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Routes / Re: Allegheny Mountains Loop?
« on: May 19, 2010, 06:52:19 pm »
Three of us recently rode (most of) the Allegheny Mountains Loop.  We are experienced cycle tourists, and generally recommend this route, but only to experienced cycle tourists.  Without detailing the entire trip, we note the following: 

1. The maps are well worth the price. The the information is helpful. Support the organization.
2. We recommend against riding the Mountain Lake alternate (Map 1). We pushed our bikes three miles up a gravel road we would not want to have ridden down.  While this would entail riding back down the same Stony Creek/CR 635 you rode up, enjoy the ride.
3. We recommend against riding CR 600 between SR 311 and US 60 (Map 3). We are not adverse to gravel nor steep inclines, but we found the combination treacherous. If we were to ride again, we would consider SR 311/SR 159 as an alternate.
4. Due to the low population, there is a dearth of services on this route. Plan well. (Get the maps.)
5. We particularly enjoyed Paint Bank (Map 2/3) (General Store, Swinging Bridge Restaurant, The Depot Lodge), Gap Mills (Map 2/11) go about ½ mile off route on SR 3 for General Store and Bakery), Cass (Map 8) (Scenic Railroad State Park), Green Bank (Map 6) (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, off route)

I hope this helps.  Enjoy the Alleghenies!  Chip.

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