Originally Posted by greaterbrown
Now that you've had time to recover by laying around the house in your slippers and jammies while cradling that bottle of Cuervo...
What did you think of your route? Would you do it again? What roads were good or bad?
Jammies? Slippers? Ok,... I won't go there. There may be children present. :innocent:
I liked the route. I even found a Subway in Elizabethtown for lunch (I wondered where lunch would be).
In Wrightsville, there's a park just south of the Wrightville/Columbia Bridge. I stopped there to use the porta-john and take a picture of the bridge. After crossing the bridge, you make a left turn on to Rt 441 and follow that all of the way to Middletown. There's a little bit of climbing just after you cross Rt 30.
In Middletown I picked up Rt 230. I found myseld on Rt 441 Truck Rt, but I could have stayed on Rt 441/Union St. That would have cut a little bit of distance off my ridden route.
Follow Rt 230 to Elizabethtown then to Mt Joy.
I did miss a turn that would take me south on Prospect Rd, then Rt 462 back toward Columbia/Wrightsville. Instead, I went too far east to Church St, Stoney Battery, College Ave, and then Rt 462. I think I amassed the extra distance between that missed cue and going through Susquehanna State Park to Havre de Grace instead of through Bel Air.
None of the roads were as bad as Baltimore City roads--not many are. Many of them were pretty smooth with at least a small lined shoulder and some with 14 foot shoulders. The hilly section, River Rd to Holtwood Rd, was wet and slightly leaf covered. You had to watch your speed because some descents were very steep. One had a 20% grade warning sign.
The road becomes long rollers on Rt 372 Holtwood Rd heading to Quarryville. It has a very wide shoulder--wide enough to accomodate an Amish horse-drawn buggy. I picked up Rt 272 before Quarryville following it south to Conowingo. Rt 272 has a very wide shoulder. It's very comfortable to cycle on.
Crossing the Conowingo is always a stress point. And, if you want to make the left turn on to Shuresville Rd, you have to time it just right because traffic can come fast from either direction and sight lines are not very clear.
The ride through Susquehanna Park is on rough roads sometimes littered with leaves. It is what it is.
Level Rd has a very wide shoulder, is very smooth, has high speed traffic and the final descent into Havre de Grace is scary/fun. You can hit 40 mph, no problem, but you have to be prepared to make the right hand turn on to Ohio St.
From Havre de Grace, it was Rt 40 nearly all of the way home--wide comfortable shoulder/high speed traffic.
I guess I can say that I enjoyed the entire route. It would have been better if it were dry, though.