European Bicycle Tours

Europe, with its rich culture and heritage, has been the Mecca for travelers since the earliest of times. With cities that offer mild weather and picturesque charm to the snowy Alpine slopes and immortal Mediterranean shores, Europe is an explorer? S delight.

The first bicycles were invented and used in Europe, as early as 1818 and with European colonization, the ingenious machine became popular around the world. People went around the entire continent on bicycles, exploring the diversity of the land even before the term 'bicycle tours' was invented. The practice became popular as an inexpensive and exciting alternative to road and rail travel. After nearly two centuries, the bicycle remains one of the most popular means of transport and recreation in Europe.

When people think of European bicycle tours, the first thing that they think of is the Tour de France, an amazing cycling race that transverses the entire French landscape. However, the Tour is a competitive sporting event, whereas a 'bicycle tour' is a leisure activity that generally forms, part of a guided vacation. Whether riders chosen to cycle through Europe, on their own or as part of a package vacation, planning is essential. Details such as the budget, the duration of the trip, the countries and regions all have to be charted out carefully. Riders need to acquaint themselves with the general topography, of each region as well as the local climate, and the best season, to visit a particular place. It is highly recommended that riders map out a route, and take note of all motels, lodges and B & B? S along it, to ensure that they have a place to stay, every time they wish to rest.

One of the largest impediments to a smooth European bicycle tour, are the large language variations within the region. The best way to overcome this problem is to learn a few phrases in the most popular languages, and carry an ample supply of dictionaries, maps, and directories.

Hidden Haven, The Lazy U Motel

In Rapid City, SD, nestled at the base of Mt. Rushmore Road, dwells a quaint little family owned motel. The Lazy U, built in the 1950’s, has a charm that draws guests back year after year. Recently celebrating their 70th Birthday, the restored hotel is as fresh as opening day.

Verlyn and Cindy Bourne have owned and maintained the motel for the last fifteen years. One of the last Mom & Pop’s in the Black Hills, The Lazy U is a real gem. They have given the little motel a charm that is rare in today’s bustling world. Parked out front, a 1954 Chevy Truck greets you, complete with The Lazy U logo. Cindy’s grandfather owned the truck brand new and she learned to drive in it. You may find Cindy taking it out to the farmers market or a trip to the grocery store. Restored from a former farm truck to The Lazy U Mascot, the Bourne’s are always glad to use it for photo backgrounds.

Transported back in time upon entering the lobby. You will you find reasonable prices and friendly faces. A personal greeting awaits you by the family themselves – Cindy, Verlyn or Cindy’s cousin, Jackie. Travelers can enjoy a cool drink and lively conversation and a slew of maps and brochures. After check-in, receive a real key with a throwback-bright-turquoise key fob. The Bourne’s and their family members delight in making your stay a most enjoyable one.

You will feel right at home and part of the family. Enjoy gleaming rooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and room-front parking. Verlyn, the Routemaster, or one of his understudies will be glad to map out your day trips. Hike, bike or visit the many beautiful sites and attractions in The Black Hills. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse only the beginning of your Black Hills adventure. After a long day of adventuring, come home to a cool, clean room.

Enjoy the most comfortable night’s sleep that one can expect away from home. The beds, recently and often changed out for brand new pillow top sets, will leave you wanting to sleep in. Crisp clean linens and soft towels will help you to feel pampered. Hairdryers are available at the front office but you will have to bring your own shampoo. The family foregoes expensive toiletries for low price lodging.

This little gem from the past will have you planning your next visit before check-out. You will head home well rested and full of fond memories. When you leave you will understand why folks return year after year to the charming Lazy U Motel.

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