So, we are in the research phase of planning a cycling tour with the parents. We can do this trip anytime between about June and October. We had originally planned to ride some of the Route Verte in Quebec. But, we've learned that moving their recumbent trikes via airplane or shipping is going to cost about $800 no matter how we slice and dice it. And, it appears there are more unpaved sections to the paths than we anticipated.
Soooooo.....we are looking at other options. We have 3 things on the table in addition to the Route Verte that might be good, but I thought I'd query the masses of cyclists and see if there is something totally great we are overlooking.
Here are the criteria:
-Driving distance of 2 days or less from the Bay Area
-Paved Class 1 paths and/or quiet roads with wide shoulder/bike lane (5' min) most of the way
-Starting and ending in the same place or "hub and spoke"
-Route distance between 200-350 miles
-Regular hotel/motel/b&b/dining accommodations available no more than about 50 miles apart if it is a loop ride.
-Less than 4,000 feet of climbing per 100 miles, and ideally no extended grades over 7%. The flatter, the better.
-Preferably routes are not at elevation, but this is not mandatory