I am planning a ride to Kennett Square from Toronto. I plan to run #44 from the NY border to its terminus near Allenwood Pa. Then I am in entirely new territory for me. I want to complete the journey in one day and am not totally against the occasional bit of slab, but would prefer a more 'STN' route through this area.
Any help is appreciated.
Pick up 897 as soon as you can and take that as far as you can, meander over toward Coatesville and pick up 82. You can stay on 82 all the way to Kennett. It's quite a pretty ride.
Per Danz's suggestion, you could stick a little further West and take 372 through Quarryville and across the water, get on 896 South to just South of Rt. 1 and take some of the nicer country roads East to 82 into Kennett.
Personally, I'd get on 82 just immediately South of Coatesville. It's a pretty ride.
There's not a lot that's terribly technical in what I've described, but 897 and 82 North and West of Kennett makes for some pretty riding.
Stay on Rt. 82 a ways past and to the South of Kennett Square into Delaware. It's about 6 miles and well worth the doubling back. It's Delaware's only twisty road and is very enjoyable.