——Trip Description Overview——
This is a simple self-contained bike tour that starts and ends in Ithaca, from late Friday afternoon May 10 to mid Sunday afternoon May 12. It is a great opportunity to sample what self-contained touring is all about, where we carry our camping and personal gear on our bikes using packs, racks, and panniers, or small trailers. 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.
This trip is for both beginning and experienced bike tourists, as any ride in the Finger Lakes will have it’s 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!
- Friday, May 10: Meet late-afternoon in Ithaca and bike to Fillmore Glen State Park campground (18 miles)
- Saturday, May 11: Bike from Fillmore Glen State Park to Cayuga Lake State Park campground (43 miles)
- Sunday, May 12: Bike from Cayuga Lake State Park back to Ithaca in early/mid-afternoon (34 miles).
The cost of the trip is only $5. per person, which covers your share of the camping. We will buy our own food at small cafes and/or supermarkets and even do some cooking with small stoves at the campgrounds.
We’ll meet on Friday afternoon at the Cayuga Mall in Ithaca, at the Gazebo between the motel and the muffler shop at 4:30 pm (parking in the lot between these businesses is OK for the weekend), and try to depart promptly at 4:45 pm, so that we arrive at the Fillmore Glen State Park campground with enough daylight to eat dinner and setup camp. We will have at least one stove available to boil some water or heat up a small pot of food. (If anyone else has a small backpacking type of stove, you might consider bringing it, too.). You can either pack some food for your dinner on Friday, or buy food at the supermarket in Moravia that is located not far from the campground. We will try to do a group meal on Saturday evening — we can discuss options later (on Saturday morning, say).
Cue sheets and maps will be distributed via email about a week before the trip date to all participants.. $5. per person will cover your share of the camping expenses for the weekend (you can pay me in person). The FLCC is paying for a portion of the camping fees, so I encourage everyone to join and/or renew their FLCC membership. That can be done 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.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your participation, along with your cellphone number if you are planning to bring it on the trip, and let us know if you would like a pair of loaner panniers and we can make arrangements to get them to you in advance. Thanks.
–Steve Powell, email@example.com