Event runs rain or shine.
Refund policy: 90% before event. 50% for no-show
5:00AM Sign-in, Bike Inspection , Breakfast buffet
5:50AM Rider meeting
6:00AM Riders depart (13 hr. 30 min. time limit)
Daylight hours:5:44 AM - 8:11 PM
Showers available at the hostel -- bring your own towel. 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.
This edition of the PA200k combines the best of the Spring and Fall editions held in 2007.
We'll be heading out north into the rustic farmland of Saucon Valley. We'll then head into Northampton County and travel past the historic canal towpath into Easton, PA. While in the Easton area, there are several opportunites to get food and water before we get back to the quiet back roads. In the distance, the Appalachin mountains can be seen ... which is where we're headed via Wind Gap. Be sure to replenish food and water at the Wind Gap controle since the next opportunity is 20 miles away. At the top of the Wind Gap pass, we cross the Appalachin Trail and descend down to Cherry Valley Road, offering spectacular views of the Appalachins as we head north. Eventually, we turn onto Rt191 which marks the long, challenging climb to the top of Fox Gap and again cross the AT. We'll then head over to Portland along a very scenic route near Lake Minsi, stopping at the diner for the "lunch" stop.
With the Belvidere Bridge construction now completed, we head down River Road and cross over into NJ at Riverton. We then will begin the climb up Lommason's Glen -- it's pretty long but it offers a spectacular views of a stream that meanders along the road. Instead of the Asbury loop, we'll go through Stewartsville and head directly to Bloomsbury where we tackle Jug Town mountain the steep way: straight up Milford Rd. The reward for that climb is in the form of a scenic descent along Sweet Hollow into Milford.
We then cross back into Pennslyvania and to the Homestead General Store controle. If the gravel path is in good shape, we'll take that to Red Hill Rd -- if not, an alternate cuesheet will be handed out and you get the dreaded climb up Bridgeton Hill Road (my knees are aching just thinking of it). Either way, we'll eventually get to and head up to a quiet ridge that meanders along a stream through Tinicum County. We head all the way down to Point Pleasant before finally working our way to the southern shore of Lake Nockamixon and the hostel.
As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.