“The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page” – St. Augustine
To fully appreciate the world, one must travel. Sure, one can take in nature’s beauty through pictures and videos; however, according to St. Augustine that will still leave you stuck on page one. It’s time to turn those pages and experience life to the fullest. And certain places just need to be seen from the saddle of your bicycle, so here are 5 places to add to your cycling bucket list:
The Island of Tasmania in Australia:
Tasmania is a touring cyclist’s dream, it’s as simple as that. Smooth roads meet stunning views and free camping. Additionally, Tasmania offers endless views of the sea and a multitude of bakeries to satisfy your mid-day treat hankering. And of course, let’s not forget about the wildlife.
The Dolomites in Italy:
There is no way to describe the thrill of riding through a mountain range. Taking in breathtaking views while inhaling the fresh mountain air comes second to none, especially when said mountain range is located in northern Italy. The Dolomites offer 6500+ feet peaks as well as the stunning Seiser Alm, the largest Alpine meadows in all of Italy.
Zagora to Tafraoute in Morocco:
Imagine sand dunes towering close to 1000 feet above your head, then couple that with the images of a lush oasis and incredible nature and you’ve got the beauty that is southern Morocco. While this location offers astonishing cycling routes that should be taken in in all their glory, the desert around Zagora in particular is worth exploring as well. Tip: if you want to experience the almond trees (yes, there are almond trees) in full bloom, plan your trip around February.
The Molesworth Road in New Zealand:
New Zealand has a lot to offer in terms of cycling; however, Molesworth Road is certainly one to add to your bucket list. With that being said, it’s important to note that although this road is a must, it’s certainly not an easy ride. You’ll run into dirt roads; however, there are cold streams and campsites available at each end of the road as well as surreal views of farmland. Additionally, there are hot springs calling your name at the road’s southern tip – the hot springs of Hanmer.
Eastern Oregon in America:
If you’re looking for a cycling spot that’ll allow you to instantly de-stress while reconnecting with yourself and reflecting on life, grab your bike and head over to eastern Oregon. Route 395 will take you through the heart of Oregon’s desert, allowing you to be one with your thoughts while soaking up the stunning scenery that surrounds you. You’ll be able to see Abert Rim, which is one of the highest fault scarps in the US, and treat yourself to an authentic slice of apple pie at the local rest stop.