Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
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Pioneer Valley

Northern MA

August 25, 2023 – August 27, 2023 (2 nights)

$330 Per Person Double Occupancy




The Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts offers some of the best bicycling anywhere in the United States. The area is known for its country roads, pastoral scenery, five colleges (UMass Amherst, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Hampshire), the Deerfield historic colony, Northampton with its quirky shops (including pot), excellent restaurants, and a network of many miles of bicycle trails, including the renowned Norwottuck Rail Trail. The Valley’s flat terrain is great for more casual riding, but the area also offers some rolling terrain for those who want more challenge. A dozen different routes from 15 to 70 miles are available. This tour is becoming a club favorite.

In addition to the Smith College Botanical Gardens, the tour area is replete with museums, including the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Mead Art Museum and the Benski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. There is also the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Picture Book Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, and the Art Museum and Skinner Museums at Mount Holyoke College. Our weekend will be based out of Hadley, Massachusetts, about 2 hours and 45 minutes by car from Bergen County. We will have rides Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday morning. The trip cost is $330 per person, double occupancy. The price includes a wine and cheese reception Friday and a group dinner Saturday. The hotel includes breakfasts.

The trip is limited to 40 persons. A few rooms will be reserved for club members that haven’t been on a multi-day tour before. We will maintain a wait-list. You must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, including boosters, to participate.

Tour registration opens February 3rd at 6:00 PM.

To register, send an email to hold your place to Joan Brickman at [email protected].

Tour slots will be filled in the order in which we receive emails. If you have never been on a BTCNJ tour, please state that in your email. Please send in your payment within a week after receiving a notice from Joanie that you are on the trip. Make your payment of $330 per person either by check or Zelle to Joan Brickman, 38A Lexington Lane, West Milford, NJ 07480. No refunds after August 1 unless we can fill your space. For more information, you can email Don Schlenger or Joan.