June 2012 Rambler Newsletter

by ExperiencePlus! - Wednesday, June 6, 2012 ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Rambler Newsletter

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Welcome to the June 2012 ExperiencePlus! Rambler

Buon Giorno from our 40th Anniversary Pisa to Venice tour!Lidia prepares for the 40th Anniversary Pisa to Venice trip.

This summer we’ve hit the ground rolling at ExperiencePlus!  in Fort Collins, CO the season seems to be upon us with temperatures in the 80s most days  – we’re having to get up early for our bike rides already.  In Europe tours have kicked off in Spain, France and Italy. We’re adding real-time photos to our Facebook page so if you are looking for some adventure check them out.

What’s New at ExperiencePlus?
Discounts on Travel Gear for You: Beginning this month we are excited to offer our travelers a special discount deal on Eagle Creek gear. Travel with us and you will receive 20% off at If you want more information send us a note.

Digital Travel Journals:  Wondering how best to share your travels and photos with your fellow travelers AND keep your family and friends in the loop while you are on vacation?  This summer we are introducing the new Pedal Press travel journal for ExperiencePlus! travelers.  We’ll send you an email invitation to create your journal and to make it easy we’ll preload your daily itinerary and tour information. While on tour you can upload photos and share stories and if you have an iPhone or an iPad there is even an App for you!

Help ExperiencePlus! Support A Couple of Great Causes.

  • Adventure Cycling has done an amazing job “inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle” and have been instrumental in creating and maintain bicycling routes in the U.S. ExperiencePlus! has donated a certificate worth $7500 to them for their online Summer Cycling Auction.  Register before June 18th and then bid on donated items (including the ExperiencePlus! certificate!) from the 18 – 22nd.
  • For those of you in Colorado or Wyoming, you may be interested in supporting the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Celebration of Life event on June 18th and 19th.  Join them for a dinner and golf tournament in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and you’ll have an opportunity to bid on an ExperiencePlus! Travel Certificate.

We hope wherever you are you are cycling! For those who have already planned your summer travels and need something to look forward to this fall and winter – don’t forget we have a $200 per person discount going on right now for our tours in Chile and Argentina including Patagonia Lakes District.

We hope to see you soon, happy cycling –
Monica and Maria Elena

PS. ExperiencePlus! will once again be hosting a Bike To Work Day breakfast station here in Fort Collins on June 27th from 6:30AM to 9:30AM partnering with the Food Coop and Bohemian Companies. Stop by the Coop say hi and enjoy some free breakfast!

Nearly Gone

ExperiencePlus! is very pleased that many of our late summer fall departures are selling very quickly but we don’t want you to miss out on that bicycling vacation you’ve been planning. Check out the list of tours that are already sold out or those with just have a few spaces left.

Nearly Gone

A Healing Journey by Sally LaVenture

Sally and Charley LaVenture

“Our dream had been to ride bikes through the Italian countryside on my 60th birthday. But life got in the way, or really I should say, death changed my reality. My husband, Charley, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when I was 58 and a month after my 59th birthday, he died…”

Read more about Sally’s healing journey through Tuscany.

Free Fitness Programs

it appears we have discovered an impossibly steep road.

Not quite sure you are prepared for the hills you might encounter on your next cycling tour? ExperiencePlus! offers professionally designed bicycling fitness plans that were designed explicitly for us by nationally known expert, Joe Friel.

Check them out and get ready to ride.

Accommodations We Love Part 6

We’ve chosen several multi-night stays in this edition of Accommodations We Love. We don’t stay longer at these hotels because we fear you’ll never want to leave!

Read up on hotels in Chile, Scotland, France, Argentina, and Italy this month. We apologize in advance; these hotel descriptions will make your decision on which tour to take even harder!

Recipe: Spring Salad

Peeled fava beans. Image courtesy of Italian Food Forever

This delicious salad takes advantage if the early summer harvest including lemon balm, mint, chives, radishes, spinach, lettuce and peas.

Enjoy this Italian influenced spring salad recipe

Happy Cycling until next month!

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