We’re so excited…the adventure begins tomorrow!
This is a gorgeous day of rolling hills, open farmland and quiet canopied roads. You’ll want to take your time. Be a busybody. Poke your nose in all the strange
places you won’t find at home. Explore the remarkable miniature world of Roadside America. Soar back a hundred years or more among the antique planes at the Golden Age Air Museum. Ask questions. Take pictures. Indulge your curiosity. Count the new born foals and the one room schoolhouses, then tell us all about them when we gather for dinner at the Lantern Lodge in Myerstown, PA.
Mileage options: 31, 41, 50 or 60 mile routes
Rise and shine. You’ll want to get moving. There’s so much to see and do. Today we leave the shady woodlands and find ourselves spinning freely through
the lush vistas of the Pennsylvania Amish farm country. Spend some time in one of America's earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister. Stop and peek in the windows of a one room schoolhouse where English is taught as a secondlanguage. Drink from a hand-pumped well. Buy fresh fruit and Shoo-fly pie from a road side stand. Eat lunch in a mom and pop store passed down from generation to generation. We’ll catch up with you at the Netherlands Inn and Spa, our hotel for the next two nights.
Whether you join us on one of our optional
Chesapeake Challenge loops or go your own way, today is a great day to explore. There’s so much to see and do in the area. Strasburg is famous for trains. Visit the National Toy Train Museum, or see the real thing at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Pedal back to Intercourse for some sight seeing, shopping and museums. Spend half a day figuring out where you’ll eat lunch and the other half trying to ride it off. This is your chance to spend a leisurely day on your own if that's what you want.
You may decide to take the Chesapeake Challenge, a hilly 90 mile route to Charlestown on the Chesapeake Bay where you can have a fantastic lunch at the Wellwood Yacht Club. On the way, snack at the Bartville Store, where the local Amish farmers frequently stop. You don't have to ride the full 90
miles, There are shorter options, all of which will let you experience a countryside bus tourists never find. You'll love the spectacular roads where the electric poles simply stop. Gaze over valleys carved by meandering streams and look down on a slate roof covered bridge. The kids are barefoot, the smiles are genuine and you’ll pass more buggies than cars. Whatever route you choose today, we bet you have a blast.
Mileage options on the Chesepeake Challenge: 25, 46, 57 or 91 miles
Unsagged local touring: 12+ miles
If you rode to the Chesapeake, you can think of today as your recovery day. The route is gentle, with only one ridge between you and a restful afternoon. It’s a day
full of charm as we ride past the quaint villages of Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Paradise and of course Blue Ball. (We’re saving Virginville for another day.) We’re headed to Morgantown and our hotel, the Holiday Inn. Work up a hearty appetite. You’ll need it for dinner tonight. We have a treat in store for you!
You may not want breakfast after last night, but we have it waiting for you all the same. Today we leave the bucolic byways of Lancaster County and head north. Learn about the early American iron industry at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Take a tour through the late 1700’s house where Daniel Boone was born at the Daniel Boone Homestead. Slurp home made ice cream in the stunning beauty of Oley Valley. Spin your way beside the stream on the only hill Karen likes to climb as you make your way to the Lehigh Valley. Take a short side trip to T-Town, home to the Lehigh Valley Velodrome where world class professional and Olympic cyclists come to compete.
This is home territory for us, and we can’t wait to share it with you. We think these roads are as pretty and the riding as great as anyplace in America. Our
hotel for tonight is the Hilton Garden in Foglesville.
As often as I’ve made this journey I’m still unable to tell you which day’s route is the most beautiful. They are each unique. Each spectacular. Each worth doing
again and again. Today’s route takes us through the rolling hills along the the Kitatinny Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. The vistas are stunning! Take a tour of Crystal Cave where the temperature is always cool. Stop by Pine Creek Pottey to visit with Willi Singleton, the potter, and see his unique wood fired Japanese kiln. Enjoy the quiet roads, soaring hawks and stunning scenery as you make your way back to Hamburg. You can even throw in one final
challenge, a strenuous climb up Hawk Mountain.
It’s hard to believe this week has gone by so quickly. Every day the miles have spun out like silk as we’ve woven our way along these back roads. The fields,
forest, hills and valleys, vistas and panoramas have created a tapestry forever stitched in your memory, as you have become stitched in ours. We hope you
come back and join us again.
Mileage options: 46, 49, or 56
Partially unsagged : 36