CBES Between the Waters Bike Tour

Cape Charles, VA

Saturday, October 22, 2011


100-mile English Century - 8:00 a.m.

60-mile Metric Century - 9:00 a.m.

40-mile - 10:00 a.m.

25-mile - 11:00 a.m.


25 Mile Route - 3 stops 5 to 7 miles apart  with lunch at approximately 18 miles

40 Mile Route - 3 stops 5 to 15 miles apart with lunch at approximately 32 miles

60 Mile Route - 4 stops 5 to 18 miles apart with lunch at approximately 51 miles

100 Mile Route - 5 stops 7 to 22 miles apart with lunch at approximately 55 miles.

The Between the Waters Bike Tour promises water views on both sides of the Delmarva peninsula through the gracious hospitality of private homeowners who have allowed up to use their properties for the rest stops along the route.  Each rest stop will have liquids, light snacks and a toilet.  Stops will be open on a published schedule found on your cue sheet.  If you reach a stop before or after its scheduled operating time, service may not be available.  Lunch will be available on each route.

The topography on the Shore is very flat--NO hills--with the highest point at only 42 feet.  All public roads are paved but a good bit of the mileage is asphault and the remaining mileage (60+%) is tar and chip.  The asphault rolls very smoothly, but the tar and chips rolls a bit more roughly.  The roads are very rural with little traffic as we do not usually ride on US Rte. 13.  This year ONLY, the 60 and 100 mile routes will utilize the paved shoulder of  US Rte. 13 for about 2 miles.



Professional service from Salisbury Cycle & Fitness will be available at the start/finish area and at the lunch stop.  Several marked vehicles will be riding the routes and available all day to assist riders.  Most rest stops can contact them. 

  • Police and Rescue Squads are aware of the Tour and its routes.
  • If you have a medical or police emergency, call 911 as soon as you can from a cell phone or other nearby phone.
  • If you need service or other assistance from the Tour, contact host personnel at any stop.


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By October 1, 2011

Adults -- Only $45

Children (6 to 12 years) -- $15

Under 6 FREE with adult

After October 1, 2011

Adults $60

Children (6 to 12 years) -- $20

Under 6 FREE with adult

For More Information:

Phyllis S. Tyndall, Event Coordinator






Eastern Shore of VA B&B Assn.

Salisbury Cycle

Tankard Nurseries

Cherrystone Family Camping Resort

The Nature Conservancy

      Willie C. Randall, Financial Advisor             with Edward Jones 

Wescoat Nurseries



Invites the CBES bikers to a block/street party following the ride on Saturday from 4:00-9:00 p.m.


Live Band

Cash Beer/Wine Bar

Featuring Barbecue and other culinary delights from the following:

Cape Charles Coffee House

Gull Hummock




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Explore the Eastern Shore of Virginia this fall when the Between the Waters Bike Tour begins in the historic, waterfront town of Cape Charles in Northampton County.  This event, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES), is held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 and winds through interesting historic towns and communities and along back roads to scenic rest stops that overlook the Atlantic seaside and the Chesapeake Bay.

This one day bike tour is an ecotourism event for CBES, a non-profit organization serving Northampton and Accomack counties, and the Between the Waters Bike Tour is one of the major fundraisers of the year for this group.  With very little vehicle traffic, the ride is sure to be relaxed and peaceful as well as easygoing because of the flat terrain. 

DIRECTIONS TO CAPE CHARLES & PARKING:  Cape Charles is located off of US Rte. 13 approximately 10 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel or 70 miles south of the Virginia/Maryland state line.  Turn onto State Route 184 and watch for the parking signs and attendants.  PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE RESIDENTIAL STREETS but use the approved parking areas as instructed.  Cape Charels is a VERY small town, a 6 x 6 block town.  Parking attendants will direct you to the start/finish location (Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall) from the parking areas as we do not want parking at that location.  We ask for your cooperation with this.


Other websites to visit for lodging, dining and general information:






The Tour is completely on public roads except for driveways leading to rest stops.  (Green street signs are public roads, brown street signs are private roads.)  Directional arrows are painted on the right edge of the pavement at all public road intersections.  Remember that mileage on cue sheets are "car miles."  Your "bike miles" may vary a little.  Biker Etiquette:  Remember the rules of the road for bikers. 


Map & detailed cue sheet

Well-marked route

SAG service

Rest stops with snacks and beverages

Riders who PRE-REGISTER receive a FREE event t-shirt designed by a local artist

Full picnic lunch to include:

25/40/60 routes:

hamburgers/cheeseburgers/hot dogs with all the sides including potato & pasta salad

100 mile route: 

subs, chips, pickles

All routes:

pimento cheese


brownies & cookies

Water, soft drinks, tea, lemonade, gatorade




Music by POUND NET-Local Bluegrass & Folk Music Group

Approximtely 15 tickets left for this sold out event!!

Cherry Grove Farm, Eastville, VA

Tickets were mailed October 11. 

Contact us if you have not received them by Oct. 17.

The CBES Bike Tour Oyster Roast, on Saturday evening after the ride When patrons arrive, there is a large, open fire burning which will later roast the oysters.  People often stand around the fire for conversation and later stand at farm trailers to gorge on oysters.  Music from a local bluegrass band normally fills the barn.  Our menu--served in "courses:--includes:  chips and dips, samplings of a local crabmeat dish and chowder, and, of course, all the oysters you can eat.  A limited amount of beer is available (after all, we can't send you out on the road tipsy) and soft drinks.  And, oh yes, for the oyster squeamish, we have fried chicken and coleslaw--but really, if you don't like oysters....So, bring your oyster knives (we have a few available, if you don't have one) and a glove and plan to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 so you won't miss the fun.


6:00-6:30 Social Hour w/Music & Conservation

Chips & Onion Dip, Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks

6:30-6:45 Sample of Local Hot Crab Dip

6:45-7:00 Sample of Local Chowders (Choice of Clam, Conk or Crab & Corn)

7:00-8:15 Local Roasted Oyster w/butter or cocktail sauce


Fried Chicken & Coleslaw (for the oyster squeamish)

8:15-8:30 Homemade Dessert Coolies

8:30 Farewell



CBES offers a free Friday afternoon guided fun ride that has 10 and/or 20 mile routes--at the discretion of the bike guides--for riders to enjoy.  This year's ride will feature the newly opened Southern Tip Bike/Hike Trail located at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge at 4 p.m.  Meet at the Visitor's Center and park at the head of the trail.  Local guides lead this ride that is along a different route from Saturday's ride.  Please check the Friday Ride box on our registration form if you plan to participate in the fun ride.

If arriving early, the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Southern Tip Bike/Hil Trail will be held at 3 p.m.

Paper registration forms are available or you can register online by clicking on the links found on the right banner of the homepage located at: