(Blowing Rock, NC) — Exhilarating road biking, spectacular mountain views, small town charm, and exquisite dining awaits travelers in the northwest corner of North Carolina. On this six-day cycling tour guests will explore the rural counties of Watauga, Avery, Ashe and Mitchell, bike the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, and witness the majestic views of surrounding mountains and valleys. Guests will pedal 272+ miles along little-known country roads, past Christmas tree farms, one of the oldest general stores in the South, luxury mountain resorts, rushing waterfalls, college towns, remote mountain villages, and more. Departure dates are scheduled for July 5-11 & 12-18, 2020 and start at $2,645 per person double. An e-bike upgrade can be added for $325. The price includes all lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hour on the first evening, van support, maps, GPS mapping, a mechanic, and two or more experienced guides. For more information, visit https://cycleoflifeadventures.com/north-carolina-high-country. High-Res photos can be downloaded here.
“Day one takes us out of the town of Burnsville and its premiere private golf club community, Mountain Air,” said Elli Sias, Founder of Cycle of Life Adventures. “Next, we pass through the remote town Penland where we will tour one of the country’s oldest arts and crafts school, and then work our way to The Blue Ridge Parkway.”
Day two takes riders past beautiful Christmas tree farms and around Grand Father Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Those who wish can make the challenging climb to the top. From Grandfather Mountain, guests will follow the riverbeds to North Carolina’s ski country, riding in the shadows of Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Seven Devils. Banner Elk, another upscale resort town, provides lodging for the evening.
“As we leave Banner Elk, guests may actually see elk and bear,” said Sias. “The next stop on the tour is Mast General Store, one of the oldest in the South. It was established in 1883 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”
The cycling route takes riders past the bustling college town of Boone, home to Appalachian State. Flatter terrain follows as guests cycle against the flow of the New River in the wooded mountain gaps on the way to the historic towns of Todd and West Jefferson. Evening activities include enjoying hors d’eourves and cocktails while watching fireflies across the valley.
“Day four includes one of the flattest parts of the tour and then we make our way to a southward hop along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock,” said Sias. “Truly deserving of the title ‘Crown of the Blue Ridge,’ guests will find popular family attractions including Tweetsie Railroad, a plethora of unique downtown shops, and outdoor adventures ranging from hiking to spelunking.”
After leaving Blowing Rock, guests cycle on and off the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoying the beauty of The Linville Falls, the magnificent views from the Linville Viaduct, the small villages of Pineola and Crossmore, and ultimately Little Switzerland.
“On our final morning, after a satisfying breakfast we ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Asheville,” said Sias. “You will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment after logging your miles in these beautiful mountains over the last six days.”
About Cycle of Life Adventures: Cycle of Life Adventures offers bicycle tours across the USA including 45-day cross-country tours, 20+ day ‘Epic’ tours, weeklong trips, and four-day “Fundo” adventures. The 2020 tour schedule includes trips all along the East Coast from Maine to the Florida Keys as well as the Texas Hill Country, Colorado Rockies and many more. All trips include guides, hotel accommodations, and van support. Visit http://www.cycleoflifeadventures.com to learn more.