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Summer fun in Germany and the U.S.

By Bob & Sandy Nesoff
Members: North American Travel Journalists Association
American Society of Authors and Journalists

OK, so this summer has been a mixed bag when it comes to weather. July has been hot and humid but hasn’t seen a sustained heat wave, unusual for the entire month. There’s bee a lot of rain in some places while others are facing a pretty severe drought.

That’s no excuse to stay home in an air-conditioned room watching television for the entire summer. There are plenty of options for anyone seriously interested in giving up the couch potato life with options ranging from camping here to visiting foreign lans such as Germany.

One of the fastest growing sports throughout the world is bike riding. For the casual participant it offers the possibility of seeing the country at your own pace, meeting and greeting other people and exercising in a pleasant way.

There’s no need to go “totally native” on a bike trip. There are options that will provide a decent degree of luxury and comfort should you so choose. One of the methods is offered by TerraVelo Tours, calling itself “…the only company to offer fully inclusive luxury mobile tent camping for both avid and casual cyclists.” The company says it provides “…an unforgettable journey for both skill sets.”

This year TerraVelo has expanded its offerings to extend beyond its mainstay of Utah to include Wyoming and Northern California for seven day itineraries.

In Wyoming the tours include stops at grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Yellowstone-including a visit to Old Faithful-and much more. The tours extend through mid-September.

California trips go through vineyads and the amazing Redwood forests and encompasses stops at Point Reyes National Seashore, National Redwoods Preserve and wine country at Sonoma, Napa and Armstrong.

To wake you up there is sunrise yoga that will be followed by a cycle trip through the Avenue of the Giants-the Redwoods reaching to the sky. Departure here go through the end of August.

The tours are for a maximum of 12 participants and include intimate dinners, luxurious camping facilities and have their needs cared for by 10 staff members, an exceptionally high ratio of guest to staff.

Rebecca Martin, co-founder of TerraTravel commented: “Just get yourself to the airport and we’ll take care of the rest. Airfare, excursions, a masseuse and even toothpaste are included. A private chef and sous chef accompany the party and prepare all meals.

Participants are outfitted with high-end bikes and safety gear. If they prefer to use their own bikes, bring it to a local bike shop and TerraVelo will have it shipped. The tents simulate upscale hotel rooms and are outfitted with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, linens, down comforters, rugs, Turkish bath towels and Moulton brown sundries. The seven day package includes all food, beverages, accommodations and airfare within the Continental United States. For information contact www.TerraVeloTours.com or call (888) 801-1446.

For those who would like to go further, Germany has launched a celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German national Tourist Office is promoting a worldwide photo contest searching on Instagram (http://conosquare.com/contests/germany25reunified) with the theme “My summer holiday in Germany-25 years after the falloff the wall.”

Travelers can tag and upload the pictures using #germany25reunified on Facebook and Instagram. First prize will be a round-trip flight to Berlin with two nights hotel as well as hotels in other locales.