|Explore the World on Two-Wheels in 2010||January 28, 2010|
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|Ala's 2010 Biking Adventures|
What better way to take in the sights, sounds,smells and tastes of a new land than on a bike, with the sun on your backand the wind in your face? From Viennato Prague to the BlackHills of South Dakota, Austin-Lehman biking vacations take all the legworkout of the equation (well, most of it– we leave the pedaling up to you!). Hop on one of our cushy Cannondales, and experience for yourself, the freedom you can only fin on two wheels.
Not a hard-core biker? No problem! ALA bikingadventures are designed for all levels, from first-timers to avid cyclists.We provide a precise route at the start of each day with several options(hilly/flat, short/long) so you can pedal at your own pace and stop at theplaces that interest you most. All of our trips include plenty of "out of thesaddle" options, as well; so if you feel like trading your wheels for a pair ofhiking shoes, a paddle or better yet – an afternoon at the spa – by all meansdo!
|An interview with Ron van Dijk|
|ALA's European Operations Director, Ron van Dijk, was 16 years old when he was introduced to the world of bike tours. What beganas a summer job organizing European trips for a family friend in the Statesquickly evolved into a highly successful business.|
Why the focus on“biking-only” vacations in 2010?
Soundsa bit scary, doesn’t it – a “biking-only” vacation? Actually, there’s no suchthing! Each of our biking vacations is extremely flexible and includes optional activities likehiking, rafting, sightseeing, wine tasting or an afternoon of R&R.
Theway I think of it, your bicycle is simply used as a pleasant means oftransportation to get you from one sight or village to another, from oneexperience or adventure to the next. That said, I can’t think of a better wayto travel than by bike, using all of one’s senses. You are so much closer tothe culture and the nature that surrounds you. Plus, you work up a greatappetite, so you can thoroughly enjoy your meals, without feeling the least bitguilty! Read Ron's entire interview on our blog >>
|ALA's Cushy New Cannondales|
Biking20-50 miles a day can only be fully enjoyed when you're riding in comfort. Rest assured,Austin-Lehman’s high caliber CannondaleAdventure 3 bikes will do you right.
Aversatile hybrid that’s perfect for dirt paths and road biking alike, theAdventure 3 is as comfy as they come. While RockShox and Promax suspension makeriding over bumpy terrain feel smooth, SuperCush saddles are supple enough foreven the boniest of bottoms. A lightweight aluminum frame offers excellentcontrol, and raised handlebars allow riders to sit in a more upright position andmake for more relaxed steering. Top of the line SRAM and Shimano components areicing on the cake!
ALAprovides bikes in all sizes (including tandems, children’s bikes and children’stag-alongs), and every adventure begins with a custom fitting to be sure youand your wheels are perfectly matched. So strap on a helmet, hop in the saddleand let the adventure begin!
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In our next issue...
Austin-Lehman Spring Adventures
ALA Travelogue FEATURED RECIPE
|There's a reason why our guests rave about our food. Whether served campfire-side or at a 5-star restaurant, our artfully prepared local eats are sinfully delicious!|
Trip: France - Bordeaux to Dordogne Biking Vacation
- Brush and wash truffle, then cut into thin slices. Let truffle macerate in cognac.
- Break eggs, saving one egg white - beat this white until stiff. Blend remaining yolks and whites into cream, beaten well, then season.
- Add truffle slices to the stiffly-beaten egg white and add one dsp. of truffle oil from tin.
- Melt goose drippings in frying pan. When drippings begin to smoke, pour in the beaten egg mixture.
- Carefully fold the egg white/truffle mixture into the pan.
- Cook over a high heat and serve the omelette folded over, on a serving dish garnished with leafy greens.
|View all of our Local Bites recipes here!|
|- 4 eggs|
|- 1 good-sized tinned truffle|
- 1 dsp.goose drippings
- 5 cl cognac
|- 5 cl cream|
The toughest part is going home.