Odyssey Segment 3 – To the Gulf Coast
October 2 - 12, 2019
(11 days, 10 nights; Wed - Sat)Alternate Tour Dates
Price good until March 15, 2019 Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Bryson City, NC
Timberline van shuttle can be requested from Asheville Regional Airport to Bryson City. NC. The tour terminates in New Orleans and a Timberline shuttle will be available directly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after the tour. However we recommend enjoying New Orleans for a couple days after the tour.
Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.
Asheville Regional Airport 2:00PM, Bryson City, NC hotel 4:00PM
As a child growing up in Northern New York, I would watch the traffic travel along Main Street, wondering where the cars came from and where they were going. Eventually I learned that our Main St. was US Highway 11 that runs from the Canadian border all the way down to New Orleans! The idea to cycle this entire distance has been ruminating ever since, and now the research and scouting has been done. From the French speaking province of Quebec to the French Quarter in New Orleans, this route will traverse the country in a SW line through undulating prairie, rolling mountains, winding river valleys, bayous, bistros and bungalows. The tour will be separated into 3 sections, with a layover day between sections. We start on the northern edge of New York, then continue onto the famous Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. This segment will bring us back to Route 11 as we continue SW through the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi, to cross Lake Pontchartrain and enter the vibrant city of New Orleans and its cultural hub in the French Quarter.
Segment three will bring us into a different world as we exit Tennessee to traverse Alabama and Mississippi. We’ll experience rural southern hospitality and have miles of well maintained, gently rolling roads to carry us ever farther south. The state of Alabama has more varied geography than is obvious, with deep forests to open prairie, mountain rock outcrops, and water. Did you know that one fifth of all the fresh water in the USA flows through Alabama’s rivers, streams and lakes? By the time we enter Mississippi the roads will have become broad and flat. Before we know it, we’ll be enjoying our last celebratory dinner together at a bayou B&B on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain. On our last day we cross the last miles of Route 11 that comes to an unceremonious end at route 90, which we will follow into the heart of New Orleans. The cycling tour ends here, in the melting pot of French, African and American cultures with round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music and spicy, singular cuisine. Why not stay a day or two to enjoy?
|Day 22||Orientation in Bryson City, NC|
|Day 23||Madisonville, TN||85|
|Day 24||Chattanooga, TN||70|
|Day 25||Reese City, AL||85|
|Day 26||Birmingham, AL||62|
|Day 27||Alpine Hills, AL||55|
|Day 28||Livingstone, AL||70|
|Day 29||Laurel, MS||85|
|Day 30||Poplarville, MS||70|
|Day 31||Slidell, LA||62|
|Day 32||The French Quarter, New Orleans, LA||35|