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Offline jacome.andrea

Philadelphia to Detroit via Canada
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:08:26 pm »
I'm biking from Philadelphia, and my ultimate destination is Detroit. However, I'm hoping to ride north through NY and Canada to bike along Lake Erie.

Does anyone have any biking routes that would be useful to get across NY State? I have maps around Lake Erie that start at the tip of NY.  But would appreciate any info that fills in the gap between Philly and NY State! (Also probably willing to take a train/bus for a little (since im working with a time sensitive final destination date) so let me know if there are any good areas to start from in NY... this is my first bike tour!)

Anything would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
« Last Edit: April 28, 2014, 09:11:36 am by jacome.andrea »

indyfabz

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Re: Philadelphia
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 08:17:41 am »
I am confused. You want to ride from Philadelphia but you also want to take the train across PA? Also, the only train you can take across PA ends in Pittsburgh, and it does not allow bicycles.

How would riding up the Delaware River and then across the northern tier of PA to Erie, PA grab you?

Offline jacome.andrea

Re: Philadelphia
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 09:11:04 am »
Oh sorry for the confusion. I'm departing from Philly; however, I'd like to make an initial jump start and take a train/bus to cover a bit of terrain. I was initially thinking a train landing me somewhere north toward NY - perhaps toAlbany and have a straight away through Canada to Detroit.

But if not Albany, I'm open to hear other sub-destination points that may be good to bus/train towards and bike from. to get to detroit via Canada.

(I'm working with a time sensitive destination plan to arrive in Detroit by June 19-20th. Which is why I'd like to get cover some terrain intially)

indyfabz

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Re: Philadelphia to Detroit via Canada
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 10:47:32 am »
One option: You can take SEPTA to Trenton then NJT to Seacucus Jct. then a third train (Metro-North service run by NJT) to Port Jervis, NY where you could (a) ride north in NY or easily make your way to the start of PA Bike Route Y in Matamoras, PA, which would take you close to Erie, PA:

ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/bikes/state_mapY.pdf

Note that there are restriction on when you can take your bike on all these services. I think with SEPTA, you would be good even on a weekday morning since you would be going against the tide of the morning commute. As for NJT, you cannot head up north from Trenton on any train that arrives in NYC before either 9 or 10 a.m. Can't remermber which, but the rules are on NJT's web site. There are also restrictions on the Port Jervis train (since NJT runs the service, NJT's bike rules apply), but by the time you would get to Seacuacus Jct. on a weekday you would be o.k. as long as you don't wait until close to the evening/afternoon commute. I once worked out a schedule that made this combination workable on a weekday morning.

Riding from the Art Museum to Port Jervis is about 160 miles, so you would save about 2 days. 3 days of riding as opposed to 1 day of train travel. Personally, I would try to find the time to ride. The trip up the Delaware and through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is quite nice. I was supposed to do it in reverse on Easter Weekend like I have done the last two years, but when I went to pick up the one-way rental it was discovered that my driver's license had expired. Plan B was a ride up to Upper Black Eddy, about 20 miles above Lambertville, NJ on Friday for two nights of camping and a day ride on Saturday before returring home. The campground in UBE gives all cyclists a flat $15/night rate. Farther north, there is nice riverside camping at Worthing State Forest in NJ, just across the river from Delaware Water Gap, PA.

Alternatively, you could take NJT from Trenton into NYC's Penn Station, ride to Grand Central Terminal and take the train (Metro-North) to Poughkeepsie, NY. There are some bike restriction on this service as well. Check their web site.

Don't know if Amtrak has any trains with checked baggage that go as far north as somewhere like Albany.