Self-Contained Weekend Tour, May 29-31, 2015
- Trip Dates: May 29–31, 2015
- Cost: $10 to cover camping fees. FLCC membership is required. Meal planning is informal and food costs are not included in the trip fee.
- Location: Ithaca, NY
- Route: 86 miles: View the RideWithGPS Route
This is a fun self-contained bike tour that starts and ends in Ithaca, leaving late Friday afternoon, May 29, and returning Sunday afternoon, May 31. It’s a great opportunity to sample what self-contained touring is all about and learn how to carry your gear using packs, racks, panniers and small trailers. This trip is for both beginning and experienced bike tourists, as any ride in the Finger Lakes will have its share of hills. But the mileage is quite reasonable (see below) and the scenery spectacular, so jump right in and join us on this trip!
There is some very nice inexpensive bike touring gear available in our local bike shops, and the club has a supply of loaner panniers that mount to most any rear rack to help get you started.
- Friday, May 29: Meet late-afternoon in Ithaca and bike to Fillmore Glen State Park campground (21 miles)
- Saturday, May 30: Bike from Fillmore Glen State Park to Country Hills Campground in Marathon, NY (36 miles)
- Sunday, May 31: Bike from Country Hills Campground back to Ithaca in early/mid-afternoon (28 miles).
We’ll meet Friday afternoon at 4:30 P.M. at the Cayuga Mall gazebo in Ithaca. There’s a small parking lot between the motel and Monro Muffler where you can park for the weekend. Plan on departing promptly at 4:45 P.M., which gives us just enough time to ride to Fillmore Glen, set up camp and eat dinner.
Cue sheets and maps will be distributed via email about a week before the trip date. FLCC membership is required. You can register online at the flcycling.org website — click on the “Club Stuff” and then “Membership” at the right side of the page.
Be sure to bring rain gear since we are planning to do the tour “rain or shine.” Also, while we are not planning to ride at night, it’s a good idea to bring along some simple bike lights for a late evening trip into town, or in case we are delayed.
Meal planning is informal and food costs are not included in the trip fee. We’ll have at least one stove available to boil water or heat up a small pot of food, but if you have your own stove and prefer cooking, please consider bringing it.
There is a grocery store not far from the campground if you prefer to buy food for cooking, and there is a diner near the entrance if you’d rather have someone else do your cooking. The diner is also a great place to start your day Saturday morning (hot coffee!). We’ll stop in Dryden for lunch, and buy food for dinner that night.
Breakfast is available at the campground Sunday morning, and we’ll pass through Dryden once again for lunch offerings on our way home.
Please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join us. Let me know if need a pair of loaner panniers so that we can make arrangements to get them to you in advance. Thanks.
–Bill Webster, email@example.com