Bike Train: Jim Thorpe – White Haven PA

I was undecided what I wanted to do for my birthday weekend this year.  The weather hasn’t been the greatest lately so that took out camping.  I really wanted to go see some waterfalls, but a lot of places I looked up were either closed for the season or the trails were washed out due to all the rain we have been having.  Then something made me think about the bike train in Jim Thorpe.  After a quick search, I found out it was the last weekend for the year.  I gave Pocono Biking a call with serious doubts I would get any tickets.  They are a company we have used NUMEROUS times before for the shuttle, but never had a chance to take the train.  Either way, you park in Jim Thorpe and take the train (which runs about once a month spring – fall) or take a shuttle (which runs daily May – Oct and weekends only in April & November) to White Haven, PA.  Then you hop on your bike and cycle about 25 miles along the Lehigh Gorge Trail back to Jim Thorpe.

To my surprise there were a fed tickets available for the train!  I claimed tickets for as many family members as I could put in a car.  Bikes, trains, and waterfalls – what better way to spend a day?!

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Wine & Wheels

I noticed that my favorite winery was very close to the Schuylkill River Trail so I decided to see if I could get a group together to cycle to it.  I called it the Wine & Wheels bike ride, and although the trip was spur of the moment I had 8 people interested in joining in.  I picked the Brentwood trailhead which was a little over 3 miles away from Ridgewood Winery and told everyone to meet there.  Due to various reasons everyone dropped out except my friend Tracy.  We decided to go a little earlier because rain was expected in the late afternoon.  We also decided to meet at a spot further up the trail to make our ride a little longer – the day was so gorgeous that it was an easy decision to cycle the whole way there!

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Stony Valley Rail Trail

It has been a long time since I have hiked or cycled the Stony Valley Rail Trail.  My friend, Laura, was the one who first showed me this trail and we explored various sections – especially the abandoned town of Rausch Gap.  The Appalachian Trail also goes through this area so there are miles of hiking and cycling that can be done.  I have been looking for new places to take my nephew bike camping so Kevin and I grabbed our bikes one sunny day and headed out to see if there were any campsites near the trail that we could get to with our bikes.

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Bikepacking Trip – Day 2

If you missed day 1 of my trip – start HERE!  🙂

I woke up in Leesburg, VA, packed up my panniers, and headed out to the front desk to wait for the shuttle to take me back to the Ferry.  The 3 guys who were cycling the whole trail were on my shuttle again and we wished each other well as we got off the ferry and started the final portion of the trip to DC.  They told me they would be taking their lunch break at Great Falls if I wanted to join them.

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Harpers Ferry – DC Episode 7

This video shows how you get from Georgetown to mile marker 0 on the C&O trail.  It can be a little tricky to find – a lot of people think the trail ends in Georgetown, but SURPRISE!! You have to go about .5 more miles or so along the Rock Creek Park Trail and then turn into the parking lot for the Thompson Boat Center, pass a bunch of row boats and BOOM! Mile marker 0.  It is such a lovely view to end a great bike trip!  🙂

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