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    Default Kayaking/Biking while road tripping

    While reading WorldRiders2's Odyssey, I got bit by the travel bug and decided that I, too, would like to get out there and see the USA and meet all the wonderful people that are out there and renew my faith in mankind. Although I'm not as adventurous as Pat & Cat and don't plan on riding my bike around the world as they did, I would like to take my bike and kayak and travel by car and check out bike paths and kayaking spots across the country. Maybe also find a great place to spend my retirement years.

    So, I was just wondering if anybody else has done such a trip and if so, what tips or special places to bike/kayak they could suggest. (note: we aren't extreme mountain bikers or whitewater kayakers)

    My husband and I won't be taking this trip for a few years yet, as we are still both working. Our plan is to do this as soon as we retire, but I thought I could at least start planning and have a dream and goal.

    Thank you.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default One of the Great Ways to Travel

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    When I was a bit younger (how much so, I won't say) I used to take most of my exploration RoadTrips with my bike strapped to the back of the car. This allowed me to just change transportation modes whenever the mood or the countryside called for it. I'm not a kayaker. I could never keep one upright, so I prefer canoes. Some of the places where I've most enjoyed all three modes: driving, biking and canoeing, are the Maritimes of Canada and the far Downeast coast of Maine, the Delmarva Peninsula, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. What these all have in common is that they are along the Atlantic Flyway, a natural migration route for birds that features basically flat terrain, waterways, and an abundance of National Wildlife Refuges. Depending on where you're located and where you're travelling, I'd bet you could find similar resources along the Mississippi and Pacific flyways as well.

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    There are some sea kayaking locations in California.

    I'd suggest hiring a guide for their knowledge and your safety.

    The Channel Islands National Park has some interesting kayaking.

    Morro Bay along the central California coast has some quiet water in the
    bay and estuary.

    Monterey Bay is another popular area. You'll be guaranteed to see sea
    lions and otters. You need to be aware of federal laws about harassing
    sea mammals. One outfitter is Monterey Bay Kayaks.

    Also nearby Monterey, are the quiet waters of Elkhorn Slough. Otters
    often hang out in the slough.

    There is kayaking in San Francisco Bay, but the currents and waves
    can get pretty nasty sometimes. California Canoe and Kayak is one
    outfitter in the SF Bay area.

    Further north from San Francisco, is Tomales Bay next to Point Reyes National Seashore.

    There's whitewater kayaking and rafting on the rivers that drain the
    western Sierras. Rivers like the Merced, Tuolumne, Kern, and American
    are popular rivers. Whitewater rafting with an outfitter is popular.
    The months of May and June have the best water.

    As far as cycling goes, the Solvang area has some of the best road
    cycling in California. The Discovery Channel professional cycling team
    trains here in preparation for the pro season. In March, the Solvang
    is one of the most popular organized centuries in the state.

    Have fun and be safe.

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    Default Kayaking/biking while road tripping

    Thank you AZ Buck and Roadie for your valuable information. I will keep your information in mind as I make my plans. It sounds like you both have visited some interesting places. My husband and I both enjoy nature and finding unique places to bike and kayak.

    We're from the East Coast (Pennsylvania) and have done some traveling, but not much within the USA.

    Thanks again.

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