THE FOUR CORNERS TOUR
MIDDLE TO THE TOP BEFORE HEADING RIGHT BACK DOWN AGAIN
WHAT IS IT?
The Four Corners Tour is a two week ride through some of the best scenery and along the best riding roads America has to offer.
Flying into Las Vegas on Saturday ??? October, we'll enjoy two nights in Sin City before picking up the bikes on the Monday morning and riding out of town to take in a clockwise route of the Four Corners area of the mid-west, comprising the States of Colorado, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The trip is for anyone who wants to pack as much as possible into a manageable amount of time. The riding days aren't overly long - tops of about 180 miles - but by focussing on this region of the States you get chance to ride iconic routes such as the longest unbroken stretch of Route 66, the Forrest Gump road near Monument Valley and the famous Million Dollar Highway, as well as get to explore some of the best National Parks in the USA, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Messa Verde and Death Valley.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
There is an element of flexibility built in to the schedule, mainly to allow for changes in the weather, and without a back up van it is expected of riders to be flexible and patient should there be any problems. If riders wish they can make their own pace and even vary their route if desired. This is a guided trip, but riders won't be hand-held and nannied;
The price includes bike rental with maximum level of insurance cover available as well as breakdown cover. Accommodation is provided on a twin room basis, with a single room supplement available below. The price also includes a National Park pass to allow full access to all the great parks we'll be visiting.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Riders will need to bring suitable riding equipment, including jacket, trousers, gloves, boots and helmet.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Due to current situation with Coronavirus I am currently accepting expressions of interest and taking a fully refundable £200 deposit with ongoing assessment of the situation.
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WHY I'VE PUT THIS TRIP ON
In 2020 I will be running my second coast to coast Garbage Run USA, air-freighting 14 customer bikes into New York and being boated out of San Francisco 4 weeks later. This trip comes as a response to the reality that not everyone has a month to spare for a US road trip and so the Four Corners Tour is shorter more concentrated ride of some of the best areas and sights of a cross USA adventure. By renting bikes rather than freighting them in from the UK this also makes for more conveneience and also a great chance to ride something different.
IN A NUTSHELL:
This is a best of the west fully guided US tour, starting and finishing in Las Vegas and taking in the Four Corner area comprising Utah, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, aboard a choice of rental motorcycles.
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Longest unbroken stretch of Route 66
Million Dollar Highway
Two nights in Las Vegas
Saturday - After a night at Haggs Bunk House in Alston, Cumbria, we begin our journey North, aiming for Gretna and beyond that the stunning riding roads up to the Forth of Clyde, bypassing Ayr and making haste for the short ferry from Gourock to Dunoon. This puts us at the foot of the Highlands and the start of our Scottish adventure.
Sunday - After a night in tents at the remote Glendaruel campsite, it's onto Inveraray for breakfast, then on through the Glen of Orchy and into Glencoe for a ride through spectacular surroundings. Various detours can be taken to take in epic loch roads, before Fort William for lunch and on towards the Isle of Skye for our second night of camping.
Monday - The famous Pass of the Cattle is optional this morning, mostly dependant on weather - this is Scotland after all! - with us now well and truly on the NC500 and riding it in a clock-wise direction. We pass under the shadow of Beinn Eighe, aiming for Gairloch and perhaps a group curry in Ullapool. It's not the best but it does the job.
Tuesday - Today we head for the top, aiming first for Lochinver for breakfast, then around the narrow corridor of the Drumbeg loop, back onto the NC500 and up to Durness for the world's best hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain. Loch Eriboll follows - hopefully not behind too many camper vans - before we catch Thurso on the horizon and our night of luxury in a hotel for the night. It's been a good day's riding.
Wednesday - We touch the post at John o'Groats, get our photos taken, before tracing our way down the A9 in the direction of Inverness. It's not a bad road, just watch for the downhill hairpins. The roads that follow into the Cairngorms however are some of the finest, with the village of Braemar serving us fish and chips and a warm camping spot that evening.
Thursday - Bypassing Edinburgh is the only niggle this day, but at least it allows us chance to stop off at the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel. The road out of the capital is as good a moorland road as you've ridden, the destination being the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, hopefully timing it so we can ride across the shallow tides of the causeway for a look around, before heading back to the mainland for nearby accommodation.
Friday - We complete the loop, taking some of Northumberland's best coastal and moorland roads as we head back to Haggs Bank Bunkhouse for a celebratory beer and be going our seperate ways the next morning.
Saturday - As a bonus, I'll be taking anyone who fancies it on a back road route back down to the Peak District, aiming to have you there for 4pm.