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The Appalachian Trail- North

Ride Details

Dates: September 21- Oct 4, 2018

Distance: up to 699 miles, 40-86 daily

Cost: $5096

Rider Level: Active - Advanced

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For 2018, we have taken our spring version on the Appalachian Trail and reversed it from north to south to make an ideal "Follow the Foliage " tour. The tour starts in rustic and rural western corner of Maine and parallels the Appalachian Trail on low volume surface roads to our termination point of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. We will be on the early edge for fall color. By doing this we should be able to capture the color changes at the higher elevations in Vermont, New Hampshire and northern PA, while avoiding the busy driving tourists of the "Leaf Peeping Season".  This northern segment will include the mountains of eastern and central PA and New Jersey,  The Pocono Mountains, The Red Mountains of Connecticut, The Berkshires of Massachusetts, The Green and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Right out of the starting gate, you get to experience my favorite rides of this trip, The Kancamangus Highway. Leaves should be peaking here and the climb will have your heart rate at it's peak as well. Fruit stands will be busy and apple cider will fill the air in New Hampshire, Vermont and the rolling countryside orchards of western Pennsylvania and Maryland. In most minds, one thinks of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts as being nothing but city. Just 50 miles north of NYC, we find some charming, small towns with rolling hills, rivers and great scenery and one of the Vanderbilt mansions. Don't blink your eyes or you will miss our tiny crossing through the state of New Jersey. Through most of Pennsylvania we hug the valleys between Appalachian range, The Poconos and some parts of the Delaware Water Gap. The beautiful capital city of Harrisburg, lends to some comfortable, scenic bike trails along the Susquana River. And, our final few days take us into some of our country's most well preserved and educational Civil War Battlefields, before ending our trip in the historic town of Harper's Ferry. If you have time, you should stay a few extra days and take in the tours and museums that our nation's capital has to offer.The Appalachian Trail- North

Tour Details: Sept. 21-Oct 4, 2018 13 day/13 nights (Sun-Sat)  Price: $5096 per person  Single room supplement is an additional $1050.

Travel Logistics: This is a point to point tour. Make flight arrangements into Portland, ME and out of Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC. Amtrak service is available between DC and Portland. Pick up time in Portland is: 2PM on Fri , Sept 21. Drop off Time at Dulles outside DC is Thurs., Oct 4 at 4PM or Fri. Oct 5  at 7AM

Included: All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of the tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides.

 

If you ride both the Blue Ridge| Skyline  and Northern Appahachian Tours in 2018, you will receive a  10% discount on Both.

 

Day 1 - Bethel, ME - Conway, NH  (49 miles) 1937 elevation gain

Highlights: White Mountain National Forest scenery, Gorham, NH

Day 2 - Conway - Woodville, NH  (60 miles) 4027 elevation gain

Highlights: Weather permitting,  views of Mt. Washington.

Day 3 -  Woodville, NH - Woodstock, VT  (57 miles) 2699 elevation gain

Highlights: Quechee Gorge, Hanover, NH, Dartmouth College, Lyme and The Connecticut River

Day 4 - Woodstock, VT - Manchester, VT (56 miles)  4073 elevation gain

Highlights: Billings Farm Museum, the upscale outlet stores and the Orvis flagship store, fly fishing clinics, and fine dining possibilities, Bromley, Mt. Londonderry, Okemo Forest

Day 5 - Manchester Center, VT - Pittsfield, MA (68 miles) 3392 in elevation gain

Day 6 - Day off the bikes

Activities could include: tour of Oliver Wendell Holmes home, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum, local hikes and mountain bike tours in the Berkshires.

Day 7 - Pittsfield, MA - Cornwall, CT (56 miles) 1885 elevation gain

Highlight: the long scenic riverside ride along the Housatonic River and the lowest points on the Appalachian Trail just steps away from our route

Day 8 - Cornwall, CT - New Platz, NY (50 miles) 2765 elevation gain

Highlights:  FDR Historic site, The Vanderbilt Mansion, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park, NY, beautiful towns sitting on the banks of the Hudson River

Day 9 - New Platz, NY - Milford, PA (64 miles) 2651 elevation gain

Highlights: scenic ride along the Neversink and Shawangunk Kill Rivers, the town of Middleton and The Inn at Orchard Heights, a beautiful B&B.

Day 10 - Milford, PA - Lehighton, PA (67 miles) 2737 elevation gain

Highlights: lush green Pocono Mountains of Eastern PA and the Delaware Water Gap

Day 11 - Lehighton, PA - North Harrisburg, PA (86 miles) 2806 elevation gain

Highlights: beautiful rolling farmlands and red barns in the PA Dutch Country

Day 12 - Harrisburg, PA - Gettysburg, PA (52 miles) 3177 elevation gain

Highlights: rolling farms south of the state capital of Harrisburg.  Capital City bike trail.

Day 13- Gettysburg, PA - Harpers Ferry, WV (58 miles) 2273 elevation gain

Highlights for this day are Boonesboro Battlefield and Gettysburg Battlefield

Total Miles: 699 Total Elevation gain: 32,444 ft