I need a vacation in late April or early May - where can I go bike?

I need a vacation in late April or early May - where can I go bike?

Post by Marty Mill » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00


        OK, so this isn't your normal question, but I bet others have this
same problem.  My girlfriend and I will need a vacation in late April or early
May (actually we need it now, but it won't work).  I'm diligently training for
this summer, and will take my bike along.  She's just starting into biking,
and probably will not be interested in taking her bike with her (plus she
refuses to ride with me right now, and I'm not pushing the issue).  Thus, we
need a place that will satisfy both of us, where she won't mind me taking off
for a few rides of 1-2 hours, and hopefully where some other triathletes are
*** out.  I won't be ready to race yet, so don't even suggest doing the
St. Croix race!  We have frequent flier miles to blow, so we're not adverse to
the Carribbean, Hawaii, California, Florida, etc.  A beach would be nice, but
Sedona, AZ even looks nice.  Hopefully we'll find a nice B&B somewhere.

        Any suggestions out there???

Thanks a bunch!

Marty

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Post by Tricia Richt » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>         OK, so this isn't your normal question, but I bet others have this
> same problem.  My girlfriend and I will need a vacation in late April or
early
> May (actually we need it now, but it won't work).  I'm diligently
training for
> this summer, and will take my bike along.  She's just starting into biking,
> and probably will not be interested in taking her bike with her (plus she
> refuses to ride with me right now, and I'm not pushing the issue).  Thus, we
> need a place that will satisfy both of us, where she won't mind me taking off
> for a few rides of 1-2 hours, and hopefully where some other triathletes are
>*** out.  I won't be ready to race yet, so don't even suggest doing the
> St. Croix race!  We have frequent flier miles to blow, so we're not
adverse to
> the Carribbean, Hawaii, California, Florida, etc.  A beach would be nice, but
> Sedona, AZ even looks nice.  Hopefully we'll find a nice B&B somewhere.

>         Any suggestions out there???

> Thanks a bunch!

> Marty

Boy, life's rough, Marty!!!

Well, I always think "Hawaii" when I think vacation.  I can't help it,
it's a bad habit (or is it a good one?).  And I'll be heading out to Maui
(with Skippy along for the entertainment value) around the end of March
for 10 days of tropical breezes, sandy white beaches, snorkeling,
warm-weather run training, and whale-watching (no, I don't mean everybody
else on the beach watching me).  Personally, I can't think of a better
place to be.  But I'm not a good reference since I've really not been too
many other places.  Still, I don't know that you could beat Maui.  When I
was there last year I was wishing heartily that I could have had my bike
with me.  Maybe I'll rent one out there this year.  Of course, there's
always Chris' Mountain Bike Adventures (not to be confused with those
ridiculous Cruiser Bob outfits).  Not much of a workout, but definitely a
blast.

And maybe this year there'll be a few more handsome beach boys out there
(the only good-looking guys I saw last trip were the local tri-geeks
zipping by on their bikes on the main highway, dammit!)....

But I digress!  Anyway, Maui truly is paradise.  There's so much to do
there, or, you can choose to do absolutely nothing, which is equally
attractive.  Snorkeling, whale-watching, sailing (we had an incredible
piece of luck last year and scored a free 2-hour sail on a 1978 America's
Cup racing yacht, Yeee HAW!), bi-plane tour (a THOUSAND times better than
any helicopter tour; go to Biplane Barnstormers, ask for Wade, and ask him
to throw in a few aerobatic maneuvers for you; we got two loop-de-loops
and a barrel roll #:-O ), parasailing, scuba diving, the Haleakala bike
deal (remember, no Cruiser Bob), and lots more.

I highly recommend the place we stayed, Napili Point.  It's a condo deal
up the coast from the circus of Kaanapaali, and it's pure bliss.

Ah, Maui.  Sigh.  Just two more months....   Aw, hell, in the meantime, I
gotta start training my tail off; Wildflower's less than 14 weeks away!!!
HELP!

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Post by John Krue » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>    OK, so this isn't your normal question, but I bet others have this
>same problem.  My girlfriend and I will need a vacation in late April or early
>May (actually we need it now, but it won't work).  I'm diligently training for

Hey Marty,

You're just in time for Wildflower.  You could get in a good
half IM and call it training  (hee, hee, hee).  It's in
the beginning of May, then you could see the sites on the
west coast.

John K.

 
 
 

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Post by Sean Finuca » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00

I've been looking for exactly the same thing, though a bit
earlier (late March/early April).   I tried r.b.rides a couple
of times with no luck.  I did a big tour last year in April/May
along the west Coast which was great, but I just can't find any-
where that I'm as e***d about going as I was for that trip.
I'm training for my first IM this year, so I have to at least
vaguely think of it as training, but I just want to get out
and ride my bike and see some more of the world.  I can take
as much as 2 weeks if I want, but that would be all of my vacation
until Penticton, so 10 days would probably be perfect (Fri-Mon).

My latest thought has been San Diego.  I saw the Multisport camp
ad, but it's more than I really want to spend.  A friend
recently tried to convince me to go to Cuba.  It would be
CDN$600 all inclusive (+bike shipping).  Has anyone ever
ridden there before?

Perhaps if there are a bunch of people who want to do this, we
could have our own 'camp'.  No coaches, no seminars, just
a place where a bunch of us get together and train/enjoy
ourselves for a week.

Ideas are welcome,

Sean.

 
 
 

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Post by Bill Webbe » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00

     Hi Marty...appreciate your earlier post.  As a transplanted Canadian,
we tended to go to Florida a lot, especially the St. Petes area.  This
place is great I think.  There is plenty of non-tri stuff to do, not least
of which is the Salvador Dali museum.  

     But, the tri stuff is real good.  There is Fort DeSoto park...home to
25 miles or so of riding from beach-to-beach, new running/in-line trails,
plenty of ocean swimming, and, my personal favourite, the North Shore
Pool, a 50m outdoor pool on the beach in St. Pete, where there are 2-3
Master's swim workouts per day.

     Make sure you have a sundown dinner reserved at the Hurricane,
overlooking Pass-a-Grille beach...also a good spot to run...I'm getting
jealous!  For more info on this area, the St Pete Maddogs have an address
on AOL.  They may even have a website by now...I'm not sure.  I hope this
helps!  Later...

                                     cheers, Bill Webber

 
 
 

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Post by Cyndi Well » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Marty,

I wholeheartily second Tricia's recommendation for Maui.  I have not been able
to get back to Naui for a year and a half and am beginning to get Maui Fever.
It is my favorite place to hang out.  (After reading your post, Tricia, I think
I will go to the travel agency today . . . :-) )  I went there with my bike and
enjoyed every minute of riding there.  (Okay, maybe not a few of the minutes
battling the winds on the way to Lahaina.)  There are good choices on the types
of rides (roads with heavy headwinds/inclines to flat, calm stretches) you can
choose from.  Many of the roads have huge shoulders, so cars don't seem very
threatening.  (Watch the road to Hana, though.  I managed to fracture my hip
there with a good crash.)  My friend moved back to the mainland from Maui
before my last trip, so I stayed at some B&B's.  I found that most B&B's in
Maui cost less than the hotels and are worth more (unless you're into room
service).  In fact, I stayed at a spectacular home on a cliff for $50 a night
per couple.

Have a great vacation,
Cyndi

 
 
 

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Post by ru.. » Fri, 02 Feb 1996 04:00:00

<vacation plans snipped>

Quote:
>  My latest thought has been San Diego.  I saw the Multisport camp
>  ad, but it's more than I really want to spend.  A friend
>  recently tried to convince me to go to Cuba.  It would be
>  CDN$600 all inclusive (+bike shipping).  Has anyone ever
>  ridden there before?

I can also very highly recommend the Palm Springs area.  And enough with the
"it's for newly wed or nearly dead" jokes!  The weather is dependable (one day of
rain in five years of going there for a month in the spring to train).  Lots of sun and
heat (record highs one year to +110F!)  to get you geared up for the (normal) IM
conditions.  Great food (email for recommendations) and lots of facilities.

There is a masters pgm. at the Palm Springs Swin Centre (50m by 25 yd. pool with
16 lanes!!!) that you can drop into.  Golf, tennis and shopping (plus you can play
papparazzi -- we ran into Jack Clugman one year; Arnold (I'll be baacckk!) and
Maria who could foget Sonny Bono (not that people don't try..<g>).

The area has lots of great riding -- some nice 100 to 140 km loops on deserted
highways, lots of climbing (go to Joshua Tree Nat'l monument -- there's a 40 km
climb! or the Palms-to-Pines highway) and good singletrack too.

There are a few spring triathlons -- the Red Cross Lake Cahuilla short course and
the Desert Princess (are hey, still running them?) duathlons.

All in all a good place to go and if you want ocean and tons of tri-geeks, go
across to north coast San Diego about 3 hrs away.  And you could always swing
by the QR Factory (get a custom suit like my wife did or hook up with a few
riders).

As for Cuba, I know that a couple of Canadian National Team riders have gone
there, and they liked it.  But I'd go back to PS in a second.

Tom

(who really, really really, wishes he was going this year!)

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Post by Mike Tenne » Sat, 03 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>     Hi Marty...appreciate your earlier post.  As a transplanted Canadian,
>we tended to go to Florida a lot, especially the St. Petes area.  This
>place is great I think.  There is plenty of non-tri stuff to do, not least
>of which is the Salvador Dali museum.  

>     But, the tri stuff is real good.  There is Fort DeSoto park...home to
>25 miles or so of riding from beach-to-beach, new running/in-line trails,
>plenty of ocean swimming, and, my personal favourite, the North Shore
>Pool, a 50m outdoor pool on the beach in St. Pete, where there are 2-3
>Master's swim workouts per day.

>     Make sure you have a sundown dinner reserved at the Hurricane,
>overlooking Pass-a-Grille beach...also a good spot to run...I'm getting
>jealous!  For more info on this area, the St Pete Maddogs have an address
>on AOL.  They may even have a website by now...I'm not sure.  I hope this
>helps!  Later...

>                                     cheers, Bill Webber

Marty:

I'd second the St.Pete suggstion. And guess what? You could even sneak
in a visit to Cypress Gardens, just an hour or so up the Interstate,
say on the morning of May 4...
Oh golly, that's the same day as the Cypress Gardens Sprint tri. What
a coincidence!

Mike Tennent

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Post by Marty Mill » Sun, 04 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>I'd second the St.Pete suggstion. And guess what? You could even sneak
>in a visit to Cypress Gardens, just an hour or so up the Interstate,
>say on the morning of May 4...
>Oh golly, that's the same day as the Cypress Gardens Sprint tri. What
>a coincidence!

Thanks for the suggestion!  Been to Cypress Gardens before (a relative used to
fly the ski-kite there.  That would be a good race to kick off the season, and
my girlfriend has a condo in Ft Myers we could visit (a bit of a drive, but it
would be free).  Are there any other Florida races around that time???

Marty

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Post by Jim Frankl » Tue, 06 Feb 1996 04:00:00

I'll be going to Williamsburg, VA for a sprint (S-R-B) to see all of the
sights from  VA Beach to Richmond.  The race is 800yd pool swim, 3 mile
run and a 12-ish mile bike-- it was my first so it will be a blast to go
back seven training seasons later!

Jim
Boulder, CO
Of course you could always come out here! The weather is iffy, -15 two
days ago, 65 today.  ;)

 
 
 

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Post by Eisma » Wed, 07 Feb 1996 04:00:00

How about Grand Junction, Colorado.  There's a duathlon May 5th - flat
course - and there are quite a few good road and MTB rides in the area.
The weather is usually very nice that time of year.

Darrin

 
 
 

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Post by Andrew Peabo » Wed, 07 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> This has been an interesting thread, albeit a bit personal to me and some
> responses have come via e-mail.  So far I've heard the following vacation
> suggestions (sorry if I forget one, and these are in no particular order):

> Maui
> Kona (for the race at the end of May)
> San Diego
> St. Petersburg, FL (can I be an honorary Mad Dog for a week?)
> North Carolina
> St. Croix

> I'm not sure which one it will be yet, but the last 2 posts have Maui leading
> the way.  Anyone going to be there late April/early May???

> Marty

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C'mon down to FL for St Anthony's. I'm sure the Mad Dogs will throw a t
shirt your way.
Andrew Peabody
Miami Beach
 
 
 

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Post by Marty Mill » Thu, 08 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>How about Grand Junction, Colorado.  There's a duathlon May 5th - flat
>course - and there are quite a few good road and MTB rides in the area.
>The weather is usually very nice that time of year.

>Darrin

That's a new one.  Colorado....hmmmm....only problem is no beaches for the
significant other (she is getting pretty adament about the beach thing).  

P.S.  I hope this thread is helping out others also!

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Post by Dan Bak » Fri, 09 Feb 1996 04:00:00

well, on the colorado bandwagon... there is a major spectator event
the first saturday every may at the Boulder resevoir which is good
to distract the whole family, and you can get some riding in "while
you're there..."

The event is the Kinetics Conveyance Sculpture challage. Human
powered crafts racing and drinking their way across about 10 miles
of water, land, mud, water, and mud a few more times. For details
call KBCO radio in Boulder.

No beaches, but you CAN roadtrip up to A-basin and do some spring
skiing!

D

 
 
 

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Post by Kaze » Sat, 10 Feb 1996 04:00:00

If you want to spend the whole time on your bikes I can recommend five
trips I took, all in the month of May.  Because of the time of year,
and because we were only two people, and because we are very flexible
in our hotel/ farmhouse/ bed and breakfast choices, we were free to
follow our front wheels without reservations anywhere.  Two of the
trips, Greece and Portugal, were covered extensively and with lots of
photos in Bicycling mag.  That almost paid for the trips.  The other
three were France, Great Britain (to the Orkneys) and Ireland.  All
five were heads-up, leisurely, photo-op stops, sight-seeing pleasure
trips.  I made up eigh*** day itinaries of one thousand miles with the
most history on the least challenging routes I could find. I carried
only eight pounds (the tools - which neither of us knows how to use -
were on the other bike).  If you would like any details I would enjoy
giving you more than you'll ask for.

Ruth Kazez