Dreaming of far off lands

Boy howdy, it's that time of year when I start dreaming about a vacation. If Seattle's wet, dark winter days are getting you down, too, make plans today to leave them behind next year! Cascade is offering five international bicycle tours that will bring sunshine to your cycling world. Join us this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Seattle REI for an introduction to the 2012-13 Cascade-Affiliated International Tours:

Vietnam Grand Tour: Fascinating culture, beautiful scenery and outstanding support crews have made the Vietnam Grand Tour the most popular tour we've ever offered.

New Zealand Grand Tour: This 15-day tour features visits to New Zealand's spectacular National Parks, superb views of alpine peaks and lovely, low-traffic cycling routes.

Cascade Africa Rides 2012: For nine days, tour Zambia with a representative from World Bicycle Relief and learn the ins and outs of their highly-successful programs, which change lives by providing transportation bicycles to rural villages.

Tour Turkey - Aegean to Mediterranean Tour: This acclaimed tour offers a terrific value to a fabulous destination, combing old-world charm and world-class cuisine with outstanding facilities and safe roads.

Beer, Bikes & Belgium: Combining the wonderful roads of Belgium with the very best in world beer and the opportunity to watch the 2012 UCI World Road race championships in neighboring Netherlands, this tour is sure to sell out soon.

Cascade-Affiliated International Tours Night
Friday, Jan. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
REI Seattle, 222 Yale Ave. N

With special guests:
Michael Kollins (World Bicycle Relief, Africa Rides 2012)
Danelle Laidlaw & Ken Wright (Tour TK, Tour Turkey - Aegean to the Mediterranean)