The Santa Fe Trail Bicycle Trek is a bi-annual bicycle tour that follows roughly the same route as the old Santa Fe Trail. It begins in Santa Fe, New Mexico and heads northwest through Colorado and Kansas, before ending in New Franklin, Missouri.
The Trek doesn't follow the Santa Fe Trail exactly, because the exact route is either lost or on private land, but follows it as closely as possible while keeping to paved public roads. The route is approximately 1100 miles in length, with and average daily distance of around 65 miles. Riders take a day off every fifth or sixth day to rest and explore sites along the trail.
This is a supported tour, with rider's gear being hauled by truck, and camping each night in communities along the way. All meals are served in either schools, universities, catered etc. No cooking is required in camps.
The Santa Fe Trail Bicycle Trek takes place every other year, and participation is capped at 50 riders.
The Santa Fe Trail Bicycle Treks are endorsed by the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Trail Association as an appropriate non-profit educational and recreational event that is in keeping with the resource protection and public use objectives of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
(Also, from the same event organizer, is the annual Santa Fe Century ... there's some beautiful cycling country there!)
Web Site: santafetrailbicycletrek.com
|09-08-2013||Santa Fe Trail Bicycle Trek - A bi-annual bicycle tour that follows roughly the same route as the old Santa Fe Trail, beginning in Santa Fe, New Mexico and heading northwest through Colorado and Kansas, before ending in New Franklin, Missouri.|