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Pocono Biking is eager to announce a partnership with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that will bring a one-of-a-kind Rail-Trail Bike and Train Ride to the historic town of Jim Thorpe.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAI hope you are as excited as we are about this unique program. We strongly feel this new event will help draw more visitors to area and become an annual affair.

Here are the details:

On June 7th & 8th, it’s 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.

Your day begins in Jim Thorpe where you & 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.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAWhile 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. Here you and your bike will be dropped  off at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead.

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.

There are two convenient arrival times to choose from – 10am and 2pm.  If you don’t have a bike, no worries – you can rent one here in Jim Thorpe.

Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $19.99/Adult, $9.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Train Ride/Shuttle & Rental Rates:  $39.99/Adult, $34.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

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

Please do not hesitate to call me directly at 570.732.0690 should you have any questions about this event.  We will have promotional materials for this event  shortly and hope you will help us spread the word about the Pocono Bike & Train!

Sincerely,

Nikki Hurley,

Director of Marketing

Pocono Biking

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Treat yourselves to an exhilarating “soft adventure” vintage motorcycle sidecar ride around our beautiful historic town and it’s surrounding splendor. Enjoy a sightseeing experience that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the Poconos.

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz  Each season in the Poconos brings its own unique beauty. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz helps you enjoy it with a vintage BMW motorcycle sidecar rig that can accomcodate two additional riders on the bike to take in the sights.

Experienced vintage motorcycle enthusiast Barbara Timberz will pick you up at your location and take you on an unforgettable road trip through the beautiful town of historic Jim Thorpe and the surrounding foothills of the scenic Pocono Mountains.Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

Sanitary goggles and helmets are provided. Inquire about additional options, such as a picnic lunch, local vineyard wine tasting, and indoor antique markets.

Sidecar ride bucket list – check – your chariot awaits you. Visit them at www.jimthorpesidecartourz.com or call 570-249-1570.

Price is only $75 per hour for two. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz is a member of the United Sidecar Association.

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

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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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Year-round, there are endless options for outdoors fun in Carbon County.

Click www.CarbonCountyOutdoors.com to find out!

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We’re all beginning to notice that the days are beginning to shorten, and it reminds us that summer is just beginning to draw to a close.

But there’s no end to exciting events for all tastes at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in downtown Jim Thorpe.

Ryan Montbleau Band at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseRyan Montbleau Band comes to town on Friday, August 19 with his soulful, melodic indie sound. A favorite of folk luminaries like Martin Sexton and blues stars like Mavis Staples, Montbleau has assembled a fine band to showcase a fine, original sound that some say is like Stevie Wonder by way of Van Morrison.

Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseWe depart our normal program on Saturday, August 20 to bring the exciting Reel Paddling Film Festival to town in celebration of kayaking, the joy of floating and riding the Lehigh River, and of upcoming dam releases. Showcasing the world’s best paddling films, the festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, and embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Greencards at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseOn Friday, August 26th we close out the month with the brilliant newgrass group, The Greencards. Originally from Australia, their superb musicianship and sweet vocals has earned them appearances with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and brought critical acclaim for the remarkable variety of songs that comprises their sound. There’s no better place to listen to a group like this, in the Opera House’s delicate acoustic setting.

The clear days of September bring US Rails (a stellar cast of Philadelphia musicians that formerly comprised 4-Way Street), The Jonathan Edwards Band (a truly classic sound), and many others as the Opera House bids another glorious summer adieu.

Keep an eye on MauchChunkOperaHouse.com for details and to reserve seats for any of these events.

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Jim Thorpe has long been known as a nearby destination for bikers and rafters since the area’s first rafting companies opened up for business in the mid-seventies. Only 2 hours from NYC and 1.25 from Philadelphia, Jim Thorpe’s combination of open space, the Lehigh River, various kinds of terrain and the proximity to town of rafting, biking and hiking adventures are especially appealing to lovers of the outdoors throughout the northeast.

Lehigh River RaftingPlanning your weekend’s activities in Jim Thorpe is easy. The outfitters listed in www.JimThorpe.org will be happy to help put together a weekend that’s right for you. Here are several Jim Thorpe-based companies that provide their own unique approaches to bringing you the definitive outdoor experience.

Since 1976 Pocono Whitewater has offered adventures on the Lehigh River through the Lehigh Gorge State Park to rafters of all experience levels and is nationally recognized as an industry leader in both outdoor recreation and paintball. Their professional guides, trained in all medical, emergency, physical and on-water aspects of rafting, provide the assurance of an exciting, well-run trip. Pocono Whitewater also offers moonlight rafting, rail-trail biking, sunset bike tours, accommodations packages, specialty trips, and Skirmish Paintball. They also operate the Lehigh Gorge Outpost in downtown Jim Thorpe for your biking and equipment needs, and can be reached at 1-800-WHITEWATER or at www. PoconoWhitewater.com.Jim Thorpe River Adventures Kayak School

In addition to providing rafting and bicycle trips, Jim Thorpe River Adventures is known throughout the northeast as one of the region’s premier kayak schools. Their instructors coach and provide you with the skills needed to be an expert kayaker, starting at Mauch Chunk Lake for the basics and then on to the Lehigh River for the fun stuff. However, if you’re looking for something you can enjoy just for the weekend you can try their inflatable kayak trips, in addition to raft and bike trips. Contact them at 800-424-7238 or www.jtraft.com.

Family-owned and operated for over 30 years, Whitewater Rafting Adventures provides river rafting, paintball, and bicycle riding courtesy of their expert staff, for the personal experience you’ll never forget. They will handle the details of planning your Lehigh River adventure, or you can pick from an array of exciting packages. Their slogan is “Fun Just Comes Naturally to Us” and it shows! Contact them at http://www.adventurerafting.com or (800) 876-0285.

Bike Jim Thorpe PABlue Mountain Sports has been a local institution since the early 80’s, offering bicycle trips and equipment for just about every adventure you might undertake out of Jim Thorpe. Their convenient shuttle service will take you to any number of starting areas for beginning your bike or raft trip back to Jim Thorpe. During the winter you can rent ski and snowshoeing equipment. The store, located on the corner of Race Street and Susquehanna (Route 209 from Lehighton) carries everything you need for Jim Thorpe fun and adventure. Contact them at http://www.bikejimthorpe.com or 800-599-4421.

If your interest tends more towards a relaxed tour or perhaps a customized hiking or biking tour, then check with the people at the Jim Thorpe eXperience (JTX). Their guided tour packages include adventure and historic interpretation, and let you hike, bike, snowshoe or kayak with local guides who relate the area’s unique history and cultural stories. It’s a great way to spend the day, see beautiful landscape, and learn about the history all in a low-key way. More information can be found at www.thejtx.com or by calling (484) 225-1209.

Bicycling in Jim Thorpe PAIf you just want to ride in the mountains, here’s a taste.

There is something here for everyone, no matter your level of outdoor enthusiasm. When you’re done with your day’s activities, relax in one of our restaurants, take in a show at the downtown Opera House or nearby at Penn’s Peak.

For a complete list of outdoor outfitters, things to do, and places to stay visit www.JimThorpe.org.

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The Lehigh River Sojourn is an approximately 30-mile guided whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking trip on the Lehigh River. Beginning on June 24 in the Pocono Mountains and ending in Northampton on the 27th, Sojourners travel through the heartland of the Lehigh Valley region experiencing all of the treasures of nature — scenic views, visits from resident wildlife, and a shared appreciation for preserving the environment.

Lehigh River SojournStretching from the wild rapids of the Lehigh Gorge to more calming waters, the Sojourn entwines paddling excitement and adventure with important environmental and conservation achievements. The trip celebrates the history, importance, and significance of the Lehigh River to the region and beyond. Each day is filled with education programs, entertainment, laughs, and camaraderie.

The Lehigh River Sojourn is a program of the Wildlands Conservancy,  the principal environmental organization of the Lehigh Valley for the last 35 years.  Founded in 1973 and called the Lehigh Valley Conservancy, the organization has grown to become one of the largest and most respected conservation organizations in the state.

The Lehigh River is one of the most significant geographical features in the east central part of Pennsylvania. As it always has been, the river is a culturally significant asset to the residents of the watershed.  The health of the river is closely tied to quality of the lives of the watershed’s residents.

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