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Program #10530RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Marilyn Flick Jul 16, 2014 at 04:04 PM

Looks like you are the only one who has signed on going on the August trip, Dennis. Add my husband and I. We have several friends who have taken this trip and we are really looking forward to it.

Retta-Leigh Keil Mar 04, 2014 at 09:59 PM

Oh shoot. I just realized you said August. I'm going in may since I spend the summer at the beach. Shame. I would have enjoyed being with you and your wife. Remind me in june and I 'll send y'all a full report!
Dennis Friedman Mar 17, 2014 at 07:33 PM

Hi Retta-Leigh, looking forward to hear all about your adventures!

Retta-Leigh Keil Feb 16, 2014 at 09:43 AM

I'm in Virginia,winters in Richmond, summers at the beach. My biking is all flat, but sometimes windy.but I ride a simple beach cruiser. When I beganthe trip in Sicily I was completely daunted by the group's prior experiences and amount of pre-trip training....and amount of bionic parts! But I hung in there and was never the first one to get off and push up the hill. So I decided to try it again. The scariest part was reading all the forms. I think they're going to send me home at least twice a day for non-compliance! It sounds like a wonderful itinerary. Have y'all ever seen that area?
Dennis Friedman Feb 27, 2014 at 04:34 PM

Hi Retta-Leigh, sorry for the long lag in response. My wife and I went to San Diego for some sunshine.
Dennis Friedman Feb 27, 2014 at 04:38 PM

I've never been to the Netherlands but there was a National Geographic movie in which a family takes their yacht, "Yankee", through the Dutch canals. The movie was called "Yankee Sails Across Europe". We watched it 3 times a year. We all knew the story. Sometimes I ran the film with the sound off and we all dubbed it or I ran it backwards. But, no, I've never been. Are you going on the trip in May or in August?
Dennis Friedman Feb 27, 2014 at 04:39 PM

Sorry, I left out that we watched the movie in high school French class. Actually, I included it in the orignal paragraph which I managed to "X" out. I'm still figuring out this interface.

Dennis Friedman Feb 10, 2014 at 05:03 PM

My wife and I are signed up for the Barge and Bicycle: Holland and Belgium trip in August. If you are too, it would be great to start making connections.
Thanks! Dennis
Retta-Leigh Keil Feb 10, 2014 at 08:59 PM

Great! Where do y'all live? And are you serious bikers? ;(
Dennis Friedman Feb 13, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Hi, We live in the greater Seattle area. We were bicycle trip leaders in New England and Nova Scotia right after we were married but we're not serious bikers. Our biking tapered off and mine ended for a number of years due to an ankle problem. The problem was fixed a few years ago and we're easing back into it. How about yourself?

Retta-Leigh Keil Jan 02, 2014 at 02:19 PM

We had a sag wagon in Sicily, but it was never needed, as short stops every 30 minutes kept us going. However, we also had perfect weather. I am concerned about the wind and rain....but I guess someone has to be at the tail end---me!

Knowles Parker Dec 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Considering the May 2014 trip. Past participants please comment on level of stamina needed for bicycle rides. St. Simon's Island off Georgia coast was good for us, but the foothills of S.C. proved to be too strenuous. Is there a sag wagon for someone experiencing difficulty?

Retta-Leigh Keil Aug 15, 2013 at 04:46 PM

i've signed up for may 14. Antbody else going then?
Dave Smith Oct 15, 2013 at 01:31 PM

My wife, Susie, and I are enrolled for the May 16-31, 2014 trip. We will be flying from Chicago. This will be our second bike/barge trip with Road Scholar and our 6th bike trip overall with them.

Linda Paxton Jul 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I would like to know when tulip season is, is it always windy.....how much is the trip with airfare included (perhaps from a major US airport
Dave Smith Oct 15, 2013 at 01:33 PM

Tulip season would be the May trip. From Chicago the airfare + trip cost for double occupancy is $5435. That's $1450 each for airfare.

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