The 2016 Juniata Bike Weekend is Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, and once again we’ll be experiencing the beauty, variety, and hospitality of central PA. As always, we’ll be riding to make memories either worthy of enhancement in the future, and to make memories needing no enhancement.
As in previous years we’ll leave the Lehigh Valley at 8 AM
Friday for the 2 hour drive to the Cabin, to start the first ride at 11 AM. We’ll return to the Lehigh Valley early Sunday evening.
New for this year is an evening meal in an Old Order
Mennonite home. Andrew Zimmerman, who we know as proprietor of Zimmerman’s Bike Shop and his wife Eileen have graciously invited us to share a meal with them.
To quote Andrew, “That sounds like so much fun; we just have to do it!”, and “I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I have a bit of a reputation at the Bar-B-Q.”
We’ll enjoy elements from years past – lunch at the 50’s
drive in Cruisers, dinner one night on the banks of the pond, catfishing, the Crème Stop, a bonfire. We’ll return to an old favorite, Academia, and its off-beat museum, the longest covered bridge in PA, the farmer’s market
Whispering Pines. We’ll ride through the campus of Susquehanna University, and through a stunningly beautiful neighborhood on the banks of the Susquehanna River.
The three days’ rides are each 55, 60 and 36 miles, with
moderate climbing (2200’ to 3600’). Friday and Saturday shorter option of 35 to 40 miles are also available.
The routes have been carefully chosen to avoid high traffic
areas. They go through Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities, through forest and farm and village, along rivers and streams, with magnificent vistas and breath-taking scenery, with nutrition breaks at quaint markets and
delightful restaurants. The pavement quality on the roads is excellent.
Accommodations: Up to 8 riders are able to sleep in the Cabin, and an additional 7 can set up tents at the Cabin. Shower and restroom facilities limit the number staying at
For those preferring less rustic arrangements, The Bison
Farm II,[masked], is a Bed and Breakfast several miles away, and will accommodate another dozen or so riders. The owners will reserve the entire BnB for our riders until April 1. (Brian says the plumbing problems from last year
are fixed; there’s hot water!). In addition to reserving your spot on the ride you must reserve with the BnB if you plan to stay there. Should it be necessary, a Knight’s Inn and an Econo-lodge 15 mins away could accommodate additional riders.
Meals: Registration includes two dinners, a lunch, pre and post-ride snacks, and for those at the cabin, 2 breakfasts.
Friday pre-ride snack: provided at the Cabin for all riders.
Friday and Saturday lunch: on the road.
Friday and Saturday Dinner: Provided
Saturday and Sunday Breakfast: Provided for those staying at the Cabin.
Sunday lunch: Post ride, at the Cabin, provided to all
Snacks, post-ride recovery drinks, bottled water, soda, and
beer provided for all riders each day.
Cost: Registration will be $140 for each person staying in the Cabin, $120 for those camping at the cabin and $55 for each rider staying at the BnB facilities, payable upon
arriving at the cabin on Friday.
Lunches on the road (2) will be less than $10 each. Room
costs at the BnB vary. We will share rides from the Lehigh Valley, and each rider should plan to either drive, or help with gas.
Other Information: Ron and Elena Helmuth are the hosts of this ride. Elena and her sister will prepare the breakfasts, the Saturday dinner, and Sunday lunch.
The Cabin is owned by Elena’s Sister and Brother-in-law. The Cabin has been a special get-away for our family for over 30 years, and we are fortunate that they allow us to stay there.
This is an official Lehigh Wheelmen event, and because there is a fee, all riders must be current members of the Wheelmen, or the insurance coverage provided by the Wheelmen is rendered null and void to all riders.
As in years past, I am taking a weekend bicycling trip, and
inviting some friends. I will coordinate the rides and meals, publish Ride With GPS routes, provide cue sheets for the long and short rides each day, and do my best to promote your safety. As bicyclists, you know the risks of riding and
how helpful a good attitude and good humor are on these ventures. There is no disclaimer form for you to sign. If I thought you would sue me, I wouldn’t invite you.
I expect this trip to be oversubscribed. To reserve, (1) sign up on Meetup, (2) Indicate your lodging preference to me[masked], or [masked] , and (3) if you’re
staying at the BnB, make reservations w them.