NOVEMBER 2007 NEWSLETTER
Hello to all our cycling friends, cycle tourists and cycling enthusiasts out there!
If you are from our part of the world or happen to be visiting Port Elizabeth, why not join us on the first Sunday of each month for our early morning Coffee & Muffin Ride. Are you looking for an unforgettable cycling holiday, experiencing nature at its best in true South African style? Then take advantage of our special offer and book yourself and your family on our Addo Adventure Tour. Or if you can't get away yourself, why not 'shorten' the school holidays and get your kids out the house by sending them and their group of friends on a fully supervised cycling tour - the Sunshine Coast Siesta! Also remember that if you and your group of friends can't find an existing tour to suit your needs, we'll design one to your requirements. Just give us a call or drop us an email!
Either way experience the ultimate cycle touring adventure with Leisure Cycle Tours & Adventures.
Herald VW Cycle Tour 2008
Entries for this Eastern Cape favorite have now opened! Please follow the link below or visit www.heraldcycletour.co.za to enter on-line. Remember, all entrants into the main Road and Mountain Bike events will stand a chance of winning the awesome lucky draw prize - a spanking new Citi Golf!!! Now isn't that enough reason to visit the Friendly City and join the ride?
Leisure News Briefs
Elephant Walk Country Village Launch
A relaxing evening of music, wine and light snacks was enjoyed by a large number of guests at the Opening of the new Elephant Walk Country Village in Colleen Glen - our new home. The mellow country atmosphere gave our guests the opportunity to relax and socialise while browsing through our new information office where they could learn all about our touring operation. Then they enjoyed wandering through all the new and unique curio and farm shops in the new village, tasting interesting country cuisine and buying unique gifts.
Coffee & Muffin Ride
Sunday 4th November saw the first of our monthly Coffee & Muffin Rides taking place in Port Elizabeth. These rides are designed to get all cyclists, "cycling wannabe's", their families, friends and all outdoor enthusiasts together for an enjoyable morning of social cycling around the scenic countryside surrounding Port Elizabeth and will become a regular event taking place on the first Sunday of every month.
Three groups of cycling enthusiasts enjoyed an early start to the morning as they set off on one of the 3 routes on offer. With near perfect weather conditions and the thought of a steaming cup of coffee and a delicious muffin waiting at the Elephant Walk Country Village restaurant, they were soon pedalling along on their merry way!
An enjoyable ride and great time was had by all who joined us, saying they're sure to be back again next month. Some will be tackling the more challenging route next time, while others decided they were maybe a little too adventurous and should start a little more slowly. With three route options to choose from, there is just the right one for you!
How would you like to design your own cycling holiday for you and a group of friends, enjoying scenic routes, experiencing great adventure, indulging in good food and relaxing in luxurious accommodation - or maybe exploring and camping out in the wild is your idea of a good time? Keen, but don't want to do all the slog work of making all the arrangements? Then why not give us a call with your idea's and preferences and we'll design the tour to suit all your requirements, with a full back up and support service so that your holiday will be totally stress free!
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Holidays - Keep your kids busy & active
"Mom, I'm bored". These are the most terrifying words in the English language, apart from "Please be patient, Your call will be answered shortly." The school holidays are upon us. The thought of weeks with children hanging around the house looking for something to do, requires parents to be very resourceful in order to keep their children occupied and themselves sane. Merely dropping off children at the nearest shopping centre is a copout, and frankly rather irresponsible. Unless there is a supervised programme or a particular movie the children want to see, hanging around a shopping centre aimlessly is not a healthy way to pass the time for children.
Keep your children active! Children who engage in regular physical activity are better able to focus on their academic work. Physically active children demonstrate increased alertness and attention spans, which can lead to improved academic performance. If you can't be active with your children, enjoying family walks or bike rides, why not find out more about how Leisure Cycle Tours and Adventures can help. We'd only be too glad to help you get your children and their friends active, taking them on a fully supervised cycling holiday. Follow the link to one of our favorite family tours, the Sunshine Coast Siesta tour or contact us to design a tour to suit you, your region and your budget.
Special Offer: Addo Adventure Tour
Experience the ultimate thrill of adventure as we spend 3 days riding mountain bikes, horses, 4x4's as well as leisurely mountainside hikes through the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. Explore nature at a pace that allows one to savor every moment while still offering a physical challenge. Then sit back and enjoy appertising sundowners and appreciate the spectacular beauty of wildlife in action on an evening game drive before enjoying a delicious meal under the stars. With a feeling of total contentment we retire each evening to the comfort of tented camps, drifting off to sleep with the sounds of the wild in our ears. Adventures don't come any better than this...
Featured Road Tour: Eden Valley Meander
Spend 3 days cycling through the magnificent scenery of our beautiful Garden Route as we embark on a meandering course from the bustling town of George to the picturesque holiday resort of Natures Valley. Pedalling along quiet tree-lined roads next to tranquil inland lakes, we cycle through lush green forests and over undulating landscapes overlooking the beautiful bays surrounding the quaint holiday towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Then we climb inland again to get the perfect view of our beautiful coastline, before dashing down ancient passes on your way to the pristine beaches of Natures Valley. On this tour we enjoy picnic lunches surrounded by nature, evenings relaxing around a fire under the stars and friendly company as we savour the beauty of the Garden Route.
|Also look out for these other great Road Tours
|Elephant Walk Trail
||3 Days / 2 Nights
||30 November 2007
|The Whale Route
||7 Days / 6 Nights
||26 November 2007
|Coffee & Muffin Ride
||2 December 2007
Featured Off - Road Tour: Zuurberg Mountain Trail
Enjoy an awesome 5 day mountain biking tour through the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, experiencing nature and wildlife on a totally new level - often coming within meters of some of Africa’s wildest animals. This tour combines beautiful scenery with the thrill of adventure as we thread our way over the beautiful Zuurberg mountainside. We ride along challenging off-road trails and splash through crystal clear rivers on our way to our next overnight bush camp.
|Also look out for these other great Off-Road Tours
|Zuurberg Mountain Bike Trail
||5 Days / 4 Nights
||19 November 2007
|Misty Mornings Trail
||3 Days / 2 Nights
||7 December 2007
|Mountain Goat Trail
||4 Days / 4 Nights
||17 December 2007
Featured Adventure Tour: Sea Shell Saunter
Enjoy a week-end break before the busy festive season or make use of the public holidays over this period. Make the most of the magnificent scenery along the beautiful Port Elizabeth coastline as we cycle a meandering course along the quiet back roads and pristine beaches to Cape St Francis. With children’s bikes and trailer-bikes available for hire, this is the perfect family adventure with plenty of fresh air and healthy exercise to recharge body and soul.
|Also look out for these other great Adventure Tours
|Shifting Sands Adventure
||7 Days / 7 Nights
||09 December 2007
||5 Days / 5 Nights
||11 December 2007
|3 Day Luxury Lodge-to-Lodge Safari
||3 Days / 2 Nights
||28 December 2007
Bike Bag - 3 Keys to selecting the right tour
1. Where? Don't throw a dart...
2. What? Build your criteria...
3. Who? Put the pieces together...
Biking Boo-Boo's - Border Crossing
A cyclist was stopped by a customs official at a border post. "What's in the bags?", asked the officer, pointing to his bicycle panniers. "Sand," said the cyclist. "Let me take a look", said the officer. The Cyclist did as he was told, emptied the bags, and proving they contained nothing but sand, refilled the bags, and continued across the border.
A week later, the same thing happened, and continued every week for a year, until one day the cyclist with the sand bags failed to appear. A few months later the customs officer saw the cyclist living it up downtown. "You sure had us foxed", he said. "We knew you were smuggling something across the border. I won't say a word - but what was it you were smuggling"?
The cyclist smiled and answered, "Bicycles!"
Do you have any cycling funnies to add to website? Please e-mail them to us at email@example.com under the heading "Biking Boo-Boo's".
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