2009 Greenway Sojourn
Thank you to the 250 cyclists, volunteers and vendors who joined us on the Pine Creek Rail Trail for the 7th Greenway Sojourn.
Welcome to the 250 cyclists who will be joining us July 22-26 for the 7th Greenway Sojourn. We look forward to riding with you, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. You will receive your Ride Packet in the mail in May. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Training Recommendations and the list of What to Bring. Questions? Contact Pat Tomes, the Sojourn coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss your chance to sign up for the 2009 Sojourn?
The popularity of this year's ride was unprecedented, and we're very sorry the Sojourn sold out before you could join us. Because of this overwhelming response, we have created an Advance Notice List for next year's Sojourn, which will take place in southeast Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey. Sign up for the group and be the first in line to register for the 2010 Greenway Sojourn, plus get advance ride details and other Rails-to-Trails Conservancy news and updates via e-mail throughout the year.
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2009 GREENWAY SOJOURN DETAILS
The 7th Greenway Sojourn, July 22-26, 2009, will lead 250 cyclists on a ride through one of Pennsylvania's most spectacular natural areas, the Pine Creek Gorge.
The route will focus on the 64-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail, which parallels the creek through the heart of the Pine Creek Gorge. The rail-trail follows the path of a 19th century railroad that hauled lumber out from the valley.
A 2001 article in USA Today named the Pine Creek Rail Trail one of "10 great places to take a bike tour" in the world. Now in 2009, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy offers you and your family the opportunity to join us on a four-day adventure through this amazing natural area.
The Pine Creek Valley
Pine Creek itself is 82 miles of spring-fed, trout-laden water, the largest tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The creek path meanders through a beautiful valley with mountains rising more than 1,000 feet on either side. Because of this extreme geographic setting, the valley is nicknamed "the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania," a part of which is designated a National Natural Landmark and PA Scenic River. The waters of Pine Creek have been rated at High or Exceptional Value by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Join riders from across the country on this trek through the delightful and awe-inspiring Pine Creek Valley. The trail is bordered on every side by State Forest lands. Expect friendly rural hamlets, as well as spectacular vistas and wildlife viewing including bald eagles, deer, turkey and otter.
The Sojourn Route
Automobile parking at our starting point in Williamsport is included in the registration fee. We will camp along Pine Creek for two nights and in Williamsport and Wellsboro the other two. Each day we ride approximately 50 miles for a total of a total of 200 miles. Plan to arrive in Williamsport, Pa., on the evening of Wednesday, July 22, so you can be fresh for your ride first thing the next morning. Beginning on Thursday, July 23, Sojourners will pedal west, on-road for 15 miles to the southern trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Jersey Shore. We then ride the trail north, stopping for one overnight along the trail at creek-side.
Our next stop is Wellsboro, Pa., where gas lamps light your way to shops and restaurants. We then return south on the trail, camping creek-side once again before returning Sunday, July 26, to Williamsport.
The trail's crushed limestone surface is compact and smooth and does not require a mountain bike. There is a very slight uphill grade from south to north but being a former railroad bed, the grade is hardly noticeable.
Split-rail fencing, deciduous trees and grasses line the trail passes country roads or private cabins, and most every village has a vendor to supply snacks and drinks along the way. Inside the designated natural area, the trail runs high above the beautiful Pine Creek, passes dramatic rock walls and numerous waterfalls. There are several opportunities to stop and explore hiking trails along the route.