Out-and-back
Why go: Enjoy a multi-day tour on a car-free path

1-day

Western Reserve Greenway – Ohio

Location:Ohio, USA
Description:Ride to Lake Erie
Vendor: self-planned
Distance: varied based on staring location. Our out-and-back was 88 miles
Duration:1 day
Terrain:Greenway, mostly flat
Type: Out-and-back
Why go: Mostly car-free ride to Lake Erie

Neuse River Greenway – North Carolina

Location:North Carolina, USA
Description: Ride from Raleigh to Clayton, North Carolina
Vendor: self-planned
Distance:~30 miles one-way
Duration:1 day
Terrain:Greenway, varies between flat and hilly.
Type: Out-and-back
Why go: Scenic ride along the Neuse River

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