12-Day Epic Trip
Meet: Rochester, NY
Terrain: 564 miles around Lake Ontario through upstate New York and Ontario, Canada. Average 51 miles per day with 1 rest day. Mostly flat and gently rolling terrain.
Trip Price: TBD
Includes: 11 nights lodging, all breakfasts, dinners, & snacks on riding days, 1 picnic lunch, van support, SAG support, cue sheets, and trained guides.
Travel Arrangements: Fly or take the train in and out of Rochester, NY. Then take a taxi to our starting hotel. Or drive and leave your car at our starting hotel.
Single Upgrade: TBD
Rental Bike: $250
Partipants: Maximum 30 women
This was the first in our series of tours circumnavigating America’s Great Lakes, and it’s our smallest and shortest one. Lake Ontario is about 200 miles long and 50 miles wide, with shores surrounded by rural farmland. Its banks are also home to one of Canada’s most fascinating cities – Toronto, and one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls – Niagara Falls. If you like to ride a lot of miles and stay in comfortable, but not fancy, hotels, then this is the tour for you.
DAY 1: We meet just outside of Rochester, NY, home to worldwide WomanTours headquarters. We’ll start our tour at 2:00pm with an orientation, followed by a bike prep and then dinner together. If you arrive early, feel free to stop by our office. We always love visitors. 0 miles.
DAYS 2-11: We’ll run this tour as we do our cross-country tours. After a light, nutritionally balanced buffet breakfast, we’ll pack our bike bags with snacks, and be on our way at our own pace.
We’ll ride out of the hotel on a short paved bike trail and then we’re quickly at the shores of Lake Ontario. The landscape becomes gently rolling and flat farmland full of apple orchards and cow pastures.
We’ll support this tour with our Subaru SAG vehicle that holds water, snacks, tire repair tools and a first aid kit. Even if you don’t need anything, you can stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or the panoramic view. On some of the days of this tour, there are extensive bike paths and we’ll also use a sweep rider to be sure everyone is in safely in at the end of the day.
Lunch is on your own during the day if you want something heartier than the snacks out of our SAG vehicle. We encourage you to stop and get a taste of the local fare and gossip.
Once at our hotel, you’ll find your luggage, (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer,) and check-in to your room. We rotate roommates every night, unless you’ve requested the upgrade for a single room. There will be time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in the hotel pool.
Most of our motels will be AAA-rated or better, and most of us will be in double occupancy rooms. If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, we’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it.
Then we’ll eat dinner outside together, scrumptiously prepared for us by our traveling chef. She’ll make several different dishes so everyone is sure to find something she loves. We serve it family-style, and there’s always plenty for everyone. After dinner, the guide holds a map meeting to discuss the highlights of
the day and to go over the details of the next day’s route.
We’ll have one layover day on this tour in Toronto, Canada to give our bodies a chance to recover. We’ll also have time to explore this fascinating city, which proudly proclaims itself to be the most diverse and safest in the world. 52 miles average per day.
DAY 12: We end our tour with a short ride back on the Erie Canalway Trail into Rochester, NY. With any luck, the prominent west wind will provide us with a wonderful tailwind to our starting hotel. After enjoying a final picnic lunch and saying your good-byes, WomanTours will provide a complimentary shuttle to the airport by 1:30pm. 37 miles.
REGISTRATION DETAILS: To sign up for the Around Lake Ontario Tour, we require a $400 deposit. The balance of the tour cost will be due 75 days prior to the tour start.
DISCOUNTS: The first 6 women to sign up for the Around Lake Ontario tour will receive a 5% discount off the tour price. Also, if this is your second tour within 6 months with us, we’ll give you another 10% discount. If you’ve already traveled with us and bring a new friend to do this tour with you, you’ll each receive a 5% discount. All told, you can have up to a total of 15% in discounts for this tour.
SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 3 volunteers to drive a support Subaru Outback vehicle during this tour. Each driver works once every third day (for a total of 3 times,) supporting the riders until the last rider finishes cycling for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the full tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please email or call us.
"I was in awe of the organization, the route, and the people."
Sarah C., Farmington, ME
Epic Tour: Around Lake Ontario 2014 Itinerary
|July 8||Rochester, NY||0|
|July 9||Oswego, NY||64|
|July 10||Sackets Harbor, NY||51|
|July 11||Kingston, ONT||36|
|July 12||Trenton, ONT||79|
|July 13||Bowmanville, ONT||75|
|July 14||Toronto, ONT||55|
|July 15||Toronto, ONT||0|
|July 16||Burlington, ONT||39|
|July 17||Niagara Falls, NY||59|
|July 18||Brockport, NY||69|
|July 19||Rochester, NY||37|