Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sayre, Pa
Bikes: Orbea Onix Tour De France, Easy Racer Tour Easy. Bacchetta Giro 26, Giro 20, Catrike Road, Cannondale Mt bike, Peugeot PSV-10 Vintage racing bike.
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Bike Route Y
I live not too far from 6 and have traveled it many times. Did a tour on it from Wellsboro, pa and points west back in 2000. PA has tried to clean up it's bike act in this decade and while it has a ways to go, it's doing better. They are adding shoulders where none existed, but the bike routes stick to State roads, when there are better choices in terms of lighter, slower traffic.
Y is very hilly and cuts across several moutain ranges. My biggest complaint on Y is the Truck traffic. 6 gets alot of truck traffic as it's a major E-W highway in the Northern part of the state. As much as I like to promote cycling in PA, a better choice is probably Bike Route 17 going through the Southern Tier of NY. I live very near to BR17 and have traveled it many times between Binghamton and Points west. The road in my region has wide nicely paved shoulders. Traffic outside of the cities is very low, not that many trucks except milk, gravel and log trucks for around here. Quite a few services, at least 1 convienient store every 10 miles or so. Bike route 17 is largely old route 17, which is now a 4 lane and takes most of the faster heavier traffic. Actually a pretty ideal situation.
Both routes are quite scenic Pa has a plethera of quaint towns along the route. It was originally designed to connect the 16 northern county seats. Most if not all of them is like stepping back into the 50's.
Good luck on your trip