Hawks Nest (Bushkill) Pre-Ride
A pre-ride of the Hawks Nest (Bushkill Approach) route was completed on a sunny day with tail winds in all directions. The route is essentially unchanged although the cues are enhanced to document current conditions and services.
Services are VERY limited for the first 60 miles. The only reliable sources of food and water before Eldred are the Pickerel Inn General Store at mile 25 (sorry no ammo on sale this year) and the Rowland Cooperative at mile 50. Sadly the 402 Café has still not reopened and has been changed to an info control.
Traffic on SR402 from mile 24-39 is a little heavier than optimal but the shoulder is generally adequate for single riders. After enduring that stretch, riders will enjoy beautiful roads following Decker Creek and the Lackawaxen River.
Shortly after this bit of calisthenics, you’ll turn left to cross the bridge over Flat Brook and commence the climb on Old Mine Road. I’m happy to report that the resurfacing of this section of Old Mine road is weathering nicely which makes the climb slightly less horrible. There has also been some improvement to the road as you near the single lane passage before you approach I-80.