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Old 09-22-09, 10:34 PM   #1
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dover>rehoboth best route?

anyone done this ride? 45/50 miles, i know i'm up for it. planning on biking it friday. best way to go?
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Old 09-23-09, 12:02 AM   #2
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I rode from Rehoboth to Philadelphia this summer, and went past Dover on my way. The state of Delaware has a signed bike route that goes near both places - I don't think that there are maps online, but you should be able to get one in a bike shop. You could also try to follow the signs without a map (that's what I did) but I don't recommend it.
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Old 09-23-09, 07:18 AM   #3
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I rode from Rehoboth to Philadelphia this summer, and went past Dover on my way. The state of Delaware has a signed bike route that goes near both places - I don't think that there are maps online, but you should be able to get one in a bike shop. You could also try to follow the signs without a map (that's what I did) but I don't recommend it.
I rode from Lewes through Dover this summer on tour. The state bike maps, one for each county, are wonderful. So wonderful the roads are poorly signed.

Heading north, I rode to the Coastal Highway, took that north to Cave Neck Road, and followed it into Milton. From there, I headed north out of town, took a wrong turn, and went by Redden State Forest. I came to 13, decided I didn't want that, and headed back to 113, which I took into Milford. Then it was 14 to Killien's Road, and then 13 into Dover.
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so... further upstate (dover) 13 is decent, but in suffolk county (down by milford) 113 is preferable?

looking at the bike maps ( http://www.deldot.gov/information/co...are/maps.shtml ) i see that 13 and 15 are designated as secondary roads (yellow) with bold outlines most of the way meaning the shoulder is widened for use as a bike facility.

bike route 1 is rather twisty-turney, especially considering it goes southwest-ish to harrington then east to milford before continuing south to milton...
in wanting to keep to a more direct route i looked at the DELDOT maps and came up with this:

dover -> camden via [13] (dupont hwy)
camden -> viola -> milford via [13], [15] (cantebury rd), [14] (milford-harrington hwy)
milford -> milton via [30]
milton -> millsboro via [5], [john j williams]

my actual destination is millsboro but more people are familiar with milton and reboth as places to go

i travel with my gps (nuvi 205) set to bicycle mode and all avoidances (no traffic, highways, etc.)
hasn't steered me wrong yet!
i suppose if i don't like what i'm seeing in terms of road conditions, traffic i can divert to a service road or local road and recalculate.
i've also got a compass (old school!) and since i'm headed due south i can keep the gps off to save battery.

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Old 09-28-09, 11:55 AM   #5
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this ride was Awesome. the only crappy part was where i took route 5 out of milton down toward millsboro -- the shoulder on 5 (harbeson road) can only be best described as 'asphalt splatterpaint' -- AVOID.
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