We're thinking about riding our tandem from southeastern Ohio for a month or two of touring in Pennsylvania this fall. The lettered "BicyclePA" routes suggested by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/bikes/bicyclepa.pdf
look like a good basis for planning our trip.
We're experienced cycletourists and have had many long and happy adventures on two wheels. But, we're wondering what has been the impact of oil and gas fracking traffic on the roads indicated by the PADOT maps.
Are they still low-traffic rural roads, or are those little roads now bumper-to-bumper, 24/7/365 trucks? We note that Adventure Cycling has recently rerouted a part of its Northern Tier Cross Country Route to avoid the constant stream of huge trucks carrying sand, chemicals, water, and equipment for oil and gas work in North Dakota: http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2012/02/big-route-changes-in-north-dakota.html
We've tried e-mailing the Pennsylvania Tourism office, the Department of Transportation, the State Police, and the Governor's office. Either we can't find an address other than the Web designer, or if we have a good address (or Web ask-a-question form) we get no reply, or (in the case of the Governor's office) our message comes back with no response with a "noreply" address!