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« on: August 21, 2013, 07:44:03 pm »

Eventually I'll spend a couple hours geeking out over maps. But in the meantime, I'm opening the floor for suggestions on a route from Morgantown, WV to Hancock, NY.  Bigok On an initial perusal of Google Maps...I wasn't seeing a whole lot of scenic and/or twisty roads that run east/west across PA. (But I wasn't zoomed in to goat path level.)

On September 20, sunrise in Hancock, NY is at 6:46am...and sunset is at 7:03. So (being conservative) that's 12 hours of light. (And we don't want to ride in the dark.) I'd like to be able to make it in 10 hours—with as little slab as possible. (say, leave by 9am to arrive by 7pm).

Any ideas?  Razz

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 09:01:57 pm »

You could worse do than heading toward Clearfield and pick up 144 in Milesburg. Run that to route 6. Cut a bit east on 6 to Towanda. Wander NE to Hancock. I think I posted the routes I took in my Lake Placid trip report from ESTN 2009(?).

Another option is to take 50 east then PA26 north/West Mattie to Breezewood than find a route north/east.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 09:55:02 pm »

Good ideas Garry. I thought of heading north to Rt.6 then crossing over that way. At the moment I'm plotting a route in Garmin Basecamp that's a bit more of a straight line (Somerset > Hollidaysburg > South of State College > Muncy...etc.)...but that's just another option. Plenty of time to figure it out!  Bigsmile

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 11:22:15 pm »

This ain't short, but it's a combo of routs I use to cut across
26
913
994
641
75
274
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849 (Yes, this road runs southeast, but there's a good reason for going a little out of you way)
Cross the river at Duncannon
255 (Armstrong Valley Rd)
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487  (unsure about current conditions, a lot of NE PA roads get beat up pretty bad from year to year)
87
92
Just north of Lenox, cut across on a township road to 370 to Hancock

I'm sure you'll map out something epic - there's cold  Beerchug waiting at the end

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2013, 09:09:19 am »

Thanks Frank! I'll map that route out too. Our biggest limitation is daylight—and Jamie's yoga class.  Lol She has a class at 9am and really wants to do it—because she says all the stretching in class will make her more comfortable on the bike. (And I'm all for anything that makes for a happy pillion!)

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 09:18:37 am »

Yeah...go north then cut east.  There is no decent east/west in the middle of the state.  That big river only has a couple crossings so that really limits your options until you get north of Sunbury.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 01:38:44 pm »

Here's the first route I came up with—whaddya think of this? (Sorry---it's just an image.)



Basically, it goes...
- across Laurel Highlands to Somerset
- up past Johnstown (219), past Hollidaysburg (22)
- past State College (Boalsburg) on 45 and 880
- a short hop on I-80/I-180 to Muncy
- then 220 thru Laporte to Dushore
- then 87 to Tunkhannock
- and finally 92 and 370 to Hancock

According to Basecamp, that's 375mi and 8hrs...compared with heading north (thru Clearfield and 144) up to Rt.6 then east, which is 425mi and 10hrs. (10hrs would be pushing it for us).

I don't necessarily expect the route above to be scenic...as long as it's not a nightmare of traffic, stoplights, 35mph speed limits, etc. (And if that's the case, I'll ditch that route!)

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