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Happy Spring Equinox! Yesterday we got about 6" of wet snow. As you might imagine, our New England winters can be wicked (a uniquely New England modifier) L – O – N – G. It takes a certain amount of naive  optimism to get us through the home stretch, because Mother Nature loves to mess with us. So we look for signs of Spring wherever we can find them. Give us get a reasonably nice day (bright sun, over 40° F, or one out of two), and we’re convinced that Spring is just around the corner. Like crocuses cautiously sticking their heads above ground, New England cyclists cautiously start to show our faces in February and March. Our internal clocks sense the day is approaching when neon-clad riders will suddenly emerge on the road, adding cheerful bursts of color to the long dormant landscape.

Meanwhile, I decided to chronicle some of the beauty of our not-quite-spring season around Easy Rider’s headquarters of Newburyport, Massachusetts. I got this urge when a surprise snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on us about two weeks ago. After shoveling out, I went for a cross-country ski.

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The name of our Alentejo bike tour says it all. Colors of the Alentejo is a reflection of all of the colorful richness embodied in the Alentejo region of Portugal, a treat for the senses in local colors, flavors, and sounds. Fall in the Alentejo brings deep crimson grape vines and golden fields, creating a beautiful backdrop for cycling. Meal time also brings vibrancy in the form of local dishes, many seasoned with bold, crimson paprika. Signature Alentejana dishes are simple and flavorful, bringing together ingredients such as  pork and clams in the classic Alentejo style. Desserts made traditionally from egg yolks and sugar provide a sweet end to simple, rustic meals.

The best part about a bike tour? There's no need to worry about dieting; your exercise is built in, making each meal taste that much better! Throughout our Colors of the Alentejo bike tour, guests get a chance to eat like locals, sampling many Alentejana specialties while staying in one-of-a-kind accommodations, pousadas, hotels created from historical and architectural landmarks. You can still join us for our September 8-15 Alentejo bike tour. Book by August 24 and save 10% (offer only available on new bookings and can not be combined with other discounts). We're also offering an October Alentejo bike tour date. For more information on the Alentejo and all of our Portugal tours, please visit our Portugal Bike Tours page

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Bike Tours in Ireland - Western Shores

Summer has been flying by quickly for us at Easy Rider Tours! We've just returned from our Western Shores tour in the West of Ireland, one of our easiest cycling-wise and one of our favorites, thanks to the beautiful  scenery, traditional music, and top notch hospitality. We've got one more Western Shores bike tour this season, running from September 8-14, and right now you can save 10% by booking before August 24 (valid for new reservations only, can not be combined with other discounts).

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Save on a Bike Tour this September!

For a limited time (August 10 - August 24), all new bookings for our bike tours in Europe, Canada, and New England are on sale for 10% off ($500-$900 per couple). September can be a great time to fit in a last minute summer getaway, and a bike tour vacation is the perfect way to get outdoors, immerse yourself in natural beauty and local flavor, and to return refreshed and ready for a new season. 

The following bike tours have space available.  Contact us today with questions.  Ireland Bike Tours

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The Dog Days of Summer

By Scott Landry

Summer, hot dogs, and cycling. They all came together on June 24, 2012. The idea: ride to hot dog stands along the New England seacoast. On cycle: Gary, Lisa and me. On support (and additional hot dog eaters): Derek and Logan. The ride of the summer was on.

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I led my first Easy Rider bicycle tour in 1995, and it was a delight!  I'd already led several educational tours around Europe with American high school students but that was by bus, so it was a joy to be able to lead a bike tour. The very best way to experience a country and its culture is by bike. By bus, you're removed from the experience, viewing the world through glass. By bike, you're part of the experience, sharing first-hand in all the sights, sounds, smells. This will be my 18th year leading tours, and I still get excited.

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Dining in Catalonia

 An Easy Rider favorite, Els Caçadors is where we begin our Pyrenees to the Sea biking adventure. We enjoy an incredible dinner there featuring lovingly prepared Catalan specialties, such as roast lamb with escalivada (marinated roasted aubergine salad), suquet de peix (a rich hake stew), sauces of alioli, bolets (wild mushrooms), and romesco (almonds, tomatoes, and peppers), and crema Catalana for desert. Cookbooks in Catalonia date back to 1324, so there's a story behind every dish!

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The biking from Easy Rider Tours headquarters in Newburyport, Massachusetts is some of the best  in New England. A short loop ride takes in gently rolling back roads, classic 350-year-old  town greens, Colonial and Federal era architecture, pristine beaches and conservation lands, and unassumingly hip small towns!

Easy Rider’s six-day Coasting New England bike tour travels from Newburyport to Kennebunkport, Maine. While images of Kennebunkport are imprinted on the American consciousness thanks to the Bush family’s summer estate, our lovely hometown of Newburyport, MA, isn’t particularly well known outside of New England. With that in mind, we’d like to share a few of the highlights found along our favorite biking loops, all within 15 to 50 miles of Newburyport. All this and more can be seen on our guided and self-guided Coasting New England tours.

The Tannery, where our office is located, is home to a popular Sunday farmers market. Since moving to Newburyport 19 years ago, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in Community Sustainable Agriculture, public land conservation areas, kayaking, biking and birding (with numerous programs sponsored by the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and Mass Audubon Visitors Center).

Newburyport Farmers Market
 
Farmers market bread

Essex County Greenbelt Association Reservation

Just across the street is the broad Merrimac River, which fueled the mills of  the industrial revolution. Three miles downstream is the Atlantic Ocean and Plum Island, a long barrier island of marshes and sand dunes. Plum Island is a major bird stopover on the East Coast Flyway, and draws many visitors during the warbler migration.






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New England bike tour guide

 

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Easy Rider Tours Named Leading US-Based Bike Tour Outfitter by Frommer’s Spain 2012

Six different itineraries for Spain bike tours give travel and cycling enthusiasts a variety of options all combining natural beauty, history, food, wine, and culture.

Pyrenees bike tour

Easy Rider Tours has been named the leading US-based bike tour outfitter by Frommer’s Spain 2012. We've  kicked off our 27th season of tours, and there's still time to book a bike tour in Europe, Canada, or New England for this year. 

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