Many have loved Second Summer Tours. So much in fact, that they wrote to us about their experiences. Below you will find just a few of the many wonderful letters and emails that we have received.

If you have been on one of our tours and would like to share your experiences, please write to us or send an email.

Second Summer Tours
1262 Tropicana Lane
Santa Ana, CA  92705

First of all, we want to say that this was the first tour of this kind for us. We're afraid Second Summer Tours has ruined our chances of ever having fun on another exotic organized bicycle tour! We had too much fun and a wonderful start to our 2005 cycling year. This tour gave us the incentive we needed to not let up on our training once the weather turned into winter.

The accommodations were everything we dreamed about! We appreciate all your efforts and those of the Penseyres to make our tour as smooth as possible from the start. The perks you included were top notch--the clothing was exceptional! The meals provided by you, the cruise, and the massages were something I'll always remember.

Cindy (and Russ) Dodd
Cedar Falls IA

Of all the tours I have done, including about 10 in Oregon, two in Idaho, and two in Washington, this one had to be my favorite. The West Maui ride was one of my all-time favorite days for its beauty and because we've never ridden that kind of landscape/seascape before. Also, the Kaleakala day provided a challenge and conquest that will be with me for the rest of my life in a very satisfying way. I regard it as my top cycling achievement. The icing on the cake was the group. I really liked every one of them and only wish they weren't so spread out so that we could continue to cultivate the friendships we made while there.

Also, having a legend like Pete around didn't hurt.

An experience like the Maui tour shouldn't end when you get on the airplane to head for home. I'll be reliving it for a long time.

Mike (and Carolyn) Kalish
Eugene OR

I'll start by saying this trip (Maui) was unforgettable. Great people, great weather, great riding, and great support...I am especially grateful to Rob and the Penseyres, but appreciate all that everyone did to make this a truly memorable trip. The accommodations were first rate.

Paul (and Dianne) Duncan
Eugene OR

Thanks so much for a memorable week! It couldn't have happened at a better time, at a nicer place, and with such wonderful people! I appreciate everything you did for us and the group. This week just flew by and I already miss the people...and my bike. The massage (arranged for all the riders after the Haleakala climb) was a perfect touch.

Mark (and Angela) Benavides
Ottawa IL

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you did for us. You went the extra mile and I personally will remember this trip for the rest of my life, thanks to you and your organizational skills.

Jorge Saavedra
Pace Sportswear
Garden Grove CA

During our week I was reminded of the classic winter song - “The weather outside is frightful, but the ridings so delightful, Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!” 

The Maui Triple Challenge was everything promised and more, in fact for the week we were there, I would elevate the name to the Quadruple Challenge. The added wind, rain and cold made the routes that much more demanding. Who knew it would snow enough to close Haleakala??! I was looking for challenges in paradise (be careful for what you wish) and they were great (both in size and fun)! Around every turn of the loop rides was a breathtaking view – lava flows, mountains, plants and ocean. My favorite was the century loop around Haleakala – after the 20 mile downhill to the windward side, there was a water fall around every bend. Absolutely beautiful!

The accommodations were equally good. Our own house, across the road from the beaches at Maalaea Bay. We’ll long remember the stunning sunsets, and whale watching from the dining room. We’ll also remember that Kihei is the last place the rain falls – perfect for vacationing.

I know it’s a great vacation when Lynda, my non-riding wife, declares this to be one of the most enjoyable, relaxing vacations we had in years! You provided lots of riding, good advice, opportunities to experience new foods, good company and great accommodations. What more can you ask for in a tour?!!

Thanks for everything!

Eric & Lynda Thiede