A generic Park-n-Ride lot. No facilities. On the right immediately past the railroad crossing south of town.
Park at the Portland Park 'n Ride located here.
Starting out at the Park and Ride Lot in Portland we'll cross the Portland-Columbia pedestrian bridge and head East through Blairstown making our first Appalachian Trail crossing by going up Millbrook Rd the easy (?) way. After the splendid descent to Millbrook Village, we'll follow familiar roads through the Delaware Water Gap recreation area and cross the Delaware River via the Dingmans Ferry Bridge (no toll for cyclists!). After an unavoidable trek North on Rte. 209, we'll follow quieter roads climbing near Raymondskill Falls. On the way upward we'll stop for an information control at the eponymous "Opulent Outhouse" which is purported to be the nicest privy east of the Mississippi (for a thorough description see: https://theplumber.com/the-opulent-outhouse/). After summiting this second significant climb the route follows a ridge for several miles passing Twin and Walker Lakes until making a beautiful descent down Twin Lakes Road toward the next control in Barryville.
We'll return by following the Lackawaxen River westward (upstream) and crossing the famous Roebling Aqueduct on our way toward Lake Wallenpaupack. At Lake Wallenpaupack we'll turn south and make the long stair-stepped climb through Promised Land State Park, controlling at the Promised Land Exxon and then descending back to Canadensis after passing Skytop.
After some short climbs and descents toward Otter Lake, we'll follow Marshall's creek as it flows south and eventually empties into Broadhead Creek at the Delaware Water gap.
The ride concludes by passing many small waterfalls and views of the Delaware River via SR 611 on the way back to Portland.
There are several steep, extended climbs. A triple or 34x27 is highly recommended.
This ride is a randonneur style bicycle event under the sanction of Randonneurs USA and Audax Club Parisian. Completing this event can help you train and qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris and earn RUSA and ACP awards. You need a current RUSA membership to ride this event. You can sign up for RUSA here.
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. The roads are unmarked and open to automobile traffic. There will be night riding in the longer events. There is no sag wagon. Complete several ordinary century cycling events before starting a 200K brevet; complete several 200Ks before starting a longer brevet.
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