French Connection Cycling Odyssey 1 - Northern Appalachia

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Plattsburgh, NY

End Location

Front Royal, VA

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Timberline Adventures

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Ever thought of riding from Quebec to New Orleans? If so, the French Connection Cycling Odyssey is for you. This is the first of three segments that comprise the 32-day,  1,400+ mile journey, mostly along Route 11.  Ride one or two segments or go the distance. This first leg is 12 days and  covers just over 600 miles -from the Canadian border south to the border of the Shenandoah National Park.

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Timberline Adventures

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September 11 - 22, 2019

From the French speaking province of Quebec to the French Quarter in New Orleans, this route traverses the country in a SW line through undulating prairie, rolling mountains, winding river valleys, bayous, bistros and bungalows.   The first section starts on the northern edge of New York, more than 7 hours north of the city, along the border with Canada.  To the north lies French speaking Quebec, and to the east is Lake Champlain separating New York from Vermont.  We will travel through four states, following the contours of the Appalachian folds, to the northern tip of the Shenandoah National Park. 


  • Ride through the rural areas of dairy country and Amish communities of northern New York
  • Challenge yourself on the first "real" hills we encounter as we sidle along the finger lakes region and approach the Allegheny Mountains
  • Stay at quaint inns, B&Bs along the way and sample local cuisine
  • Learn about how the area shaped the transportation advances of the 1700’s, as well as many other historical events that took place here near the nation’s capital
  • Travel through the heart of coal country and pass through true blue collar towns as we drop into the Susquehanna River Valley


Day 1:  Arrive, assembly, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner

Day 2 (50 miles):  Shuttle to Rouses Point, NY; ride to Malone, NY

Day 3 (50 miles):  Canton, NY; side trip to St. Lawrence locks

Day 4 (60 miles):  Watertown, NY

Day 5 (60 miles):  Syracuse, NY

Day 6 (65 miles):  Binghamton, NY

Day 7 (66 miles):  Old Forge, PA

Day 8 (63 miles):  Danville, PA

Day 9 (68 miles):  Harrisburg, PA

Day 10 (72 miles):  Williamsport, MD

Day 11 (59 miles):  Front Royal, VA

Day 12:  Tour ends, shuttle to Dulles International Airport available


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