SCRANTON — Hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts will join in a fall ride at the Seventh Annual Heritage Explorer Bike Tour Sunday, Sept. 25, at Blakely Borough Recreation Complex in Peckville. Depending on the route chosen, the rider can leave between 8 and 9:30 a.m.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) and Heritage Valley Partners, Inc., will host the event as part of a series of special programs celebrating LHV’s 25th anniversary this year.
The bike tour offers four, out-and-back routes extending from Blakely Borough Recreation Complex north on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and through neighborhood streets in 17 municipalities. Each route has Station Stops along the course with complimentary water, snacks and fun activities. Riders can choose a 5, 11 or 22-mile course or the more challenging Union Dale Pusher, a 44-mile course which follows the historic Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail into the scenic Endless Mountains.
Tour the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail for an autumn morning ride, and enjoy nearby community festivals in Archbald and Carbondale in the afternoon. The Greater Carbondale YMCA will host a Fall Festival from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring pumpkin painting, live entertainment, refreshments, games and more. The Archbald Lions Club and Eynon Lions Club are partnering to offer a Harvest Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. at High School Plaza at Archbald Memorial Park. This family event features face painting, music, children’s activities and more.
Several registration packages are available for the tour, each including a light breakfast and lunch upon return to the Blakely Recreation Complex: Military, $30 per person; Seniors (60+), $30 per person; Adults (18+), $35 per person; Family (includes up to two adults and four children under 18), $60; Team (includes up to six adults, age 18 and up), $130.
To register, visit bit.ly/2cjq2Ms. Participants also can register on-site on the day of the event.