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Old 08-16-17, 12:22 PM   #26
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Thanks for the links to the RWGPS site. It looks very interesting.

So, weather permitting, it looks like this is going to happen next month, but not quite as originally conceived. Plan is to rent one-way to Erie on 9/15 and start riding the following day. One monkey wrench thrown into the plan was the realization that the Forest Service campground on the Allegheny Reservoir I was going to use closes after Labor Day. The next established campground makes the first day over 80 miles. Not a problem during the height of summer, but the days will be shorter by then. I guess I can always disperse camp in the Allegheny National Forest if I can't make it, but not something I really want to do.


I am also now planning to head north into NY and then back into PA on Day 2 to visit a friend from back in the day. (~50 miles). She and her husband have a B&B/campground/skydiving place. I will start on my originally planned route for Day 2 and then head north at E. Smethport.


Ozs Homestay Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania


The place is located in PA, but there are no roads in the state that lead to it. You have to go into NY and then ride back across the border via a dirt road/driveway. On Day 3 I will leave there and re-join the original route of Day 2 to the originally planned destination. (~52 miles.) Day 4 will put me on the Pine Creek Trail. Detour off of that at Waterville and head a few miles north to either a state park or private campground. (~56 miles, much of which will be the dirt trail.) Day 5 I will finish the trail and make it all the way to the Catawissa area. (~75 miles.) White Haven/East Side the next day. (~52 miles.) From there I will ride the Lehigh Gorge Trail to Jim Thorpe and eventually pick of the D&L Trail around Palmerton (I know there is a gap between Northampton and Bethlehem), finally ending up at a motel in Easton. (~79 miles.) If I feel I have the legs the next day I will ride the nearly 78 miles to my home in Philly. If not, I will sleep in and do a short day (~18 miles) to Upper Black Eddy, PA. There is a campground there that charges cyclists only $10. It's dated, but wooded and quiet. Will then finish on Sunday.
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Indy, Not sure which campgrounds you were checking on but the Buckaloons CG just before Warren is open until well into October...if that helps you. They are part of the US National Forest system also.

I looked at Ozs B&B site, it looks like a nice place.

Good luck with your journey and hope you have all sunny days.
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Indy, Not sure which campgrounds you were checking on but the Buckaloons CG just before Warren is open until well into October...if that helps you. They are part of the US National Forest system also.

My original hope was to stay at Dew Drop on the reservoir. Must have ignored Buckaloons because it seemed like too short of a day based on my original plan. But it very well may be useful. Assuming I do go to Oz on Day 2, I have a choice of: (A) 85 miles on Day 1 and 47 miles on Day 2 or (B ) 56 miles on Day 1 and 77 miles on Day 2.


I am liking the sound of B, especially with the more limited daylight and the fact that the final 22 miles of that Day 2 are pretty tame, with only 600' of climbing. Moreover, groceries are available in Youngsville, a scant 5 miles west of Buckaloons. At a minimum, I now have a great option in case 85 miles doesn't seem feasible.


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Indy,

There's also a private campground, Woodhaven Campgrounds, on Rt. 59 up top of the long climb after the bridge going over the reservoir. It's just before where Rt. 321 goes south. It's been a while since I've been over that way and am not sure if they would be open then or if they're even in business still. Might be worth a call. It would give you those few extra miles you wanted on the first day. I'm only guessing it would be about 15-20 miles further than Buckaloons.

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There's also a private campground, Woodhaven Campgrounds, on Rt. 59 up top of the long climb after the bridge going over the reservoir. It's just before where Rt. 321 goes south. It's been a while since I've been over that way and am not sure if they would be open then or if they're even in business still. Might be worth a call. It would give you those few extra miles you wanted on the first day. I'm only guessing it would be about 15-20 miles further than Buckaloons.
It's still there and open. That's the best case scenario plan, but it's about 30 farther on PA 59, which would make for about an 85 mile day. Google Maps shows it in the wrong place, about 3 miles west of where it actually is. There is a KOA pretty much next door, but the reviews I have read about it make it sound like a total dump. More than one reviewer has asked "How is this a KOA?" And it's more than $40 for a tent site.
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Did something similar back in 2012 but stayed on the GAP to the end and then took U.2. 220 Bedford. From there I followed most of Bike Route S until Philly, with some deviations in Lancaster, Chester and Montgomery Counties based on personal knowledge. Picked up the SRT in Mont Clare.


How did you like the Pike to Bike?


Heading to Erie on Friday to start my ride home. Hopefully going to meet up with an old college friend on Sunday. She's originally from Warren, PA and will just happen to visiting her mother this weekend. I will be staying just west of Warren Saturday night and passing through town on Sunday. I haven't seen her in decades.
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Did something similar back in 2012 but stayed on the GAP to the end and then took U.2. 220 Bedford. From there I followed most of Bike Route S until Philly, with some deviations in Lancaster, Chester and Montgomery Counties based on personal knowledge. Picked up the SRT in Mont Clare.


How did you like the Pike to Bike?


Heading to Erie on Friday to start my ride home. Hopefully going to meet up with an old college friend on Sunday. She's originally from Warren, PA and will just happen to visiting her mother this weekend. I will be staying just west of Warren Saturday night and passing through town on Sunday. I haven't seen her in decades.
Actually, I have only ever been on the abandoned turnpike at night. Twice. Very creepy both times, but I was with friends. I'd like to go back on it during daytime and take my time / look around a bit.
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Actually, I have only ever been on the abandoned turnpike at night. Twice. Very creepy both times, but I was with friends. I'd like to go back on it during daytime and take my time / look around a bit.
Were you riding at night on the Pike to Bike? Oooo, that would be very spooky!
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Were you riding at night on the Pike to Bike? Oooo, that would be very spooky!
Yeah, it was weird. I was only slightly creeped out since I was not alone when I did it.
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