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    Lancaster PA to Gettysburg PA route

    We are thinking of taking the tandem for an overnight to Gettysburg this weekend and wondered if anyone had a good route from York PA to Gettysburg? We live in Lancaster County just north and west of the city.
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    Google's bike directions looks like it could be o.k. It routes you over some small roads to PA 234 (E. Berlin Rd.), which is part of PA Bike Route S, then turns south on Old Route 15 to Gettysburg. You can also cut off PA 234 at Hampton and use some of the smaller roads to get you there. They all seem to be available on Street View. They look mostly quiet and scenic. In fact, the smallest ones look downright empty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Google's bike directions looks like it could be o.k. It routes you over some small roads to PA 234 (E. Berlin Rd.), which is part of PA Bike Route S, then turns south on Old Route 15 to Gettysburg. You can also cut off PA 234 at Hampton and use some of the smaller roads to get you there. They all seem to be available on Street View. They look mostly quiet and scenic. In fact, the smallest ones look downright empty.
    Interesting, I did two searches, one on my work computer and one at home and it took me two different ways. The work version is as you say. I looked at the longer sections and they look like lightly traveled roads with wider shoulders. Thanks!
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    We did our ride this weekend with perfect weather and a good route. indyfabz, the section after Hampton was great, no traffic at all.
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    Great. Were you on PA Bike Route Route S at any point? If so, how was it. I will be doing PGH to PHL the week after Labor Day. Going to ride the GAP to Cummberland then head up to Bedford to pick up Route S, modifying to close to Morgantown to get to French Creek State Park withour riding on Rte. 23 for very long, if at all. Hoping to make a quick detour to the Shady Maple Market for groceries. I love that place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Great. Were you on PA Bike Route Route S at any point? If so, how was it. I will be doing PGH to PHL the week after Labor Day. Going to ride the GAP to Cummberland then head up to Bedford to pick up Route S, modifying to close to Morgantown to get to French Creek State Park withour riding on Rte. 23 for very long, if at all. Hoping to make a quick detour to the Shady Maple Market for groceries. I love that place.
    indyfabz, 234 was a little busier then w would have liked but it has a reasonably wide shoulder which worked out well. Riding the tandem puts more responsibility on you then when riding a single.

    There are several nice roads which would parallel 23. I see Google maps takes you right down 23. It is 45 spad limit but pretty heavy traffic. With all the buggies and bike the locals are pretty aware but 23 is heavy tourist traffic. If you go to Shady you should swing by Shirk's bike shop which is just up the road. Let me know if you want some options through Lancaster.
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    Thanks, but I am good in that area. I used to lead a ride from Shady Maple to Mt. Gretna. I also sometimes still lead a ride from Warwick County Park to New Holland, and I have done several organized rides that go through that area (or used to), including the LBC Covered Bridges and the old MS PA Dutch. From New Holland I will parallel 23 to the north and then take Weaverland, Weaverland Valley, Turkey Hill, etc. Route S goes partly that way but goes up to 23 earlier than it needs to. If I don't stop at Shandy Maple I may pop up to 23 for a bit at Red School to get groceries at a place on Rte. 10/23 because there is nothing around French Creek SP.
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    Have fun, sounds like a great ride.
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    I rode the S route a few years ago. It was fine. From what I saw, all the other roads were pretty nice as well. Kinda hard to go wrong out there.

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    Related, what about Lancaster to Carlisle via Harrisburg? What route would you take? I am riding there this weekend.

    I have done the route via York/Dover/Dillsburg but wanted a change this year. Just wasn't sure how busy the roads through Harrisburg area would be.

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    You would probably come out my way using 230 into Highspire and then you would hook-up with the Greenway but I'm struggling to see what you would do on the west side of the river.
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    Did the ride to Carlisle from Lancaster. Pretty good ride.

    230 W out of Mount Joy the whole way to Harrisburg.

    Then, left onto Paxton St to Market St. Cross the river on Market St. bridge, bear left at light and ride that through Lemoyne to signs for 11/15. Make left, and then right onto 641/Trindle Rd, which runs through Mechanicsburg and then right to Carlisle.



    Quote Originally Posted by Paul J View Post
    You would probably come out my way using 230 into Highspire and then you would hook-up with the Greenway but I'm struggling to see what you would do on the west side of the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug S. View Post
    Did the ride to Carlisle from Lancaster. Pretty good ride.

    230 W out of Mount Joy the whole way to Harrisburg.

    Then, left onto Paxton St to Market St. Cross the river on Market St. bridge, bear left at light and ride that through Lemoyne to signs for 11/15. Make left, and then right onto 641/Trindle Rd, which runs through Mechanicsburg and then right to Carlisle.
    Cool, you rode right by my street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug S. View Post
    Did the ride to Carlisle from Lancaster. Pretty good ride.

    230 W out of Mount Joy the whole way to Harrisburg.

    Then, left onto Paxton St to Market St. Cross the river on Market St. bridge, bear left at light and ride that through Lemoyne to signs for 11/15. Make left, and then right onto 641/Trindle Rd, which runs through Mechanicsburg and then right to Carlisle.
    I wonder if that was part of the new PA bike route J1. I've seen signs for it on Harrisburg Pike in Landisville.

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    Route S was pretty damn busy between Biglerville and E. Berlin, with a good number of trucks, when I rode it last Thursday morning. Going into York from E. Berlin the following morning was also pretty busy even though I started out from Cedar Lake Campground before 7 a.m. in an attempt to beat to beat rush hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Route S was pretty damn busy between Biglerville and E. Berlin, with a good number of trucks, when I rode it last Thursday morning. Going into York from E. Berlin the following morning was also pretty busy even though I started out from Cedar Lake Campground before 7 a.m. in an attempt to beat to beat rush hour.
    We rode it on Friday afternoon and then Saturday morning and thought it was a little busy but not too crazy. We were on our tandem and my wife/stoker has been fearful of traffic in the past and didn't say anything. So, either it wasn't too bad or she is getting use to traffic. :-) when we came into York from the east on 462 we missed the turn to get over to Eastern Blvd and that was absolutely crazy with 4 lanes and curbs. We rode the sidewalk for part of it. Coming back Saturday we were able to follow the route and Eastern Blvd was awesome.

    I think you could angle north from Wrightsville and skirt north of York on back roads but I was a little worried about getting into a lot of hills which you don't do using 234.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spivonious View Post
    I wonder if that was part of the new PA bike route J1. I've seen signs for it on Harrisburg Pike in Landisville.
    It looks like J1 is a unique route that goes from Lancaster to Harrisburg using primarily route 230.
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