Adventure Trips: Historically, Discovery Bicycle Tours has offered high-end, inn-to-inn, van-supported bicycle tours. Now, we offer you a new style of touring called “Adventure Trips.” These are for riders who appreciate a more gritty and rustic travel experience. The routes focus on remote, off-road surfaces, often involving gravel, dirt, and single-track. Guests camp in tents, with only an occasional night indoors. Guests provide their own bicycles and are responsible for their own basic bike maintenance, such as fixing flats and cleaning and lubing chains. Guests also provide their own camping gear. When available, riders will dine in restaurants, supplemented by meals prepared by an on-staff cook. A van will be available to ferry gear and food. However, the van’s purpose is not to serve as a sag vehicle, as riders are expected to pedal every mile.
Our first Adventure trip, the Green Mountain Gravel Adventure, is arguably one of the best adventure routes in the northeast. It's based on a route created by Joe Cruz and Logan Watts from bikepacking.com, with some Discovery additions. You pedal 250 challenging miles and climb nearly 22,000 feet. Nearly 70% of the route is off-road — ranging from well-maintained gravel roadways, to barely maintained Class IV dirt lanes, to super fun single-track. If you appreciate the challenge of gritty off-road riding, then this route is for you!
You start and end in Burlington, and pass through quaint New England villages, rolling farmland, and forested trails — including scenic red barns, covered bridges, and classic Holstein cattle. And if you like brews, you are in for a treat! As Vermont proudly holds the title of “Craft Beer Capital of the U.S.,” there will be a ton of opportunities along the route to relish your favorite liquids.
(Note: The Vermont Brewers Festival, which is held at the Burlington Waterfront Park, runs from July 17-18, 2020. Plan your travels accordingly.)