2760
Eastern Townships
Bicycling: Day Trips To Paradise
Bike through quaint towns, French cafés, covered bridges and rolling hills as you discover the charm of Vermont and Québec, learning local history from expert cyclists along the way.
Program No. 2760RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Glen Sutton, QC
D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Check-in is 3:00 pm.

Afternoon: Transfers and arrivals in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. There will be a shuttle transfer available from the airport in Burlington, VT, departing at 3:00 pm. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 pm for those arriving independently. All levels of cyclists are welcome. Meet your hosts and fellow cyclists in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.

Dinner: Dinner is at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed and prepared by our team of chefs. Dinner is a plated meal and will consist of salad or soup, entrée, and dessert. Coffee, tea, water. Bring your own alcoholic beverages if desired. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that the dining team puts into their “from scratch” delicacies. Most special needs diets can be accommodated if arranged ahead of time; special dietary needs must be noted on the Participant Information Form. If you do not advise us of your requirements or special needs well in advance of your program, we may not be able to accommodate your requests once you arrive on the program.

Evening: Orientation: Around 7:30 pm we gather for a general introduction of guests and a detailed outline of the week. We'll cover riding technique, safety, and outline the ride choices (we choose from 20 ride options ranging from fairly flat to fairly hilly). Following that there will be a talk about Glen Sutton, the Eastern Townships and the general scene in this part of the world. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements for weather or other circumstances. . In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Bicycling in Paradise Begins, Discover the Townships by Bike
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Daily rides average 25 miles, some do more, some do less. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do more mileage depending upon ability. Transfers to the start of cycling routes are by van; between 20 - 50 minutes depending on selected routes. Cycling routes are mostly pavement, with some gentle green hills.

Breakfast: Enjoy a self-serve breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options: generally a hot option (eggs, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.) fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, variety of breads.

Morning: Gather on the porch for the Tour du Jour Map at 9 a.m. We choose from 20 different day rides. Underway at 9:15 a.m. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do different mileage depending upon ability. Sag wagon always on patrol. Rides are 99 per cent of the time on pavement (good shoulders, very low traffic densities) which often sees more bicycles than cars on any given day.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Cycling continues. There is plenty of time throughout the day for museums, country stores, local swimholes, milkshakes, antiquing, etc. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze or a snack.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
3
Another Day of Bicycling in Paradise, Discover the Townships
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Daily rides average 25 miles, some do more, some do less. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do more mileage depending upon ability. Transfers to the start of cycling routes are by van; between 20 - 50 minutes depending on selected routes. Cycling routes are mostly pavement, with some gentle green hills.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch for the Tour du Jour Map at 9 a.m. We can choose from 20 different day rides. Underway at 9:15 a.m. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do different mileage depending upon ability. Sag wagon always on patrol. Rides are 99 per cent of the time on pavement (good shoulders, very low traffic densities) which often sees more bicycles than cars on any given day.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Cycling continues. There is plenty of time throughout the day for museums, country stores, local swimholes, milkshakes, antiquing, etc. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze or a snack.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
4
Bike Rides Continue, Explore the Townships
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Daily rides average 25 miles, some do more, some do less. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do more mileage depending upon ability. Transfers to the start of cycling routes are by van; between 20 - 50 minutes depending on selected routes. Cycling routes are mostly pavement, with some gentle green hills.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch for the Tour du Jour Map at 9 a.m. We choose from 20 different day rides. Underway at 9:15 a.m. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do different mileage depending upon ability. Sag wagon always on patrol. Rides are 99 per cent of the time on pavement (good shoulders, very low traffic densities) which often sees more bicycles than cars on any given day.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Cycling continues. There is plenty of time throughout the day for museums, country stores, local swimholes, milkshakes, antiquing, etc. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze or a snack.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
5
Bike Rides Continue
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Daily rides average 25 miles, some do more, some do less. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do more mileage depending upon ability. Transfers to the start of cycling routes are by van; between 20 - 50 minutes depending on selected routes. Cycling routes are mostly pavement, with some gentle green hills.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch for the Tour du Jour Map at 9 a.m. We choose from 20 different day rides. Underway at 9:15 a.m. People cycle at their own pace in small groups and may do different mileage depending upon ability. Sag wagon always on patrol. Rides are 99 per cent of the time on pavement (good shoulders, very low traffic densities) which often sees more bicycles than cars on any given day.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: There is plenty of time throughout the day for museums, country stores, local swimholes, milkshakes, antiquing, etc. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze or a snack.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Departures
Glen Sutton, QC
B

Activity note: Check-out is 10 am

Breakfast: Enjoy our final breakfast together at the Lodge.

Morning: Departures after breakfast according to individual travel plans. The airport transfer will depart from the lodge at 8:00 am; approximate arrival at the Burlington airport is 9:30 am. Check-out is 10:00 am for those departing independently. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.