Last year, Cindy and I set off on our first real vacation in over 15 years. Yes, we've travelled a bit, mostly to visit familiy or to participate in fencing tournaments, but we hadn't been an a good old fashioned American *vacation* since 1991. As a 20th wedding anniversary present, I gave Cindy a week-long trip from "Bicycle Adventures," an Olympia based travel company. We partook of their California Redwoods tour, and it was fan-tastic! (See their most excellent web site: www.bicycleadventures.com)
Our guides, Stevie and Brandon, we not only great fun to be around, but clearly accomplished athletes and great cooks as well. This company does everything right: the accomodations and dining were all first-class 5-star quality. We felt taken care of in every sense of the words from the very start. The trip was easy to book, their representatives were always there by phone an email for any question regarding logistics or schedule. This was essentially a "land cruise." The routes were obviously well-planned and scouted. The scenery was unbelievable! You must see the Redwood forest in California, and there is no better way to see it than on a bicycle. And there is no better way to vacation on a bicycle than with BA.
I write this now because we just signed up for another trip with them this summer. This time it will be the Glacier-Banff-Jasper tour, and I am counting the hours.