Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-24-14, 08:49 AM   #26
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 14,777
Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3716 Post(s)
Originally Posted by hartlean View Post
So, I was wondering if you could suggest a safe route, without too many killer hills, from Gettysburg or Harrisburg (I'm flexible there) up to the Olean NY or Salamanca NY areas. Once I cross into NY I'm very familiar with the routes.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Are you familiar with the signed PA bike routes? They are good in some places. In other places, not so much. One issue that you have to deal with these days is the truck traffic associated with frack mining.

In any event, there is this, which passes through Harrisburg:

One modification I would make it to pick up the Pne Creek Trail in Jersey Shore, PA, which is in Lycoming County. That would take you to Ansonia, PA, which is not too far south of Corning, NY. The stretch immediately north of HBG ain't the greatest. I would try to modify it with smaller roads. U.S. 11 towards the Sellinsgrove area is busy and not scenic. Where Route J closely follows the Susquehanna, it's generally going to be more foregiving terrain-wise.

There is also this:

Again, I would try to incoporate the Pine Creek Trail.

You can hang a left in the middle of the state and take this west to Emlenton to pick up the Allegheny Trail, which someone noted:

I think that currently goes as far north as Oil City. I believe it changes names to something like the Samuel Justus Trail. I have a cross-PA tour planned for this year. Going to spend the first ight in Franklin and then take the trail south to pick up PA Route V in Emlenton.

I can tell you that if rode north from Gettyburg to PA 234 and headed west on Route S

to Bedford to pick up Route G you would run into some nice ups and downs west of Chambersburg, including a multi-mile climb up to Cowan's Gao State Park. On the flip side, from the park west you would get a 6.5 mile descent to Burnt Cabins. Also, you would have a chance to ride an 8.5 mile section of abandoned PA Turnpike. Neat experience assuming you are not scared of the dark as there are two long, unlit tunnels.
indyfabz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-14, 07:17 PM   #27
Senior Member
hartlean's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Coastal North Carolina
Bikes: 2008 Jamis Aurora; 2013 Surly Cross-Check
Posts: 66
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
indyfabz, I appreciate that, esp. the note about the Pine Cr Trail. I didn't know about it, but a 2001 article in USA Today named the 65-mile (105 km) long trail one of "10 great places to take a bike tour" in the world. I'll hold on to your suggestions until this Fall.
hartlean is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:41 AM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.