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post #1 of 10 Old 06-06-2009, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Historic National Rd (40) in PA

Hey Everyone, I'm trying to find an interesting route between Wilmington, DE and Chicago. Is anyone familiar with this road? I came across it looking at NPs and was wondering if it's flat and straight or a bit more run to ride on.
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I have been on US-40 between Washington, PA and the PA-MD border.
It not twisty and goes through several towns. There are still things to see along 40 mostly because of its history but it wont provide many ride thrills.

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ok, thanks coin
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I was just out through western Maryland and West Virgina on I70 and I68. It's very hilly and rt 40 runs next to them. So I'd think it could be a fun ride.

Not to far off I68 is the highest point in Pennsylvania, kind of disapointing but now I can say I was there
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Rt. 16, which starts near Emmittsburg MD, and Rt. 30 PA are nice roads.

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I was just out through western Maryland and West Virgina on I70 and I68. It's very hilly and rt 40 runs next to them. So I'd think it could be a fun ride.

Not to far off I68 is the highest point in Pennsylvania, kind of disapointing but now I can say I was there
Ride out on rt. 40 and alt. 40 out to western, md. on a regular basis throughout the summer to visit the parents. Once you get out past sidling hill, rt.40 / rt.144 is pretty nice with loads of twist and turns. Through hagerstown area, etc. it's straight with rolling hills.

For the pa. area... near carlisle there is rt.74 which, north of Carlisle is pretty sweet. South of it is rolling hills. If you want some dirt / gravel then ridge road will take you clear from Carlisle out towards thurmont, md / carroll valley pa. where you could pick up rt. 16/116 to rt.30. Further south you have rt.616, 216 and 516...all farm country style highways with some twist (nothing special) but it is a fun and scenic route.
Rt.22, hwy.120, and rt.6, which is even further north, will offer a vast amount of scenery along with twist and turns, and swinging through little bodunk towns which is always fun to find the locals favorite ice cream parlor or food joint. And then in the far, north west corner of pa you have rt. 666, called the devils highway and for good reason. Some say this road is almost as technical, if not more so then the dragon. Can't say..haven't been on either, yet. One day. If it were me, I would head the northern route, skipping maryland and wv. almost altogether...head up towards the great lakes and what not while you're up that way. Plus if you take rt. 6 across pa, you have the option of seeing the pa version of the grand canyon and then hitting rt.666.

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Wow! I really appreciate the replies. Joe, thank you very much for the details on those roads. I'm leaving hopefully Friday going up Blueridge pkwy. I'm gonna check out those areas on google earth and map something out. I have plenty of time for this but just don't want to end up bored half the time.
I've been stressing a bit over preparing for this trip but I guess I need to relax and just go!
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Apparently I misunderstood where you were coming from...for some reason I was thinking de.?. Edit...nevermind...saw what I saw before.

If you're coming up the blue ridge pkwy. you have options of 250, 33, and rt.50. The first two mentioned are the twisties and scenic views, and 50 is more of a laid back easy paced sweeper style road. It has a few nice turns, but not nearly as many as 33 and 250. 33 will take you right by seneca rocks and is pretty much a lot of park road ways with very few stops for gas and such. 50 has more stopping places, a little more scenic because you're not in the middle of the forest, but peering in from the outside. Not too sure bout 250..doing that this coming august heading out to ohio.

ps. 219 and rt.32 out in wv. are fun roads as well.

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No, I am coming from Delaware. I've got family there and didn't want to take the highway.
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if you mapsource and wanna hit some gravel, let me know and pm me your email addy. I won't be able to get you the file til this evening, but I've got most of pa covered, all of va. all of md. and most of wv.

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