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**June 9, 2012 Sign-Up Deadline, see below**
Announcing the opening of sign-ups for the June 23-24, 2012 weekend bike tour along a western portion of the Erie Canal towpath trail, organized by the FLCC Touring Group.
This trip is especially for kids, teens, families, and adult chaperones. Last year’s participants included 21 kids ages 7-15 and 23 adults, and we biked along the Pine Creek rail-trail near Wellsboro, PA. This year we will return to the Erie Canal towpath trail, but a new section to the west of where we last did this trip in 2010. Most of the trip will be on a car-free trail, but a few miles will be on a lightly travelled rural road, that connects the trail to the campground.
This is a great opportunity for first-time bike tourists and campers to experience the fun and utility of bike touring. We will drive to Brockport, NY early on Saturday morning, and then bike along the Erie Canal towpath trail to the campground near Lockport, NY where we will share a group dinner. Along the way we will pass by, and possibly explore, the beautiful canal-side towns of Holley, Albion, Medina, Middleport, and Gasport. We have a group campsite reserved at the Niagara County Camping Resort near Lockport. This is a full-service commercial campground with showers, toilets, etc, and there is even swimming in their lake and mini-golf. On Sunday we will bike back to Brockport, and then drive back to Ithaca, returning Sunday mid/late afternoon. Carpooling from Ithaca to Brockport is encouraged, and we can help facilitate this.
Thanks to a generous subsidy provided by the FLCC, the trip cost is extremely low: $10 per person ($30 per family maximum) which includes camping, rest stop snacks, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch. The meals are kept simple: pasta and salad for dinner, cereal for breakfast, and sandwiches for the lunches. We will also provide vehicle transportation of personal supplies and camping gear to the campground, although we are encouraging kids and adults to carry as much gear on their bikes to highlight the fun and utility of bike touring.
Please note that to participate in this bike tour (and any other FLCC organized bike tour) we require everyone to be a FLCC member. Joining is easy, go to: http://flcycling.org/?page_id=51 . The cost is $10 for an individual membership, or $12 for a family membership. These funds are used to support all of the club’s activities and club insurance.
Sign-up for this trip is simple: just download the attached information packet, fill out and mail page 1 (the address is given on the form). Be sure to do this as soon as possible to assure your place on the tour.
**Scholarships Available** The FLCC will provide scholarships covering the trip cost for needy individuals or families. Please contact me directly regarding scholarships or any other questions regarding this bike trip.
–Steve Powell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
P.S. Volunteers needed: We are looking for one or two drivers with a large car or mini-van to help transport camping equipment. Also, a person or two to help staff rest stops and lunch stops. Volunteers get to camp and eat free! Can you help?