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
Washington DC Area TBD Intermediate 5 days $1390. average 35
Florida Keys 1 – 2 spots available January 25 - January 30, 2015 Intermediate 6 $1820. 25
Florida Rail Trails 1 – 2 spots available February 5 - February 9, 2015 Intermediate level 5 $1470. 19/32
Florida Keys 2 – 2 spots left February 15 - February 20, 2015 Intermediate 6 $1820. avg.25
Florida Keys 3 – 5 spots available March 1 - March 6, 2015 intermediate 6 $1820. avg.25
Amish Tour April 23 - April 24, 2015 intermediate 2 $350 32
Erie Canal, NY – May 21 - May 27, 2015 intermediate 7 days $1825. 30-45-45-45-19-43-29
Great Allegheny Passage, PA June 2 - June 6, 2015 intermediate 5 days $1010. 15/38/30/32/42
Ohio Bike Trails #1 June 8 - June 16, 2015 intermediate 8 $1750. 32/35/30/44/20-34/41/39/32
Michigan Trails June 20 - June 27, 2015 intermediate 8 days $1790.
Le P’tit Train Du Nord, Laurentian Mts, Quebec August 31 - September 4, 2015 intermediate 5 days $1390 Average 35
Lake Champlain Area, VT. September 7 - September 12, 2015 Intermediate 6 Days $1590. Average 35
Cape Cod, MA 1 September 15 - September 20, 2015 intermediate 7 $1740. 20-36
Northern Neck of VA. October 22 - October 23, 2015 Intermedite 2 days $345 32

Tour Descriptions

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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Florida Keys 1 – 2 spots available

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

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Florida Rail Trails 1 – 2 spots available

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 2 – 2 spots left

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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Florida Keys 3 – 5 spots available

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        5 spots left

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Amish Tour

On this tour we explore the unique look of the Amish countryside around Intercourse, Pennsylvania. We spend two days in this world of the simple life. We start with a visit to the information center to see a film that will introduce you to the Amish and Mennonite people of the area.

Here kids ride scooters to and from school and play ball in the yard of their one room schoolhouses. It’s spring plowing time so we see men standing to drive their teams of horses or mules or a combination of both. Watching them turn a team of eight at the edge of a field shows the skill this work requires.

We ride past houses with colorful gardens and pulley clotheslines with the family’s wash flying high in the sun and breeze. And all along the way we see a variety of Amish buggies and hear the sound of the houses’ hooves as they prance along these rural roads. We’ll picnic beside a mill stream and enjoy an abundant Amish supper.  A look at the simple life.

We ride 32 miles each day for two days on rolling hills, roads with little traffic. The trip is rated intermediate because it involves road riding and rolling terrain.

64 miles – Two days of riding – Includes: Lodging – 1 night; Meals – 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.  Sag support and admission to the Amish Information Center film.

 

 

 

 

 

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Erie Canal, NY –

We bike our version of the Erie Canalway route from Buffalo to Albany. Leaving Buffalo, we ride the canal bike path heading east with only minimal road stretches. Where the route moves to travel long and/or hilly road sections, we van to the next bike path access. Using this approach we are able to avoid biking hills and instead use the flat bike trail.

We follow the waterway as we ride beside the Niagara River, Ellicott Creek, the Erie Canal, the Mohawk River, and the Hudson River. The route travels through villages and cities of upstate New York. It is a working route for pleasure boat travel and so includes numerous working locks. We travel through one of them as we take a canal boat tour out of Herkimer. This route is also a train route and in Medina we visit the Medina model train Museum.

The settlers and Indians of the area around Rome, NY played an important role in the Revolutionary War. We visit the Fort Stanwix National Monument where in addition to the fort there is an excellent small museum that gives an effective presentation of the local history.

This canal pathway tour gives you a glimpse of days gone by. It also takes you through canalside towns that still welcome canal boaters, some local and some just passing through. We think you’ll find our “edited” version of this upstate New York bike route the very best way to bike from Buffalo to Albany. Our longest day is 44 miles our shortest is 26 miles.

256 miles – Seven days of riding – Includes: Lodging – 7 nights; Meals – 7 breakfasts,             3 lunches, 3 dinners; Sag support, admission to Medina Model Train Museum and tickets for Herkimer boat tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 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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Michigan Trails

Our Michigan bike tour travels through Michigan’s rural farmlands, its peaceful woods and forests,   and into its welcoming lakeside villages and cities. We begin biking in Grand Rapids, a mecca of bike trails, and ride north out to the small town of Sand Lake. with a stop for lunch in the charming riverside town of Rockford. Next we head west to the shores of Lake Michigan and then up the coast to Michigan’s surprising huge sand dunes. A morning van ride brings us to Sutton’s Bay for lunch in this bayside town and an afternoon ride into Traverse City on the south end of the Grand Traverse Bay. Then it’s eastward to meet the coast of Lake Huron and a stay in Mackinaw City. From Mackinaw City we take the ferry to Mackinac Island and spend the day exploring this island where feet and horses and bikes are the only modes of transportation. No CARS. On the last day we head back southward along the Lake Michigan shoreline on a rail trail. This trail actually started in the late 1800’s as a pathway for bicycling and walking. It eventually was developed for train travel and thankfully now has returned to a bikeway. Along the way in Petosky, we’ll take a short side trail through a steep ravine beside the Bear River rapids. The rapids are a popular Michigan whitewater paddlesport location. Except for our first and last biking days when we are returning to our airport vicinity hotel, we’ll be biking in to each night’s lodging. If we van to a trail in the morning, we will load bikes for such trail connections. And most days find us lakeside at the end of the day. On our eight days of biking we’ll travel on pavement, crushed limestone, asphalt, boardwalks, through tunnels and across wooden trestles. And every day there will be water – rivers, streams, ponds, bays and lakes. Lots and lots of lakes – some Great and some smaller. The glacier that covered this area 10,000 years ago left Michigan with over 11,000 lakes that are 5 acres or more in size and thousands more that are smaller. No wonder you seem to encounter them at every turn in the trail. This landscape and lakescape are the perfect backdrop for eight days of biking in late June

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

This bike trail travels through the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec from Mont Laurier in the north to St. Jerome in the south. It is French. It is spectacularly scenic. It is a biking foodie’s dream.

This linear park provides a rail trail completed in 1996 on the bed of a train track built between 1891 and 1909. The path is 50% paved and 50% stone dust, smooth enough even for a road bike. The trail winds beside Riviere Rouge in the north and Riviere du Nord in the southern part of the trail. And this is lake country. We ride past Lac Nominingue, Lac Tremblant, and Lac Carre as well as smaller lakes. This is stunning north country with forests and waterways filling the landscape.

We also encounter several villages along the trail. Nominigue, Riviere-Rouge, La Belle, Mont Tremblant, Ste Faustin, Ste Agathe. Val David, Val Morin, and Ste Adele all lie either directly beside or just off the trail. Many of these locations have restored the train stations originally built for the old railway. These now serve as trailhead facilities.

On the trail our accommodations are at auberges along the way. These small inns provide not only unique surroundings but also memorable evening meals. When you add that to our picnic lunches beside the trail, at a covered bridge, and at the station in Ste Faustin, you can see why this trip is a foodie favorite.

125 miles – 4 days of riding – Includes: Lodging – 4 nights; Meals – 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners; Sag support

 

 

 

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Lake Champlain Area, VT.

On this tour we bike among the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks of New York with their beautiful scenery but without trekking up and down those mountain roads. We ride the east (Vermont) side of Lake Champlain and the west (New York) side of the lake. We bike and ferry on and off the islands to explore Isle La Motte, North Hero, and South Hero. We start in Burlington on the Island Line trail and then move onto local roads. This is road riding after the summer vacationers have gone back home. That means our roads are invitingly lightly traveled.

As we travel the area we visit the site of Fort St Anne on Isle La Motte. This was Vermont’s oldest settlement. In Plattsburgh you can see the statue of Samuel de Champlain that was sculpted at the “67 Expo and now fittingly looks out over the lake that he named for himself.

Our after Labor day timing also puts us in the Plattsburgh area on the weekend they commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812. With a bit of luck we arrive there in time for their re-enactment which involves a land and lake battle.

Our lodgings for the trip are a mix of inns, lodges, and motels. Three of our nights are spent directly on the lake. That means you may wish to swim, kayak, canoe, take a seaplane ride, fish, take a boat tour, or just lounge on a beach or deck.

At trip’s end we bike south to Fort Kent, NY and board the ferry for the trip back across the lake to Burlington. There are those who’ve advocated that Champlain should be counted as the sixth great lake. We just know it is one great place to bike at the end of summer.

200 miles – 6 days of biking – Includes: Lodging – 6 nights; Meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches,2 dinners; Sag support

 

 

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Cape Cod, MA 1

Sea, sand, charming woods, and ferry rides fill our days on the Cape and its nearby islands. We visit the ports in Hyannis and Falmouth and from them ferry to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket is a day trip with a chance to ride the trails that traverse the island as well as time to visit the village of Nantucket. Our trip to Martha’s Vineyard includes an overnight stay in Oak Bluffs. We take time to bike some of the island’s trails, visit the Gingerbread Houses in Oak Bluffs, and that night maybe even stand in line to share the experience of buying from Back Door Donuts.

On the Cape we bike the Cape Cod trail between South Dennis and Southfleet and do some optional road riding to reach the tip of the cape at Provincetown. While in P’town most riders elect an optional dunes ride to discover the wonders of the extensive dunes on the ocean side of the area. A climb to the top of the Pilgrim Monument puts all of P’town and the bay and ocean at your feet. At the north western end of the Cape we ride the Cape Cod Canal bikeway along the Cape Cod Canal. The canal connects Cape Cod Bay on the east with Buzzards Bay on the west. We combine the canal trail with a ride on the Shining Sea Bikeway that runs between North Falmouth at its northern end and the Atlantic and Falmouth at its southern end.

Our lodging on this trip includes a variety of inns and motels. Our locations on Martha’s Vineyard and in Provincetown and Hyannis put us right in the heart of the action. We picnic on the days we ride the bike trails on the cape. There are diners and pubs and fine dining restaurants sprinkled throughout our travels.

There is something special about this seaside New England landscape with its harbors and windswept woods. The gray shingled houses and the bright white clapboard ones are complimented by the intense colored flowers that only happen in these northern climes. It’s the perfect place to be when time is on the outside edges of the summer months.

Estimate 100 miles. The 3 days on the islands are routes of your choice. 6 days of riding – Includes: Lodging – 6 nights; 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners; Sag support; Ferry tickets to Nantucket and Martha’s vineyard,

 

 

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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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