Niagara Falls & Lake Erie with 1st Oil Well in USA 2021

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2021
 
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  • Join us as we ride to and through Niagara State Park, viewing one of the premier natural outdoor wonders in the world, Niagara Falls.
  • On our second day we ride on one of most popular bike paths in the state of Ohio, The Western Reserve Greenway, which exemplifies a bike path dedicated to the simple joy of riding.
  • The next day, we explore and see the beginning of the Oil Boom...not in Texas...but the Drake Oil Well outside Titusville, Pennsylvania before continuing on the dedicated bike path of the Oil Creek State Park Trail with its slight downward grade as it follows Oil Creek.
  • Wednesday, you can enjoy a free day on your own or journey to Maurice K Goddard State Park and ride completely around Lake Wilhelm on the dedicated bicycle path on what might be the best bike trail in Pennsylvania. After the ride, enjoy stops at the Wilhem Winery and two of Pennsylvania's oldest institutions: Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs and Hank's Frozen Custard.
  • The final day of riding, we ride from the hotel round-trip on bike paths to Presque Isles State Park, riding through the park on dedicated bicycle paths overlooking beaches, Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.
  • Overall, the bicycle tour has great riding, wonderful sights and just a little bit of history that you will always remember.
  • Finally, unpack only one time as we stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour.
Day 1, Saturday - May 22, 2021
 
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Welcome Dinner 
 
Check in at Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront to begin the Niagara Falls & Lake Erie bike vacation and go have a drink at the rooftop bar or take a short walk down to and on the pier to get the fun week started! After that join us at 4.30 pm for the Welcome meeting. Then enjoy a wonderful dinner with friends at the top of the hotel, overlooking Lake Erie to begin our week!
 
Dinner:
 
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Oliver's
- Erie's only rooftop restaurant, overlooking Lake Erie -
Erie, Pennsylvania
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Bayfront Chicken Piccata: Chicken sauteed with white wine, garlic an onion in a caper, lemon cream sauce with linguini pasta. Served with Broccoli
  • Filet Mignon: 8oz center-cut file, pan-seared with herb butter and served with whipped potatoes and asparagus
  • Lobster Pasta by Chef Rick: Tender lobster and pappardelle pasta swimming in a brandy parmesan cream sauce with crisp asparagus and mushroom - perfected over 20 years
  • New Orleans Eggplant Pasta: Lump crab, shrimp & breaded eggplant, served with linguine angel hair pasta and a cajun cream sauce
  • Salmon: Glazed and caramelized with soy, topped with arugula and wasabi vinaigrette. Served with chef's rice and seasoned broccoli
  • Pamesan Herb-Crusted Walleye: Great Lakes Walley with a lemon, butter and white whine sauce alongside chef's rice and broccoli
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront
Erie, Pennsylvania
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time! Brand New. Opened in Fall 2020.)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • ​Rooftop Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

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Day 2, Sunday - May 23, 2021

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Niagara Falls
 
Leave hotel in vans and start the ride at Whirlpool State Park, you will get a chance to take in the brand new currently under construction Niagara Falls Parkway Bike Path to Niagara Falls State Park. In addition to the falls, a portion of the park has been set aside as a Bird Conservation Area in order to protect nesting habitat in the area, allowing you to see half of the worlds 45 species of gulls. The beauty and power of Niagara Falls is amazing and seeing the beautiful mist of the falls shows the reasons that Niagara Falls is one of the top tourist attractions in the world.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 10 miles, riding to and through Niagara Falls State Park or 20 miles riding to and through Niagara Falls and continuing ride on the Niagara Gorge Trail System to the end and back. [All routes are basically flat.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hotel Construction Fall of 2019
 
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Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront
Erie, Pennsylvania
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time! Brand New. Opened in Fall 2020.)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • ​Rooftop Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

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Dinner:
 
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Victorian Princess
Erie, Pennsylvania
 
Dinner Menu:
  • Victorian Princess Salad
  • Stuffed Chicken Breast or Braised Beef with mushrooms and onions
  • Served with Red baby potatoes, vegetable medley and pasta
  • Plus Dessert
Day 3, Monday - May 24, 2021
 
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Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail
 
Today we get to ride one way on the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail, one of Ohio's most popular bike trails. We start the ride in Warren, Ohio best known for its importance in farming. Warren has been since its founding, a major trading and manufacturing center. We proceed on today's bike ride all the way to near Jefferson, Ohio surrounded by open farm land and fields. The trail is paved, well maintained and a former railroad track bed so it is flat as well. It is a continuous pleasant path with no turns. Just get on your bike, ride and take in the beauty!
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 30 miles, riding one way on the Garrett Bonders Bike Trail [No turns, no getting lost and no hills!]
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront
Erie, Pennsylvania
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time! Brand New. Opened in Fall 2020.)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • ​Rooftop Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

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Day 4, Tuesday - May 25, 2021
 
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Oil Creek State Park Trail & Samuel Justus Recreation Trail
 
Today we get a chance to visit the Drake Well Museum and Park - the original oil field, its historic buildings and history. Today take time to see a museum ($10) that interprets the birth of the American oil industry. The Drake Oil Well struck oil in 1859, launching an industry that had an enormous impact on this area and the world. The museum uses films and exhibits, operating field machinery and historic buildings to tell a story of the petroleum industry’s birthplace in Pennsylvania and its growth. Immerse yourself in over 150 years of petroleum history! We then bicycle from Titusville and the Drake Well Museum to and through the Oil Creek State Park, ending our ride in Oil City to catch a bite to eat and view the mansions and homes from the original oil boom. In addition, we ride alongside the Allegheny River on the dedicated scenic bike path.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 20 miles, riding from Drake Well Museum to Oil City; or 30 miles, continuing on the Allegheny River bike path [The route is a gradual downhill to the heart of Oil Creek State Park and then is hilly to Oil City. The Allegheny River bike path is flat.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront
Erie, Pennsylvania
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time! Brand New. Opened in Fall 2020.)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • ​Rooftop Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

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Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 5, Wednesday - May 26, 2021
 
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Free Day or Maurice K. Goddard State Park Bike Path with 3 Bonus Stops
 
Enjoy your day on your own or join the group and ride on the Wilhelm Trail that encircles Lake Wilhelm within Maurice K. Goddard State Park. This is one of...and maybe the best...paved bicycle trail in the state of Pennsylvania and the U.S. The lake only allows small motors so you can listen to nature and see wildlife throughout your ride. After the ride we are going to make three stops in the vans: First at The Wilhelm Winery adjacent to the State Park. Our second stop will be at Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs that has "been serving mouth-watering footlongs for 73 years and counting" in Meadville. Our third and final stop will be at Hank's Frozen Custard that has been serving frozen custard ice cream cones, using the originals machines that were installed in 1952. We will then return to the hotel.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: Free Day or 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 12 miles, riding completely around Lake Wilhelm. [The route has flats and rolling hills with a couple of more challenging short climbs.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront
Erie, Pennsylvania
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time! Brand New. Opened in Fall 2020.)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • ​Rooftop Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

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Day 6, Thursday - May 27, 2021
 
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Presque Isle State Park Bike Paths
 
Today is a great day to ride from our hotel to the Channel Maker Lighthouse within Presque Isle State Park and back. Presque Isle is a summer playground that offers a lot of fun activities. Presque Isle, which means "almost an island" in French, is a peninsula that touches part of Lake Erie from the city of Erie, Pennsylvania. The peninsula was used in the olden days by the Native Americans prior to the arrival of European settlers and was the site of British, French and American forts in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 19 miles, riding from the hotel to the furthest part of Presque Isle State Park; or 38 miles riding to and from the State Park. [The route is primarily on bike paths and is flat.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront
Erie, Pennsylvania
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time! Brand New. Opened in Fall 2020.)
  • Internet
  • Computer & Business Center
  • HD TVs
  • Fitness Center
  • ​Rooftop Bar
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub

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Dinner:
 
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The Brewerie at Union Station
Erie, Pennsylvania
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Pan-Seared Pepper Crested Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce
  • Seasonal Penne Pasta with choice of Grilled Chicken Breast or Jumbo Shrimp.
  • Carne Asada topped with Reatas Cheese Enchiladas.
  • Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas with Rice and Beans.
  • Reatas Chicken Fried Steak with Cracked Pepper Cream Gravy.
  • Martha’s Vegetable Plate.
  • CF Burger with aged Cheddar Cheese on a Kaiser Roll.
Day 7, Friday - May 28, 2021
 
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Take one last ride on your own before departing for home.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
  • Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. The routes are primarily on bike paths with a little road riding on designated bike routes. Please see the daily routes descriptions for additional information. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast or anything in-between. 
Arriving by Automobile:
  • Drive to the starting hotel: Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront, 130 East Front St, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507; having your car at the starting hotel for the duration of the trip. Parking is free at the hotel.
Arriving by Plane:
  • Fly directly into Erie International Airport then rent a car or take a Lyft/UBER or taxi to the hotel.
Arriving by Train:
  • For a little more adventure take an AMTRAK train into Erie with the station located downtown about 1.5 miles from the hotel.
Deposit:
  • $200 to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.
What is Included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets, including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • GPS & Google Maps Downloadable Routes
  • Fully sagged, including ride leaders, luggage transport, SAG vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three evenings (see above)
  • Great riding, scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. To ship your bike to the hotel: Hampton Inn Erie Bayfront, 130 East Front St, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507 
  • If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
Weather at the end of May in Erie & Niagara Falls area:
  • Average High 71°
  • Average Low 53°

 

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