Memorial Day 2008 – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Cape Vincent Weekend Getaway

May 23-26: Cape Vincent Weekend Getaway — we spent Memorial Day weekend at Cape Vincent, where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence. We occupied the whole of Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Hostel and got the Hosteling International members’ rate of $15/person. We shared the cost and preparation of meals, which came to about $25/person for the weekend. Great food, great cycling, great company.

There are a few obvious riding options in the region: ride along the St. Lawrence to Clayton and, possibly, Alexandria Bay. This takes in all the attractions of a great tourist destination — a boat museum, boat tours of the river, the spectacular Thousand Islands Bridge, and endless tourist attractions along the way. This option would be great for those who want to wander through the area and see what it has to offer, rather than just bike all day. Another obvious option is to take the ferry from Cape Vincent to Wolfe Island, ride across the island (and have some outlandishly delicious baked goods in the bakery on the north shore), and take the ferry to Kingston. Kingston can be the destination or you can ride either west or east along the river for more milage. Yet another possibility is to ride back south to Sacketts Harbor — a tremendously important military town in Revolutionary times that has a lot of historic preservation and interpretive attractions.

  • Ride Details — these are the maps and cue sheets that we had available for the weekend.
  • Photos — lots of people took pictures, of course. Rather than send them around individually, we’ve posted many of them on the club site.