Seeing the world by bike beats seeing the world by bus, as bus tours are often ruined by engine exhaust, construction detours, and guides who deliver facts by honking them in Morse code. Enjoy the calm of a two-wheeled trek with today’s Groupon: for $200, you get a mountain-biking adventure package for one from Back Country Excursions in Parsonsfield (a $408 total value). The package includes:
- Three nights in a private double-lodge room and five meals (a $288 value)
- 2.5 days of bike and helmet rental (a $100 value)
- Guided trail instruction (a $20 value)
Back Country Excursions’ mountain-biking season runs May 1–November 1.
Back Country Excursions supplies an environment for adventure with woodsy lodge accommodations, mountain-bike rentals, and 26 miles of mountain trails for both beginner and experienced riders. Two-wheeled propulsion machines sprint through single-track ascents, rocky downhill plunges, rolling hills of red and white pines as well as optional detours through masked wormholes. With knowledgeable guides leading bike adventures and providing expert instruction, riders of all experience levels can explore all the offerings of the outdoors while whizzing by verdant sights on two-wheeled stallions. After climbing trails and flying over mountainside speed bumps, pedalers can float across the sandy warm-water lake located near the lodge grounds rental canoes ($20; not included with today’s Groupon) while bottoms lament their taxing workout in Shakespearean verse.
Solid pine wood paneling decks the rustic lodge, which boasts couches and games for late-night entertainment and a screened-in flagstone porch for watching fireflies. Guests can begin their mornings with towel-clad swiftness as they head to the outdoor showers or relax as dawn turns to dusk in the outdoor wood-fired cedar hot tub, which doubles as a Bugs Bunny film prop.
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.
42 Woodward Rd.
Parsonsfield, Maine 04047Get Directions