Sojourn Frequently Asked Questions

Freemansburg Trail in the Fall, Northampton Lehigh County | Photo by Richard Cochrane

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About the Sojourn

  • Where is the 2018 Pennsylvania Sojourn?

  • How long is the ride?

  • Who should come on the ride?

  • I’m new to riding, can I do the sojourn?

  • What is the route like?

  • What about parking?

  • Will I get to shower? What about bathrooms?

  • What’s the weather like?

  • What is the cancellation policy?

  • Can I find out more information on the rest day activities?

  • I’d like to find out more about the D&L Trail, where should I look?

  • What does Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) do when you’re not putting on the sojourn?

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Biking

  • What kind of bike should I bring?

  • What if I don’t own a bike or can’t bring mine?

  • Do I need to bring a helmet?

  • Will you have a bike mechanic for this ride?

  • Do I need to train for this ride? If so, how?

  • I am worried about getting lost.

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Camping/Equipment/Food

  • Do I have to carry all of my gear while I’m riding? What does ‘fully supported ride’ mean?

  • What should I bring with me on the sojourn?

  • How many bags can I bring?

  • How does the camping setup work? I don’t own a tent, can I still come?

  • Traveling to Pennsylvania

  • Are hotels available?

  • Do I need to bring all of my own food? What’s included in the registration?

  • Do I need to bring water?

  • Can I bring multiple bikes?

  • Will the campsites have electricity? Wi-Fi?

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ABOUT THE SOJOURN

Where is the 2018 Sojourn?

The RTC 2018 sojourn is along the D&L Trail, part of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in eastern Pennsylvania. This trail is part of the Circuit Trails, a Trail Nation project that will connect more than 800 miles of trails in the Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey communities. The official route map can be found here.

How long is the ride?

The entire trip is more than 160 miles, with the shortest day being approximately 35 miles and the longest day 48 miles. The fourth day of the trip is a rest day. From the starting point of the route near Glen Summit to its southernmost point in Washington Crossing, the descent in overall elevation is approximately 1700 feet.​

Who should come on the ride?

The trip is for everyone who is up for an multi-day, 160-mile biking adventure! The ride is family friendly, and the route is fun and accessible for both kids and seniors alike. Riders 17 and under need to have an adult accompany them on the ride.

I’m new to riding, can I do the Sojourn?

Absolutely! You don’t need to be a pro or a long-time rider to come out and enjoy this wonderful experience. At RTC, we love introducing new riders to trails, and we make sure our sojourns are comfortable and welcoming to riders of all abilities and experience levels. We have some great tips for new riders that can be found on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website.

What is the route like?

As it travels along scenic stretches, historic sites, canals and railroad tracks, the route is flat and fairly smooth with gentle accents and descents. Though it’s primarily a packed dirt trail, some sections will travel over paved asphalt and wooden bridges. The route may include brief on-road sections, which would receive additional staff support. We will be sharing the trail with the general public during the sojourn, but don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of room to ride—including as we pass through charming towns where the path narrows and trail use increases. Our planned daily rides will take place during daylight hours. You can find additional information on the D&L Trail on our TrailLink Page.

What about parking?

You will be able to leave your car in the parking lot of Hugh More Park in Easton, Pennsylvania, for the duration of the ride. Hugh Moore Park is the meeting point on the first day of the trip and the end point of the ride; it is also the campsite for the second night of the trip, and you will be able to access your vehicle that evening.

Will I get to shower? What about bathrooms?

There will be a shower truck at each campsite to freshen up after a day out on the trails. Campsites will have a mix of permanent and portable bathrooms.

What’s the weather like?

We recommend being prepared for a variety of weather on the sojourn. Along the route, average highs are expected to be in the 70s and average lows are in the mid-40s. Make sure to bring rain gear to ride in and we recommend checking the weather forecast in the days leading up to the sojourn. RTC will provide a weather update each day during our morning announcements.

What is the cancellation policy?

All cancellation requests must be emailed to RTC no later than May 10, 2018. All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee. Only medical cancellations will be accepted after May 10, 2018; a 50 percent medical refund can be obtained for the rider with the medical condition after May 10. A request for a medical refund must be submitted and accompanied by a physician’s note.

Can I find out more information on the rest day activities?

Day 4 of the sojourn is our rest day, but we have a lot going on that you won’t want to miss! Some of our planned activities are:

  • A leisurely kayak tour of the Delaware Canal

- Enjoy a paddle down the calm waters of the Delaware Canal. Ages 10 and up. Approximately 2 hours.

- See both the Upper Park and Lower Park at Washington Crossing. There you’ll get to see Bowman’s Hill Tower, Thompson-Neely House, Soldiers’ Graves, the Village and the Visitors Center.

- Tour the site of the Hessian Barracks in Trenton, NJ. Approximately 2.5 hours.

  • New Hope, PA             

- Just a few bikeable miles north of the campsite, visit this wonderful town where you can take in attractions, dining and art galleries.

I’d like to find out more about the D&L Trail, where should I look?

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor website is a great resource to find out more information about the D&L trail and the area that the sojourn traverses. The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is an official partner of the 2018 Pennsylvania Sojourn, and we are grateful to be working with them on this ride, and many other trail-related projects. You can find additional information on the D&L Trail on our TrailLink page.

What does Rails-to-Trails do when you’re not putting on the Sojourn?

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. RTC serves as the national voice for more than 32,000 miles of rail-trails and multi-use trails, and more than 8,000 miles of potential rail-trails ready to be built, with a goal of creating more walkable, bikeable communities in America.

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BIKING

What kind of bike should I bring?

This trail is best suited for bikes that are: hybrids, comfort, touring, mountain or similar bikes.

Recumbent bikes and trikes are welcome on this ride; however, the trail’s variable grade and width, stairs, hills and on-road sections may present difficulty and necessitate walking the bike. For more information about the general trail conditions, please see and the D&L Trail website.

Bikes that are not suitable for the sojourn include: road (narrow tires), racing, triathlon, BMX, cruiser or throttle assist bikes.

If you have additional needs, please contact our team directly: sojourns@railstotrails.org.

What if I don’t own a bike or can’t bring mine?

Our friends over at Pocono Biking, the official bike provider of the sojourn, can assist you! A bike rental with Pocono Biking for the trip is $75. More information regarding bike rentals can be found at Pocono Biking.

Do I need to bring a helmet?

Yes. Helmets are required to be worn at all times while biking.

Will you have a bike mechanic for this ride?

Yes, there will be a bike mechanic for this ride. However, you must pay for their services and they will not be able to perform major tune-ups to your bike when you arrive. Please ensure that your bike is properly tuned up and in good working condition prior to arriving to the sojourn. The mechanic can assist with last-minute adjustments and help fix minor issues that arise during the trip. We strongly recommend that you practice repairing a flat tire prior to the ride.

Do I need to train for this ride? If so, how?

You should be physically fit enough to complete the entire trip. This ride is not a race, and you will have ample time to bike at your own pace and still arrive at the campsite in time for the planned evening activities. There are plenty of places to stop along the route each day to take breaks, admire the scenery or put your feet up at a local restaurant or coffee shop to get some time out of the saddle before continuing on. The RTC blog has some great info on training for a long-distance trail ride. 

We recommend putting in time on your bike to be comfortable with higher mileage days (30+ miles), and back-to-back long rides. Strength training and stretching can also be of great benefit. Please consult your physician before undertaking any new physical activity. If you’re not a part of your local bike riding community, now is a great time to try out your local area trails and find other riders to connect with.

I am worried about getting lost.

The path is obvious and easy to follow, and only one campsite is not directly adjacent to the trail. To help guide you, you will be given the D&L Trail route map and, on most nights, there will be a rider meeting to review the upcoming weather, route highlights and directional information. There will be RTC sojourn signs at key points along the route and, to prevent anyone from being left behind on the trail, we will have a sweep rider each day. 

 

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CAMPING/EQUIPMENT/FOOD

Do I have to carry all of my gear on the ride? What does ‘fully supported ride’ mean?

That’s what we are here for! Each day, you will pack up your gear in the morning, drop it off at our transport vehicle, and then it will be moved to the next campsite. You only need to ride with the items that you’ll need for the day’s ride itself. We recommend carrying snacks and water with you each day.

What should I bring with me on the Sojourn?

Download our list of suggested items to bring, but here are some key items that you don’t want to forget.

  • Bike helmet, bike lock, sleeping bag, flashlights/headlamps, water bottles, sun screen, bug spray, rain gear, riding snacks, pillow and a warm coat/fleece.

How many bags can I bring?

Each rider can bring two (2) bags, each bag weighing up to 40 lbs. You may not bring bike trailers for luggage, bulky lawn chairs, hard shell suitcases and coolers, or cots.

How does the camping setup work? I don’t own a tent, can I still come?

No tent? No problem! Our partners at Comfy Campers have you covered, literally. Comfy Campers is an optional service that will bring a tent, inflatable mattress and other camping gear to the sojourn for you. Each day, they will set up and break down the camping gear so that you don’t have to worry about it.  And after a full day of riding, what sounds better than that?

If you elect to bring your own tent, you will be responsible for its set up and breakdown each day. Tents and gear are to be delivered to the luggage truck each morning by 9:00 a.m. for transport to the next campsite. No matter which option you choose—camping service or DIY—don’t forget to bring your sleeping bag!

Traveling to Pennsylvania

If you are flying to Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley International Airport is the closest major airport (13 miles) to the meeting/ending point at Hugh Moore Park for the sojourn. Philadelphia International Airport is 85 miles from Hugh Moore Park. Easton, Pennsylvania, has a variety of hotel accommodations for before and after the sojourn.

Are hotels available?

Riders are welcome to stay at a B&B or a hotel instead of camp. They are responsible for their own accommodations and for getting to and from the camp where meals and events will take place. Rails-to-Trail Conservancy does not have any preferred hotel partners for the sojourn, however, there are numerous options in the town of Jim Thorpe (Night 1), Easton (Night 2) and New Hope, Pennsylvania (Nights 3 & 4), for national hotel chains and local bed-and-breakfasts.

Do I need to bring all of my own food? What’s included in the registration?

Throughout the trip, RTC will be providing 8 meals—breakfasts and some lunches and dinners—that are included with registration. The route takes us through many towns where there are ample places to stop and get food, water, and rest. We do recommend bringing snacks for the ride and the campsite, and carrying a small amount of cash or a credit card on you while riding.

Do I need to bring water?

You do not need to bring water for the entire trip, but we highly recommend that you ride with two water bottles each day. Each campsite will have water available for all riders, and you may stop and pick up additional water/sports drinks in the towns we ride through; additionally, RTC will set up water stops at locations throughout the ride. Hydration packs or multiple water bottles are recommended for hotter days.

Can I bring multiple bikes?

Riders may only bring one bike on the sojourn.

Will the campsites have electricity? Wi-Fi?

Each campsite has limited electrical service that will be available for charging phones and other small electronics. We recommend that you bring a portable battery charger (and cable!) with you on the ride. The campsites are not maintained by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and we cannot guarantee the functioning of electrical outlets. We strongly discourage bringing large electronic devices (such as laptop, tablets, etc.) that require power. Wi-Fi will not available at the campsites, however, local establishments along the route may provide this service. Please check with your cell phone carrier for their service coverage map.

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