A route checkout was conducted on 7/23. I’m hopeful the weather will be cooler on 8/6. Overall, I think riders will enjoy the route although it has a little more traffic than some other PA events. It should also be noted that this is a very challenging route that probably rides harder than the advertised 8,800 feet of elevation gain would imply.
Road Notes (these are documented on the cue sheets):
Mile 3.8: The Station Road Bridge is closed to traffic and an impenetrable concrete barrier has been installed. You’ll need to lift your bike over this and a second barrier after crossing the bridge.
Mile 17: After crossing the Appalachian Trail, the Millbrook Rd. descent is littered with pot holes (some quite deep). Take extra precautions on this steep descent and don’t outrun your guardian angel.
Mile 20.1: Walpack Flatbrook Road remains closed and you’ll have to squeeze by the 2 barriers as we did last month.
Mile 30.8: This is a seldom used (by PA Randonneurs) stretch of Old Mine Road that has not been resurfaced. Much like Millbrook Road, take care on this descent as you slalom around the pot holes.
Mile 31.8: Although cyclists do not pay a toll when crossing the Dingmans Ferry Bridge, please remember to slow/stop as you approach the toll takers lest you draw their ire.
Mile 85: A section of Pa390 has been chip sealed. The chip seal is relatively well compacted in the lane but some loose gravel is still present along the shoulder.
Mile 116.8: You’ll be crossing a fairly busy stretch of US209 with limited site lines. Although the speed limit is 35, it appears that the locals think it’s an interstate. It may be best to walk if (like me) you sometime have trouble clipping in under duress.