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post #1 of 15 Old 09-16-2009, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Lancaster Pa Day Tour Suggestions

Hello everyone, Planning a single day tour of Lancaster Pa on 9-21-09 and wanted to get some suggestions on things to see, or roads that must be ridden.


Here is the situation
A) Starting off in Delaware County Pa and pretty much taking Rt 30 out out to Lancaster.
B) Start time, whenever.
C) Just me and the V-Strom (lone wolf).
D) Need suggestions on things to see, or roads that must be ridden.
E) Need to know of a good place to get a light dinner @ around 5.
F) Need to get home before or just after dark. I hate riding at night.


I got the Monday off and wanted to do some solo touring of the area. I do plan on hitting the Strasbourg Railroad and the railroad museum while there to spend a little time, but I wanted to see more of Lancaster other then that and the shopping malls.


More can be riding some nice roads, or things to see and do.


I also wanted to know of any nice little places to get a bite at late in the afternoon. I plan on taking my lunch/dinner around 5 ish (let rush hour traffic do its thing and disappear while I grub on some food).


All suggestions are welcome.

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-15-2009, 10:45 AM
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just saw this post...hope the trip went well. i live in lancaster, county. route 30 isn't much fun once you get anywhere near lancaster...lots of lights. 501 north of lititz is a fun road, though.
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just saw this post...hope the trip went well. i live in lancaster, county. route 30 isn't much fun once you get anywhere near lancaster...lots of lights. 501 north of lititz is a fun road, though.
I know this is an older post but I wanted to add my two cents. I'm from Lebanon and I spent some time riding in and around Litiz yesterday afternoon. I was a great day for a ride.

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I just saw this post also. Did it not get posted in September?
For future reference- there are two roads that are fairly nice from Rt. 30 on the east side of Lancaster- Rt. 897 and 896. I work every weekend so experience only weekday traffic. YMMV and during tourist season I think they would be bumper to bumper on a weekend. I rode each one at least 4 times this year during the week.
Rt. 896 is famous for the Railroad Museum and Strasburg Railroad- where you can take a ride on an old train (Strasburg, PA).
Both go through Amish country, both are curvy and scenic (Lancaster Amish and farming in general). 897 goes north to 422, and 896 goes south into Newark, DE eventually.
You can take back roads from the top of the hill in Gap to Rt. 896, the upper half from Rt. 30 is some of the best.
If you have never been to the Shady Maple Buffet, which is along Rt. 897 by the Rt. 322 intersection, you have to do that, even in a car. This is a famous place to eat, and is probably the biggest, best buffet around. PA Dutch style food, and lots of it. There are also gift shops and grocery stores associated on the premises, so the women folk can spend an etenity there wondering around and be happy) The food is not that processed crap that you may get at a lot of steakhouse buffets, etc. Seriously, this is worth the ride out Rt. 30 by itself. I know many people from Phila. who make the trip regularly in cars.
To make a really nice ride, take Rt. 30 to Rt. 897N, to 501N, to Myerstown. Turn left onto 422W, go just 1/2 mile to 695N and go to Pine Grove. (this is all curvy farmland roads). The Kum, Esse Diner in Myerstown is good PA Dutch food.
Go straight through Pine Grove on 443N to 125N. Follow the signs to Rt. 81 (Turning left off Rt. 125) after Pine Grove, but do not go onto 81, go straight past the exit/entrances. This road will go north, and keep going straight at the two stop signs (Joliett and Good Spring) till you eventually connect back onto Rt. 125. 125 is locally famous for it's twisty roads and switchbacks over three mountains- Turn west on Rt. 25 in Hegins to the Midway shopping grocery for a short stop-. They have the best fried chicken there and you can sit on the back porch and look out over the mountain while you eat.
125 takes you to the Coal Mining town of Shamokin, then to Rt. 61W to Rt. 487N will take you to Knoebels Amusement Park. (an old style park) It you take Rt. 487 north from Rt. 61, you can also make a loop back down using the other best road in the area- Rt. 339. These connect near Bloomsburg, just south of the bridge on the Susquehanna River heading to Mainville, or throught Catawissa- turn east onto the small road at the 5 points stop sign. This longer loop might be possible in a day only in the longer summer days.
There are two great old-time PA Dutch Farmers Markets near Lancaster- The Green Dragon on Fridays, near Lititz, and Roots Market on Rt. 72 on Tuesdays. These are worth visiting also, and even though they have picked up a lot of chinese junk vendors over the years, they are still authentic and good.
At the end of Rt. 339, turn onto 54 East to go to the Hometown Farmers Market in Hometown, (only on Wed), along Rt. 309.
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Just a quick update. Thank you everyone for the suggestions, I have now found that there is more to do in that area (West of Delaware County) then I previously knew. This is a area that I want to explore a bit and see what is new or unknown.

I have not taken the trip originally planned on 9-21-09. I'm thinking of a very possible trip on 11-2-09 or 11-3-09, but with my job, weekdays off can be taken away depending on work load and I also got to factor in the weather.

Its like launching the shuttle, but I prefer a weekday trip to avoid the weekend sight seeing traffic. The only problem with this time of year is the sun goes down early, and the deer. :-(

Let me absorb this info, and I'll give my thoughts a little later on today. Thank you for all this information.. If I do go, i'll bring a camera and do a micro trip report.

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Thank you very much for all the information, there appears to be some really nice ride routes in Lancaster (or at least around there and north) and some nice stop offs. Too bad that my daylight is limited these days and cant get much coverage.

The good part is that there are possible multiple new day trips that can be done further north, and will help me explore a bit more.

While at the moment I'm going to avoid down town Lancaster, I will save that to maybe explore later on.

This is what I'm thinking of at the moment, but I'm not sure if I'm going to go from point “B” to point “C” as google suggested, and maybe I'll backtrack from taking the “back roads” to taking Rt 897 north to point “C”. Any suggestions to this thought? I don't know if I would miss anything by not going down Rt 23. Not interested in seeing the typical stuff I can see around here.

This would be a nice little half tank trip. A trip that has no deadlines, no rushing, go as I wish.


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Well I did get a trip out to Lancaster, but as the forces that be were against me (got up late, had to clean the chain and adjust clutch). I could not make a full day of it as it was anyway, but I did get in some good riding and got a couple of pictures.

Too bad that the sun does not hang around that long this time of year because I wanted to explore a bit more. As it turned out it was a train kind of day anyway.

None the less I printed out the directions on Google maps to Strasburg railroad (and the previous route that I was going to take) and brought along the GPS anyway just in case. Also taken was a extra pair of paints just in case it got cold because it was 55 deg when I left @ 12:30 pm. I was glad that I did.

While I do not have a map bag, scotch tape worked out pretty darn well to keep the directions in place



What is nice, is that only 3 pieces of tape were needed, and they came off the tank nicely.

None the less I got there with no real issues or events, and I expected that when I got there that there would not be a lot of people there (being that it was a Monday, and kind of "off season") but I did not expect it to be this empty. Can you spot the v-strom in this picture?



They didn't have their steam engines running, but a old diesel powered trolley (L.O. & S. self-propelled motor car 1915) running the usual line giving tours and what not.

After touring the site for about a hour and looking at all the old stuff, and hitting a couple of stores it started to get really cold and overcast and decided to get a quick bite and jet before it got too cold. While I did have cold weather gear, it was not "tested" and I did not feel a hour and some trip in the cold was a good way to test it.



Here is the final picture, showing the overcast, and the cheap quality of the digital camera. Too bad the quality is not better, this might have made a good desktop picture. These are some of their rolling stock that is used with the steam engines during a normal day.

None the less I headed up the street to Isaac's restaurant and deli for a quick bite to eat before heading out. They have some good food that is priced well and is great for lunch stop offs. When it was time to roll, I tossed on my spare paints to double up and I was out of there.

While heading back I made it to pretty much Newtown Square before the rush hour traffic kicked into high gear. Me being a guy that hates rush hour in a car, and even more on a bike, decided to stop off at Nicholas Smith Trains for a hour or two and allow traffic to die down.

None the less a ok day on a motorcycle is better then any day in the office. I did see a couple of "touring" bikes on the road, but nothing else.

I guess I'll have to wait till spring/summer before trying this again.

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hey, thanks for the update. that google map route you posted has a very boring stretch of route 23 included, although only for 4 miles. i try only use that road at 10pm or later into the night. otherwise it's almost entirely a boring red light parade.

this time of year is fairly miserable because of the early sunset. i road to work today in the rain, and i'll probably ride home in it as well.
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Our little posse is heading out to the Alvin R. Bush Dam from Portville, NY tomorrow then looping back up through Galeton for the ride home via #6. Temps in the mid 50's and pie & coffee at the Sylvan Inn. Should be a good one and mabey we'll see some Elk.

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I did figure on route 23 to be pretty much stop and go, but figured that I might take my chances on it. Ah you know maybe see something interesting, but I don't want to do the parade thing neither. I did have alternative routes to go (instead of 23), but it was getting a bit cold as the day went on and had “untested” cold weather gear so decided to bail. I didn't want to risk freezing on the bike for the ride back, but found out that the gear that I had worked perfectly, other then the face mask occasionally fogging up.


I will be back in the spring time to explore more, maybe even go a bit further to York and visit the HD factory out there ;-)


I got a little tired of always going up north, or north-west, and wanted to try a new direction. Maybe I'll also try a little south (I think that there is a active drive in movie theater still in Maryland somewhere).


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How was your trip that day? I see from the maps that it should have been a nice all day ride. Dont know if you have been here yet, but I heard that its a nice place to visit and even camp over night


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This will be my weekend trip some time in 2010, and I'll gather the group for this one. This should be a decent 4 hour trip up, camping and 4 hours back home.

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