The start location at the Cask Taphouse is conveniently located close to the 25th street exit of US22 in Easton, PA. As Cask does not open till the afternoon, there are no food or rest room facilities at the start itself. Nevertheless, there are many excellent breakfast possibilities nearby. Meet for sit down breakfast at the nearby Tic-Toc Diner, which opens at 5AM, or grab something quick at the 25th street Wawa.
Cask has a large parking lot. Please park at the far corner, away from the restaurant. If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express next door, you can leave your car in the hotel lot.
Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels in Easton. Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly. Immediately next to the start/finish is the Holiday Inn Express at 90 Kunkle Dr, Easton PA. Somwhat less expensive, and an easy bike ride away is the Quality Inn at 2415 Nazareth Rd.
The post ride gathering is likely to be at the Cask Taphouse, which has well-crafted American fare, and an extensive craft beer, whiskey, bourbon and wine selection. If this is not to your taste, there are several food alternatives in the area, including chain restaurants, fast food, the Tic-Toc Diner, and a Wawa.
The leaves are just beginning to change ... hopefully, the foiliage will be peaking just in time for our event. This edition of the Fall Classic PA200k includes all your favorite climbs and starts at a new location in Easton PA.
From a decidedly urban start at 25th street in Easton, we'll quickly leave the hustle and bustle behind, heading out north along the Bushkill Creek into the rustic Pennsylvania farmland using the new Two-Rivers Trailway. In the distance, the Appalachian 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 Appalachian Trail and descend down to Cherry Valley Road, offering spectacular views of the Appalachians 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 just before the info controle at Columcille. We'll then head over to Portland along a very scenic route near Lake Minsi.
After the controle in Columbia, we head down River Road and cross over into NJ at Riverton where the Lommanson Glen, Mountain View Drive, and Tunnel Rd climbs await. The reward for that work is in the form of a scenic descent along Sweet Hollow into Milford.
We then cross back into Pennslyvania to crawl up the Red Cliff, then down past Tinicum Church. Instead of the usual route on Headquarters Rd, we instead take Hollow Horn and Deep Hollow, another PA classic bike route past covered bridges and Stover Mill. Eventually we reach the southernmost point at Dublin, PA. Now we turn back north, past Lake Nockamixon and the hostel onward to summit the challenging Lower Saucon Rd and South Mountain climbs. After that, there's just one "last little grunt" up from the Lehigh and back to the Cask Taphouse finish at 25th street.
As shown in the route profile, there are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.
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 local vehicle laws (PA, NJ, NY). Safety is a primary concern. All riders must sign a waiver. Please read these Safety Instructions.
These events are not for beginners. The courses are hilly. You may face extremes of weather: heat, cold, wind, rain. There will be night riding in the longer events. Complete several ordinary century cycling events before starting a 200K brevet; complete several 200Ks before starting a longer brevet.
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