The ground is covered in ugly snow, but The Mechanic and I are looking ahead to spring and getting ready to sell our road bikes.
I am sad to let this bike go, but thinking about it’s replacement, a folding bike of some kind, also means thinking about warmer weather, and all the potential trips we’ll be taking with folding bikes. And that always brings me back to our wonderful honeymoon bike tour. I really can’t wait to do another trip like that! I frequently find myself on the TripSite.com website, longingly reading itineraries and gazing at romantic destination photos. There’s the Danube Bike Path: Vienna to Budapest tour; the Passau to Budapest tour; the Magic of Croatia tour; anything in the Netherlands; anything in Germany; and some lovely tours in England, such as the Shakespeare’s Country tour….. the list goes on and on. Sometimes I look for short, inexpensive trips we could do easily, just fly in, bike around, and fly home. No need to make it into a huge trip! But then I get hung up on the cost of airfare. Sigh.
I have to dream about bike tours through European countryside, full of fragrant flowers and trees, with small pubs and cafes dotting our path, and a warm, gentle breeze guiding our way. It’s not very pretty around here these days. Despite the (somewhat alarming) warming temperatures, there is enough ugly snow piled up to last at least another week, if not longer.
This is the time when we should be flying to some tropical island, the way most normal snow weary people do, but no, we are counting down the weeks to our trip to Iceland! Yes, that’s right – we yet again travel someplace cold and dark while the weather at home is… cold and dark. But we are aiming for the end of the Northern Lights season, so if we see those, the trip will be worth it! I’m sure we’ll have a fantastic time either way – a new country is always fun to explore, regardless of the weather.
Regarding United States traveling, though, we are contemplating visiting The Mechanic’s father later this spring. He lives near the Missouri-Arkansas border, an area I am not familiar with. Because we are considering folding bikes, I discovered that Bentonville, AR, has almost 20 miles of bike trails, the Bentonville Trail System. Seems like the perfect place to putter around on folding bikes – not so challenging that we’d want something sportier – and new scenery. Technically speaking, we’ve been to Bentonville before, but it was right before Christmas a few years ago and miserably cold. Returning during the aforementioned warmer temperatures, with fragrant flowers and trees, and warm breezes, is what makes this seem so appealing. And how fun to bike in a new state! I feel like folding bikes opens up a world of bike travel.
Are you planning bike trips for 2016? Where will you go, and will you take your own bike?