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Biking Scenic Florida Byways: Nature, History and Heritage

Program Number: 20735RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/19/2014 - 1/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: DeLand, Florida
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Come see why the Florida Bicycle Association chose DeLand as its new state headquarters as you ride along the city’s scenic trails and through surrounding small towns steeped in history. Meet local historians, professors and political officials to get a comprehensive view of local history and a myriad of ways to access it via bicycle. Ride to Blue Springs State Park, follow the Ormond Scenic Loop through Tomoka State Park and along the Atlantic Ocean, bike through DeLand’s mural and sculpture walks and much more.




Highlights

• Meet a local government official to discuss bicycle trail development and study the physiology of the cyclist with an exercise and physiology professor.
• Get a taste of life in rural Florida in the bygone days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries at the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts.
• Encounter the flora and fauna of a flourishing but fragile river ecosystem during a study cruise on the St. Johns River.



Activity Particulars

Bike 25-30 miles, 4-6 hours per day at 10 mph or more on paved country roads. Group bicycling with pacesetter.




Date Specific Information

1-19-2014

This program starts on Martin Luther King holiday but we will be riding on that Monday. The holiday should not affect us in any way.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Stetson University.




DeLand

DeLand is within easy reach of Disney World, the Daytona International Speedway, Sea World and Universal Studios. The town itself, known as the “Athens of Florida,” is surrounded by spring-fed lakes and acres of orange groves. The nearby Blue Spring State Park is home to manatees.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with outdoor pool and free parking.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel
  DeLand, FL 5 nights
 Clarion Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.
  Contact info: 350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1
  Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call for pricing. Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call for pricing. Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM You will be staying at Clarion Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 PM You will be staying at Clarion Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All health forms must be signed and turned in prior to the start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Parking available at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  DeLand, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Daytona Beach
  Nearest highway: I-4 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Daytona Beach International and Orlando International
  From End of Program
  Location: DeLand, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Clairon - DeLand

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
DeLand Taxi
phone: 386-734-8484

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Clairon - DeLand

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
DeLand Express
phone: 386-747-6579

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

1-2 persons $45 from Daytona Beach International Airport
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 mins 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

www.delandexpress.com This is from the Daytona Beach International Airport ONLY All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

DeLand/Clairon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Travelynx
phone: 386-257-3283
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60.00
Prices are subject to change.

   

Please ask for Phyllis. Prices vary and are always subject to change. Transportation to and from the airport to your destination is your responsibility and will not be handled by Stetson University.

 

DeLand/Clairon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Taxi
phone: 386-255-0000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price varies
Prices are subject to change.

   

Please call for a quote. Please remember that all transportation to and from your destination is your responsibility and not the responsibility of Stetson University.

Equipment Requirements: Road Style Bicycle, Helmet, Proper Biking Attire. Rental bikes will be available at your own cost. Cost is approximately $80 a week, but this price is subject to change without notice. Please call for details.
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: Hotel Check-In, Program Registration, get acquainted, and Orientation
(Sunday, January 19)
   
 Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30pm.
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, please come to Road Scholar registration. We will have registration, a get acquainted session and then dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy an opening dinner with fellow biking enthusiasts.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: You will receive your program packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date daily schedule, and other information such as free time opportunities. We will review the schedule thoroughly, highlighting departure times, trip details, and locations of presentations, as well as covering responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

The remainder of the evening is your time to finish settling in and relax before beginning a week of biking along picturesque trails.

   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Professional Bike Fitting, Safety Orientation, Bike to Stetson campus and Historic Downtown DeLand
(Monday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be held at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Bike Evaluations & Safety Orientation. Staff of the Florida Bicycle Association will provide an expert evaluation of the fit of each rider's bicycle, followed by a safety orientation session centered around the roadways and trails that will be used throughout the week. The Group Leader will also cover rules of the road/trail and guidelines for biking in a group.

After everyone's bike is checked out we will head out and take a tour of the DeLand Stetson campus.

 Lunch: Lunch at the Stetson cafeteria.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bike back to DeLand for biking through Historic Downtown DeLand. This award-winning "Main Street" community -- as designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation -- reflects what is special about the past and present while planning and moving ahead. During our guided biking field trip, you'll see the Mural Walk, Sculpture Walk, and learn about initiatives such as New Urbanism, a movement to connect mixed residential and commercial land use so people can walk to work, dine, and relax in the neighborhoods where they live.
 Dinner: Dinner location will be back at the hotel.
 Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Biking Field Trip to/from Blue Springs State Park with a guided boat trip.
(Tuesday, January 21)

Note: 30 total miles of biking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The day begins very early with an invigorating ride we will head out onto the local trail system to ride to Blue Spring State Park, home of the manatee. We will also have a guided tour by a park ranger on the history of the park. we will head out onto the local trail system to ride to Blue Spring State Park, home of the manatee.
 Lunch: Box lunch at Blue Springs State Park.
 Afternoon: Guided boat ride down the St. Johns River. Head back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner location will be at the hotel.
 Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Biking Field Trip to/from the historical Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts
(Wednesday, January 22)

Note: 30 total miles of biking



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The day begins very early with an invigorating ride through scenic rural country roads to the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts. This historical village is nestled within a charming, moss-draped oak hammock in western Volusia County. We'll have a guided journey through the structures within the extensive campus that illustrates life in rural Florida in bygone days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 Lunch: We will stop at Deleon Springs State Park for lunch.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After visiting the old Country Store, we begin the return trip to DeLand, biking by way of the oak-hammock covered roads of Glenwood and historic homes along the route. Our total biking distance for the day is more than 30 miles.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ormond Scenic Loop - 33 total miles of biking through state park lands and along scenic Atlantic Ocean landscapes.
(Thursday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We begin with a motorcoach transfer to a starting point of the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, part of the larger, 260-Mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. (Our equipment will be conveyed separately by trailer.).

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is an easily navigated loop of roadways traversing some of the most beautiful and diverse natural scenery remaining in all of Florida. The loop includes four state and six local public parks, as well as ten miles of gorgeous Florida beachfront.

 Lunch: Picnic Lunch on the Loop
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We continue the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail journey. You'll observe varied plant and animal species along the beach, such as the endangered Florida Scrub Jay and nesting sea turtles. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might spy dolphins as well. During migration seasons, you might even spot Northern Right Whales and humpback whales offshore.

We'll return to town via our motorcoach and pass through the Volusia Conservation Corridor, affectionately known as the "Palmetto Curtain." The corridor is the wild heart of Volusia and Flagler counties.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Growth of Cycling as Tourism and Successful Lobbying of Bicycle Legislation
(Friday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Growth of Bicycle Tourism. Florida Bicycle Association representatives will discuss the growing appeal of bicycle tourism and its benefits for individuals as well as communities. We will also learn how you can influence bicycle-related legislation with a "An Insider's Guide to Successful Lobbying for Bicyclist Rights." Learn from local officials how you can help bring about positive changes in your city or county, and the development of shared use trails and "greenways" in your community.
 Lunch: Share your favorite memories with new-found friends. The program concludes with this closing lunch in a private area.

We trust you have enjoyed this new biking adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.


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