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Pocono Whitewater handles all the details of this wonderful ride. For more information, visit them at www.PoconoBiking.com!

All aboard the scenic bike train!

Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail.

September 20th & 21st – 9am and 12pm

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAYour day begins in Jim Thorpe where you and your bike will board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a one hour ride as the train swings onto the former Lehigh Valley main line and passes Glen Onoko, the southern gateway to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

While you sit back, relax and take in the outstanding scenery: the train will follow the winding Lehigh River for 25 miles, rounding curve after curve until you reach the village of White Haven. You’ll conveniently disembark at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead and Pocono Whitewater will hand you your bike.

Once at the trailhead, pedal at your own pace down the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail for 25 miles back to Jim Thorpe.  Along the way, you’ll pass canal remnants, swim spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. Remember your camera. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities.

If you don’t have a bike or don’t want the hassle of bringing your own, no worries – just rent one of our Trek bicycles.

Rates:

Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $21.99 per person

Train Ride/Shuttle with bike rental rates:  $39.99 per person

 

Advance tickets/reservations are required and can be made by calling Pocono Biking at: 570-325-3654

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Country Cruise

The opportunity for adventure is upon us! With bluebird days and mild spring time temperatures, the time is right to explore uncharted territories or that new section of pavement to the unknown.

In this article I am trying something new for the readers and the folks who just are looking for a nice road bike ride while spending time in the Jim Thorpe area. Most cyclists nowadays use a GPS unit to keep track of their ride data, and or download rides to their GPS unit when traveling into a new area where the roads are unknown.

Jim Thorpe PA bike rideBelow is a link to a very nice, 25 mile road bike ride that starts and ends in Jim Thorpe.

The ride takes cyclists on a warm-up towards the Mauch Chunk Lake to a short punchy climb into the Mahoning Valley. Riders will then hit some rolling terrain through the Valley towards the grueling climb up the South side of Flagstaff Mountain.

After summiting, riders will descend back into Jim Thorpe.

Enjoy the ride and remember to keep your path bright!

Ride link:  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/292662692

Submitted by Treadhead 5/8

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Editor’s Note: This is the inaugural JT Biker’s Blog article. They will appear about twice a month, or as our author experiences new adventures in the JT countryside that should be shared with you, our readers. Thanks for visiting!

As the grip of winter begins to loosen, a rebirth advances over the Northern hemisphere with the entrance of spring.

This is when the Earth rejuvenates with life, and so does the human spirit, towards outdoor adventure. There is no better way to free yourself from cabin fever than experiencing the world on two wheels.

20130323ImageblogThe goals of each cyclist exiting the winter months are varied. Some look to a competitive race season, others look to be in better shape than their riding companions, while most cyclists want to achieve a comfort level on a bicycle more in tune with family fun & vacations.

Regardless the reason, a distinct freedom is afforded to the individual who is the cyclist. Detachment from the high tech, day to day, to interact with the natural world and get a little exercise defines the essence of the human spirit.

Whether you are crushing technical single track, spinning on your favorite country road, or hitting the rail trail on a family outing, keep your path bright and freedom will be found.

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ESPN News recently wrote extensively about local cyclist, photographer, and writer Liz Reap Carlson, who continues to push the boundaries of possibility with her dominating string of successes in the world of women’s track cycling.

Liz Reap Carlson and Dana Feiss

Liz Reap Carlson and Dana Feiss

Unfazed by the supposed limitations of age, at 42 she continues to break new ground. While the goal of competing in the 2012 Olympics is within reach, even larger dreams inspire her.

She has overcome innumerable obstacles along the way, yet maintained a steadfastly positive attitude and a remarkable track record of achievement.

Jim Thorpe, PA proudly says: Go, Liz, go!! Her story is an exciting one – read more about it here!

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Despite the Broad Mountain Overlook Gamelands tightening their rules, the area is still available to mountain bike riders. In general, there’s single-track to be found if you look. Here’s a video from a local and longtime rider Jamie Huber. In addition, check out this round-up summary article.

While you’re in town visit Blue Mountain Sports or the Lehigh Gorge Outfitters for more info.

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Any time of year is an excellent time to come to town to enjoy the newly completed rail trail. Here’s a quick video.

Rails Trails Jim Thorpe

Pick up the trail behind the train station at the public lot

Stretching from Jim Thorpe to White Haven and then beyond, the trail provides access to all kinds of riding for any kind of rider. But most of us are probably interested in getting some exercise and getting outdoors. The trail makes it easy.

Any one of various local outfitters can help you plan your ride and rent bikes and other equipment. It’s a busy time of year so be sure to call ahead to reserve if you’re renting.

With the section finally completed at the Nesquehoning Trestle, the trail was finished this in June 2010. Since then, it’s been a huge hit and Jim Thorpe is fortunate to have it.

Rail to Trails Jim Thorpe PA

Bring your friends – make a day of it!

One of the great things about it is that now you can avoid some of the tricky public roads you used to have to traverse in order to get to the Lehigh Gorge Trail. Just pick the trail up on the left end of the municipal lot (as you face the river) behind the downtown train station.

The trail crosses the Lehigh River at the Nesquehoning Trestle about 3 miles from town and takes you into Lehigh Gorge State Park. From there it continues on another 25 miles to White Haven.

Plans are underway to complete it by adding a bridge to connect with the section to Weissport, and then on to Slatington.

When you’re done with your ride, relax in town and reflect on a nice day in our restaurants or entertainment venues.

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Each year National Rails to Trails Day is celebrated across America on the first Saturday in June. On Saturday, June 5 at 10:30 AM the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Carbon County will host a dedication ceremony to commemorate the connection of the D&L Trail between Jim Thorpe and adjoining Lehigh Gorge State Park.

For more information on attending this event click here.

Rails to Trails Jim ThorpeThis key trail segment will bring hundreds of trail users who were previously confined to the east side of the Lehigh River across the Nesquehoning Trestle directly into historic downtown Jim Thorpe where they can shop, dine, sleep and check out entertainment.

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Keith McCall was instrumental in the trail’s completion and will serve as keynote speaker at this long-anticipated event.

The event will also feature four bicycle rides geared to a variety of skill levels. Riders opening the new trail segment will pedal 26 miles south from White Haven through Lehigh Gorge or access the trail at Rockport and ride 15 miles into Jim Thorpe, with or without a guide. An easier option for families is a six-mile trip from Jim Thorpe to Glen Onoko and back.

Shuttle service to White Haven and Rockport is being provided by Pocono Whitewater.

Free parking will be available for all who pre-register for the dedication or the bike rides. To RSVP for the event or reserve a bike ride, contact Loretta Susen at 610-923-3548 x221 or e-mail loretta@delawareandlehigh.org.

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