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MOUNT PLEASANT, PENNSYLVANIA

Bicycling on the "Great Allegheny Passage" in the Laurel Highlands

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Program #9947RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation on our property is 1743.

Equipment Requirements
Bicycle, helmet, rain gear, small bicycle repair kit, spare bicycle tire tube. Bicycle Note: Most bicycles will be fine on the trail which is for the most part surfaced with fine crushed limestone. Experienced riders tend to prefer a hybrid (cross between road and mountain bikes) as thin tires can sink into the trail surface and make the going slow. People with mountain bikes tend to prefer hybrid tires or conservative mountain bike tires with just a little tread in the center and lugs on the edges to handle mud. Barring the extreme tire widths, any bike will work just fine. Be sure the bicycle, particularly the saddle, is comfortable.

Itinerary for May 19 — May 23, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 -
Afternoon: Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the conference center. Participants are welcome to come early and explore the trails, creek and waterfall that are part of the 600 wooded acres though rooms will not be ready until 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: A brief orientation and introductions will be held in your lodging facility. Dessert will be served following the presentation.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: After breakfast participants will be transported via charter bus to Frostburg, MD, the starting point of the trip. The morning ride of 16 miles will provide a number of highlights including the Mason Dixon Line, Big Savage Tunnel, and Keystone Viaduct.

Lunch: The group will take a rest at the Deal trail head for a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: The afternoon ride highlights the Salisbury Viaduct, the restored Meyersdale train station and great views of wind farms along the 19 mile stretch from Deal to Rockwood.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Evening Entertainment with dessert to follow.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.

Morning: From Laurelville the charter bus will transport the group back to Rockwood to begin the 19 mile morning ride to Confluence.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in Confluence.

Afternoon: From Confluence the trail soon takes you into the beauty and serenity of Ohiopyle State Park. Much of the 11 mile afternoon ride runs beside the river, providing great views and opportunities to descend the slope and take a break riverside. Many participants enjoy riding parallel to the active CSX rail-line across the river.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Return to Laurelville and enjoy an evening of relaxing and fellowship with the group.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.

Morning: From Laurelville the charter bus will return the group to Ohiopyle to continue the ride. The morning ride is 17 miles from Ohiopyle to Connellsville and highlights include the high and low bridges over the Youghiogheny River as you exit Ohiopyle.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in Connellsville.

Afternoon: After lunch, complete the 100 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage with a 25 mile ride to West Newton. The ride will preview landmarks that will be highlighted on the next day's historic float trip on the river.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: Evening Entertainment followed by dessert.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, May 23 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely float trip on the Youghiogheny River. The guided trip begins in Connellsville and highlights the region's role in the coal and coke boom at the end of the 19th century.

Lunch: The week concludes with a delightful lunch provided by local hosts in the town of Dawson.

Afternoon: Return to Laurelville after lunch and depart from home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

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4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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