Odyssey 2019 – The French Connection

Odyssey 2019 – The French Connection

September 11 - October 12, 2019

(32 days, 31 nights; Wed - Sat)

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Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.

Assembly Point

Plattsburgh, NY

Timberline van shuttle is included from Plattsburgh International Airport to our ride start at Rouses Point, NY.  The tour terminates in New Orleans and a Timberline shuttle will be available directly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after the tour.  However we recommend enjoying New Orleans for a couple days after the tour.

Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.


Meeting Time

Plattsburgh Airport 3:30pm, airport hotel 4pm

Drop-off Time

3 pm

“I really enjoy doing Timberline trips, especially with Jorge as my guide.  I find him flexible, knowledgeable and entertaining.” Randee A., Odyssey 2017

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 tour will be separated into 3 sections, with a layover day between sections.  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.  From here, segment two will diverge from Route 11 to take the parallel road along the infamous Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. Segment three will bring us back to Route 11 as we continue SW through the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi, to cross Lake Pontchartrain and enter the vibrant city of New Orleans and its cultural hub in the French Quarter.

The itinerary for this odyssey is perfect for “training on the road”.  The first segment is not very hilly and distances are medium.  As we enter Pennsylvania we begin cycling through the contours of the Allegheny Mountains, gaining strength in our legs.  By the time we reach Front Royal and the start of the Skyline Drive, our bodies will be well tuned and ready for the hills.  And hilly it is, as we squiggle our way through Shenandoah National Park and then into the Blue Ridge Mountains along the entirety of the Parkway. As we exit the Great Smoky Mountains the terrain flattens out and we are able to cover longer distances on our voyage to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Day 1Arrive, assembly, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner
Day 2Shuttle to Rouses Point, NY; ride to Malone, NY50
Day 3Canton, NY; side trip to St. Lawrence locks50
Day 4Watertown, NY60
Day 5Syracuse, NY60
Day 6Binghamton, NY65
Day 7Old Forge, PA66
Day 8Danville, PA63
Day 9Harrisburg, PA68
Day 10Williamsport, MD72
Day 11Front Royal, VA59
Day 12layover day, hike on Appalachian Trail, or visit Virginia Beer Museum; Segment 1 ends;; Orientation for segment 2
Day 13Begin segment 2: Skyline Drive - Swift Run Gap, V66
Day 14Wintergreen Resort, VA62
Day 15Peaks of Otter, VA80
Day 16Floyd, VA73
Day 17Sparta, NC60
Day 18Blowing Rock, NC70
Day 19Little Switzerland, NC45
Day 20Asheville, NC60
Day 21Bryson City, NC70
Day 22layover day, hike in Great Smoky Mountains; Segment 2 ends; Segment 3 begins
Day 23Madisonville, TN85
Day 24Chattanooga, TN70
Day 25Reese City, AL85
Day 26Birmingham, AL62
Day 27Alpine Hills, AL55
Day 28Livingstone, AL70
Day 29Laurel, MS85
Day 30Poplarville, MS70
Day 31Slidell, LA62
Day 32The French Quarter, New Orleans, LA35

Total Distance: 1481 miles

Odyssey 2019 – The French Connection

September 11 - October 12, 2019

(32 days, 31 nights; Wed - Sat)