In 2016 we will, for the first time, visit Orcas Island. The riding here can be challenging but the rewards are great, and the van will always be at the ready if the hills are too long.

The tour will begin in Bellingham, Washington on Sunday, August 21, 2016. We will van to Anacortes where we will catch the Washington State Ferry to Lopez Island for a two night stay in a small, picturesque village. After soaking up the relaxed pace of life on Lopez Island we will take the ferry to Orcas Island for a two night stay in an elegant, secluded B&B. Two days of sightseeing, hiking, and riding on Orcas will find us ready for our final island visit - a short ferry ride will take us to San Juan Island for our final two nights, again at a charming, historic B&B. The riding on San Juan is superb and the scenery unrelenting in its beauty. Here we will enjoy wine tasting, whale watching (if the whales will only cooperate), an unforgettable lunch at Roche Harbor, and our farewell dinner together overlooking Friday Harbor.

Arrival by ferry in Friday Harbor, Washington

Final details and pricing are included below.

Come and join us in supporting the very important work of Interfaith Coalition - the islands will wrap you in their magic.

Mark and Chris Owings

Tandem Diversity

360-319-6608 (Mark's cell)

What is included in this 7-day, 6-night tour:

6 nights luxurious B&B lodging

6 breakfasts

7 lunches

6 group dinners

All ferry fares

Transportation for you, your bike, and your luggage during the tour

Van support available on all rides

Van pick up of wine purchases on Friday available (you and your bike too)

5 guided rides, with options for 2 more

Admission to the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor

Parking for your vehicle in Bellingham during the tour

Secure storage of bike cases/excess luggage in Bellingham during the tour

What is not included:

Transportation to/from tour start in Bellingham

Alcoholic beverages

Personal extras and optional purchases

What is available:

Use of a top quality Co-Motion rental tandem during the tour, if needed (free tandeming lessons included!)

Tour pricing (prices in USD):

The tour registration cost is $1575.00 per person ($3150.00 per couple)

This includes everything listed above.

Once again, to register or to get additional information, contact us via email or by phone. Email is preferred.

Mark can be reached on his cell phone 360-319-6608, but email is more reliable and is checked frequently.

After your registration has been completed and we have received your registration fees, we will send you details along with full tour itinerary. Hope to ride with you in August!

NOTE: Registration for this tour is closed as of June 27, 2016.

2016 Interfaith Benefit Tandem Bicycle Tour of the San Juan Islands

We (Mark and Chris Owings, owners of Tandem Diversity) have made the decision to donate the proceeds from the sale of spots in our 2016 San Juan Islands Tour to Interfaith Coalition here in Whatcom County.

We are very pleased to support Interfaith Coalition and their programs. This is a coalition of local member congregations working together to eliminate homelessness and poverty in Whatcom County. To learn more about Interfaith Coalition go to the 
Interfaith Coalition website.

Please contact us via email at if you are interested in signing up for the tour and for any additional information you might need. We will provide you with registration forms and when your registration is completed and your registration fees have been received, we will send a detailed itinerary along with all tour materials.

Thank you for joining us in supporting Interfaith Coalition. We hope you will choose to be one of the pampered couples on our tour!

And for those couples who want to join us on the tour but do not (yet) own a tandem bicycle, a rental tandem and tandem riding lessons will be included free of charge! Now, let's get to the details of our 2016 San Juan Islands Tour - -

Tandem Diversity

Interfaith Benefit San Juan Islands Tandem Bicycle Tour, 2016

A personalized B&B based tandem tour of Washington State's San Juan Islands

August 21 - 27, 2016

Tandem Diversity returns to the San Juan Islands, the gem of Northwest Washington State, for its annual B&B based tandem tour. This is a small, personalized tour in which you will be pampered and looked after carefully as you share the summertime beauty and serenity of these wonderful islands. Traffic is light, folks are friendly, scenery is stunning, and the urge to let go, relax, and soak it all in is irresistible. The tour is limited to three couples.

San Juan Islands 2016

Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island

Too quickly the last day of our tour will be upon us and we will return to Bellingham via ferry and van. The tour concludes in Bellingham Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Transportation to and from Anacortes, all ferry rides, all B&B accommodations, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner each day), and ride routes will be included. Space to assemble/disassemble your tandem, park your vehicle, and store your bike cases/extra luggage will be made available at no charge, if needed. If you would rather not go to the trouble of traveling with your tandem, or if you do not yet own a tandem, a good quality Co-Motion tandem can be provided for the tour at no extra charge. Ask about details.

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Washington State Ferry in Rosario Straits