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post #1 of 13 Old 05-06-2009, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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What Roads in Pennsylvania?

G'day Gentlemen. Father in law wants to do a week ride in mid June and i was thinking of touring around Pennsylvania. We are coming from southern Ontario from around the Niagara Falls area. There will be 4-6 in the group, including a shadow 750 and an ST 1100 (so dirt roads are out ) Just wondering what are some great roads, attractions, places to eat etc. I'll take whatever advice everyone throws at me and try to pick out the best route that will suit us. Thanks for your help.

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Hi. I just rode through the Niagara Peninsula, and enjoyed a simple and scenic route to Oil City Pennsylvania. It is really simple and straightforward.

I like the Duty Free at the Peace Bridge (last chance for a TH Apple Fritter for a while ... ), and of course the free toll from Canada to USA is a fine attraction at the Peace Bridge itself.

BEFORE you leave the vicinity of the Peace Bridge, put a US quarter and a US dime in the glove you use for carrying toll, because you use the Thruway for a short distance. From the Peace Bridge, take I-90 towards Erie Pennsylvania. The first toll booth gives you a card, and then you pay .35 as you exit at Exit 57 onto NY Highway 75, which takes you south to Hamburg. If you like exploring little old towns, you will enjoy this pretty and historic village, with old buildings downtown, dignified residences, and lovely parks.

If you wish to avoid toll entirely, you can find a route to Bath, I think it's US219, and then go a tad north to Hamburg. I think it's a waste of time to get on US62 right in Buffalo, because you take a long tour of the ugliest parts of that city.

But the thing you really need in Hamburg NY is US Highway 62 South. I have travelled a lot on this highway, including the stuff from Hamburg to very western PA many times. My most recent ride was April 28 2009, so I can report that it is in great condition, with much new pavement, little construction, plenty of curves, several bridges across the Alleghany River, and dandy places to stop.

Extra added attractions are: quaint Amish farms, horse-drawn carts on the highway, lots of riverside scenery, campgrounds, and very little traffic. You can take side trips, for example PA3005 to Heart's Content, if you don't want to ride all the way to Heart's Content Newfoundland. Indeed, there is a Newfoundland Pennsylvania, but it's way east. End of digression.

Restaurants I have visited often on US62: McDonald's in Gowanda NY, Quiznos in Warren PA. You can also find Burger King (Gowanda again) and a couple of Subways. Gas is not frequent, but you won't need much. Warren PA has a fine tourist info site, on the west edge of town on the south side of the road.

If you proceed into Ohio and then Kentucky, US 62 is there, and I have ridden some of it in each of those in the past year. It is still a fine road.

If you like the Amish country, with their clean farmhouses and peculiar architecture, consider touring Holmes County Ohio. I actually went from Toronto Ohio to Ontario Ohio, yup, those are actually the names I mean to type, and enjoyed that ride a lot.

If you plan to camp on US62 in PA, consider Clark Campground, which is west of Warren Pennsylvania. If you see signs for "President Campground" then look on the east side of the river for "Clark" and you will find a simple and cheap campground where I found cordial neighbours and had a fine evening.

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G'day Gentlemen. Father in law wants to do a week ride in mid June and i was thinking of touring around Pennsylvania. We are coming from southern Ontario from around the Niagara Falls area. There will be 4-6 in the group, including a shadow 750 and an ST 1100 (so dirt roads are out ) Just wondering what are some great roads, attractions, places to eat etc. I'll take whatever advice everyone throws at me and try to pick out the best route that will suit us. Thanks for your help.
C'mon down. I'll show ya some nice twisty ones and some good places to eat as well. Me and the posse ride down in PA alot seeing as we're only 15 min from the PA line in Olean, NY. BTW I'm currently working in Stevensville, Ont at Lapp Cycle so stop in to visit and talk about PA roads.

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I live in PA, and ride to Toronto and Port Dover many times. (PD13)
Some suggestions.
I like to cross over in Buffalo, as it is usually shortest, but if you haven't been to Niagara, that would be something to see.
In NY, Take 20 east to Rt. 36 south, and you can ride through Letchworth State Park in NY- the Grand Canyon of the East. Brand new road and you ride right next to the "canyon". You could head straight into PA on 36, and hit Rt. 49 south to Coudersport. Take 44 south from there- there is Pauls Motel on the south side of Coudersport, which is an older motel but which is right across from a steakhouse/bar. Make a loop by taking 44 south to to 220 south to Lock Haven, they up Rt. 120, to 555, to 255. You can see Elk on this route or just stay on Rt. 120 till you want to head north. Stop at the Medix Run Hotel to eat. (Medix Run on 555)
If you ride farther east in NY after Letchworth, you can go by the Finger Lakes, and take Rt. 14 by Seneca Lake, and down into PA. Stop at some of the wineries to sample. This connects you with Rt. 154 at Canton, PA which is one of the best roads here for scenery and curves combination, and little traffic. You could also loop over to 44 or 120 by this road, by taking Rt. 87 at Forksville. Scenic also. Stop in Forksvelle and ride across the covered bridge to an old restaurant/store.
There is a nice loop between Ravine, Joliett, Hegins, Shamokin, Elysburg, Catawissa, Mahanoy City, St. Clair, Minersville, which travels Rts 125 and Rts 339, 209 which are pretty scenic and twisty for PA. (209 just connects the two good roads) This takes you though the coal country and over the some mountains. In Bloomsburg at Bills Custom Cycles on Rt. 11 there is a nice barn full of antique motorcycles, ($5 fee to see). This is close to Catawissa.
the northern part of Rt. 15 is very scenic for a main road.
I will be somwhere west of the Mississippi for the month or I would offer to ride with you on my days off.
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Just the stuff i'm looking for

Thanks to the posts gents. Now its time to sit down and filter out all the routes and see what suits the group. Father in law and his buddy WILL NOT CAMP .."been there and done that" ... too bad because myself and a couple of others want to camp ... oh well. Some prefer to drive on the superslab (point a to point b as fast as possible), but this is one area i will not move on. If i'm going to plan a trip its going to be a moderate to brisk ride but its going to contain twisties and some sites, not just boring highway. I would also love to include some off roading but i don't think the shadow or the st1100 would enjoy that too much.

Keith - Sorry i missed you at the Ontario v-strom ride. Due to the weather that day we decided to 'chicken out'. Coming from Welland, this would have put us right through the storm on Sunday morning. Knowing now how the weather cleared in the afternoon we should have come. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Jstrom - Will definately stop by Lapp's soon. I live in Welland, which is only 10 minutes down the road from Stevensville. Funny too, i've driven by it many times and have never stopped in.

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Thanks to the posts gents. ...

Keith - Sorry i missed you at the Ontario v-strom ride. Due to the weather that day we decided to 'chicken out'. Coming from Welland, this would have put us right through the storm on Sunday morning. Knowing now how the weather cleared in the afternoon we should have come. Hindsight is always 20/20. ...
If you had been omniscient ...

... then you would have been aware of plans I made before the April 26 ride in Ontario. I wanted to meet JStrom of Olean NY, and Tophski, who lives in Welland and posted often until this year.

I reserved a motel room in Barrie for April 25-27, and asked JStrom and Tophski to share the room with me - they get the beds, I use my own mattress on the floor, and I pay the shot. Tophski never replied, so I asked pvwheeler, a fella in Wiarton, some 80 miles west of Barrie, to share the room instead.

And that was the plan. JStrom & pvwheeler & Keith will arrive separately Saturday evening Apr 25, swap lies, bend some elbows perhaps, sleep, grab some breakfast, and meet at the starting point, refreshed. After the ride, we can stay in Barrie or go our separate ways.

Well, JStrom decided to go where you are now heading, and he had a fine time; pvwheeler decided he had better things to do, and I had the room to myself.

As I say, if you had been omniscient, two of you could have gone to HoJo at 150 Dunlop Street in Barrie, said, oh there's a Wee-Strom with a Florida plate, spotted the Stromtrooper T-shirt in my window, knocked, and had a free flop. And if had that skill, I woulda told you so.

The ride itself was a great treat. Weather was not the best, but what can you expect in Ontario in April!

OK, back to the content of your thread. Warren PA is a short but pleasant ride from Welland. I imagine you would prefer to go further before stopping, but perhaps info at the Warren County Visitors Bureau may persuade you to stay there. You can call them at 800-624-7802; if that doesn't work in Canada (for shame, PA!) try 814-726-1222 or visit www.wcvb.net on the web.

Advertisers in my map of Warren PA include Venues Restaurant, which promises fine dining at 2043 Pennsylvania Avenue East 814-726-0776. US62 does not go past this place, so if you want to go there, look sharp for Pennsylvania Avenue, and when US62 turns west onto PA Ave, you turn left and go east to Venues. I know nothing about this place, but if you want a break from McDonalds ...

The most scenic part of US62 is west and south of Warren, because from Warren to the state line, US62 follows the Allegheny River (oops I spelled it with an A earlier - foo).

Wherever you go, you will enjoy the ride and the scenery ... unless you tell them I sent you. :rolleyes:

Keith

P.S. If you know Tophski, shove him this way, willya?
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Oh, one more thing, sir ...

www.visitANF.com promotes the Allegheny National Forest, which you can probably not avoid (and don't want to). 1-800-473-9370.

I have their pamphlet Scenic Driving Tours in the "Pennsylvania Wilds". It isn't big, but it has way more info than this thread contains about your target. If you send me your address, I will mail this to you at once.

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I live in PA, and ride to Toronto and Port Dover many times. (PD13)
Some suggestions.
I like to cross over in Buffalo, as it is usually shortest, but if you haven't been to Niagara, that would be something to see.
In NY, Take 20 east to Rt. 36 south, and you can ride through Letchworth State Park in NY- the Grand Canyon of the East. Brand new road and you ride right next to the "canyon". You could head straight into PA on 36, and hit Rt. 49 south to Coudersport. Take 44 south from there- there is Pauls Motel on the south side of Coudersport, which is an older motel but which is right across from a steakhouse/bar. Make a loop by taking 44 south to to 220 south to Lock Haven, they up Rt. 120, to 555, to 255. You can see Elk on this route or just stay on Rt. 120 till you want to head north. Stop at the Medix Run Hotel to eat. (Medix Run on 555)
If you ride farther east in NY after Letchworth, you can go by the Finger Lakes, and take Rt. 14 by Seneca Lake, and down into PA. Stop at some of the wineries to sample. This connects you with Rt. 154 at Canton, PA which is one of the best roads here for scenery and curves combination, and little traffic. You could also loop over to 44 or 120 by this road, by taking Rt. 87 at Forksville. Scenic also. Stop in Forksvelle and ride across the covered bridge to an old restaurant/store.
There is a nice loop between Ravine, Joliett, Hegins, Shamokin, Elysburg, Catawissa, Mahanoy City, St. Clair, Minersville, which travels Rts 125 and Rts 339, 209 which are pretty scenic and twisty for PA. (209 just connects the two good roads) This takes you though the coal country and over the some mountains. In Bloomsburg at Bills Custom Cycles on Rt. 11 there is a nice barn full of antique motorcycles, ($5 fee to see). This is close to Catawissa.
the northern part of Rt. 15 is very scenic for a main road.
I will be somwhere west of the Mississippi for the month or I would offer to ride with you on my days off.
+ He knows his way around! I could not have named better roads in NEPA coming down from Niagra falls area. 120 is a winner, so is 44 and the PA grand canyon area, the wineries around watkins glen are great and plenty of nearby waterfalls.

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