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Old 03-05-09, 11:48 PM
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Pennsylvania Bike Routes/first tour

Hi,

So this weekend I'd like to try my hand at beginning short-distance, one-day touring. My goal is to go from Philadelphia to Lancaster and back through Valley Forge and PA Route "S."

I've seen a few route signs in passing before. There are no good directions on the Internet except for a few Bikely routes. I'm wondering if I need to bring a cue sheet, or should the signs guide me well enough? Also, where is the entrance to "S"? I've ridden the trail to that small park across from the actual Valley Forge before, but not beyond.

Thanks!
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http://www.dot.state.pa.us/BIKE/WEB/tour_routes.htm

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

each circled number on this second pdf is a link to another pdf, which is a map of that segment.
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
http://www.dot.state.pa.us/BIKE/WEB/tour_routes.htm

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

each circled number on this second pdf is a link to another pdf, which is a map of that segment.
Thanks, that is helpful!

Do they print these maps, by any chance?
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
Hi,

So this weekend I'd like to try my hand at beginning short-distance, one-day touring. My goal is to go from Philadelphia to Lancaster and back through Valley Forge and PA Route "S."

I've seen a few route signs in passing before. There are no good directions on the Internet except for a few Bikely routes. I'm wondering if I need to bring a cue sheet, or should the signs guide me well enough? Also, where is the entrance to "S"? I've ridden the trail to that small park across from the actual Valley Forge before, but not beyond.

Thanks!
The signage on the S route, I've found , is pretty good. But the route shifts roads from time to time, so a map is still a good idea.

There's a simple (and flat) way to get from the Schuylkill River Trail to the S route. Follow the SRT to Monte Clare, past Valley Forge, Audubon, and Oaks. It brings you to Longford Road. Follow that into Mont Clare and cross the bridge to Phoenixville. Take Bridge Street to Rt. 23. Follow 23 to the intersection with 113. Turn left - this will be tricky since it's multi-lane and heavy traffic. Follow 113 to Kimberton-Pughtown Road, which is the S route. PM me if you want me to ride this with you.

Another point about the S route. At the intersection of Pughtown and Rt. 100, don't make the right onto 100, but cross onto Daisy Point Road. It saves you having to make the left onto Rt. 23 on a steep upgrade in heavy traffic. Daisy Point connects with the S route and Rt 23 in about a mile.

Here's the S route, with my touring rig, back in November. This is near the top of the sustained climb just before Elverson.

 
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Thanks, that is helpful!

Do they print these maps, by any chance?
I don't know. When I did the A to S routes to cross the state, i printed them myself in a library from the PDF's.

edit, p.s., you're welcome!
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