|A series of trail tours along the Schuylkill River begins Sept. 22.|
An effort to do just that gets started this fall, when the Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series gets underway.
The first of the three-ride series will be held Sept. 22 and will be a round-trip ride from Pottstown to Birdsboro
Much of that portion of the trail is built upon the old Pennsylvania Railroad bed and the trip will include a presentation about the railroad along with optional visits to three villages along the route.
|The Mons Jones House in Morlatton Village.|
Riders can take a nine-mile, 18-mile or 20-mile ride with options to take a guided walking tour of Birdsboro or historic Morlatton Village’s four 18th Century buildings in Douglassville. Brochures will be available for participants who also want to take a self-guided walking tour of Pottstown.
According to the Schuylkill River Hertiage Area, which is sponsoring the tour, this is the first ride in a new multi-year series. "Each event will feature a unique combination of biking and history.
Those who register by Sept. 5 will get a free T-shirt and pay $25 per person
Tickets are $20 for heritage area members, and $15 children between the ages of 11 and 15. Children age 10 and younger are free.
|A Pennsylvania Railroad engine in Pottstown.|
You can register by clicking here.
Refreshments will be provided in Pottstown and Birdsboro. Ride support and complimentary pre-ride bicycle safety checks provided by TriCounty Bicycles of Pottstown.
Helmets are required. Due to the width of the trail, no bicycle trailers are permitted.
According to a report in the Sanatoga Post, other tours in the works include:
- A 2013 “Cycles and Cemeteries Ride” that will take participants along the trail from Norristown to East Falls, with stops at two cemeteries where Civil War generals are buried; and
- A 2014 “National Parks of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Ride,” which will feature a two-day ride taking cyclists to three national parks: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park.