Bike tour is coming — you know, the one with the camels

| 16 Aug 2012 | 01:37

— The Orange County Bicycle Club and Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County are sponsoring the annual Country Roads Bicycle Tour — the ride with the camels — that celebrates open space in the county.
The tour will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, starting out at Warwick Valley High School, 89 Sanfordville Rd., Warwick.
Take one of four routes on uncrowded roads through varied landscape. Register before Sept. 1 to receive the free T-shirt designed for the ride.
Choose from:

10-mile route for older children and once-in-a-while riders — 10:30 a.m.
20-mile route through the countryside — 10 a.m.
40-mile route through the countryside — 8:30 a.m.
62-mile route through rolling farmland and over forested ridges — 8 a.m. (last start 8:30 a.m.)

Along the way, cyclists will refuel at three rest stops placed at reasonable intervals along the way, renew themselves with plates of sliced fruit, cool juices and home-baked cookies. At journey’s end they’ll find cool shade and a bountiful picnic banquet, catered by Loughran’s Irish Pub of Salisbury Mills. Lunch will be served until 2:30 p.m., allowing everyone plenty of time to finish the ride before they eat.
All roads leads to a party. Music will fill the air, and food will spill off the banquet table. There will be games, a 50/50, and raffle prizes.
Advanced registration is $40, or $50 at the gate. Children under 13 pay $10 in advance, or $15 at the gate.
The Orange County Bicycle Club has been wheeling through the Hudson Valley for about 29 years. They meet on their bikes every Saturday morning at the intersection of 17-A and Route 94 in Florida, N.Y.
For more information about the tour, email Paul Labrie at