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    Pennsylvania S route

    I'm thinking of taking a week off and riding accross Pennsy. Specifically on the PennDoT "S" route, one of the designated bike routes that the Keystone State has setup. I've downloaded all the detailed maps and am planning out the mechanics of the trip. It will be a credit card tour and I plan to travel pretty light, 2-3 sets of bike clothes, basic repair kit, etc... I plan on a side trip or two, one to Falling Water and one to Johntowns (the flood place) but I figure apart from that I'll stick to the official S route.

    Anyone done this ride?
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    If you need a place to crash when you get west let me know. I'm a bit north of Route S but you should be able to get to me pretty easily off of the Montour Trail. I'm about 2-3 miles from the north end of the trail.

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    Yes I did it 3 years ago as part of an XC tour, but I was riding with someone in PA who didn't have any camping gear, so we were staying in hotels. It worked just fine. Some of the days we did were rather long (80 miles) and it was all quite hilly. I printed and followed the maps from the bike PA web site, and they worked fine. We detoured off the route to go to Gettysburg. I think it took 5 or 6 days.

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    Well, I'm used to hills OK, my part of PA is hilly too, but the Allegheny mountains as well as the Appalachians are probably a bit more than I'm used too. I'll be riding a compact double with probably a 11-32 or 11-28 cassette in the rear. Wondering how that combo will work for me.

    Also there seems to be a good section of the interior of PA that seems a little sparsely populated, any trouble finding decent lodging? I've allocated a week for the trip, but would like to keep it to 5 days if possible.
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    We did have some days where we had to do long miles to get a place to stay, and push til just about dark. Can't honestly remember exactly much, it was 3 years ago. But I think we could have gone short instead of long. There were definitely some big spaces between lodgings.

    This was in early October, with short days.

    Here's what's in my journal:
    Pittsburgh
    to West Newton (56mi/3180feet)
    to Ohiopyle (43/620) rail trail (the best part of the route), stayed at a friend of a friend's house (by car)
    to Bedford (76/3300) had to push to make it to a hotel
    to Chambersburg (74/5280) hard hills, push to make it to a hotel
    to Gettysburg (23/880) lots of hotels
    to New Holland (70/2460) no notes, can't remember
    to Lambertsville NJ (80/3760) lots of hotel options, long day

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    PA Route "S"

    A couple of recent bicycle journals for you to consider:

    Ted Herman's "Pittsburg to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 2007"
    He rides the Great Allegheny Passage to the C&O Canal, exiting at Williamsport, MD and continuing up through Gettysburg
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=2765&v=4r

    Jim and Kathy Winner's "Hearts Across Pennsylvania" took them to Lancaster by way of Bike Route "S"
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=2573&v=Bs

    And one more for good measure:

    Chris Bailey's "Pennsylvania S bike trail", which took place in 2005
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=1154&v=2p

    All of these journals have a guestbook -- a means by which to contact the authors. I have ridden the Passage and C&O many, many times and live in Ligonier, PA -- just off of Route 30 -- kinda between Ohiopyle and Johnstown. If you'd like a tour of the Johnstown area - Flood Museum, Inclined Plane, Johnstown Flood National Memorial (South Fork Dam site), drop me a pm and we'll make arrangements.

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by freemti View Post
    I'm thinking of taking a week off and riding accross Pennsy. Specifically on the PennDoT "S" route,

    If I may respectfully submit an alternative - how about McKeesport PA to DC via the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edtrek View Post
    If I may respectfully submit an alternative - how about McKeesport PA to DC via the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal?
    Well, I live a stones throw from route S in SE Pennsy. My plan is to rent a car, drive it one way to Pittsburgh and cycle back. I'd like to keep it an all PA thing.
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    Do u no the directions for route s or were U can get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthurst View Post
    Do u no the directions for route s or were U can get them
    What?

    And responding to a 8 year old thread to boot?
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    Ok thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthurst View Post
    Ok thanks
    Here is the direct link:

    ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf...state_mapS.pdf

    Click on the segment numbers for detailed maps.

    I did it a few years ago. I highly recommend starting in Pittsburgh, riding the entire GAP to Cumberland, MD and then heading north, primarily via U.S. 220, to Bedford, PA to pick up Route S again. (Route S joins the GAP south of PGH but then leaves it at Rockwood, PA.)

    I also highly recommend taking a detour at Breezewood, PA to ride the abandoned section of the PA Turnpike, which is an unofficial bike trail. Not only is a neat ride, it saves you a big climb out of Breezewood. From the end of the abandoned PA Turnpike section it is very easy to get back on Route S.

    Finally, I have a recommended detour in Lancaster County that avoids the stretch of PA 23 that Route S uses west of Morgantown, PA. Much quieter, safer and prettier.

    Let me know if you would like the details re: any of the above.

    BTW...There are camping options either on or close to the route, including in Bedford. I went more significantly off route to get to French Creek S.P. on the eastern end of route, but other than that I did not have to venture more than a few miles off route to get to campgrounds. There are also two state parks that are right on the route: Cowan's Gap and Caledonia. The former is particularly nice, but you have to carry food a long way since there is nothing around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    What?

    And responding to a 8 year old thread to boot?
    Necroposting...
    Look @ your join date and your # of posts. If > 1/day, please read more and type less

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bicycle365 View Post
    Necroposting...
    I don't understand the hostility. Why start an entirely new thread on a subject? I would not be surprised if Brenthurst ran a search and found this old thread, which is one reason the search function exists. Better approach than having a newbie start an entirely new thread on a subject that has already been addressed. In the end, he got the information he was looking for and then some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthurst View Post
    Do u no the directions for route s or were U can get them
    You can download the gpx files from my site bikegpx.us: select State Routes for 'select group' then Bicycle P A Route S. Use view gpx button and download or email

    It looks like this
    Last edited by BigAura; 04-22-15 at 12:02 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    I don't understand the hostility. Why start an entirely new thread on a subject? I would not be surprised if Brenthurst ran a search and found this old thread, which is one reason the search function exists. Better approach than having a newbie start an entirely new thread on a subject that has already been addressed. In the end, he got the information he was looking for and then some.
    I didn't understand the question. Some sort of texting speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    I didn't understand the question. Some sort of texting speak.
    You also brought up the thread's age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    I didn't understand the question. Some sort of texting speak.
    internet translation: u = you

    chemical symbol: U = Uranium

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