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Meet May 19-25 Max 12. This is a fixed base ride meeting in the New Hope, Pennsylvania area. There are 6 riding days. You may choose either to complete the ride or cut it short or for that matter, not ride at all. This is a great ride for couples with different riding capabilities . The Bucks/Hunderton Area is the Ride Director's home territory and also one of the most picturesque bicycling areas in the world. The plan is to travel about 60 miles a day in a different direction, extensively on back roads through beautiful Buck's County, PA and Hunderton/ Mercer Counties, NJ. There will be 3000 to 4000 feet of vertical accent daily on hills less than 500 vertical feet. The grades in some places are in excess of 12 %, but as they are short, they can be walked if necessary. There are many covered bridges, manicured farms and magnificent vistas to enjoy along the way. Since we are traveling and residing in upscale New York and Philadelphia suburbs I am estimating your other costs at $600 for hotels plus whatever you choose to spend on meals. Camping is availible at Bulls Island, a fine NJ State camp ground for $15 per night, a good choice for those so inclined. To sign-up use the "Links" just below this Ride Description. When you are accepted onto the ride, you will be notified by email and your $150 deposit will be requested. A list of area hotels will be sent when you signup, you can then make your own rservations.
CANCELLATION POLICY:Payments are refundable less the $50.00 BAC ride fee. For questions, BAC members may contact the ride leader by "clicking" the name at the top of this Ride Description.
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Delaware Valley, Bucks County and Environs May 19th to May 25th
Ride Director: Daniel Telep
Report by: Bob Mueller
This ride was directed by Dan Telep who has previously led this ride several times in his home area. It is based in the sister cities of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ which straddle the Delaware River. It is a wonderful area for cycling with lush forested country roads, covered bridges, quaint towns teeming with charm, stunning luxury homes and well manicured farmsteads.
This was a fixed base ride with different loop options originating each morning from one of the above cities, with the exception of two remote starts that were an easy drive from town. Some of the destinations that were particularly memorable included Princeton, NJ and Washington Crossing, PA where General Washington originated his surprise attack in 1776 on the Hessians. We seemed to find terrific lunch stops each day that proved most capable in satisfying the appetites that had been generated by that day's cycling challenges.
I participated in this ride two years ago and noted some changes that had occurred in this area in the interim. Although it remains relatively rural, it is apparent that this area "has been discovered" as evidenced by the new home construction, growth of developments and corresponding increase in traffic volume compared to 2005. On occasion, we had to cycle on some roads that had fairly busy auto and truck traffic as we were reconnecting with the quieter country roads. However, I remain amazed that such pastoral country so closely approximates the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia and New York.
This ride was rated as a 2C. On average, we rode 53 miles (the longest being 58 miles) daily and had cumulative climbing of a little more than 2800 feet per day over the first five days. The totals were somewhat less than projected because of our decision to have two remote starts so that those days were less daunting. On the final day, we opted for an easy and soothing 32 mile ride on a canal path along the river that resulted in less than 150 feet of total climbing. Our director soloed on a more demanding alternative. Dan was receptive to alterations in routing each day for those of us who wished to have fewer miles or less climbing, but this necessitated reliance on our maps rather than the cue sheets. Sometimes these detours required returns on less meandering (and more heavily trafficked) routes.
No specific accommodation arrangements were made in advance by the ride director for participants on this ride, but he was helpful in directing us to several options in the area before we arrived. This flexibility enabled us to individually determine our budgetary allocations for lodging. Several of us stayed at local campgrounds, some at a local B&B and two of us at a nearby hostel. All of these choices seemed to be more affordable than stays at some of the local inns and motels (this is a tourist destination), but some of them involved a 15 - 20 minute drive into town. The downside to our stays at these disparate locations was that we had less opportunity for informal socialization than we may have had if we had stayed together. However, we had daily Happy Hours immediately following each day's ride with goodies supplied by Dan from the back of his truck and several of us would generally reconvene for dinner at local restaurants, where we always seemed to find some outstanding fare. In addition, Dan hosted us to a memorable lasagna dinner in his lovely home one evening.