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Old 06-24-08, 11:30 PM
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Towanda, PA (Rte 6)

Long story short, I'm driving my grandmother to Towanda, Pennsylvania where she'll be visiting for 3 days. I know for a fact she'll want to go to Philly for at least one of those, but on the other two days I fully intend to take in the splendors of northern Pennsylvania from atop my Brooks saddle.

I've done a little internet searching and it seems that Route 6 seems to be the easy answer as it runs right through town and is quite scenic. That said, I read somewhere about the 'Grand Canyon' of Pennsylvania being somewhere near by.

From what I've seen on googlemaps I'd really like to head southeast along the river far more than west to Troy and back like so many of the crazyguyonabike.com stories. They also mentioned a really bad west-east headwind to be careful of.

Besides locale and routes, what kind of equipment should I pick up for short day trips like these? I ride a mostly stock 2006/7 Bianchi Volpe with 700x25s. It's got a Nitto rack and Carradice Barley bag (and Honjo fenders when I reorder a set of fender stays to replace the ones I cut too short). Should I get a small pannier (set) and/or handlebar bag with a map case (or just a map case if they make those independently). My day to day commuting pack also includes a hand pump, two spare tubes, tire levers, hex set, and patch kit (doesn't hurt to keep a third back up, right?). I've also got two bottle cages and will probably pick up a bulk pack of power bars to fuel me through lunch (I'm sure as hell not missing grandma's breakfast and dinner).

Thanks ahead of time for any information.
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Old 06-25-08, 07:38 AM
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Towanda

Hi,

I just rode the route(s) you refer to two weeks ago: from Williamsport, PA to Woodbury, CT. I camped at the Grand Canyon and rode to Towanda and camped there another night. Easy ride between Towanda and the Grand Canyon, however it takes the good part of a day (however I was loaded). There is a bike shop in Wellsboro (1/2 way to grand canyon from Towanda). A nice route to take East from Towanda is cross the river bridge out of Towanda to Wysox (town adjacent to Towanda), then turn right in Wysox and cross the river again. I forget the road, but it is a State Highway (maybe 236???) and take it to Wyalussing, which is the next place you can cross back across the river. You can then take US 6 back to Towanda if you wish.

US 6 has pretty good berms and not too much traffic between Towanda and the Grand Canyon. East out of Towanda is much heavier. There is a lot of cheap lodging around the Grand Canyon if you don't camp. There are plenty of places to get something to eat. You don't need anything special for riding away from civilization, as there is plenty of civilization up ther.

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The bike shop is in Mansfield, not Wellsboro, at the traffic light.
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I rode from Chicago to New York in June of 2007, and I used Route 6 most of the way across northern Pennsylvania. Route 6 is a federal highway, but traffic is moderate, the shoulder is mostly good, and it is marked as a state bike route, which helps me feel better about riding in traffic. The "grand canyon" of Pennsylvania had a nice bike path which was partly finished when I passed through. Maybe it is finished now. Towanda was the first place on my route where I felt like I was in the East. I stayed there overnight. You can find my route posted at sanoodi.com, where my profile name is also metzenberg.

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Ahhh Rt6! Ive always wanted to do Rt 6 in Pa.
If you want to see a video of the road you can go to this PennDOt site. On it you can see a video of an state road in Pa.
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Originally Posted by metzenberg
I rode from Chicago to New York in June of 2007, and I used Route 6 most of the way across northern Pennsylvania. Route 6 is a federal highway, but traffic is moderate, the shoulder is mostly good, and it is marked as a state bike route, which helps me feel better about riding in traffic. The "grand canyon" of Pennsylvania had a nice bike path which was partly finished when I passed through. Maybe it is finished now. Towanda was the first place on my route where I felt like I was in the East. I stayed there overnight. You can find my route posted at sanoodi.com, where my profile name is also metzenberg.

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The Pine Creek Trail through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is complete all the way to Jersey Shore. I rode it southbound (aka downhill) a few weeks ago during my epic bike trip around PA ( https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/3508 ). It was very scenic - I put it up there as one of the highlights of my trip. I also biked on route 6 (the "Y" route for most of its length) and will join the other in saying it is a fine road to bike on with only a few choke points were the traffic is a problem and/or the shoulders have issues. Even the hills are manageable, I don't recall ever having to dismount and push like I did on the "S" route. I'd point out that there is no lodging in Jersey Shore, if your hotelling it you will have to head to Williamsport or probably a better choice would be Lock Haven. There is no problem with lodging at the north end with a plethora of no-name small motels dotted around.
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