Pedal PA Penn Central Bicycle Tour
June 25th - July 2nd, 2011
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The Penn Central bicycle tour traverses the heartland of Pennsylvania, characterized by lightly traveled roads, small towns and villages with charm and personality. We eat and sleep well at state universities and colleges. Along the 450 mile trip the terrain is varied. We seek out river valleys and ridges that present the most desired route across the state.
Pennsylvania is a big, beautiful and challenging state. The Allegheny and Blue Mountains are for real. They're part of the appeal. The Penn Central is for riders who enjoy a challenge. If you prepare yourself with appropriate training and equip your bike with suitable gearing, you will ride with strength and confidence, and you will enjoy the ride much more for it.
|Day by Day:
Saturday, June 25th
near Pittsburgh, PA
|We meet at our finishing point in Kulpsville load our trucks with bikes and luggage and board our luxury coach for the trip to Greensburg. Once checked in at our residence hall you can embark on the optional tune-up ride. We'll have dinner, meet the staff, hear about the first day's ride, and get acquainted at an ice cream social. The campus sits along an old stand of white and red oaks with a nature walk to enjoy on the hillside.
Sunday, June 26th
Our route to Johnstown gives you a taste of the western Pennsylvania mountains, the small towns, fast descent and history of that characterizes the commonwealth. This new route takes us to Latrobe, sorry the brewery will be closed on Sunday morning. This allows us to avoid the climbs into Johnstown, NO Pickin Chicken Hill. We will pass the Johnstown Flood Museum on our to the University.
Monday, June 27th
To: Penn State, Altoona
|We've caught our second wind and roll on to Altoona, a big-time cycling town and home of the Tour de Toona road-racing classic. This new route from Johnstown to Altoona will include Horseshoe Curve National Landmark, an awesome engineering feat - moving a mountain on the backs of laborers to permit western railroad expansion.
Tuesday, June 28th
To: State College
|On to "Happy Valley" home of Joe Paterno’s Nittany Lions, we cycle rural roads through small communities and abundant farmlands. Fort Roberdeau, instrumental in the American Revolution, and Indian Caverns, with underground rock formations, are side excursions. State College, where Beaver Stadium looms like an immense spaceship, is a happening college town with shops, sights and friendly "watering holes".
Wednesday, June 29th
To: Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove
|Today will long remain in your bicycling memory as we cycle a stunning Pennsylvania Dutch farm valley with tiny communities, handsome farms, and the inevitable clip-clop of horse and buggy. Penn's Cave and Wildlife Preserve is a side excursion where underground formations may be seen by boat. Entering Bald Eagle State Forest, we have lunch at Raymond Winter State Park where sandy beach and lake means great swimming. We pass through Mifflinburg, a charming Victorian town and enjoy a long descent into the Susquehanna River Valley at Selinsgrove, an attractive college town.
Thursday, June 30th
|A lot of folks have requested less climbing so the goal of this new Penn Central route is to omit some of the epic Pennsylvania climbs that are Pennsylvania! Going to Elizabethtown will allow us to bypass Gold Mine Rd over Blue Mountain. Lunch on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Millersburg, home of the Millersburg Ferry, the last remaining ferry crossing of the river.
Friday, July 1st
To: Kutztown University
|A new route through Lebanon and Berks County to Kutztown. It's cowpath after cowpath seeing amish farming at it's best. We may visit the Velodrome in Trexlertown to see some Friday night racing.
Saturday, July 2nd
To: Kulpsville, near Lansdale
|We leave the PA Dutch heartland area around Kutztown, PA and wind our way into Montgomery county, PA my back yard and home to Indian Valley Bikeworks where we end our tour back at the Holiday Inn in Kulpsville.
A Tour Kit, for all registrants, will contain detailed information on travel options to Greensburg and home bound from Kulpsville, including driving directions, parking arrangements, charter bus. League of American Bicyclist (LAB) members can check with LAB about opportunities to fly bikes free.
- Pedal PA T-shirt
- Apartment style accommodations at colleges and universities.
- College and University swimming pools.
- luxury coach transportation
- Dinner and breakfast daily at Colleges and Universities, except Penn State. Vegetarian selections are available.
- Hearty lunches at midway point each day, prepared by local folks.
- Baggage transport to each nights destination.
- Cue sheets and maps. Roads marked with arrows.
- Professional staff to ride sweep and assist.
- Two passenger SAG vans and a mechanical support van (parts are extra).
- Optional evening activities
- Scheduled morning and afternoon refreshment stops.
Available at Additional Cost:
- Parking of your vehicle for the week of the tour
- Shipment of your bike via UPS
- Massage therapy
- Pedal PA jersey ($69.00)
Tour Fee: $1269.00
Based on double occupancy. If traveling alone Pedal Pa will match you with a roommate
Save $100.00 off the tour fee with the past participant discount. Simply add name of past tour to shopping cart.
Single room supplement $275.00
Parking for the week $25.00
$25.00 per person discount for groups of 5 or more. Include name of group when adding to shopping cart
All discounts will be applied to your final invoice. Combined discounts not to exceed $100 per participant
Full tour fee due at time of registration
or print the PDF form to fill out and mail in.
If you have any difficulty or questions about the registration process please contact us and we will review your input and make the necessary changes.
If you cancel 30 or more days from the start of the tour you will be refunded the full amount except for $100.00 or you can transfer your entire payment to a future multi-day tour. (Good for one year) Less that 30 days from the start of the tour, no refund given due to reservation commitments.