This WAY and/or That WAY!
We are offering TWO awesome Week a Year (WAY) bike tours in 2016! In addition to our regularly-scheduled WAY tour from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this fall, we are also offering a tour from the Canadian border in Calais to Portland, Maine, this summer. You can participate in both tours for a reduced rate!
Our Week a Year Tours explore a 300 to 350 mile section of the East Coast Greenway each year. They are led by ECGA staff and Trustees and are supported by a professional bicycle mechanic, a SAG vehicle, and a truck to bring riders’ gear from hotel to hotel. WAY Tours are our largest fundraising events, as tour riders raise funds or donate to support development of the East Coast Greenway. Read more and see photos from last year’s tour from Fredericksburg, VA, to Raleigh, NC, here.
We hope you can join us for one or both of our 2016 tours! More information about the tours is below.
Registration: Please email Debbie to request a form.
SUMMER 2016 – MAINE Tour, Calais to Portland, ME: July 30 – August 6, 2016
Enjoy the northern-most portion of the East Coast Greenway, pedaling 337 scenic miles from the US/Canada border in Calais to Portland, Maine. Tour riders will explore the ECG’s longest greenway section, the beautiful and rugged Down East Sunrise Trail. We’ll visit the historic towns of Ellsworth, Bangor and Augusta before riding to the scenic “Forest City” of Portland, Maine.
Registration Fee: registration is now CLOSED
Tour conditions: The route from Calais to Portland is very hilly. The Down East Sunrise Trail, the longest and one of the most beautiful of our trail sections, has an unpaved surface not suitable for road bikes. There is a roadway option for those who wish to ride road bikes, or if trail conditions are not suitable due to weather. Road bikes will be fine on all other sections.
Distances: approx. 337 miles total, average of 48 miles per day, the longest day is around 67 miles.
To participate in this tour, riders must be able to average 10 miles per hour for up to 67 miles per day in hilly conditions. Experience riding in a group, on roadways with vehicle traffic is also required.
FALL 2016 – SOUTHERN Tour, Raleigh, NC, to Myrtle Beach, SC: October 2 – 8, 2016
From the state capital of NC to small towns in between, riders will experience beautiful ECG greenway segments, including the Neuse River Greenway in Raleigh, the Buffalo Creek Greenway in Smithfield, the Dunn-Erwin rail trail, and the Cape Fear River Trail in Fayetteville. Riders will visit historic downtown Wilmington and ride brand new segments of multi-use trail. A ferry across the Cape Fear River will bring riders to Southport, NC, on the way to South Carolina and completed segments of greenway in Myrtle Beach.
Registration Fee: $160 per person – this tour is currently full. Contact us if you wish to be on the waiting list.
Shuttle Fee (optional): $60 per person. Shuttle is after the tour from Myrtle Beach to Raleigh
Fundraising or Donation Amount: $750
Tour conditions: Some hills but mostly flat. Route is predominately on roadways, but does include some very scenic greenway sections.
Distances: approximately 315 miles total, average of 52 miles per day, the longest day is around 66 miles.
To participate in this tour, riders must be able to average 10 miles per hour for up to 66 miles per day. Experience riding in a group on roadways with vehicle traffic is also required.