16480
Shawnee on Delaware
Bicycling Rails, Trails and Country Lanes in Rustic Pennsylvania
Bike your way through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, riding scenic trails, visiting historic towns, enjoying evening concerts and learning the story of the region.
Program No. 16480RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Campus Tour, Orientation, Dinner, Class
Shawnee on Delaware
D

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. When you unload your bicycle, our program staff will advise where your bicycle will be stored indoors, overnight, in a secure location. Orientation: At 5pm, Our Coordinator and Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, there will be a tour of the campus to get you acquainted with the hotel. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Each morning, participants will build their own box lunch with a variety of options to create sandwiches from, snacks, a cookie, water, or juice. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: In the Inn’s hospitality room, choose from a buffet offering a variety of selections including a vegetarian option and other healthy choices including fruits and vegetables from our own garden, a delightful dessert, plus water and iced tea.

Evening: At the Inn with our Group Leader Scott Slingerland, we’ll discuss biking safety and group riding rules for the upcoming days of our adventure. Scott is both a professional bicycle mechanic and an expert cyclist.

DAY
2
D & L Trail Ride, Picnic Lunch and Historical Presentation
Shawnee on Delaware
B,L,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Biking 15 miles over flat, packed, smooth trails. The first 8 miles is a smooth dirt/cinder surface, while the final 7 miles is paved. We will ride as a group with periodic rest stops and listen to the experts share information on local history and nature, so each participant is comfortable with the pace they are bicycling.

Breakfast: In the Shawnee Inn River Room, enjoy a buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold options, including a freshly prepared omelet from the omelet station, make your own waffles, fruit platter and coffee, tea and juices. After breakfast we will pack our lunches from a buffet offering deli meats and cheeses, crudité platter, trail mix, fresh fruit, homemade cookies and juices.

Morning: At the Inn, Scott will lead a short course in bicycle maintenance. We’ll learn how to troubleshoot and repair typical problems, then take a warm-up ride around the campus of the Shawnee Inn, Shawnee Village and along River Road. Following the warm-up ride, we will board the vans for Bethlehem. Starting in historic Bethlehem, we'll ride 10 miles along the 185 year old canal towpath to Hugh Moore Park, home of the National Canal Museum. The ride is on a packed trail and flat.

Lunch: We will have lunch along the trail during our bike ride.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll get back on our bikes for 5 miles and finish the ride in downtown Easton, home of the champion Boxer, Larry Holmes, Dixie Cups and Crayola.

Dinner: A buffet dinner at the Shawnee Inn featuring two salads, rolls with butter, two entrees (one vegetarian) vegetables, rice or potatoes, fresh fruit platter, dessert and beverages.

Evening: We will have an informative historical presentation called "The River's Edge" with over 300 slides of the area. You will learn about the fascinating people and experiences of life in Shawnee on Delaware!

DAY
3
Paulinskill Ride, Yoga Class, Evening Concert
Shawnee on Delaware
B,L,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Today's ride will be 16 miles over the scenic Paulinskill Valley rail-trail that is flat with varied surface conditions, The rail-trail travels through horse farms, marshes, mountains, woodlands and passes a small airport with glider planes. Please note that occasionally we must use an alternate, comparable trail if the weather conditions make this difficult to enjoy.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Inn will include a wide array of hot and cold food options, omelet station, make your own waffles, fresh fruit and coffee, tea and juices. After breakfast we will pack our lunches for the ride.

Morning: Boarding the vans, we’ll transit to our starting point near Newton, NJ, the Sussex County seat in western New Jersey farm country.

Lunch: Enjoy our picnic lunch that we packed earlier.

Afternoon: We will finish our ride then head back to the Inn for a rejuvenating yoga stretching class.

Dinner: Another tasty buffet at the Inn featuring two salads, rolls and butter, two entrees (one vegetarian) vegetables, rice or potatoes, fruit platter and beverages.

Evening: We’ll wrap up the day with a concert on the grand lawn or main lobby of the Inn by local musicians.

DAY
4
Allamuchy Ride, free afternoon, NPS Lecture
Shawnee on Delaware
B,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Today's ride will be 18 miles over mostly quiet country roads and peaceful lanes. Terrain is flat with a few rolling hills and idyllic country scenery. As always, everyone will be able to ride at their own pace with regroups as-needed or requested.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast will include a wide array of hot and cold foods, make your own waffles, omelet station, fresh fruit and beverages.

Morning: After packing our lunch, we’ll have a short van ride to Allamuchy, NJ for our rustic ride. Our plan is to finish our ride before lunch.

Lunch: Today we have some free time in the afternoon for you to have lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Inn has much to offer including hikes on nearby trails, take a canoe or kayak on the Delaware River, or visit any of the area’s other attractions. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Program Coordinator and the Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: A buffet dinner at the Inn featuring two salads, rolls and butter, two entrees (one vegetarian) vegetables, rice or potatoes, fresh fruit, dessert and beverages.

Evening: We’ll have a presentation led by a National Park Service Ranger about the creation of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

DAY
5
Lehigh GorgeTowpath Trail, Jim Thorpe visit, Farewell Dinner
Shawnee on Delaware
B,L,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Today's ride will be 24 miles on a wide, flat-packed cinder trail with impeccably silky smooth surface conditions; once again you may choose the pace that's right for you.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast featuring an assortment of hot and cold foods, a make your own waffle station, omelet station, fresh fruit and beverages. Before we depart for the trails, we'll make our own lunches at the Inn. A variety of breads, cheeses, meats, condiments, fruit, snacks, and drinks will be available.

Morning: Todays ride will be the longest but most rewarding of all. We'll head to White Haven, PA to ride the scenic Lehigh Gorge Trail. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Lehigh Gorge, waterfalls, and forested hillsides. This beautiful ride was rated as one of the best rides in the state/region and the park is known for hiking, bicycling, and white water rafting.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy our picnic lunch that we packed earlier near a scenic waterfall.

Afternoon: Our ride will end at the historic town of Jim Thorpe. The small town, nicknamed "Switzerland of America", is known for its picturesque scenery nestled between the mountains occupying both sides of the Lehigh River. We'll have some free time in Jim Thorpe, allowing everyone an opportunity to spend some time exploring the town on your own or to buy a snack or some delicious ice cream (bring a few dollars just in case). The vans will then pick us up and we will ride back to the Inn with some time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner will be extra special!

Evening: Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Leave No Trace Lecture, Program Concludes
Shawnee on Delaware
B

Activity note: Note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast offering a variety of hot and cold food items, a make your own waffle station, omelet station, Fresh fruit and beverages.

Morning: Wrapping up, we'll hear an inspiring lecture about the importance of "Leaving No Trace" when we enjoy nature! This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!