Penn Dutch Weekend - 6th year - June 25 through June 27, 2021
Hello fellow 5BBC members. My trip is going out again. I am a leader with 5BBC, a leader with Morris Area Freewheelers and a leader, and past President for 5 years with the Staten Island Bicycling Association. Because this trip is being run through the Staten Island club, it is necessary to join that club to be covered by insurance. The cost is $25 for an individual and $35 for a couple. You can join by going to the website, https://siba.clubexpress.com/. Routes on this trip will run from Happy Face and up. This is countryside bicycling. We travel through the Penn Dutch farmlands.
This trip, to the beautiful Penn Dutch area, has been run by me for five previous years. This is the third year that I am listing it with the 5BBC club. Last year, in June; when we were in the midst of our current covid pandemic, this trip went out. The two dinners we had were at restaurants with outdoor seating and with social distancing. And the hotel, also required masking and distancing.
This year, we will be at a hotel with both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is adhering to the current covid regulations. A link to the CDC regulations is toward the bottom of this write-up.
We arrive for this weekend on Friday, June 25. Participants provide their own transportation. We are staying at the Best Western Plus Revere Inn. The reduced rate for our trip is $149.99 per room, per night, and comes with two queen sized beds.
When calling the hotel, to get the reduced rate, tell the hotel staff that you are reserving for “Roy’s Penn Dutch Ride” The rooms that I reserved, at the reduced price, will be available until June 4, 2020
The hotel will give a full refund, for any cancellation, up to 24 hours before the first night.
All the rides scheduled are done with the local Lancaster Bicycle club, over 700 members.They also have their own covid regulations. Every year, I communicate with their Ride Director. He and I pick a variety of routes and paces that will be used by their club and us, the guest riders, using their leaders. I will be sending out the exact routes and paces when they are determined in early May.
On Friday afternoon, June 25, we meet up with a leader of the Lancaster Bicycle club who will lead our group on a short, probably less than 20 mile ride, in the area.
That night, we dine at the historic Revere Tavern, at 6pm, just steps from the hotel. They are constructing a new outside dining patio.
Saturday morning, after breakfast, which is included, we meet up with the Lancaster Club again. Please decide which ride to go on before the ride start. We may have a ride to the farm used in the “Witness” movie, starring Harrison Ford. After the rides, that will probably end in the early afternoon, trippers can visit the many tourist attractions and/or use one of the hotel’s pools.
Here's a link to many tourist attractions in the area.
Saturday night, we will be dining at another restaurant. (This will be decided before the trip)
Sunday morning, after breakfast, we meet up with the bicycle club again. Please decide which ride to go on before the ride start. After the ride, you can visit more attractions. But please check, before Sunday, if they are open on Sunday. Many locations are closed on that day.
In past years we also had non-riders on this trip as well. They have enjoyed walks in the area and the tourist attractions. Last year a couple rode on a rail trail near Lancaster, taking their son along in a bike carrier seat.
The Magic and Wonder show is just steps from the hotel. Show times are Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm and 7pm. There are no shows scheduled on that Sunday. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and but they will give one free ticket per room to a hotel guest. Children from 4 to 12 years old are charged $14.95. The show is adhering to the current covid regulations.
Due to the possible covid issues that may still be present at the time of our weekend, we expect all participants to follow the CDC guidelines on travel that are in effect at the time of the trip.
I hope that you can join me for this 6th Penn Dutch Weekend. Expect to see more Amish buggies than cars.
Leader, Roy Fischman