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indyfabz

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Re: LKLM & Krangear
« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2016, 03:45:34 pm »
and two through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania.

Where in PA?

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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2016, 10:54:24 pm »
There were two trips: the first one was from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg along the route of the Pennsylvania Canal; and the second one started in Philadelphia, up the Schuylkill River to Pottsville/Port Carbon, over to Pottsgrove, down the Swatara Creek through Lebanon to Harrisburg, up the Susquehanna River to Wilkes Barre, then over the hill and down the Lehigh River corridor to Easton. I needed to do some research in Philadelphia, so I took a bus from Easton to Philly. Quite sorry to miss the Delaware Canal towpath. The first trip started in Pittsburgh, up the Allegheny River to Freeport, did a loop on the Butler County Community Trail, up the Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers through Leechburg, Saltsburg, and Blairsville, then up to Indiana on the Hoodlebug Trail, the Ghost Town Trail to Ebensburg, over the top and down Blair Gap to Hollidaysburg, several days in Altoona Penn State to help put on an old time "Canal Jam" (1800's canal folk music), down the Lower Trail and Route 22 through Huntingdon and Lewistown, stayed at the Doyle Hotel in Duncannon for a few days, across the Clarks Ferry Bridge and down to Harrisburg, and then a few days around Harrisburg with research at the state archives. I spent a long day cycling down to Columbia and across the long bridge at Wrights Ferry, and came back to Harrisburg through Lancaster. For both trips I started in Reno, Nevada, and traveled to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and back by Amtrak.

In case you are wondering, I am working on a set of guidebooks and/or website for the Pennsylvania Canal system. The bicycle trips were working holidays to 'ground truth' a series of digital maps of the canal system that I drew from period survey maps.

indyfabz

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Re: LKLM & Krangear
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2016, 10:03:46 am »
Sounds neat. I live in Philly.  I did the Lower and Ghost Town Trails back in '98 during Pedal PA's Penn Central tour, which was a Pittsburgh to Philly tour started by an old friend of mine. Stayed in Indiana, Penn State Altoona and Penn State main campus the first three days.

In 2013 I started in Warren, OH and rode home to Philly following much of PA Bike Route S to Bloomsburg and then headed south into Schuykill and Lancaster Counties before heading home. The route included the Allegheny River Trail from Franklin, PA to Emlenton. If you are ever up that way, it's a very nice ride, and it's almost all paved.

The Delaware Canal towpath is just o.k. Rode the portion from Easton to Riegelsville most recently back in September during a tour home from Brattleboro, VT. The surface is a bit gravely and dusty in places. My bike and body got bike filthy from just those short miles. Not sure what sort of shape it is in around the pedestrian bridge between the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville and Bulls Island S.P. in NJ. At one point it was pretty much unrideable due to flood damage. Some repairs were made and it got damaged again by flooding. Don't know if that damage was repaired. The real issue with that trail is that if you start out on it and come to a section that is closed, the road alternatives of PA 611 and PA 32 are not good ones. I was riding it a few year ago during a tour and came to a section where a giant drainage pipe was being replaced. I was so unwilling to ride PA 32 that I walked down into the giant ditch/hole with my heavy bike and managed to get it up the other side and continue on down the trail.

If you do get back to Easton and ride it, Mark, the owner of Dogwood Haven campground just off the trail on Lodi Hill Rd., is a nice guy. The place is nearly all quiet, seasonal campers, but there are a few regular sites. The place is a bit, uh, "rustic," but it's serviceable and completely shaded, and Mark charges cyclists only $10/night. He has a day job so he doesn't arrive back at the place until 4:30 or so. Ride up the gravel driveway. If he's not around, head straight down the gravel road to site A, B or C (A is the best), pitch your tent and flip him $10 when he shows up. He'll probably be enjoying a beer by the time you find him.

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Re: LKLM & Krangear
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2016, 02:26:20 pm »
Thanks for the tip. I was born in Easton, and still have some family there. On the other hand, I wrote the technical portion of the Wikipedia page for the Ringing Rocks boulder field in Upper Black Eddy. The Dogwood Haven campground would be perfect for access to the new hiking trail up to the rocks. I'm planning on another trip next fall, and will try to fit in some time for it. Thanks!