Touring - Has anyone toured on PA's route 6?
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03-16-02, 06:00 AM
We were thinking of taking a trip this year from Union City through the Allegheny National Forest to perhaps Kane, on route 6 in Pennsylvania.
Can anyone give me info. on the shoulder width, the terrain, and was the route bike friendly? Also, did you enjoy the trip?
Any info. appreciated.
03-17-02, 11:23 AM
Recommend contacting PennDot regional office for shoulder widths. Suggest checking for a PennDot homepage, probably in Harrisburg with links to the regions. I believe there is a PennDot office in Corry Pa. and calling them may help.
Pa. had a program to widen the shoulders for bike riding when the do major paving. So, PennDot should be able to tell you.
I rode on Rt 8 from Titusville to Riceville without problems. Only problem is the wind created by the big trailers. We vacation a Canadohta Lake each year, south of Union City. Rt 6 seemed pretty easy from Union City to Corry.
Better yet, take a Sunday drive and see for yourself.
Woodstown NJ (formly Pgh Pa)
I used to drive a truck for a living, and I've been up and down most of US 6, in Pennsylvania, as well as in other states.
US6 has a good bit of traffic, although I 80 runs about 40 miles south of it most of the way across the state. The road is fairly hilly, the shoulders vary from small and gravel-strewn to broken tarmac to non-existant. A few papermills and such along the way add to the truck traffic. Towns along the way are mostly small, though.
I have not toured this route but have driven it many times. It is a busy mostly shoulderless road. Lots of truck traffic; less after passing Warren. The road has a lot of twists and turns making it hard to be seen. Personally, I would pick a different route. You could start in Warren - 40 miles to the east and ride to Coudersport; less truck traffic and better roads. Good luck.
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