I first got the idea for a bike tour when I stumbled on REI’s web site and saw some of the excursions they offer. (Why I was looking at their travel site in the first place, I can’t quite remember. But I do have a friend who went to Belize through them and said it was amazing.) I was particularly intrigued by a trip they offer biking from Vienna to Prague! However, I was a bit concerned about the price.
But the idea of a bike tour still intrigued me. Googling around, I found a few companies that offers bike tours in the UK – Suffolk and Norfolk. They’re self-guided (but as opposed to traveling and Austria and the Czech Republic, I’d already speak the local language) and a bit shorter, but also less than half the price.
The more I thought about it, the more I knew that this had to be added to the epic trip. Getting off the main paths to see a bit more of the countryside. Going at my own pace. They book a room for you each night in a hotel, and you just get there whenever and however you want – though of course they give you maps. But if I want to stop and go over thataway, I can.
That photo in the previous post is from the seaside town of Aldeburgh – one of the stops on one of the many trips they offer. Being a mountain-dweller, I’m excited about the prospect of seeing an ocean. I’m not a swimmer, so I don’t care if it’s cold. Just to bike along it would be a delight.
I’m excited about seeing some inland sights, too, though.
I doubted if I should write a post about this because I haven’t booked anything yet. I have three weeks in the UK and with the exception of those Olympics tickets in the middle I don’t know which days to book for. Also, they offer so many tours that look interesting that I can’t decide! How do you decide between awesome and awesome?
Well, if it were up to you, what would you guys pick?