Lakes and the Seaway Tour
Arrive: Burlington - August 11th, 2018
Depart: Burlington - August 17th, 2018
This week long tour is based out of the great city of Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is only 200 miles from Boston, 300 miles from New York City and under 400 miles from Philly. This makes joining PAC Tour for a summer cycling trip convenient for everyone that resides on the east coast; as there is no packing and shipping the bike - along with an easy drive!
Always on the “best places” to live lists, Burlington, sits on the shores of Lake Champlain with a view of the high peaks of the New York Adirondacks.
- Home to the University of Vermont
- Is very bike and pedestrian friendly
- Boasts numerous brew pubs stocked with VT craft beers
- Has a wide variety of great restaurants and Saturday's Farmer Market
- All in a spectacular setting on Lake Champlain
The nearby airport parking lots are convenient to leave a car during the week. We are still working on our Burlington hotel contract. Check back for more details as we lock in the hotel. Saturday is arrival day in Burlington. Riders should be able to ship their bike cases to and from our Burlington Hotel. Bike rentals are available from the Skirack and North Star Sports.
Coming in a day early allows more flexibility and fun!
Check in Saturday morning, assemble your bike, go for a ride or explore downtown!
Saturday's ride is an 56 miler out and back to Waterbury, VT where you can tour the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, or the Alchemist Brewery. Or explore Burlington on the many bike paths along the lake.
Whether it is a double scope of ice cream or a double IPA - Saturday's ride is sure to please!
Magic Hat Brewery is open until 7 pm so enjoy Burlington as no group dinner is planned.
Price will include a T shirt but not a jerseyr.
Lakes and the Seaway Details
This week begins by crossing Lake Champlain heading into the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Then we head north all the way to the shores of Lake Ontario and along the St Lawrence Seaway. During our final few days we ride passed the 1000 Islands region, across the farmlands and conclude with a final ferry ride back into downtown Burlington.
Day 1 Sunday Cross onto the Champlain Islands then ride the ferry from Grande Isle to Plattsburgh, New York. The day ends along the shores of Lake Placid but not before you have the option of cycling up the 1936 historic auto road to the top of Whiteface mountain which gives you a 360 panoramic view of the region reaching out to Vermont and Canada. The paved toll road rises over 2,300 feet in five miles from the toll booth. Stop in for coffee at the Castle Cafe located at 4,610 feet! Lake Placid lies at the base of Whiteface Mountian but there are 20 miles remaining to ride! Some riders can choose not to ride up the mountain and instead leave lunch directly and head to the Olympic Town of Lake Placid - full of museums, restaurants and shops. A free Village Trolley takes visitors around town.
Day 2 Monday Ride through the Adirondack Park past lakes and the mountains. There you can visit the Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, on the way to Old Forge where you spend the night.
Day 3 Tuesday You will ride to the shores of Lake Ontario ending in Sackets Harbor. Visit the War of 1812 national historic sites within walking distance to our hotel. We sleep downtown near great restaurants and breweries.
Day 4 Wednesday Before leaving Sackets Harbor you will enjoy a fabulous breakfast at the Tin Pan Galley. The best stuffed French toast you have ever eaten! Then ride along the shores of Lake Ontario and turn east at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river. The spectacular Wooden Boat Museum on the route is a must stop! Not to be missed even if you're a land lubber. Lodging in Ogdensburg, overlooks the St. Lawrence Seaway so you can watch huge vessels cruising by.
Day 5 Thursday Leave Ogdensburg and ride through the farming communities eventually ending up on historic Highway 99. Once a toll road, when it was completed in 1832, now this challenging road meanders passed ponds and streams. The day ends in the town of Malone.
Day 6 Friday Crisscross back through the Adirondack Park stopping for lunch at the Ausable Chasm before jumping onto the ferry boat for a cruise back to Burlington.
Day 7 Saturday Depart for home.
·http://www.northeastcycling.com/six_gaps.html·is an excellent website with all of the details on the VT gaps for those who want to know ahead of time.