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It's time to plot next year's bike vacation(s), and I'm trying to decide where to go. I would like to do something I haven't done yet. I've already been to Moab (3-4x), Fruita (2-3X), CA bay area (2x), Phoenix (3x), Sedona (2x), Flagstaff, MaaDaaHey trail, Taos (2x), Santa Fe (2x), Idaho, Crested Butte (2x), Tahoe, and Downieville. What else has a week's worth of riding worth flying or driving all day to? Durango? I haven't hit the Carolinas, and what's in the White Mountains of NH? Any suggestions? What else should I put on the list and what are the good times of year to go there? Thanks folks!

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Give the western NC / eastern TN / north GA terrain a ride.....pisgah , tsali , ocoee, tanasi

Or out west get more into the CO mtns...ride the spots along Hwy 9 or I70 (mtn towns)...i usually roll thru there once a year visiting friends, hittin alot of ski town rides....killer singletrack

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quite a list so far

You've certainly made it to many of the best mountain biking destinations.

I'd put Bend, Oregon on the top of the list. So many great trails. McKenzie River is a nearby trail I still want to try near Bend. Last trip to Oregon I also stopped off and rode the loop around Waldo Lake, to the south of Bend. Tumalo Falls was one of my favorite trails.

Southern Utah is often overlooked as one of the premier locations for mountain biking. The trails are often close enough together to make it possible to ride a day or two in one spot and drive over to another location for more riding. Gooseberry Mesa is close to Brian Head and then Brian Head is very close to Reds Canyon, where you could ride for several days on beautiful trails and spend the afternoons hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park. You'll also be drivig past or through Zion National Park and you won't want to skip a short hike while you're there. If you have a full week, you can make a short drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and ride The Rainbow Rim Trail. I still have'nt ridden it but it is 19miles long and offers views of the Canyon.

Durango would offer some great trails and great views. Banff and Whistler, BC are beautiful locations to ride.

Most of these locations are covered in snow all through the spring and early summer. I tried to ride at tthe north rim of the Grand Canyon on the 20th of May and it was burried in snow. Band is at lower elevation and might be fine by Memorial Day. I might wait until July to travel in Canada. Don't forget to share your pictures with everyone here.

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Yep. I agree with Titan. Head to the northwest. Bend OR, Mt. St. Helens area washington. Or head to Canada: BC... not just Whister, but also Penticton area , Alberta, Canmore, Banf etc.

So Utah: St. George, Hurricane Rim, Gooseberry, Brian Head would also be fun.

Or........ What about Europe and the Alps?? How much do you want to spend?
 

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Sounds like you've pretty much been there, done that, & got the T-shirt as far as some of the best riding places go. That would make bike vacations more difficult. You need to become a world class rider and head outside of the States. I'm headed to Chamonix, France next summer, you can come with us if you want. :) Little bit of a trip to get across the pond though. Check out some of the pics at www.10fifty.com if you haven't seen it. One of the benefits of living here in Germany is getting a chance to ride some of the greatest places other than Moab, Gooseberry, etc etc. The German / Austrian Alps were nice along with the Dolomites in Italy. Germany has some nice trails too where I live. If I were Stateside I would looking at some place Tamarac, Idaho or someplace smaller since you've hit all the big ones already. Enjoy -- Spine Shank
 

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Oakridge, Oregon. You could ride everyday for a month and not repeat a trail and not get bored with the terrain. June-October though the high country is best from mid August-September.
 

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As I recall... you were supposed to come to WNC many years ago for the first Bent Creek Boogie, but you wussied out due to some little broken bone thing or something. Not sure if you coupon has expired....

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Durango has weeks worth of riding, usually between April and October. Fun downtown, great weather, good camping and lots of hotels.
If you don't have fun riding here, you just don't like mountain biking, or really hate climbing.

If you need any help planning a trip here, pm me.
 

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FWIW I'd be inclined

to listen to shiggy, Oregano is really nice where he rides. I nearly fell asleep riding Bend (but hey, that's me) McKenzie trail is scenic but it's a cow path vis a vis challenging riding. I'd say anywhere between Portland and north into Canada would be a welcome change for you in terms of terrain, challenge, and diversity.

Or you can cover yourself in pillows and duct tape and we'll do Whizzler! Wheeeeeeeeee. thud.

How've ya been?

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M-U-M said:
As I recall... you were supposed to come to WNC many years ago for the first Bent Creek Boogie, but you wussied out due to some little broken bone thing or something. Not sure if you coupon has expired....

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Thank goodness that little broken bone thingy is all behind me (2 surgeries, 1 plate, 8 screws, 2 pins and a tendon transfer). Is my coupon still good? I still have some BCBBG stickers on the dresser. What's the best time of year to boogie down to Bent Creek or that neck of the woods?

Kathy :^)
 

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Oakridge, Oregon. You could ride everyday for a month and not repeat a trail and not get bored with the terrain. June-October though the high country is best from mid August-September.
Ok, that one goes on the list. Thanks!

Kathy :^)
 

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Titan Go King said:
You've certainly made it to many of the best mountain biking destinations.

I'd put Bend, Oregon on the top of the list. So many great trails. McKenzie River is a nearby trail I still want to try near Bend. Last trip to Oregon I also stopped off and rode the loop around Waldo Lake, to the south of Bend. Tumalo Falls was one of my favorite trails.

Southern Utah is often overlooked as one of the premier locations for mountain biking. The trails are often close enough together to make it possible to ride a day or two in one spot and drive over to another location for more riding. Gooseberry Mesa is close to Brian Head and then Brian Head is very close to Reds Canyon, where you could ride for several days on beautiful trails and spend the afternoons hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park. You'll also be drivig past or through Zion National Park and you won't want to skip a short hike while you're there. If you have a full week, you can make a short drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and ride The Rainbow Rim Trail. I still have'nt ridden it but it is 19miles long and offers views of the Canyon.

Durango would offer some great trails and great views. Banff and Whistler, BC are beautiful locations to ride.

Most of these locations are covered in snow all through the spring and early summer. I tried to ride at tthe north rim of the Grand Canyon on the 20th of May and it was burried in snow. Band is at lower elevation and might be fine by Memorial Day. I might wait until July to travel in Canada. Don't forget to share your pictures with everyone here.

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I actually road in the Brian Head area for a week this September, but forgot to add it to the list. Hit Red Canyon, Brian Head, Gooseberry Mesa and the Virgin River Rim trail. I'd have posted pics, but they're on the hard drive of my old computer that won't boot. I bought a new computer, but am sending it back because it's a lemon, and the manufacturer can't tell me when they'll have a new motherboard. Hopefully, the one in transit to me will actually function, and I'll put the old drive in as a second hard drive and be able to recover all my pics. I've got my fingers crossed that they're not lost forever..... :^(

Sounds like I need to do some more research on the Northwest. You and several posters make Oregon sound like a good place to visit.

Kathy :^)
 

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JimC. said:
to listen to shiggy, Oregano is really nice where he rides. I nearly fell asleep riding Bend (but hey, that's me) McKenzie trail is scenic but it's a cow path vis a vis challenging riding. I'd say anywhere between Portland and north into Canada would be a welcome change for you in terms of terrain, challenge, and diversity.

Or you can cover yourself in pillows and duct tape and we'll do Whizzler! Wheeeeeeeeee. thud.

How've ya been?

Jim
I'll go to Whizzler when they perfect the full-body airbag, like that thing the Mars rovers used. ;^P

Thanks to hot plastic body armor, I've been doing great and haven't broken anything in the last 3 years. Goin' for a record! Oh, wait, that is a record, for me.... Got a boyfriend and a new job that keeps me too busy to post a whole lot. And I couldn't post the pics from my last vacation because my computer ate them (see sob story above).

How's the new house?

Kathy :^)
 

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Spine Shank said:
Sounds like you've pretty much been there, done that, & got the T-shirt as far as some of the best riding places go. That would make bike vacations more difficult. You need to become a world class rider and head outside of the States. I'm headed to Chamonix, France next summer, you can come with us if you want. :) Little bit of a trip to get across the pond though. Check out some of the pics at www.10fifty.com if you haven't seen it. One of the benefits of living here in Germany is getting a chance to ride some of the greatest places other than Moab, Gooseberry, etc etc. The German / Austrian Alps were nice along with the Dolomites in Italy. Germany has some nice trails too where I live. If I were Stateside I would looking at some place Tamarac, Idaho or someplace smaller since you've hit all the big ones already. Enjoy -- Spine Shank
Yeah, I've been biking seriously for 25 years, and have taken at least one bike vacation per year for the last 20. If I add road bike trips, we go international - New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Austria. Hadn't thought about Europe for mtbiking, tough. What kind of riding will you see in Chamoinix? Stuff like the Rockies? Got pics of Germany? Getting to Europe isn't all that bad from here on the East Coast. It can take just as long to get across the US if I have to change planes, which I usually do. The time change is always a shock to the system, though.

Kathy :^)
 

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The best bike vacation I ever had

The best bike vacations I ever had were crossing the Alps. I did that 3 times. North to south, south to north and a loop. If you have not done that you got one big bike adventure still in front of you.

Why to do it... It is awesome. The scenary is simply gorgeous and you will be hitting one dream trail after the other. It is not an out-and-back one day trip but making real distance over days. Just cycling, sight seeing and more cycling. At the end you feel you've achieved something. You made it

It is convinient... Unlike the US the Alps do have a tight net of streets and dirt roads/trails. There are plenty of explored and documented routes cross the alps. And there are little mountain hotels called Hutten all over the Alps. So you can ride for days in one general direction and sleep every night in a real bed (after a hot dinner).

It is adventurous... All you need for up to 14 days of biking in the Alps is in your rucksack. Basically you carry a second set of cloths, hygene pack, maps and tools. You ride along trails you have not seen before. You pick your route and discover trails for you. You meet other bikers and exchange news and experiences.

It is affordable... You carra a bit of cash to buy food during the day and pay your room in the morning. Credit cards don't work well in the Alps, but the Euro does. Trail head to trail head a 10 day's trip cost me 600 Euro - all inclusive.

You can book complete guided trips or you can go on your own. But you should not plan to go alone. If you seriously considering doing a cross the Alps you should visit the German counter part of the MTBR forum and post a questions for hints there. Chaps dort speak English, too and are happy to help. You'll get all you need to make a final decision.

Post at: http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=11 (Reisen, Routen und Reviere)
 
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