On June 25th and 26th I am riding from Central PA to the Philly area. A total distance of about 200 miles. 120 miles on day 1 and 80 miles on day 2. (I may have a SAG wagon which will definitely help). My route will take me through the anthracite coal region of PA. A friend of mine called my trip 'Anthracycling'. The coal region has several mountains. Anyway, the first 80 miles are what we call rollers with no significant mountain climb. However, mile 80 through 95 there is about 3000' of climbing(up one mountain down and then down into a coal mining town then back up another slighlty higher mountain). Then rollers for another 10 miles then some more climbing. (I know you Clydes in the west are probably laughing at the little hill climbs). A couple of weeks ago I did 60 miles on a rail trail with some fellow forum Clydes and I felt like I could ride further at the end. The first 45 miles were relatively flat on a rail trail. The last 15 were rollers with a few small hill climbs thrown in. My question is: Which will drain your energy quicker? A flat ride where you are continuosly pedaling to keep going or a longer hillier ride where you get to rest sometimes on the descents and other areas of the ride? My training so far has been a weekly mountain climb(18 miles which I try to get done in 60 minutes) with 1300' of climbing and longer flatter rides on the weekends with some climbing thrown in. I am thinking I should have enough energy (granted that I hydrate and eat properly) at mile 80 to make these climbs. Just looking for some input/tips from anyone who has been through a long mountainous ride.
If any PA folks want to join me along the way here is the map:
The last 20 miles or so will be on the Perkiomen and Skippack Trails which are not on the map yet.