Hugh Moore Island in the Lehigh River is the home of the National Canal Museum. The D&L Towpath bike trail passes accross the island.
The entrance to the park is an iron bridge that T's onto Lehigh Drive. After crossing the bridge make an immediate right and park at the first lot on the left.
There are no food services at Hugh Moore Park. The nearest 24 hour Diner is the Key City Diner 985 US-22, Phillipsburg, NJ. There's a 24 hour Wawa in Easton at 310 Larry Holmes Dr. Alternatively, stop for something in Hellertown at about mile 10.
Many previous PA Rando brevets pass by this location, so it should look familiar. Nevertheless, if you've not been there by car it may be difficult to find, so be sure to allot a little extra time.
There are several parking lots on Hugh Moore Island. We gather for the start at the parking lot nearest the iron bridge. If this lot is full, use any of the lots further down the road.
Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels in Easton
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly.
You'll visit three rivers, traveling from the Lehigh, to the Schuylkill, to the Delaware. Along the way there are numerous food and drink options, and points of interest.
Starting from the National Canal Museum parking lot on an island in the Lehigh River, the climbing begins immediately as you head up over South Mountain. After descending the mountain, the route is generally flat through Hellertown, including a few miles of crushed stone rail trail (suitable for most tires). Upon reaching Coopersburg, you'll return to climbing mode through several bumpy areas before reaching the new controle (a super Wawa) in downtown Pottstown, and the Schuylkill River.
Here the course turns South East, following the Schuylkill on mildly rolling terrain to the Artisan's Coffee controle in downtown Phoenixville. Now you turn to the North East, climbing away from the river on "Level Road" till the terrain moderates through the heart of Bucks and Montgomery counties, including some paved trails in Evansburg State Park. Soon thereafter you will find yourself on familiar randoneuring roads approaching the info controle along the prettiest road in PA, Upper Tinicum Church, where the course begins to turn North West along the Delaware river for an easy riverside spin back to the finish controle at Jimmy's Doggie Stand near the Free Bridge over the Delaware between Philipsburg and Easton.
After handing in your brevet card and replenishing at Jimmy's, there's a short, flat ride back through downtown Easton (and yet other replenishment options) to return to your car at Hugh Moore Park.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
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