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    Jan 2004

    Where to go: Late January not far from New England bike trip

    My wife wants to send me on a 5 day bike trip in late January for my birthday. I am thinking someplace in the southwest. I don't need hot, just shorts and a long sleeve and I am happy. I will probably end up going solo so it would be great to be at some little place that caters to bikers so I can have a beer with some other riders in the evenings.

    It would also be great to be based in one place, not need to drive every day.

    Any suggestions? Ideally a direct flight from Boston or Providence.

    Only boring people get bored.

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    Even the southern tier of the US has winter (of sorts) in January.
    For example, here are some temperature stats from the Sedona airport in January.
    Seems Phoenix would be your target airport for that part of the world.

    SoCal people? Palm Springs? San Diego?

    What a great present; your wife is a sweetie!

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    My wife and I spend January

    in Sedona. It is perfect. Great riding and scenery. Feel free to hit me up for a tour. Harry

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    Where to go: Late January not far from New England bike trip

    Phoenix. Easy to get to. South Mountain Park is thirty minutes from the airport. The resorts and hotels are more expensive in January, though. Not crazy expensive, just more expensive. You could ride near Phoenix for three to five days in and around metro area and get 40 miles per day without hitting same area twice (McDowell Mountain Park, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Black Canyon Trail, SoMo, and Phoenix Mountain Preserve). Plus you could scope out logistics for a future longer stay in Sedona with a day-trip..... would be a long hard day but still day-trippable and awesome riding, and pretty simple first timer. PM me if you decide on AZ and I'll show you some good stuff around Fountain Hills. (And, Harry, I may take you up on a tour of Sedona sometime, too - it's been over ten years since I rode there).

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