Saturday March 25, 2017
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA and ACP. First time riding with PA Randonneurs? Read an overview of what to expect on your first PA brevet. All participants are obliged to follow the rules for riders as well as PA and NJ vehicle laws. Safety is a primary concern ... please read and carry these Safety Instructions with you.
Weisel Youth Hostel
7347 Richlandtown Road
Traveling far? Friday and/or Saturday night accommodations are available at the hostel ($25 for 1 night, $40 for 2 nights). Make reservations on the registration form. Several chain hotels are also available in nearby Quakertown.
Electronic Registration Form
All riders must sign waiver
-Hostel facilities (living room, showers, kitchen)
For PA Club Members:
$35 due at sign-in
$40 due at sign-in
5:00 AM Sign-in, Bike Inspection , Breakfast buffet
5:50 AM Rider meeting
6:00 AM Riders depart (13 hr. 30 min. time limit)
Event runs rain or shine.
Daylight hours: 6:55 AM - 7:18 PM
NOTE: Lights and reflective gear are required at the pre-dawn start. Riders finishing after 7:18 PM without lights and reflective gear will be disqualifed.
Showers available at the hostel. Join us for BBQ/pizza and share your epic tales and goals for the coming year. Relax in the hostel's comfortable great room or porch. A dormatory in the hostel is available to rest before traveling home.
We'll be heading north to Johnsonburg, NJ and then turning west to Blairstown. The northern extent of this route parallels portions of the Lackawanna Cutoff, a modern marvel in the early 1900's. Starting from our rando clubhouse at the Weisel hostel in Quakertown, we first pass through Tinicum township as we drop down to the Delaware River. The first controle is just an info stop at the PO on Headquarters Road, but we'll soon pass through Milford NJ where we will see if the Baker is again open for coffee and baked goods.
We then continue our journey north through the quaint town of Little York, where we then begin a long gentle climb up Sweet Hollow Rd and a descent on Tunnel Rd to the Musconetcong River, which we'll ride along all the way to Port Murray, where the second major climb of the day awaits. After dropping down to Great Meadows, where you can replenish your supplies, we'll ride along Shades of Death and pass Ghost Lake and the Fairy Hole.
Johnsonburg marks the northern extent of the route, and as we ride west, what looks like a small ridge is actually the man-made railroad bed of the Lackawanna Cut-off. Many tunnels go through this rail bed, and we'll see a several of them after Blairstown.
As we head back into PA into Portland across the pedestrian bridge, the Lackawanna Cut-off RR trestle can be seen looking south down the river. And once the Station Rd bridge is fixed, we'll also be able to ride past the Paulinskill Viaduct - when it was completed in 1910, it was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world.
Upon arriving in Portland where we stop at the Portland Bagel and Deli, we begin our return trip southbound along the Delaware River through Belvidere and Reigelsville.
As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or compact crank is highly recommended.
June 28, 2014 Results Ride Report
March 19, 2016 Results Ride Report
Course Record: 8:15 Don Jagel (6/28/14)