GENERAL TRIP INFORMATION

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Trip Support and Bike and Barge Cycling

Suzie and Roger Knable, pride themselves in offering a personally hosted and service oriented tour. They are your tour hosts and ride leaders on every trip.

A Bike and the Like- Bike and Barge Day- never typical:

Coffee is usually waiting for those early risers in the common area at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast is served by 8 a.m. and we enjoy our meal, like Europeans, leisurely until 8:45. During breakfast we pack our "picnic-style" lunch and load it into our bike pannier. By 9:00ish we assemble on the sundeck to unlock and distribute bikes... and - we're off.

The unusual and quite social practice of cycling as a group is unique to Bike and Barge trips and bonds our group from Day One. As customary, with Suzie at the helm, our group cycles together-stretching out with safe following distance. As days progress, the cyclists grow more accustomed to cycling in this manner and find where in the group they are most comfortable.

We enjoy a leisurely (smell the roses) sightseeing pace of 8-10 mph on mostly level terrain. We regroup lots along our typical 25-30 mile route at convenient locations for picture taking and to give group members a rest for bathroom, snack and water. Roger is our "ride sweep" keeping us together, monitoring our well-being and helping with any bicycle maintenance along the way.

Suzie's affinity for adventure and "nooks and crannies" routes pushes her to search out beautiful landscapes and interesting visits for us "off the beaten path".

We arrive onboard typically around 4 p.m., lock our bikes, and enjoy afternoon relaxation, refreshments and social time.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, we have a short meeting to discuss the next day's itinerary, address any issues, and then you are free to enjoy the rest of the evening. We have one night free so folks can enjoy dinner on the town. Many evenings we take an evening stroll.

Your Trip Fee

What your trip fee includes is specifically listed on each trip's webpage. There is no fine-print in what we offer our cyclists, and as cycling advocates we try to offer a "deluxe tour" at a reasonable price.

As with all trips, you should be prepared for incidental costs such as but not limited to, transportation to and from the trip start, a dinner-out not included, excursions not listed, entertainment, etc.

Trip fees are based on double occupancy. If you are coming to the trip without a travel partner we try our best to match you with a roommate. Bike and the Like reserves the right to make changes, deletions and modifications in lodging, food, and itinerary items as it deems necessary to fit the cost of the trip and/or improve the comfort and safety of the participants.

Bike and the Like is also not responsible for expenses not specified as included in the trip fee.

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To enjoy a bicycle tour…

Suzie and Roger love cycling and tout it as the best way of traveling. After 20 years of creating, participating in and hosting bicycle events and tours, we find that active people of all ages with good basic cycling skills, can enjoy a vacation by bike.

The key to enjoyment of your tour is "preparation". A cycling tour where you are pedaling for 4 hours a day- even at a comfortable recreational pace with lots of stops- requires a level of stamina.

Those that stay in shape with regular fitness routines and spin classes have a great head start. The next step to guarantee a "fun" tour is training- getting out on your bike both on safe road and trail to get the cycling miles and handling experience under your belt.

Let us know how we can help- especially if this is your first tour by bike. As past cycling instructors, we have lots of great ideas to help you get ready for your trip.

Boat and Accommodations

Starting in 2019 we will be hosting tours on the Passengership Flora.

This is the new ship of our friend and captain, Berthus Van Den Berg and his wife, Jonne. Together with our cook, Anne Marie, we form an enthusiastic friendship and working relationship. Our goal is that you feel welcomed onboard as part of the Flora family.

The Flora as well as Sarah and Allure boats are appointed with cosy double-occupancy rooms with private baths and beds on the floor, spacious salons for eating and socializing, and outside decks where you can enjoy a drink and admire lovely views of the water.

Please see the trip's web page for description of the barge's accommodations.

Meals

We understand the importance of good foods and the energy they supply for a healthy day of cycling. Also, mealtimes are a wonderful opportunity for our cyclists to socialize.

Our breakfasts are usually full European meals including eggs, yogurt, high quality cereals and oatmeal, fresh fruit, homemade breads and pastries, etc.

At breakfast there is an offering of meats, cheeses, spreads like peanut butter and bread to make sandwiches. Along with fruit, cookie and drink we pack this for our picnic lunch to be enjoyed along the cycling route.

Our dinners are full hearty meals proudly created by Anne Marie. We ALWAYS try our best to accommodate dietary preferences. Every trip features a "night off" so our guests can feel free to experience the local restaurants.

Please see the trip webpage for those meals included with your trip fee.

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Bicycles and Training for the Trip

All Bike and Barge tours include the use of a hybrid bicycle, pannier and water bottle in your trip fee.

We ask that you bring your own helmet as it is sized for best protection of your head. We offer a few "universal" helmets but this is just for emergencies. We know that the head is very vulnerable if you should experience a fall from your bike and only a well-fitting bike helmet is best protection.

Our prime concern (along with your enjoyment of the trip) is your safety. Therefore in your trip "Welcome Letter" sent upon registration, we include a section on how to train, "Bike and the Like-Bicycle Safety" rules of the road, and reference to various you tube videos and websites about cycling in the Netherlands and other European countries we travel.

WEATHER and What to Pack

April and May during our Tulip Tours are beautiful months to enjoy the Netherlands. You'll experience all kinds of weather in Spring- days that are cool and rainy combined with warm days and brilliant sun. This combination gives you- FLOWERS!

Our June trips like the 2019- Peek into Germany Tour- feature little rain and long warm days with sunset around 10 p.m.

Our trips along the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers are featured during late summer to fall. Summer weather boasts longer days and warm temperatures around 70-80 degrees. Fall is a colorful season bringing cooler temperatures between 60-70 degrees daytime to high 50 degrees at night. From August until end of October you'll find the lowest chance of significant precipitation in these river valleys.

Of course, Mother Nature is still in charge of the weather and we don't presume to guarantee a weather perfect vacation. Cyclists are always welcome to stay onboard and sail to the next destination if they are not happy with weather on a particular day.

When you register for a trip, we will confirm with an e-mail that has attached to it your specific trip's Welcome Letter that contains many pre-trip details, including a detailed checklist of suggested clothing to pack for cycling in all variables of weather.

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Specific Trip Information

When we receive your registration and deposit, we will confirm with an e-mail and a Welcome Letter attachment.

That letter will contain lots of pre-trip information including- how and when to get to the tour start, arrival and departure trip area information including lodging suggestions, tips on finding airfare values, packing suggestions and necessary items, how to get ready physically for the trip, cycling web sites for touring information, etc.

We always welcome your e-mails and calls if you have any questions or concerns not addressed in our web site or Welcome Letter. Suzie is a call or email away!

Transportation

How to get to the trip destination, along with information on shuttle service and train service from airports is included in the trip Welcome Letter mentioned above. Because you are flying from different areas to the trip start - we leave it up to our participants to make their own arrangements for airfare.

Please contact us, as we always have good ideas and lots of information to help you make your travel plans.

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Reservations

Please contact Suzie and Roger to find out whether there is a space open for your chosen tour. We respond usually within the day your e-mail. If space should be available, we will direct you to our reservations page where you'll find a link to our Registration/Waiver Form as well as an outline of our cancellation policies.

Bike and the Like is glad to hold your space for 7 days pending the arrival of the Registration form and deposit. We always maintain a wait list as cancellations do occur.