Cycling Tours-Bike Tours

Scenic rail trails, country roads and canals cycling tours

As a small private owner-operated company we limit our tours to 12 riders to insure superior personal service. We have personally scouted every route and in addition you will have a daily cue sheet. Of course there is  van support.

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Tours (click on tour name for description)

Tour Name Dates Difficulty Days Cost Miles Per Day
C&O Canal TBD intermediate 5 days $1075 44/44/19/35/35
Lake Champlain Area, VT. TBD Intermediate 6 Days $1410. Average 35
Florida Rail Trail 2 TBD intermediate 5 $1390 19 to 35
Washington DC Area May 13 - May 17, 2013 Intermediate 5 days $1390. average 35
Amish Tour April 23 - April 24, 2014 intermediate 2 $350 32
Ohio Bike Trails #1 May 17 - May 24, 2014 intermediate 8 $1695. 32/35/30/44/20-34/41/39/32
Cape Cod, MA 1 May 30 - June 5, 2014 intermediate 7 $1690. 20-36
Great Allegheny Passage, PA June 17 - June 21, 2014 intermediate 5 days $910. 15/38/30/32/42
Ohio Trails #2 June 24 - July 1, 2014 intermediate 8 $1695. 32/35/30/44/20-34/39/32
Le P’tit Train Du Nord, Laurentian Mts, Quebec August 19 - August 23, 2014 intermediate 5 days $1310 Average 35
Erie Canal, NY – August 28 - September 3, 2014 intermediate 7 days $1725. 30-45-45-45-19-43-29
Cape Cod, MA 2 September 5 - September 11, 2014 intermediate 7 $1690. 20/36
Great Allegheny Passage & C&O Canal September 22 - October 2, 2014 intermediate 11 days $1860 average 35
Northern Neck of VA. October 23 - October 24, 2014 Intermedite 2 days $335 32
Florida Rail trails 2 January 15 - January 19, 2015 intermediate 5 $1390. 28
Florida Keys 1 – Sold Out January 25 - January 30, 2015 Intermediate 6 $1820. 25
Florida Rail Trails February 5 - February 9, 2015 Intermediate level 5 $1470. 19/32
Florida Keys 2 February 15 - February 20, 2015 Intermediate 6 $1820. avg.25
Florida Keys 3 March 1 - March 6, 2015 intermediate 6 $1820. avg.25

Tour Descriptions

C&O Canal

We start our ride in Cumberland Maryland on the C&O Canal. Construction started in 1828. Twenty two years later and 13 Million dollars and the canal never made it to its intended destination Pittsburgh, PA but construction stopped and Cumberland, MD. was the end. We ride the path 184.5 miles to Georgetown in Washington DC. Along the way we pass through the Paw Paw tunnel, 3118 foot, brick lined tunnel, the largest and most impressive structure on the canal. If riders prefer we can take a parallel paved trail, the Western Maryland rail trail through Hancock Md which gives us a small break from the rough canal surface. We will stop for a visit at Ft. Frederick State Park, the site of Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) Unique because of its large size and strong stone walls. Ft. Frederick was used again during the American Revolutionary war as a prison for German and British soldiers.
We see the remains of many of the locks, on old iron furnace, mule cross-overs, and several waterfalls. We stop in Shepardstown as one of our overnights, and take some time to visit Harpers Ferry. On the way to our overnight in Leesburg we ride the General Jubal Early Ferry across the Potomac. After five delightful days riding along the Potomac we arrive in Georgetown, Washington, DC.
185 miles five days of riding

Minimum number of riders: 8 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinner,  Support: Sag Wagon provided. Local hotel accommodations.

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Lake Champlain Area, VT.

We ride on the Vermont and New York sides of the lake and on the Champlain islands with many ferry crossing. We start out of Burlington, Vt. on the Island Line trail. We continue on beautiful low traffic roads on the Champlain Islands. We visit the site of Fort St. Anne, Vermont’s oldest settlement. The statue of Samuel De Champlain, sculpted at the Expo ’67. With a little bit of luck we arrive in Plattsburgh, NY for a re-enactment of battles of the War of 1812.   200 miles

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinner.  Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Florida Rail Trail 2

This is a very special bike tour where you can see that Florida is not just beaches. We bike the West Orange Trail from Apopka Fl. to Oakland, Fl. (This trail won Rail to Trails trail of the year award in 1994.) Then we van over to the James Van Fleet trail, 29 miles of paved, flat, straight swamp and wilderness trail. If we are lucky, many birds, turtles and even a possible alligator may be seen. The third day we van to the Withlacoochee trail, the longest paved rail trail in Florida. We are in the country now, horse farms, small towns, ranches and wooded areas. We spend the night in Inverness, Florida and continue our tour on this trail the next day. The final day we start our ride in Tarpon Springs, Fl., which is now the sponge capital of the United States. We follow the Pinellas Trail for 35 miles through Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Seminole to St. Petersburg. Five days of riding all on flat, paved, bike paths. Beginner level   

130 miles – five days riding Meals included 4B/4L/2D

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Washington DC Area

We spend five days in the Washington DC area.  Two on the C&O Canal from Harpers Ferry WV to Georgetown in DC.  One day at the Gettysburg National Battlefield and two days visiting the monuments, Lincoln’s, Jefferson’s, The Viet Nam Memorial, Korean memorial and George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon.  The best way to see the sights is by bicycle.  Includes:   5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, four overnight accommodations, sag wagon.

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Amish Tour

A delightful and very interesting bike tour of the Amish area around Intercourse, PA. The eight team horse or mule-drawn plows, one room school houses, buggies and scooters. The truly unique culture of the Amish people can be observed. A look at the “simple life”. This tour is rated intermediate. We ride approximately 32 miles per day for 2 days on rolling country roads with little traffic.

Minimum number of riders: 8 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Ohio Bike Trails #1

Ohio BikeTrails, our newest tour, takes you on trails through the bike friendly, historic Ohio countryside with occasional views of its cities. We know you will fall in love with the many small towns you will ride through. We think you will come away with an image of Ohio as the hard-working, productive farming, beautiful river landscape area that it is.

We start this trip outside of Cleveland and head south on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. Our first day of riding offers an option for bikers to choose an on and off jaunt on the scenic railroad  that parallels the towpath. We end the day in Akron and van back to the trailhead there the next morning to continue south. This stretch includes a picnic lunch stop at St. Helena Heritage park where you can take an optional 1 hour canal boat ride on the St Helena III, a replica of an old freighter. We will spend the next night and bike the following morning in the Amish country of Holmes County.  We’ll visit the Amish and Mennonite Cultural Center to learn about the people of this area. The trail here in Holmes County is a unique wide trail built with separate lanes for bikes and buggies.

Next, we’ll move west to ride the Roberts Pass and Prairie grass trails that travel through farmlands from Georgesville (outside of Columbus) to Xenia (outside of Dayton).  We’ll spend two nights in Springfield with a morning ride along the northern leg of the Little Miami trail where you can make a coffee stop in Yellow  Springs, home of Antioch college. In Springfield we’ll visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Wescott house. The next day we’ll ride downhill  along the great Miami river on  the Great Miami trail from Piqua to Franklin . Our picnic lunch stop that day is a park with a dramatic view of the Dayton skyline.

Our last three days will include a ride across from Dayton to Xenia on the urban Cross Creek Trail and then south on the Little Miami trail, a scenic wooded trail. The southern part of the trail runs along the Little Miami river.  This trail finishes with a peddle-easy  downhill (afternoon break in the charming town of Loveland) to our final destination in Cincinnati.

This tour provides a wonderful trek from Cleveland in northeast Ohio to Cincinnati in southwest Ohio with all trails except the towpath paved. And while the areas around the trails are sometimes hilly, the trails are perfect for old folks on spokes.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12.   7 nights Lodging, Meals: 6 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Cape Cod, MA 1

Popular demand has us headed to the Cape.  Sea, sand, charming woods, and ferry rides.  All of these and more await you on our Cape Cod tour. We begin in the fishing port of Hyannis, traveling by ferry for a day trip to bike Nantucket Island. From Hyannis we bike up the Cape Cod trail to Wellfleet.  The next morning we bike back roads toward the upper cape and then van the final rolling roads and beach road into Provincetown.  We spend an afternoon and evening in this destination village at the tip of the Cape.  The next day we van back to ride the Shinning Sea trail and enjoy a nights stay in Falmouth.  Next we ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for biking this beautiful island and an overnight sty in Oak Bluff.  There’s time for exploring the village including its famous gingerbread cottages.  We return the following afternoon on the high-speed ferry to Hyannis.    Encluded 6 nights lodging, 3 bkfts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and sag wagon support.

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Great Allegheny Passage, PA

We have just added a 5th day to this tour so we can include the newly opened section from Pittsburgh Pa. to McKeesport. We will meet day one with the pick up the Pittsburgh airport at noon.   You will have time to ride around the three rivers in the afternoon.  Then after a short cocktail hour we will take the incline up Mt. Washington followed by dinner, included.  We travel through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, including the Salisbury Viaduct 1908 feet long, through the Savage Tunnel, 3294 feet long on a easy stone dust surface. We will take a morning off to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house on the third day.  (included in the tour).  The final day is a treat with the last 22 miles down hill to Cumberland.  I think this may be one of the best rail trails in the country.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Max 12   Meals 3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinner   Support: Sag wagon provided

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Ohio Trails #2

Ohio BikeTrails, our newest tour, takes you on trails through the bike friendly, historic Ohio countryside with occasional views of its cities. We know you will fall in love with the many small towns you will ride through. We think you will come away with an image of Ohio as the hard-working, productive farming, beautiful river landscape area that it is.

We start this trip outside of Cleveland and head south on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. Our first day of riding offers an option for bikers to choose an on and off jaunt on the scenic railroad  that parallels the towpath. We end the day in Akron and van back to the trailhead there the next morning to continue south. This stretch includes a picnic lunch stop at St. Helena Heritage park where you can take an optional 1 hour canal boat ride on the St Helena III, a replica of an old freighter. We will spend the next night and bike the following morning in the Amish country of Holmes County.  We’ll visit the Amish and Mennonite Cultural Center to learn about the people of this area. The trail here in Holmes County is a unique wide trail built with separate lanes for bikes and buggies.

Next, we’ll move west to ride the Roberts Pass and Prairie grass trails that travel through farmlands from Georgesville (outside of Columbus) to Xenia (outside of Dayton).  We’ll spend two nights in Springfield with a morning ride along the northern leg of the Little Miami trail where you can make a coffee stop in Yellow  Springs, home of Antioch college. In Springfield we’ll visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Wescott house. The next day we’ll ride downhill  along the great Miami river on  the Great Miami trail from Piqua to Franklin . Our picnic lunch stop that day is a park with a dramatic view of the Dayton skyline.

Our last three days will include a ride across from Dayton to Xenia on the urban Cross Creek Trail and then south on the Little Miami trail, a scenic wooded trail. The southern part of the trail runs along the Little Miami river.  This trail finishes with a peddle-easy  downhill (afternoon break in the charming town of Loveland) to our final destination in Cincinnati.

This tour provides a wonderful trek from Cleveland in northeast Ohio to Cincinnati in southwest Ohio with all trails except the towpath paved. And while the areas around the trails are sometimes hilly, the trails are perfect for old folks on spokes.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12.   7 nights Lodging, Meals: 6 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Le P’tit Train Du Nord, Laurentian Mts, Quebec

The original train track built between 1891 and 1909 between St. Jerome and Mount Laurier.  The last freight train ran in 1989 and by 1996 the P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park was completed.  We ride along lakes, Lac Nominingue for one and through forests and a series of small towns as we work our way from Mont Laurier through Labelle, Mont Tremblant, Ste-Agathe, Val David, Val Morin, Ste Adele to St Jerome. Many of the towns have the old train stations restored. We ride along the Rouge river in the North and along the Riviere du Nord in the South. This path is 50% paved and 50% stone dust.  Smooth enough even for a road bike.   125 miles, four days of riding.

 

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders :12. Meals  4B-3L-4D  4 night accommodations.   Support:  sag wagon provided   

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Erie Canal, NY –

We have eliminated the road riding and hills.  Just biking the beautiful canal path. We ride from Buffalo to Albany but only on the canal path with a few exceptions of short unfinished pathways.  This means we have to van a bit and it is worth it. Unlike the C&O Canal this canal passes through small towns and even large cities. A flat biking experience.  This tour includes van support, admission to the museum in Medina (www.railroadmuseum.net) and a canal boat tour in Herkimer http://www.eriecanalcruises.com/   Pick up  is the Buffalo airport drop off is the Albany airport.

Our longest day is 42 miles our shortest is 26 miles.     

Minimum number of riders: 10/ Maximum number of riders: 13.  Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners. Support: Sag Wagon provided.  Local motel accommodations 6 nights.

 

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Cape Cod, MA 2

Popular demand has us headed to the Cape. Sea, sand, charming woods, and ferry rides. All of these and more await you on our Cape Cod tour. We begin in the fishing port of Hyannis, traveling by ferry for a day trip to bike Nantucket Island. From Hyannis we bike up the Cape Cod trail to Wellfleet. The next morning we bike back roads toward the upper cape and then van the final rolling roads and beach road  into Provincetown. We spend an afternoon and evening in this destination village at the tip of the Cape. The next day we van back to ride the Shinning Sea trail and enjoy a nights stay in Falmouth. Next we ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for biking this beautiful island and an overnight sty in Oak Bluff. There’s time for exploring the village including its famous gingerbread cottages. We return the following afternoon on the high-speed ferry to Hyannis. Encluded 6 nights lodging, 3 bkfts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and sag wagon support. 

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Great Allegheny Passage & C&O Canal

This eleven day ride from Pittsburgh Pa. to Georgetown in Washington, DC is a unforgettable experience. We travel through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, including the Salisbury Viaduct 1908 feet long, through the Savage Tunnel, 3294 feet long on a easy stone dust surface. We will take a morning off to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house. (included in the tour) We have a rest day in Cumberland Maryland before we continue our journey on the C&O Canal. This trail surface is a little rougher and requires a hybrid bike. Another tunnel awaits us, the Paw Paw tunnel, 3,118 foot brick lined tunnel, an engineering feat which took fourteen years to complete from 1828 to 1850. We will stop for a visit at Ft. Frederick state Park, the site of Marylands frontier defense during the French and Indian war (1754-17863). Unique because of it large size and stone walls. Ft. Frederick was also used during the American revolutionary war as a prison for German and British soldiers. We will take an afternoon to visit historic Harpers Ferry and ride the General Jubal Early ferry into Leesburg for our overnight stay there. Eleven days later we arrive in Georgetown, Wash., DC.
325 miles 10 days of riding  -

Minimum number of riders: 8 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 10 breakfast, 7 lunch, 4 dinner.  Support: Sag Wagon provided.


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Northern Neck of VA.

A scenic peaceful bike tour of the Northern Neck of Virginia. We bike the back country roads of Northumberland and Mathews county. Barely a hill in sight and in Fall the weather is perfect.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 1 breakfasts, 2 lunches 1 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided. Local hotel accommodations.

 

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Florida Rail trails 2

This is a very special bike tour where you can see that Florida is not just beaches. We bike the West Orange Trail from Apopka Fl. to Oakland, Fl. (This trail won Rail to Trails trail of the year award in 1994.) Then we van over to the James Van Fleet trail, 29 miles of paved, flat, straight swamp and wilderness trail. If we are lucky, many birds, turtles and even a possible alligator may be seen. The third day we van to the Withlacoochee trail, the longest paved rail trail in Florida. We are in the country now, horse farms, small towns, ranches and wooded areas. We spend the night in Inverness, Florida and continue our tour on this trail the next day. The final day we start our ride in Tarpon Springs, Fl., which is now the sponge capital of the United States. We follow the Pinellas Trail for 35 miles through Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Seminole to St. Petersburg. Five days of riding all on flat, paved, bike paths. Beginner level

130 miles – five days riding Meals included 4B/4L /2D

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Florida Keys 1 – Sold Out

Our introduction to the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat ride to Americas only living coral reef at John Pennekamp State Park. We will bike right from their parking lot to start our tour of the Keys. On the ride we will cross 42 bridges including the 7 mile bridge. We will have the opportunity to feed the pelicans at the Wild Bird center, see Humphrey Bogart’s boat the “African Queen”, visit the Hurricane memorial erected in memory of the 1935 hurricane that destroyed Mr. Flagler’s railroad, visit the Dolphin Research center, picnic in Bahia Honda St. Park, maybe visit the turtle hospital and even stop in at the no name pub for a cold beer on its own no name key. Then we arrive in the unique city of Key West. Here we spent two days and you are on your own with the possibility of visiting the “Little White House”, Truman’s vacation home, the Hemmingway House, sunset at Mallary Square (a most), or maybe a half day fishing or a snorkel trip or a day trip to the Dry Tortugas Nalt. Park. What ever you do it will be a memorable time in the Sun. Switch off the cell phones and beepers, don’t check your email, this change in latitude will definitely be a change in attitude. This is half bike path and half road riding.    Intermediate level        Sold out
100 miles – Four days of riding – Meals included 5B/1L/2D

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Florida Rail Trails

This is a very special bike tour where you can see that Florida is not just beaches. We bike the West Orange Trail from Apopka Fl. to Oakland, Fl. (This trail won Rail to Trails trail of the year award in 1994.) Then we van over to the James Van Fleet trail, 29 miles of paved, flat, straight swamp and wilderness trail. If we are lucky, many birds, turtles and even a possible alligator may be seen. The third day we van to the Withlacoochee trail, the longest paved rail trail in Florida. We are in the country now, horse farms, small towns, ranches and wooded areas. We spend the night in Inverness, Florida and continue our tour on this trail the next day. The final day we start our ride in Tarpon Springs, Fl., which is now the sponge capital of the United States. We follow the Pinellas Trail for 35 miles through Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Seminole to St. Petersburg. Five days of riding all on flat, paved, bike paths. Beginner level     4 spots left
130 miles – five days riding Meals included 4B/4L /2D

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Florida Keys 2

Our introduction to the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat ride to Americas only living coral reef at John Pennekamp State Park. We will bike right from their parking lot to start our tour of the Keys. On the ride we will cross 42 bridges including the 7 mile bridge. We will have the opportunity to feed the pelicans at the Wild Bird center, see Humphrey Bogart’s boat the “African Queen”, visit the Hurricane memorial erected in memory of the 1935 hurricane that destroyed Mr. Flagler’s railroad, visit the Dolphin Research center, picnic in Bahia Honda St. Park, maybe visit the turtle hospital and even stop in at the no name pub for a cold beer on its own no name key. Then we arrive in the unique city of Key West. Here we spent two days and you are on your own with the possibility of visiting the “Little White House”, Truman’s vacation home, the Hemmingway House, sunset at Mallary Square (a most), or maybe a half day fishing or a snorkel trip or a day trip to the Dry Tortugas Nalt. Park. What ever you do it will be a memorable time in the Sun. Switch off the cell phones and beepers, don’t check your email, this change is latitude will definitely be a change in attitude. This is half bike path and half road riding. Intermediate level    -   
100 miles – Four days of riding – Meals included 5B/1L/2D    sold out

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Florida Keys 3

Our introduction to the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat ride to Americas only living coral reef at John Pennekamp State Park. We will bike right from their parking lot to start our tour of the Keys. On the ride we will cross 42 bridges including the 7 mile bridge. We will have the opportunity to feed the pelicans at the Wild Bird center, see Humphrey Bogart’s boat the “African Queen”, visit the Hurricane memorial erected in memory of the 1935 hurricane that destroyed Mr. Flagler’s railroad, visit the Dolphin Research center, picnic in Bahia Honda St. Park, maybe visit the turtle hospital and even stop in at the no name pub for a cold beer on its own no name key. Then we arrive in the unique city of Key West. Here we spent two days and you are on your own with the possibility of visiting the “Little White House”, Truman’s vacation home, the Hemmingway House, sunset at Mallary Square (a most), or maybe a half day fishing or a snorkel trip or a day trip to the Dry Tortugas Nalt. Park. What ever you do it will be a memorable time in the Sun. Switch off the cell phones and beepers, don’t check your email, this change is latitude will definitely be a change in attitude. This is half bike path and half road riding. Intermediate level    

100 miles – Four days of riding – Meals included 5B/1L/2D     

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