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Bicycling Rails, Trails and Country Lanes in Rustic Pennsylvania

Program Number: 16480RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $827.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Pedal through the wild gems of Pennsylvania and New Jersey on this picturesque bicycling adventure. Bicycle a variety of trails with a former National Park Service Ranger who illuminates the area’s natural and cultural highlights. During the week, instructors review basic bike maintenance and the creation of the National Recreation Area and the Rails-to-Trails program.




Highlights

• Ride along the scenic Delaware River in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Worthington State Forest.
• Switch over to converted railroad lines in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Gorge State Park and New Jersey’s Paulinskill Valley Trail.
• Experience the historic town of Jim Thorpe, often call the “Switzerland of America” for its beautiful scenery and architecture.



Activity Particulars

Bicycling 12-25 miles daily over paved rural roads and rails-to-trails routes. Gentle grades and short uphill segments on all routes.




Date Specific Information

10-6-2013

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Coordinated by Shawnee Institute.




Shawnee on Delaware

This quaint, historic village is situated amid the sylvan beauty of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area at the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, just 75 miles from New York City.



Accommodations
The Historic Shawnee Inn overlooks the National Scenic and Recreational Delaware River and has an indoor pool, hot tub, and full service spa.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Cindy Miano

Cindy Miano retired in 2004 from a career in elementary education where she taught fourth grade and served as a language Arts chairperson. In addition to managing Shawnee Institute Road Scholar programs, Cindy is a personal trainer and life coach. She practices Pilates, yoga and various strength training programs, and helps to promote wellness plans for individuals while helping them to achieve overall good health.
 
Leslie Underhill

An avid student of yoga for the last seven years, Leslie Underhill has combined her love of the discipline with her enthusiasm for teaching. In 2004, she opened the studio Yogannamaste, and recently opened a bed and breakfast where she teaches yoga to guests. In addition to taking her classes to businesses and schools in the area, Leslie also teaches yoga to cancer survivors at the Pocono Medical Center. She is certified in spanda yoga and is classified as an ERYT 200.
 
Scott Slingerland

Scott Slingerland has raced mountain bikes for 15 years, including a four-day race across Costa Rica, and several 24-hour mountain bike races. Scott is a cycling instructor and teaches bicycle repair and riding skills. For training, he uses his bicycle for daily transportation to meetings, shopping and to visit family. Scott has cycled in Italy, India, Sri Lanka and China, and finds that the usage of bicycles in these countries is “eye opening.”
 
Rick Koval

Rick Koval is a longtime resident of Luzerne County and a professional naturalist, consultant, wildlife photographer and award-winning outdoor writer. He was the director of land conservation for the North Branch Land Trust before becoming the head naturalist for Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. Rick is a local television personality as a naturalist on the popular show, “Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.” He is currently writing a book on the native orchids of the Poconos.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  Shawnee on Delaware 5 nights
 Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Type: Inn
  Description: Historic Inn on serene Delaware River setting.
  Contact info: 1 River Road
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 USA
phone: 800-742-9633
web: www.shawneeinn.com
  Room amenities: Moderately sized charming rooms have private bath, cable television, free wireless Internet service, iron & ironing board, blow dryer and telephone.
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, fitness room, ice machine, iron, laundry service. lounge, room service (limited hours), 24-hour security, wake-up service, restaurants, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts, business center with Internet access, and full-service spa.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Most bathrooms are a step up from the level of the room.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies from $110 to $180 Call 800-742-9633 to get cost and make reservations. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group to receive the special rate. Price is only for rooms, does not include meals.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies from $110 to $180 Call 800-742-9633 to get cost and make reservations. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group to receive the special rate. Price is only for rooms, does not include meals.
  Check out time: 11:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:00 PM Check-in and Registration at the Inn. You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Shawnee on Delaware
  Nearest city or town:  Shawnee-on-Delaware
  Nearest highway: I-80
  Nearest airport:  Liberty Airport, Newark, NJ; Kennedy Airport, New York, NY.
  From End of Program
  Location: Shawnee on Delaware
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Port Authority of NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Martz Trailways
phone: 570-424-3040

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults - $34 - Seniors $29.99
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours to Delaware Water Gap 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles to Delaware Water Gap

   

Bus service ends at Delaware Water Gap, about 2.5 miles from the Inn. Transportation from the bus terminal to the Inn is available by taxi for $10.

 

New York - Kennedy Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New York Airport Express Bus Service
phone: 718-875-8200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles to Port Authority of New York

   

Bus stop is located at the Express Bus Stop at each airline terminal. Departure every 20-30 minutes. At the Port Authority bus terminal, take the Martz Trailways bus to Delaware Water Gap.

 

Newark - Liberty Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Olympia Trails Bus Company/Liberty Express
phone: 877-863-9275

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults - $16 - Seniors $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles to Port Authority of NY

   

Tickets are available at Greyline in in the airport terminal, or can be purchased on the bus. From the Port Authority terminal in New York, take Martz Trailways to Delaware Water Gap.

 

Delaware Water Gap

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Pocono Cab Company
phone: 570-424-2800

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2.5 miles

   

Service is available 24/7

 
Driving Directions
  From the East: I-80 West Take PA Exit 310, Delaware Water Gap (immediately after toll bridge, first exit in PA). Follow signs for Delaware Water Gap. At the TRAFFIC LIGHT, proceed straight through on River Road. Go under overpass and over railroad tracks. At stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  From the North: I-84 West Take Exit 46, Milford. Turn left toward Milford at the stop. At the traffic light in Milford, go straight through and on to US Route 209 S. Follow 209 South for about 25 miles. Just past the traffic light at the elementary school, make a LEFT turn on Hollow Road. Go 4.0 miles (pass Shawnee Mountain) until Hollow Road intersects with River Road at the Shawnee Playhouse. Turn RIGHT onto River Road. The entrance to Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is 1/4 mile on your LEFT.
  From the South: I-95 North I-95 N TO I-476 N. (I-76 N, then I-476 N if coming from Philadelphia Airport). On I-476 N go to US-22 E, to US-33 N, then I-80 E to PA Exit 310, Delaware Water Gap. Turn LEFT at the TRAFFIC LIGHT on River Road. Go under the overpass, and over the railroad tracks. At the stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will be on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  From the West: I-80 East Take I-80 E to exit 310, Delaware Water Gap. Make a LEFT at the TRAFFIC LIGHT on River Road. Go under overpass and over railroad tracks. At stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  Note for all: Once you are at the entrance to the Resort, pass the gate house and continue straight over the bridge. The main parking lot will be on your left. The front entrance of the Inn faces the river, so drive around to th entrance portico if ou need help with your luggage.
Equipment Requirements: A sturdy bicycle in good operating condition, with wide tires suitable for off-road use, and a bike helmet. For those who don't wish to bring their own, we will provide rental bikes and helmets at an additional cost of $25/day. The bikes that we provide are designed for the older rider, with a larger, more padded seat, and designed for a more comfortable, upright riding position. Also required: a day pack, fanny pack, or bike bag, rain gear, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, registration and orientation
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: An Road Scholar registration desk will be set up near the front desk in the lobby of the hotel. A welcome reception and orientation will be held before dinner.
 Dinner: Our dinners at the Shawnee Inn are buffet style, and include: rolls & butter, two salads, two entrées (one of which is vegetarian), steamed vegetables, rice or potatoes, fresh fruit, dessert, iced tea and coffee. Be careful. The food is good, and it's easy to put on a pound or two while you're here.
 Evening: After dinner, we'll have a biking safety & group riding rules discussion, by our group leader.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classroom Instruction - Ride in the Cherry Valley
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a variety of hot or cold breakfast options, including omlettes-to-order at the Shawnee Inn River Room.
 Morning: Join the ride guide for a short course in bicycle maintenance. Learn how to troubleshoot and repair typical problems that may occur during the ride.
 Lunch: Before we depart for our ride, we'll make our own lunch-to-go from a variety of breads, meats, cheeses, and condiments, plus snack, fruit, cookies, juice and water.
 Afternoon: This day's ride will be 15 miles on rural roads in the beautiful Cherry Valley. The route is consistent but moderate uphill-downhill sections, and few places to get off the road, but vehicle traffic is light and generally well behaved.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Shawnee Inn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ride the Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA - Yoga Class - Evening Concert
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day with a River Room buffet breakfast.
 Morning: Today we ride 22 miles on the Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA. This ride has both smooth paved rural roads with gentle grades and with light traffic, and a section of well-compacted gravel that runs right along the river.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunches at the Inn before we leave. A variety of breads, cheeses, meats, condiments, fruit, snacks and drinks will be available to choose from.
 Afternoon: After we finish the ride, we will return to the Inn for a yoga stretching class.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Shawnee Inn.
 Evening: Evening program will be a free concert on the lawn at the Inn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ride the Paulinskill Valley Rail-Trail - Lunch is on your own - Free time afternoon - Dinner at the Inn - Free evening
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy breakfast buffet at the River Room.
 Morning: Today's ride is 15 miles on the Paulinskill Valley Rail-Trail, in the Kittatinny State Park in NJ. There are no hills, and a consistent down grade on the route. It is mostly two bikes wide, but there is one 1.5 mile section of single track.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today so that participants have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at any of the nearby restaurants.
 Afternoon: Participants can enjoy any of the free amenities that the Inn has to offer; take a hike on a nearby trail; take a canoe or kayak trip on the Delaware River or play a round of golf (each at additional cost); or visit any of the area's other attactions.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Inn.
 Evening: Relax and enjoy any of the Inn's many free amenities.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Ride the Lehigh Gorge Trail in PA - Visit historic Jim Thorpe - Dinner at the Gem & Keystone Tavern
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Greet the day at at the River Room breakfast buffet.
 Morning: Today's ride will take us to the Lehigh Gorge State Park, one of the 10-best rides in PA. The ride is 22 miles on a smooth rail bed with gentle grades.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunch at the Inn and eat along the trail.
 Afternoon: After the ride, we'll visit the historic town of Jim Thorpe before we return to the Inn.
 Dinner: Our Farewell Dinner will be at the Gem & Keystone Tavern, a short walk from the Inn. The tavern features locally grown food, plus an assortment of beer brewed right here at our own ShawneeCraft brewery.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program wrap-up and check-out
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the River Room.
 Morning: Biking adventure video. Check-out and departure by 11:00 am.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunch to to.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Shawnee on Delaware Bushkill Falls
Eight magnificent waterfalls. Walking trails and steps. For additional information, visit www.visitbushkillfalls.com
  Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
More than 200 miles of roads wind through scenic valleys, over ridges and past historic buildings. Along the way you may see some ot the area's wildlife, view waterfalls, stop to picnic or take a walk along a trail or an old road. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa
  Pocono Indian Museum
The only museum in Northeastern Pennsylvania dedicated to the history of the Delaware Indians. Rt. 209, Buskill, PA. (8 miles) For additional information, visit www.poconoindianmuseum.com
  Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
A preserved 19th century Pennsylvania German farmstead. For additional information, visit www.quietvalley.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


CYCLING PAST 50


Author: Joe Friel


Description: Conventional wisdom says that middle-aged cyclists should slow down and expect to achieve less as they grow older. But in Cycling Past 50, author Joe Friel shows cyclists that with proper training and the right attitude, the years after 50 can be their best ever. Written for cyclists of all types-road riders, mountain bikers, track racers-this book provides an in-depth look at the full range of considerations for cycling successfully into and through middle age. Joe Friel, a writer and contributing editor to several top cycling publications and a dedicated rider himself, will inspire cyclists toward better performance and more biking enjoyment as he presents: - basic principles of training; - advanced workouts to improve endurance, climbing ability, and sprinting; - training advice for 100-mile events and multi-day tours; - planning tips and a workout program for getting into racing form; - injury prevention tips and exercises; and - body fueling advice. In addition to explaining the physical adjustments seasoned cyclists can make to keep their biking effective and satisfying, Friel discusses the mental aspects of cycling successfully into middle age. He explains the importance of developing a positive attitude, maintaining a high level of motivation, and taking pride in their accomplishments. He also reminds cyclists that, above all, biking should be a fun activity that should be shared with fellow riders, family, and friends.



THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA


Author: Michael Pollan


Description: Pollan's narrative strategy is simple: he traces four meals back to their origins. He starts with a McDonald's lunch, which he and his family gobble up in their car. Surprise: the origin of this meal is a cornfield in Iowa. Corn feeds the steer that turns into the burgers, becomes the oil that cooks the fries and the syrup that sweetens the shakes and the sodas, and makes up 13 of the 38 ingredients (yikes) in the Chicken McNuggets. Indeed, one of the many eye-openers in the book is the prevalence of corn in the American diet; of the 45,000 items in a supermarket, more than a quarter contain corn. Pollan meditates on the freakishly protean nature of the corn plant and looks at how the food industry has exploited it, to the detriment of everyone from farmers to fat-and-getting-fatter Americans. Besides Stephen King, few other writers have made a corn field seem so sinister. Later, Pollan prepares a dinner with items from Whole Foods, investigating the flaws in the world of "big organic"; cooks a meal with ingredients from a small, utopian Virginia farm; and assembles a feast from things he's foraged and hunted. This may sound earnest, but Pollan isn't preachy: he's too thoughtful a writer, and too dogged a researcher, to let ideology take over. He's also funny and adventurous. He bounces around on an old International Harvester tractor, gets down on his belly to examine a pasture from a cow's-eye view, shoots a wild pig and otherwise throws himself into the making of his meals. I'm not convinced I'd want to go hunting with Pollan, but I'm sure I'd enjoy having dinner with him. Just as long as we could eat at a table, not in a Toyota.



THE WIND MASTERS: LIVES OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS OF PREY


Author: Pete Dunne & David Sibley


Description: Dunne's unusual book hovers in a crosswind. Parts natural history and literate essay; parts short fiction and pure fable, The Wind Masters imagines a new way into the minds of North American raptors. Through a series of brief narratives, one for each native species, Dunne introduces the birds of prey as individuals - moreover, as beings of thought, emotion and opinion. For a falconer prone to think of some birds as persons, it is a familiar yet still startling flight of fancy.





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