Aquidneck Island Rail Explorers Tour
sponsored by the RI Williams Alumni Association
When: September 23, 2017 at 10:30am
Riders are encouraged to arrive between 10 and 10:15am
Where: 1 Alexander Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 02871
Who: All RI Williams Alumni Association members
...and their families
...and anyone else they care to bring
Singles, 1 rider, $37.50 (we'll put singles together into Tandems and Quads, as needed)
Tandem Rail Explorer, 2 riders, $75 ($37.50 per passenger)
Quad Rail Explorer, 4 riders, $125 ($31.25 per passenger)
You may register as an individual, a pair, or a quad.
If you select a Tandem of Quad Rail Explorer, please enter your guest(s) in the box below your registration selection.
Lunch (described below) is optional and not included in the above costs.
What’s for Lunch? After the tour, please join us if you’re able at:
Portsmouth Publick House
600 Clock Tower Square
Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871
Click here for Directions from Rail Explorers
Weather: Please note that this event will be held rain or shine. The event will only be canceled if there is a concern for safety (i.e. lightning). We will notify you in the event of a cancellation.
If you are interested in participating, please sign up by September 11, 2017 so we can
finalize our arrangements with both Rail Explorers and the Portsmouth Publick House. Of
course, there’s nothing stopping you from signing up now...
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd !
A Rail Explorer is a pedal-powered, eco-friendly vehicle that rides along the railroad tracks on Aquidneck Island. Rail Explorers have four steel wheels, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun, and EASY to ride.
Rail Explorers offers a scenic ride along the western shore of Aquidneck Island with views of spectacular Narragansett Bay and Prudence Island ... we were astonished at how close Prudence Island is to the Portsmouth Shore. The tour includes a stop for photos under the Mt. Hope Bridge.
Although the Rail Explorers require pedaling, you may remember from freshman Physics that steel wheels riding on steel rails results in a magically low coefficient of friction. This makes the entire experience different – and much easier – than riding a regular bicycle. The terrain is flat and the ride is relaxing and enjoyable; There is no need to watch the road ahead, no need to steer or balance, and riding is hands free. It’s easy to take photographs and video as you roll along. When we tried it for the first time, we had to keep checking to see if the pedals were actually connected to the wheels. Really, it’s that easy.
The pedal-powered explorers offer a smooth and comfortable adventure suitable for all. This experience along the railroad gives all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy spectacular wilderness areas that are not normally accessible. Trains no longer run on this line, so it’s all safe.
This activity can be enjoyed by everyone including couples young and old and families of all ages and abilities. There are two types of vehicles available: The Tandem Rail Explorer (two seats) or Quad Rail Explorer (four seats). Families with small children can reserve the Quad Explorers to help the youngest with pedaling. Older alumni who wish to participate might pair up with their younger counterparts (children, grandchildren, or just fellow alums).
All tours have trained guides riding in both the front and in the last Rail Explorer. The front and rear guides ensure that everyone arrives safely, and the distance between the bikes allows everyone to go at their own pace and enjoy riding the rails in solitude. The tour will start at 10:30am and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
After we’ve pedaled to the northern end of the island, a bus will return us to our starting point in the Melville area of Portsmouth. For those who would like to join us, we will have a special room reserved at the Portsmouth Publick House where we can enjoy lunch and a post-tour beverage.