Getting to and From the Ride


Here's everything you need to know about how to get to the ride and how to get home!  This info is for YOU -- for info on how to transport your bike and luggage for free, see here.


AIRFARE

You need to book airfare, and we are here to help!


Why don't we book airfare for you?


Simple!


a) You can get a cheaper fare online than we can get by calling up the airline and offering to buy a block of seats.


b) Can you imagine trying to get everyone on the trip to agree to ONE flight schedule? Impossible!


c) Some folks may want to book their flight with frequent flyer miles.



How to Get TO Pedal the West


Book a flight that lands in Denver no later than 1:00 p.m. on September 9th.  (Earlier is better if you can swing it!)  If you want to arrive in Colorado a day earlier (and give yourself some extra time to get adjust to living at 10,000 ft!) we can help -- just ask.


Getting from Denver Airport to Vail


You have choices (we love choices!)


1. Make a reservation in advance with Epic Mountain Express shuttle, which will take you from the Denver Airport and drop you off at the Lodge at Vail, where we're staying.  Your bike and luggage are already there, waiting for you.


You want to buy a one-way shuttle ticket; not round trip.  We'll explain why later.


2. You can rent a car at the Denver airport and drop it off in Vail. Prices are relatively sane, but we recomend this only if you have extra sightseeing you want to do. The  drop-off location cloest to Vail is at the tiny Eagle airport, but it's going to cost you about $40 per person to get a shuttle from there to the hotel.


3. If you prefer, just fly your private Gulfstream jet to Vail or Aspen, darling!  See you apres ski!)



How to Get Home FROM Pedal the West


Book a flight headed home from Grand Junction, CO on September 14th, departing no earlier than 3:00 p.m.  We'll have a free shuttle to take you there from Moab.


If you prefer to fly home from Denver, the free shuttle can take you there too... but it's a long drive. Book a flight out of Denver departing no ealrier than 8:30 p.m.


Back in the day, arriving and departing from different cities was a big deal -- now it's a piece of cake, and quite affordable. If you're booking online look for a link called Multi-City or similar. Here's what the Kayak.com page looks like:


For all flights don't forget that we will be transporting your bike and main luggage for free -- you can take only a carry-on if you wish.


Insane Trivia Item for our NYC-Area Friends: Note in the examples above that we have asked for a search of flights from NYC -- all airports.


That means the software will look for flights out of LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark.  But for the return trip it will ALSO search for those three airports. If you left your car parked at, say, LaGuardia, make sure that you are not booking a flight that returns to Newark!


Clear as mud?  You bet!

... and here's what it looks like on Expedia

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