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Weekend Cycling Vacation Recommendation

Old 02-17-06, 06:55 PM
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Weekend Cycling Vacation Recommendation

A friend wants a bunch of us to get together for a weekend of hanging out / scenic cycling. Location would be Connecticut, New York or PA. Would be sometime this summer.

Talent range is pretty wide, from relaxed touring to what might be equivalent to a solid club ride (although the full on hammering will be kept under control).

Any recommendations for tour groups or locales?
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This is a bit farther away. But an excelent weekend 200 mile ride through the beautiful Mississippi river valley of Iowa and Illinois. Its TOMRV and its on June 10-11. Aproximently 1500 riders hosted by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club. You can goto https://www.qcbc.org/tomrv/ for details. We over night at Clarke college in Dubuque, IA. Either camp on the college grounds or rent a dorm room. Live entertainment and a beer garden. The college throws a feast to feed us. Just a fantasic ride. This ride is dificult though. Not for the beginner. First day is 106 miles. It goes throw 3 states the first day. Leaves Ia, crosses into Illinois, Then briefly into Wisconsin, then back to Iowa to Clarke college. The second day is all Iowa. The second day is about 85 miles. Both days are hilly rides. First day has the steapst ride. Black Jack road to Chestnut Mountain ski resort can be challenging.
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Sorry, should have given a link with my recommendation. But you really don't need one, Lake Placid is one of those places I always love to just show up and ride in the summer. It's so beautiful that I actually enjoy being semi-lost. Heh.

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Without a doubt, the hills are brutal but the scenery rocks..thought about doing the whiteface bike race early this summer, don't know if the schedule will permit though.
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If you like "do it yourself" routes, maybe you would want to consider State College, PA. There's plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. that go along with a typical bustling college town. However, once you're outside of State College / University Park, there's no shortage of remote backroads for riding. There are two parallel mountain ranges that provide many climbing options up to 5 miles long. If you prefer a flat ride, you can ride for miles in the valley between the two ranges. I know of one road out there that's flat or slightly rolling, where you can ride for 40 miles without hitting a stop sign or traffic light! The book "Bike Rides from Beaver Stadium" by Scott Adams has routes from 15 to 100+ miles. However I'm sure that between Grasschopper and I, we could provide you with a number of routes!
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There is much beautiful riding around Upper Bucks County, PA, just north of Philadelphia, and into Hunterdon County, NJ, just across the Delaware River. Nice parks, B&Bs, nearby trendy New Hope. Fairly light traffic; scenic roads with little traffic; some challenging hills, but alternatives that are merely rolling. Neta country store destinations for food/rest stops. SpongeDad, you did the Central Bucks Covered Bridges Ride, didn't you? If so, you know something about the countryside. I've been tempted to move back into center city Philadelphia, but I can't even contemplate moving further away from all this really nice cycling....
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