I'm in a work position where I will most likely be laid off towards the end of the year. I'm itching for another bike trip, possibly in January.
So I'm looking for suggestions for trips that can be done in January in just about any part of the world. I'm not exactly in fantastic shape but I'm doggedly determined and still go out on fully independent camping bike tours, including my most recent one of 3000km's along the Danube.
What I'm looking for is:
Warm weather (not necessarily hot), and I'm fine with high teens or low 20's ...or higher, of course.
Reasonably dry weather.
I'm not looking for an epic adventure with major calf busting climbs but don't mind hills in general.
Language is not an issue. I'm illiterate in a few and don't mind adding another one to the portfolio.
I'm flying from the Canadian West Coast so flight costs are an issue but not a deal breaker.
My preference is for paved roads (potholes are not a problem) or smooth gravel/dirt roads on occasion.
My bike is a Surly Disc Trucker with 26"x2.75" Schwalbe Marathon Tour tires and they can handle dirt roads but not mud and deep loose stuff.
I can always go back to Cuba for my 4th time but I've also considered Hong Kong to southeast Asia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, parts of Africa, South and Central America and even southern Europe.
I will probably take between 3 and 4 weeks for this trip.
Any personal experiences and opinions would be greatly appreciated.