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It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~ Ernest Hemingway

 
Retirement and Biking-Langkawi Langkawi Malaysia

Langkawi is an island that is about 18 miles from the coast of Malaysia.The island offers the cyclist extraordinary views of the beaches, waterfalls and tropical jungles. It is also the home of the annual Tour de Langkawi bike race. Riding along the coast is fairly easy and very enjoyable with many beachfront restaurants offering local cuisines. The only factor may be the heat during certain hours of the day.

 
Retirement and Biking-Route Verte Route Verte Canada

The approximately 2500 miles of various bike paths and routes comprise Route Verte, a network that covers Quebec province. The various routes provide the cyclist with a choice of miles of scenic mountain paths to flatland trails by the St. Lawernce River. Any cyclist from beginner to expert will find an appropriate and challenging (or not so challenging) route.

 
Retirement and Biking-San Juan Islands San Juan Islands Washington, United States

The San Juan Islands off the northwest coast of the state of Washington are comprised of several islands. The three largest islands, San Juan Island, Orcas and Lopez all offer scenic routes for cyclists at all levels. The coastal routes offers cyclists views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Rosario Strait and the San Juan Channel and possible sightings of sea lions, otters and seals. Inland paths provide hilly terrain for the more active cyclists.

 
Retirement and Biking-The Great Ocean Road The Great Ocean Road Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Road is a breath taking ride from Torquay to Warrnambool. The spectacular scenery includes limestone cliffs, volcanic craters, fantastic rainforests, lush pastures, clear lakes, sand dunes, historic villages, beach resorts and much more. Along the way glimpses of koalas, kangaroos, whales and dolphins are possible.

 
Retirement and Biking-Otago Peninsula Otago Peninsula New Zealand

The approximate 18 mile Otago Peninsula, created millions of years ago by a now extinct volcano, is located on the southeastern part of South Island, New Zealand. The area is an environmentalist dream with an incredible assortment of wildlife. The twisting coastal road along the shore of the Otago Harbour provides an easy ride with fantastic ocean views, which lead to Highcliff Road, rising into the farmed hills of the Peninsula.


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