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TDA's Great American Roadtrip 2021

A ride to discover America, from coast to coast, from the beautiful to the bizarre. A one of a kind experience.

RIDERS AND STAFF

Ryan Rice

Bike Mechanic

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Ryan Rice

Bike Mechanic
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Is there a more challenging, charming, or humbling way to travel the World and discover it’s people and treasures? If there is, I haven’t come across it yet, and perhaps I wish not to. I have been a bicycle mechanic for over ten years and it has led me towards new adventures and friendships. Here’s to clean and lubed chains, straight wheels, and a comfy saddle! See you on the next adventure!

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Miles MacDonald

Chef

Santa Monica to Austin

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Miles MacDonald

Chef
Santa Monica to Austin

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Shanny Hill

Chef

Austin to Savannah

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Shanny Hill

Chef
Austin to Savannah

Canada

“I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world. I learn so much each time I travel and with each new project and new tour we launch.”

I first found a TDA brochure when I was a sales manager at Duke's Cycle in Toronto. I met Henry and convinced him to give me a job in the office. That was over a decade ago now.

My love of all things bicycle started when I was in high school: I lived in the country and my friends were six kilometres away, in town. A bike was the easiest way to meet up with them on weekends. This started my interest in cycle touring and I did my first big trip at age 17 with some friends—a month of biking around Lake Erie, covering 3,400 kilometres from our hometown Kirkland Lake, in Northern Ontario.

Some of my favourite TDA travel memories are from Kyrgyzstan. Also Ethiopia, as well as France. And of course can't forget Namibia, and Ireland, and, well...

I love to travel and I feel very fortunate to have had an eclectic mix of travel experiences. Whether it’s trying fermented mare's milk in a yurt in Kyrgyzstan, eating “spagbol” prepared by our talented tour chefs after a long day of riding, sipping strong espresso in Venice, or sitting street-side for lunch in Paris, my travels always have food at their centre. Food and cycling—the combination can't be beat!

Working with TDA is all about variety—food, cycling, challenge, problem-solving, meeting people from all over the world, getting a glimpse into the way others live elsewhere and gaining knowledge from them, and learning to be humble.

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Cycling, photographing, video-ing, and traveling -- what could be better?! I cherish the adventures that TDA has taken me on over the last few years, and am so thrilled to tell the stories of these rides. If you've been on a ride with myself or another content creator, you know that we need your help in telling these stories as a means to capture the essence of the ride, and as a memento for you to look back on. You may see me riding passenger in the support vehicle to shoot some cool videos tracking riders down the road, or popping out of the bushes to snap a candid shot, or (at times) riding alongside you. And, as always, I'll periodically ask some of you for short interviews to hear your thoughts on all of the good, bad and amazing aspects of the ride. See you on the road!

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Yanez Novoa

Chef

Roswell to Savannah

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Yanez Novoa

Chef
Roswell to Savannah

South Africa

Oh to be on the road again. I am still suffering from a bit of cabin fever from the last few years and am excited to join you all in Buenos Aires.

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Sheelagh Daly

Tour Leader Trainee

New Orleans to Savannah

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Sheelagh Daly

Tour Leader Trainee
New Orleans to Savannah

Canada

Hey there! I'm Sheelagh. My two favourite things are bike touring and making videos about bike touring... maybe that's one thing ;) I have absolutely loved bike touring on my own and I am so excited to be a part of others' bike touring adventures as a member of the TDA team. My bike touring videos on YouTube: youtube.com/sheelaghdaly

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Mark Brandjord

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Mark Brandjord

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Hi, I'm Mark. I live near Seattle Washington, and I'm retired. I worked as a software developer for over 30 years, and I've been retired since 2013. I am looking forward to this ride because every day I'll get to ride down a road I've never been on before, and I'll get to experience so many new sights, sounds and tastes. And the frosting on the cake will be getting to share the day with so many other people who enjoy cycling as much as I do.

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Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

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Rider

Santa Monica to Roswell

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Rider
Santa Monica to Roswell

United States

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Pixy Elliott

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Pixy Elliott

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Completed several solo self supported bike tours in the US and Canada.

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Don Holshuh

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Don Holshuh

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

I participated in the 2018 Tour d’ Afrique as a proud certifiable non-EFI (every fucking inch) rider. I am also the president and founder of the 2018 Tour d’ Afrique Wimp Club where our motto is “ When in doubt, hotel it out” and “ We didn’t come to Africa to do our own laundry”. Looking forward to meeting a new group of riders.

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Geoff Clow

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Geoff Clow

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

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John Karwoski

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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John Karwoski

I enjoy bicycling, camping, and hiking. Looking forward to sharing adventures on this tour with new and old friends.

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Henry Gold

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Henry Gold

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

Founder, TDA Global Cycling

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Wayne Grover

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Wayne Grover

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

Wayne Grover is a retired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, his professional life encompassed time with the military, with Bell North Research as a Research Engineer, then as founding VP Research for TRLabs, and as a full Professor (ECE) at the University of Alberta. He has over 150 peer-reviewed published articles, one book, and 38 patented inventions. Among other awards and recognitions he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Commonwealth Scholar to the UK, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Life Fellow of the Alberta Association of Professional Engineers, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Professor Emeritus University of Alberta. As a cyclist, he is a past Hawaii Ironman and an Alumni of five other TDA rides before Trans Europa. From July to December last year he rode 14,500 km from Fairbanks, Alaska to the Panama Canal, accompanying fellow TDA Alumnus Bob Fletcher as he set the Guinness World Record for the longest e-bike ride to date. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his wife Jutta. Their son, Ted lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

I am a retired public health nurse and live in Juneau, Alaska. I’ve done several TDA tours with my husband Neil.

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Looking forward to slowly making my way across Korea and Japan (2024) and Morocco (2026) with a fabulous group of people.

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Susan Rankin

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Susan Rankin

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Love cycling. Totally over pandemic isolation. Let's do this!

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Tom Perlmutter

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Tom Perlmutter

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

This will be my fourth TDA tour. The first was in 2019, Tour d'Afrique, the last full one before Covid. It was exhilarating and somewhat addictive. After a year and a half of confinement I was happy to jump on a bike and do TDA's inaugural Great American Road Trek. I did North America in 2022 and looking to complete the hemisphere with the South America tour.

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Mayumi Stroy

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Mayumi Stroy

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

55 year old who enjoys bicycle touring, traveling, hiking, and downhill and xc skiing. Lives in Soda Springs, CA. This will be my forth trip with TDA - 2020 Tour d’Afrique, 2021 Great American Road Trip, and 2022 Bamboo Road. Down time activities includes cooking, eating, listening to music, watching futbol, and reading. This trip is the top of my bucket list and I can’t wait to explore that same areas that Genghis Khan and Marco Polo traveled. What adventures we will have!

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Erika Lindquist

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Erika Lindquist

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Retired biology scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

This will be my 12th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden all or part of the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique, the Trans Oceania, the Odyssey, the North American Epic, the South American Epic and the Great American Roadtrip . I retired eight years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and travelling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Nicholas Beardow

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Nicholas Beardow

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United Kingdom

I have completed three TDA tours and loved all of them. Although I travelled extensively in South America, I have never cycled there, so this will be another new adventure. I live and work in Singapore.

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Rita Tellerman

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Rita Tellerman

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Hi! My name is Rita and I am a retired Public Health Nutritionist living in New York City. I can’t wait for the next TDA adventure. Since I started cycling at 49 and doing lots of bike trips to see the world, , I have ALWAYS and continue to be the oldest woman on each and every tour. My message to anyone who might consider it a barrier… don’t … just do it and you’ll have the time of your life.

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David Stein

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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David Stein

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Ex nerd, now older and cantankerous. This is my third TDA trip -- I very much enjoyed the Great American Roadtrip in 2021 and the Golden Buddha in 2023.

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Richard Morneau

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Richard Morneau

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

I am looking forward to this great trip which should provide various beautiful landscapes, and, perhaps, meet again friends I made on previous TDA’ trips.

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Fred Stanton

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Fred Stanton

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Of interest might be: I bicycled to every place I ever worked, not every day but every place. I live near Chicago so winters can be challenging. My Facebook page has very brief summaries and maps of my prior international bicycle trips.

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Peter Millikan

Rider

Flagstaff to Savannah

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Peter Millikan

Rider
Flagstaff to Savannah

United States

I am 75, a retired emergency physician, married since 1973, three children and five grand children, living north of Seattle on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. Travel highlights: half year backpacking and tent camping in East Africa and South America, four weeks trekking in Nepal, half year living in Andalusia, Camino de Santiago on mountain bike, road bike trips from Seattle to Bath, Maine, Natchez Trace, Seattle to San Francisco via Oregon Coast, TDA Transeuropa, TDA Odyssey, TDA North American Epic (Banff to Yuma), mountain bike trips in Northern Rockies, around Moab, and various rides around California and Washington with friends, bike clubs or solo. I've summited the volcanic peaks in the Cascades as well as Mt Whitney. Besides hiking and biking I like windsurfing and skiing. I can say a few things in Spanish or Russian.

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Brian McCloskey

Rider

Flagstaff to Austin

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Brian McCloskey

Rider
Flagstaff to Austin

United States

My wife Karen and I reside along the seacoast north of Boston. I've previously enjoyed experiences with TDA riding sections of the GART tour in 2021; a section of the 2023 NA Epic from Banff to Helena last fall; pedaling across Rajasthan Province on the Hippie Trail last February and most recently riding on TDA's Trans Himalaya. As always I am looking forward to reuniting with old friends and exploring new and exciting landscapes and cultures.

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Karen McCloskey

Rider

Flagstaff to Roswell

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Karen McCloskey

Rider
Flagstaff to Roswell

United States

I am excited to reconnect with some of our 2021 GART riders and meet a whole new group of cycling adventurers.

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Jackie Silverberg

Rider

Austin to Savannah

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Jackie Silverberg

Rider
Austin to Savannah

Canada

I’m a retired high school teacher . Im very fit and love riding my bike . I have done a few vehicle supported trips . I have ridden in Patagonia , the Atlas Mountains , Rwanda and Uganda , Laos, Thailand ,and Borneo .Road Egypt and Sudan., southern US and Transoceania with TDA

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Katie Wittmann

Rider

Austin to New Orleans

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Katie Wittmann

Rider
Austin to New Orleans

Canada

I love riding my bicycle, and commute by bike all year round. I used to compete in triathlons, but these days my cycling adventures are mostly touring trips. Outside of this tour, my regular work is also cycling-related, but on the infrastructure planning side of things.

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Emily Currie

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Emily Currie

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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Judith Gold

Rider

Roswell to New Orleans

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Judith Gold

Rider
Roswell to New Orleans

Canada

I am a casual cyclist, but I have been planning this trip for 20 years, ever since the first TDA ride. Finally, kids grown, retired, post COVID, and after riding half of the Great American Road Trip in 2021, and the full Bamboo Road in 2022, I feel ready to take this on (but not that ready). I am married to Gonzalo Pastor, who is also coming, and even less of a cyclist than me. So together with the sweep, we will be the last coming in, but hopefully always with a smile.

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John Hemmen

Rider

Austin to Savannah

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John Hemmen

Rider
Austin to Savannah

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, Pub Ride, and NAE tours previously with TDA.

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Dianna Hand

Rider

New Orleans to Savannah

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Dianna Hand

Rider
New Orleans to Savannah

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Mark Brandjord

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

 

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Santa Monica to Savannah

 

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Santa Monica to Roswell

Pixy Elliott

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

Don Holshuh

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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"The tour was challenging, exhilarating and just plain fun."

"I loved pedaling across the spectacular southwestern US with it's big sky and unique desert terrain. The combination of a fantastic support crew that was 100% invested in making the experience safe and rewarding, coupled with the diverse group of riders made for a magical experience."

OVERVIEW TDA'S GREAT AMERICAN ROADTRIP 2021


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • TDA'S GREAT AMERICAN ROADTRIP
  • RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
  • TRUTH, CONSEQUENCES & UFOS
  • LONE STAR STATE
  • CAJUN COUNTRY
  • GULF COAST & DEEP SOUTH
  • SANTA MONICA TO SAVANNAH
  • SANTA MONICA TO FLAGSTAFF
  • FLAGSTAFF TO ROSWELL
  • ROSWELL TO AUSTIN
  • AUSTIN TO NEW ORLEANS
  • NEW ORLEANS TO SAVANNAH
  • SEP 19 TO NOV 18
  • SEP 19 TO SEP 29
  • OCT 1 TO OCT 11
  • OCT 13 TO OCT 24
  • OCT 26 TO NOV 4
  • NOV 7 TO NOV 18
  • USD 13900
  • USD 3200
  • USD 3500
  • USD 3700
  • USD 3700
  • USD 3500
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • TDA'S GREAT AMERICAN ROADTRIP
    • SANTA MONICA TO SAVANNAH
    • SEP 19 TO NOV 18
    • 13900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
    • SANTA MONICA TO FLAGSTAFF
    • Sep 19 - Sep 29
    • 3200 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • TRUTH, CONSEQUENCES & UFOS
    • FLAGSTAFF TO ROSWELL
    • Oct 1 - Oct 11
    • 3500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • LONE STAR STATE
    • ROSWELL TO AUSTIN
    • Oct 13 - Oct 24
    • 3700 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • CAJUN COUNTRY
    • AUSTIN TO NEW ORLEANS
    • Oct 26 - Nov 4
    • 3700 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 5
    • GULF COAST & DEEP SOUTH
    • NEW ORLEANS TO SAVANNAH
    • Nov 7 - Nov 18
    • 3500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$500 if full payment is received by April 19. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

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