105.9-Mile Riders: This route consists of riding the Orange Route, Yellow Route and White Route
ROUTE MARKED ORANGE. The 50-mile Orange Route (for Hershey, home of the Hershey Chocolate Factory) meanders through Amish farmlands, forests and past a lake. The ride passes through the picturesque town of Mt. Gretna, which is a major landmark and favorite cycling area. This route traverses’ areas with a lot of rivers, Amish farms and TWO covered bridges. This route is very scenic, and you will pass some of the prettiest farms in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. You will likely see Amish buggies on the roads. While the ride does not pass through the town of Hershey, there is a free ride at Chocolate World in Hershey, which is worth doing if you are staying overnight.
ROUTE MARKED YELLOW. The 30.3-mile Yellow Route (for Elizabethtown, home of M&M Mars Candies) is the flattest route and includes THREE covered bridges, one of which is the longest in the world. The route passes through the Kreider Farms farmstead and then past the famous Kreider Farms Tower. Tours of the Kreider Dairy Farm and Tower are available if you have time (cost $15). Amazing views of Lancaster county’s Amish country can be seen from the top of the tower. Kreider Farms are providing ice-cream and chocolate milk for the 2022 event. Amazing Pennsylvania farm country scenery will be seen on this route.
ROUTE MARKED WHITE. The 25.6-mile White Route (for Lititz, home of the Cargill Wilbur Chocolate Factory). This route passes through THREE covered bridges in Amish farm country. One of the bridges (the Erb’s Mill Covered Bridge) is known as the most picturesque in the Central Pennsylvania so stop and take a picture. You will likely see Amish buggies parked at the farmsteads or on the roads. The ride also passes through side-streets in Lititz (one of the prettiest towns in the area). If you have time, you can bike into the town (visiting the central park area) and stop at the Wilbur Chocolate Factory store. Just ride-down route 501 to the store (on the left) when passing 501 in the town.
Event Date: Saturday August 6, 2022
Start Time: 8:00am EDT
End Time: 4:00pm EDT
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