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Offline otomola

Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« on: April 29, 2012, 06:00:02 pm »
I am planning a ride from southern Connecticut area to west coast and I want to connect to Northern Tier around Erie, PA. Two possible routes to take are PA Bike Route Y (http://www.bikepa.com/images/routeymap.gif) or NY Bike Route 17 (https://www.dot.ny.gov/display/programs/bicycle/maps). I am looking for feedback to help determine which route would be best to take, mostly concerned with the amount/type of traffic, type of roads/shoulders. Anybody out there ride both and be able to make a comparison? Or if you rode one, what were the positive and negative aspects?

Thanks much.

Tom

Offline indyfabz

Re: Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 07:52:33 am »
I have heard from witnesses that parts of U.S. 6, which PA Bike Route Y uses at times, has heavy truck traffic due to the explosion in gas drilling. I think the epicenter is in the Wellsboro, PA area and places west of there, but I cannot confirm. Last time I was up that way, which was several years ago, U.S. 6 had a good shoulder.

Offline Absurdity

Re: Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 03:28:33 pm »
I'm also considering biking new york state route 17 to head west. I live in the hudson valley of New York. I heard from other forums that Pennsylvania is pretty hilly, but I don't know how it compares to route 17. I'd also be curious if anybody has biked it.

Offline indyfabz

Re: Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 06:23:10 pm »
I heard from other forums that Pennsylvania is pretty hilly, but I don't know how it compares to route 17. I'd also be curious if anybody has biked it.

If all else fails, map it on something like Bikely.com and see the profile.

PA Route Y across the northern tier of PA is pretty hilly in places. You have to cross the Allegheny Mountains.

Offline RobbieRoss

Re: Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2015, 06:47:35 pm »
I'm super (and urgently) interested in any feedback to this.  Heading up to northern tier from NYC.  At Port Jervis NJ tonight.  Trying to decide weather to head up through NY or south through PA. Pulling my daughter in a weehoo so less hilly is helpful. 


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Offline RobbieRoss

Re: Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2015, 04:18:47 pm »
We decided on PA Y vise the online maps were really nice, made the route super clear.  We're just past Milford and the signage is great. But lots of climbing!  ;-)


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