Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark, from resentment at his second billing, and Lewis, from a Lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon: for $200, you get a mountain-biking adventure weekend in the White Mountains from Back Country Excursions (a $408 value). The package includes two-and-a-half days of bike and helmet rental ($100), three nights of private room rental with five meals (breakfast and/or lunch) ($288), a mountain-biking instructional session ($20), and expert adventure guides. The excursion takes place Thursdays–Sundays beginning May 5.
At Back Country Excursions’ weekend mountain-biking getaway, beginners and well-experienced two wheelers manhandle handlebars by day and unwind in comfortable lodge accommodations at night. BCE's cycle savants will instruct groups of up to 20 bicyclists on mountain-biking taboos and to-dos before leading trailblazers through the natural-resource-rich mountains, limiting humanity’s imprint on the wildlife-filled habitat to a brief autograph session with celebrity squirrels. Each night, pooped peddlers can retire to the rustic, pine-paneled lodge, fully equipped with private rooms and shared bathrooms, as well as a wood-fired hot tub for nursing tired tibulas. Recline in comfy couches and watch TV, or peruse a collection of games and indulge in high-stakes UNO showdowns. Grill up a barbecue feast at an outdoor grill and savor it on the porch, or rent a kayak, canoe, or inner tube for sea-monster hunts on the nearby white-sand-bottomed, warm-water lake.
Back Country Excursions
Back Country Excursions founder Cliff Krolick set up his mountain-biking base camp in 1991. Since, he has designed a mountain biking adventure off the beaten trail in a quiet area of the White Mt. Foothills, where he and his staff greatly enjoy working with all levels of mountain bikers. The 30 miles of trails, accessible with one-day or annual passes, traverse terrain suitable for both novice and advanced riders, from a gently rolling single track to fun but challenging descent peppered with slaloms and tree spring noose traps set by territorial squirrels. Cliff and his experienced crew of savvy mountain bikers guide and teach multi-day mountain biking tours through the wilderness with comfort of their mountain lodge or screened-in backcountry yurt. To ensure that the environment stays pristine for future generations, Cliff donates a portion of annual profits to a variety of local environmental causes.