Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - dc - philiadelphia
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08-09-07, 08:17 AM
Anyone make this trip before?
Thoughts on Rt 1 vs Rt 40/13?
I have a contact for the bridge for 40/13 so getting over isn't the issue, more of safety, convenience and ride quality. Don't have the time to do a more scenic route.
08-15-07, 08:28 PM
Well, Rt. 1 is ok in some areas, especially parts of Delaware, but otherwise, I'd say try the 40/13 instead. Crossed Delaware (the state) last year and found it to be relatively safe, so long as you stick to the back roads.
I made an attempt at riding from Philly to my parents house in maryland, but the route coming into philly will be similar for you. Here it is on Bikely: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Philly-to-Moms
A severe derailuer failure 80 miles in killed my attempt, but I may try again in the fall.
You have to cross the Susquehanna too, which is OK at route 1. There's a big hydro electric dam but it's somewhat bikeable and when I did it (a Friday around lunchtime) there wasn't a lot of traffic.
Anywhere close to Philly and route 1 is horrible, I tried to take back roads and they worked out fine.
08-16-07, 08:37 AM
horrible in what way? I really don't mind riding in traffic if the speeds are somewhat reasonable (45-50mph or less).
Is route 1 like riding on the shoulder of a highway? How much is urban/strip mall land vs rural?
A lot is 50+ mph with some shoulder but plenty of right turn lanes. I haven't ridden the whole way but you can get a good idea following route 1 with satellite view on google maps.
09-24-07, 09:43 AM
I had to leave from Baltimore as I had an AM soccer game that delayed my departure and I knew I wouldn't have enough time to do the whole ~140 mile ride in one day.
17mph headwinds and sidewinds made the trip much slower than I would have liked, but I completed the slightly less than 120 miles in ~8.5 hours, averaging 14.1 mph. Temps were perfect at 70f and it was a beautful blue sky day.
Overall it was a very nice ride. Leaving Baltimore wasn't nice due to the neighborhoods you ride through. After about 15-20 miles you leave the city and the route becomes quite scenic. There were a few great descents at 45mph. The crossing over rt 1 Oswigo (sp?) dam was as inhospitable as I had been told. It was certainly the scariest part of the ride. Overall, (aside from the dam) I never felt it was a dangerous ride and I only had a couple of ppl honk at me the whole trip. Some parts of the countryside were very scenic. I had to do the second to last hour in total pitch black suburban back roads which wasn't fun, and the last hour wasn't too bad once streetlamps lit the road. Hills were tolerable. There weren't any huge ones, but the constant up down of 200 ft climbs over rollers definitely took their toll.
Never bonked which was nice. Carried a handful of gels and powerbeans, a cliff bar, banana and a couple of peanut butter & honey sandwiches and refreshed water twice (carried four bottles).
Spent the best $40 bucks ever on my bike with a set of specialized gel bar wraps/tape. First ride ever of more than 75 miles where my hands never went numb.
I'd definitely do the ride again. If anyone wants the cue sheet or garmin file let me know.
I was able to download the route from mapmyrun.com and upload it into my garmin forerunner 305. This made the route a total breeze. I never had to look at the actual cue sheet or printed maps except for confirmation about where I was. I simply just glanced at the watch to make sure I was on the route. SO EASY! I brought a garmin nuvi as well and used that for a short bit where I ran into a closed road and had to detour. It worked well.
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