This hub and spoke tour, organized by Helen Hayes, will include a week of cycling, hiking and soaking up the sun. Road bikes are available for rent for $150 - $200 per week and will be delivered to our hotel. Bring your own pedals, helmet, water bottle and a front pouch or back pack. West Jet charges $50 to transport bikes each way if you prefer to bring your own.
During the week, we will discover the extensive network of paved pathways and bike trails through the adjoining cities as we cycle past lush golf courses on palm tree lined streets. We will have the opportunity to ride with the Desert Bike Club, and go into the desert with Big Wheel Adventures, a tour company who will transfer and support us and who also do the bike rentals.
Daily rides will be intermediate/moderate and be 50 - 70 km in length.
I have booked a centrally located inn for the first 6 registrants. It has an outdoor pool and includes breakfast. Please register soon as the hotels are busy (there is a music festival the following week) and we may need to find a second hotel. For our convenience, there is shopping nearby for lunch, drinks and daily snacks.
We will find much to do after our rides besides enjoying the pool. There are canyons to hike, night life to enjoy and plenty of culture, museums and architecture. There is an outdoor market in Palm Springs on Thursday nights and a weekend market in Palm Desert.
The cost includes our accommodation and breakfasts, delivery and set up of rental bikes, 2 supported desert rides that include snacks and drinks and a date shake at desert stop where we will learn about date palm trees.
Not included is the airfare or the balance of a bike rental, if chosen.
The weather man brags 365 days of sunshine so bring sunscreen and be prepared to absorb a lot of vitamin D.
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