Odyssey Segment 1 – Northern Appalachia
September 11 - 22, 2019
(12 days, 11 nights; Wed - Sun)Alternate Tour Dates
Price good until March 15, 2019 Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Plattsburgh International Airport to our ride start at Rouses Point, NY. The tour terminates in Front Royal, VA and a Timberline shuttle will be available directly to Dulles International Airport after the tour.
Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.
Plattsburgh Airport 3:30pm, airport hotel 4pm
10 am at airport
As a child growing up in Northern New York, I would watch the traffic travel along Main Street, wondering where the cars came from and where they were going. Eventually I learned that our Main St. was US Highway 11 that runs from the Canadian border all the way down to New Orleans! The idea to cycle this entire distance has been ruminating ever since, and now the research and scouting has been done. From the French speaking province of Quebec to the French Quarter in New Orleans, this route will traverse the country in a SW line through undulating prairie, rolling mountains, winding river valleys, bayous, bistros and bungalows. The first section starts on the northern edge of New York, more than 7 hours north of the city, along the border with Canada. To the north lies French speaking Quebec, and to the east is Lake Champlain separating New York from Vermont. We will travel through four states, following the contours of the Appalachian folds, to the northern tip of the Shenandoah National Park.
Segment one takes us through the rural areas of dairy country and Amish communities of northern New York. We are not far from the St. Lawrence River that drains the Great Lakes and is the border between the US and Canada for a stretch in New York. Life is uncomplicated here and we may observe residents beginning to prepare for the cold and long winter that will soon be coming to the area. As we cycle farther south, the townships grow and more activity will be seen. We encounter our first real hills as we sidle along the finger lakes region and approach the Allegheny Mountains. Seven days into the tour we enter Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dutch communities. We will travel through the heart of coal country and pass through true blue collar towns as we drop into the Susquehanna River Valley. This beautiful route takes us right into the capital city of Harrisburg. From there we cross the western finger of Maryland before crossing the Potomac River into Virginia. We cross the C&O Canal towpath and a chance to learn how the area shaped the transportation advances of the 1700’s, as well as many other historical events that took place here near the nation’s capital. The segment ends as we veer from Route 11 to kiss the border of Shenandoah National Park.
|Day 1||Arrive, assembly, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner|
|Day 2||Shuttle to Rouses Point, NY; ride to Malone, NY||50|
|Day 3||Canton, NY; side trip to St. Lawrence locks||50|
|Day 4||Watertown, NY||60|
|Day 5||Syracuse, NY||60|
|Day 6||Binghamton, NY||65|
|Day 7||Old Forge, PA||66|
|Day 8||Danville, PA||63|
|Day 9||Harrisburg, PA||68|
|Day 10||Williamsport, MD||72|
|Day 11||Front Royal, VA||59|
|Day 12||Tour ends, shuttle to Dulles International Airport available|