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Poughkeepsie NY to Bethlehem PA:


KenR, August 2008: alternate finish south to Easton PA

On a weekend day, Sharon and I tried riding south to Philipsburg NJ and Easton PA from our previous route thru New Jersey.

The key advantage of this over our usual idea of riding to Columbia NJ and on to Bethlehem PA is that Easton has a bus station downtown just a short ways from the Delaware River. So it offers a possible way to ride from the across the Hudson River to across the Delaware River to a place with regular bus service back to New York. Unfortunately we don't know about the policy for carrying a bicycle on the bus.

Starting from southwest of Newton NJ and Paulinskill Lake, going southwest on Fredon Marksboro Rd, we rode on these roads: 

  • L  on Fairview Hill Rd (southeast) -- steep hill climb with a section over 12% grade.

  • R on rt 94 South about 2 miles (high speed traffic, but mostly reasonable width)

  • L on rt 661 South about 1.4 mile (pleasant downhill)

  • R on rt 519 about 6.3 miles, then just before reaching Hope

  • R on rt 611 north a short ways to its end (this turn avoids a short steep hill and leads to a food stop)

  • sharp L on rt 521 South and made a food stop.

  • soon becomes rt 519 South, about 6.4 miles.

  • cross rt 46 at traffic light, continue straight across on rt 519 South and go about 9.7 miles . . . after entering Harmony, a long moderate climb, then a downhill, just after passing by rt 647, rt 519 turns left, go

  • straight on rt 646 southwest about 4 miles.
    warning: at the end, that street goes down a hill that gets steeper and steeper, finishes very steep into a stop sign intersection.
    [ a week later we came back and checked out an alternate that seemed less steep (though still steep):  after about 3.5 miles on rt 646, at a flashing yellow light, R onto North First St about 0.25 mile, L on Delaware St down steep hill to its end, L on North Main St about 0.3 mile, bear R to joins Broad St going south along the Delaware River. ]

  • R on a road that goes West toward the Delaware River. Go as far West as possible (about 0.2 mile).

  • L on Broad St south about 0.4 mile.

  • R at traffic light

  • bridge across Delaware River -- bicycles must be walked on the sidewalk.
    Enter state of Pennsylvania and the city of Easton.

  • continue straight West on Northampton St about 0.2 mile to a statue with a roundabout (traffic circle).

  • South from the roundabout onto Third St (Left side relative from where entered circle -- three-quarters of the way around).

  • bus station on Third St (as of August 2008)


KenR, May 2008:

Sharon and I rode on our tandem bicycle from New York to Pennsylvania by way of northern New Jersey. It's the fourth time we've ridden from Poughkeepsie to Bethlehem, and we like it better than ever.

The section we wanted to improve from previous years was in New Jersey between Sussex and Blairstown. Last year we didn't do the whole route. Instead we rode some exploratory loops in northwest New Jersey. So now this year we took some of what we learned and put it into our riding thru NJ one-way.

It did feel hillier than our previous routes thru NJ. 

The sections thru Ulster and Orange counties in New York are wonderful for us, and New Jersey and Pennsylvania have some very good sections too -- and this year we discovered some great roads in New Jersey.

Our main route this year was around 142 miles from the Mid-Hudson Bridge to downtown Bethlehem PA. The route we used was overall similar to previous years, but we looked for more scenic roads in New Jersey (and did less on low-traffic roads in Pennsylvania than last year).

Below are some of the roads we took from Poughkeepsie NY to Bethlehem PA.  Note that

  • In the sequence of roads below, the direction of each road is roughly Southwest or South, unless otherwise specified.

  • We rode it on the weekend -- of course some traffic patterns and volumes are usually different on mid-week days.

Maps -- the details of roads below likely have some mistakes, and won't be very useful without a detailed maps. We used the Hagstrom county road maps for Ulster and Orange counties New York and for Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey.

New York

After riding from Poughkeepsie west across the Mid-Hudson Bridge, we got on Route 9W South, then we followed these roads:

  • L on Rt 9W South

  • R on Chapel Hill Rd

  • L on Perkinsville Rd

  • bear R on Gabriety Rd to its end.

  • R on Mahoney Rd

  • bear L on Peach Rd  (Mahoney turns R) to its end.

  • R on Milton Turnpike (Ulster county Rt 10) -- climb up and long down

  • L on Barclay Rd  (turn comes in midst of downhill, after left turn for Rabbit Run Rd)

Then we joined this route:

Farms around New Paltz South -- at mile 6.7

and followed that into the village of Wallkill.

distance: Poughkeepsie NY across the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Wallkill NY was about 21 miles, with around 1100-1200 vertical feet of climbing.

Wallkill NY

The village of Wallkill NY is in the valley of the Wallkill River, which flows into the Hudson River at Kingston NY.  There are several ways to connect to Wallkill from New Paltz and Kingston or Poughkeepsie -- see New Paltz - Wallkill Valley routes.

From Wallkill in Ulster county, we rode into Orange county . . .

  • 208 South (alongside the Wallkill River) into Walden NY.

  • Straight across onto 52 West (and after a couple of blocks we stopped at a nice bakery on the right which said it's open every day).  Then just after crossing the Wallkill River ...

  • L on S Montgomery St - becomes River Rd - Orange county 29 (beautiful) to its end.

  • L on 17K East into Montgomery NY, just after crossing Wallkill River,

  • bear Right onto Bridge St

  • L on Clinton St (food)

  • R on Union St (Rt 211 South)

  • L on Boyd St, which later became Goodwill Rd

  • R on Beaver Dam Rd, later cross Rt 99 onto Neelytown Rd to its end.

  • L on 207 a short ways East (high-speed high-traffic) (food) (near Campbell Hall train station)

  • R on Hamptonburgh Rd (up hill) to its end.

  • R on Sarah Wells Trail (beautiful, some hills) to its end.

  • L on Main St - 207 into Goshen NY (nice food stop)

distance: Wallkill to Goshen was about 20 miles, with around 950-1050 vertical feet of climbing.

  • Straight across main traffic light on West Main St,

  • bear Right onto entrance ramp for ...

  • Rt 6 / 17M (high speed traffic but wide shoulders) going West,

  • L on Maple Av (there's an earlier L turn onto Police Dr which is a little shorter and gets off the high-traffic road sooner, but that road one-way northeast-bound).

  • R to continue on Maple Ave -- becomes Orange county 37, gets beautiful, turns west

  • L on Onion Ave, curves west with steep climb up to big view east-ward

  • short ways on Rt 12, then second left onto

  • L on Pierce Circle (beautiful past the onion farms), leading to a mile of dirt-gravel on Lyman Ave, then back to pavement with horse farm. (? perhaps the gravel could be avoided by earlier more on Rt 12, then a different Left turn down to the horse farm ?). We rode over Breeze Hill south to end of road, then

  • R on Turtle Bay going West to its end. (Actually this time we first turned L and make a loop around the Turtle Bay road, which was also nice)

  • L on Rt 12

  • R (west) on Gardnerville Rd

  • L on Carter Rd

  • R on Wm Lain Rd, which leads to a very steep climb

(climb could have been avoided, with more traffic on Rt 12 and Rt 1, but it was definitely worth going at least to the base of this climb to see the beautiful farm which was once a rest stop on the popular Country Roads bicycle tour. We just got off and walked our tandem bike up the climb, then enjoyed the pretty descent and quiet roads beyond.)

  • L on Orange county Rt 1 to its end.

This had two climbs and added some distance, so I don't think I'd do it again (though it did lead to a possible food stop). Instead I'd likely do how we did in previous years . . .

Straight across Orange county Rt 1 onto Lower Rd, and continue straight across State Line Rd into New Jersey, down a steepish hill with a sharp curve -- to its end.

New Jersey

  • L on 284 South (high-speed high-traffic, but decently wide traffic lane plus some shoulder)

  • R on Unionville into Sussex boro NJ

distance: Goshen NY to Sussex NJ was about 24 miles, with around 1350-1500 vertical feet of climbing.

  • R on Church St, down a rather steep hill. (last year we avoided this by staying on 284 longer, but this would have gotten into more traffic and a climb to our food stop on the main street of Sussex boro).

  • L on Main St, where we re-fueled decadently at the Just Desserts shop.

  • R on Rt 23 into a tricky traffic pattern, since immediately Rt 23 turns Right, but we got off it to continue straight south on

  • Rt 639 toward Newton (high-traffic, but mostly wide lanes with reasonable shoulders)

  • R on Rt 628 West (long climb)

The other major option here would be to continue south on Rt 565 to Rt 206, then get on some quieter roads near Paulinskill Lake or the Paulinskill Rail Trail -- see ideas from 2005 report. The advantage of how we did it on this day was much prettier (and quieter) roads. The disadvantage was more hills and more distance.

  • L on Rt 519 South, thru Beemerville and with a possible food stop at Space Farms.

A possible idea to explore on a future ride might be south of Beemerville to turn R onto Mattison Reservoir Av -- perhaps avoid a hill.

  • R on Rt 636

  • L on Mattison Reservoir Rd

  • L on an unsigned road (? Mattison ?), and soon at top of a climb . . .

  • R on Ridge Rd

  • R on Center to its end

  • R on Culver Lake East Shore, go around north end of lake, becomes Culver Lake North Shore

  • L on Rt 206 South (high-speed high-traffic, but had a reasonable shoulder)

  • L on Myrtle Av to its end

Another option, to avoid two crossings of high-traffic Rt 206 (but miss some views of the southwest side of Culvers Lake), would be to pass by Myrtle Av and instead continue on Rt 206 South, then Right onto Rt 630.

  • R on Birch or Fern to its end

  • L on Lake View Point

distance: Sussex NJ to and around Culvers Lake was about 16 miles, with around 1000-1100 vertical feet of climbing.

  • cross Rt 206 (high-speed high-traffic) onto Rt 630

  • R on Rt 655 going southeast, later cross Rt 633, then at junction with Rt 519 ...

  • R on Rt 627, then soon

  • L on Church Rd to its end

  • R on Rt 626 Halsey Rd going West

  • L on Parson Rd, then after a nice view crossing Paulinskill Lake . . .

  • R on Junction Rd

  • R on Rt 622 Newton Swartswood Rd, cross Paulinskill Lake, climb a hill

a less hilly option which we rode in previous years would be to continue from Junction Rd roughly straight onto the Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (cinder/dirt), then walk down onto South Shore Rd, then across Rt 614 onto Kohlbocker Rd

  • L on Ridge Rd to its end

  • L on West End Rd, Rt 614 East

  • R on Kohlbocker Rd

  • cross Rt 610 to continue on Kohlbocker to its end

  • L on Old Middleburger, soon

  • L Stillwater Station Rd to its end (going southeast)

  • R on Fredon-Marksboro Rd, leading to some fine views of a big horse farm. Later becomes Lincoln Laurel Rd, down a hill to its end.

  • L on Rt 94 South (high-speed high-traffic, but wide traffic lane and usually a reasonable shoulder)

  • R on Spring Valley Rd / Rt 659 West, down steep then up steep.

A less hilly (and less scenic) option might have been to stay on Rt 94 South.

  • L on Paulins Kill Rd, up hill then down hill to a pretty section alongside Paullinskill creek, then across the creek to the road's end.

Another option (which we know little about, but it might have more views of the creek and less hill climb): Instead of Paulins Kill Rd, turn left off Spring Valley Rd (before crossing the creek) onto the Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (unpaved).

  • R on Rt 94 South (high-speed high-traffic) into Blairstown

distance: Culvers Lake to Blairstown NJ by our route that day was about 20 miles, with around 1400-1500 vertical feet of climbing -- (would have been less climbing if we'd spent more time on the Paulinskill Rail Trail and/or Rt 94).

from Blairstown, NJ

  • Rt 94 South for several miles (high-speed high-traffic, but wide traffic lane and usually a reasonable shoulder), then after about 6.5 miles and just after a steeper uphill . . .

[ In 2006 we instead took some lower-traffic roads between Blairstown and Hainesburg River Rd ]

  • R on Hainesburg River Rd. Starts with a steep-ish climb -- which is reward by fun riding on a pretty and quiet road -- we'll be glad to ride it again.  It ends with a downhill into a stop sign just before hitting Interstate Route 80.

  • L on Rt 657 (several food options)

  • R to cross bridge going southwest over Interstate Route 80.

  • L to southeast into the village of Columbia.

  • find Green St and take southwest to its end, which leads . . .

  • across the Delaware River on pedestrian bridge into Portland PA.

distance: Blairstown NJ to the Delaware River by our route that day was about 10 miles, with around 450-500 vertical feet of climbing.

total distance from the Hudson River to the Delaware River by our route that day was about 111 miles with around 6250-6850 vertical feet of climbing.

Pennsylvania

This year we rode fewer local roads than in May 2006, more on high-traffic roads -- because we ride lots on those local Pennsylvania roads the rest of the year -- and we were eager to finish a little quicker.

  • south from pedestrian bridge in Portland PA a little ways to traffic light

  • Right on State St for 0.4 mile

  • Right just before crossing creek onto Jacoby Creek Rd (by Hummel's Dam, before reaching Rt 611) and go about 0.5 mile

  • Left on (unsigned) Middle Village Rd on concrete bridge #37 across creek.

  • immediate Right onto Jacoby Creek Rd, which later passes by Railroad Ave, becomes Million Dollar Highway and crosses a one-lane bridge, for a total of 1.4 miles.

  • Left on Heiden Rd about 1.4 miles.

  • Left on Heiden Rd a short ways to its end.

  • Right on Rt 512 West -- with high-speed high-volume traffic, but with mostly reasonable lane+shoulder width. Later climbs up a long hill into East Bangor, then down into Bangor -- total about 4 miles on Rt 512.

  • in Bangor we got onto Rt 191 South (South 1st Street) for about 0.4 mile.

  • Left on Messinger St (bridge up and over creek)

  • Right on Lower South Main St (Rt 712) (later becomes Martins Creek Highway), going South about 2.5 miles. Then after going under a railroad bridge ...

  • Right on Factoryville Rd half a mile

  • Right on Ackermanville Rd and

  • quick Left to continue west on Factoryville Rd about a mile to its end.

  • Right on (unsigned) Franklin Hill Rd, going north a quarter mile to its end

  • Left on Rt 191 South, starts with a substantial climb, but this is reward by a long downhill with nice views. Rt 191 gets some high-speed traffic, but has a wide traffic lane, and often some sort of paved shoulder.

  • Rt 191 South thru Belfast + Stockertown + Nazareth into Bethlehem

distance: Delaware River and Porland PA to Bethlehem PA by our route that day was about 31 miles, with around 1700-1800 vertical feet of climbing.

total distance from Poughkeepsie to Bethlehem by our route that day was about 142 miles with around 8000-8500 vertical feet of climbing.


KenR, October 2007:

On a weekend day with perfect weather, Sharon and I road a loop around Orange county. We rode our usual Poughkeepsie NY to Bethlehem PA route (see 2006 report) in reverse direction from the New Jersey border north to Wallkill NY, and we rode southwest on sections A1 and B1 (with variations) of our June 2007 ride. Total was something like 75 or 90 miles, and hilly.

Lots of pretty farms and pleasant roads -- also new suburban houses (some nicely architected, some not).

future: My wishes for modifications for future rides would be to find one or two fun curvy descents as a reward for the climbing, and one or two more interesting snack stops. Or something more interesting along the Shawangunk Ridge (like the ridge further north) -- but perhaps the best way to make the ridge more interesting is to climb across it instead of riding along its crest.

Perhaps make it into two separate routes:

(a) one focusing more on just the Wallkill River area, including some exploring on the west side of the river around Scotchtown or Middletown (which I know nothing about). Possibly a loop between Wallkill + Unionville might be in the ballpark of 80 miles with +4200 vertical feet of climbing., of between Wallkill NY + Sussex NJ might be in the ballpark of 98 miles with +5300 vertical feet.

(b) The other on the farms and ridge around Otisville and Bloomingburg and Pine Bush with some roads from sections A1 + A1 in the June 2007 report, perhaps crossing the ridge, or perhaps riding south as far as Guymard turnpike (also perhaps for variety including riding along the river section between Walden + Wallkill).

direction: Next time I'd ride it in the opposite direction. I think Goshen to along the Wallkill River to the New Jersey border has prettier views and more fun downhills going south-bound. Along the Shawangunk ridge between Otisville and "Greenville" the climbs + downhills were not as interesting as we'd have wished -- it might feel very different riding in the north-bound direction (which we've never tried).

route notes: We started in Campbell Hall (south of Interstate 84 exit 5), went north along the Wallkill River into Ulster county to the village of Wallkill; then west and southwest thru "Bullville" to Otisville to "Greenville" (near High Point NJ); then southeast to Unionville by the NY/NJ border, and finished by going north roughly along the Wallkill River thru Goshen back to Campbell Hall. Some specifics:

  • crossing Rt 17 at Brown Rd worked for us (but Tarbell Rd did not)

  • riding South-bound on Rt 73 + Rt 35 along the ridge got kinda repetitious: the three climbing sections felt similar, and the long view east across the valley didn't seem to change. (? perhaps North-bound would be better ?)

  • connecting from section C, southwest to Unionville and our 2006 route, we used Minisink Turnpike and Pine Hill Rd, and that worked well for us and was interesting.


KenR, June 2007:

On a cloudy and cool Sunday, Sharon and I had an enjoyable time exploring two routes that explored two routes that make a North-South traverse of the western part of Orange county. We also did some pretty riding on each end: Ulster county NY in the north and Sussex county NJ in the south.

What's in this report -- the main sections we liked were:

  • (A1) west of Wallkill to "Bullville" on Rt 17K  (A2 thru Pine Bush)

  • (B1) Rt 76 (alongside Rt 17) to Otisville to Greenville  (B2 further east)

  • (C1) Greenville NY south into NJ to Rt 23  (alternate C2)

  • (D1) from Rt 23 to Beemerville in NJ

Our previous North-South traverses of Orange county roughly followed the Wallkill River (which flows north into the Hudson river), but this day we stayed all to the west of the city of Middletown -- often in sight of the Shawangunk ridge which runs northeast-southwest from Ulster county thru New Jersey to Pennsylvania and beyond far south. (In NJ the same ridge is called the "Kittatinny mountains" and in PA it's called the "Blue mountain").

We made our whole ride into a loop (actually a "figure 8"), so one half of it was actually ridden in the north-bound direction, the other south-bound. But here we're doing to describe our riding in the North-to-South direction.

Sometime in the future we might want to ride sections of this day south-bound and combine it into a loop with our previous one-way route (reported below) ridden in reverse.

Many of the roads had little traffic on Sunday were well-paved and pleasant with houses -- only a few farms. The high-traffic roads usually had reasonable wide pavement.

our favorites from the day

North to South -- also with some thoughts on how to connect between them.

(A1) west of Wallkill to "Bullville" on Rt 17K

We might get to the start of these roads by using roads from the Farms + Orchards around New Paltz South route, which includes roads from the village of Wallkill.

  • starting in Ulster county west of Wallkill . . .

  • Hoagerburgh Rd south (with great views of big horse farm)

  • enters Orange county, changes name to Fleury Rd, Orange country Rt 17, then curves west, changes name to Thompson Ridge(?)

  • L on Collabar (? Rt 43 ?) south a short ways

  • R on Bullville Rd (southwest) to its end.

  • R on 17K west to intersection with Rt 302
    (and we liked at least the first mile of Rt 302 south from there)

We also tried a longer alternative to (A1) . . .

(A2) west of Wallkill to Pine Bush and south

  • starting in Ulster county west of Wallkill . . .

  • Hoagerburgh Rd north to its end

  • L on Bruynswick Rd / Ulster county Rt 7 South a short ways

  • quick L on Red Mills Rd southwest, then curves northwest

  • L on Red Mills Rd southwest to its end -- large farm complex.

  • R on Bruyn Turnpike northwest

  • L on Hardenburgh Rd

  • R on North St and south into the village of Pine Bush, with several food options along Rt 52.

  • Rt 302 south

  • R on Ulsterville Rd

  • L on Gillespie

  • R on Bruyn

  • L on Crawford (southwest)

  • (then some other roads which were OK)

?? connecting from A1 or A2 to Rt 76: We tried two ways which were OK but not up to the quality of some of the other sections of our riding that day, and one bridge across Rt 17 was closed for construction. So we'd like to find a better idea. One set of bicycle route paint marks for somebody's century route crossed near Bloomingburg on Rt 17K (which worked for us), another set of bicycle route paint marks crossed further east on Sands Rd (which we found kind of coarse pavement, but OK).

[ as of Oct 2007, the repairs of the bridge over Rt 17 at Brown Rd had progressed to the point of having completed the structure, but not finishing the paving or opening the road. ]

[ Tarbell Rd and Shawangunk Rd do not cross Rt 17 ]

(B1) Rt 76 (alongside Rt 17) to Otisville to Greenville

  • starting on Orange county Rt 76 south of Bloomingburg . . .

  • Prosperous Valley Rd southwest

  • L on Howells Tpk

[ seemed better than continuing on Prosperous Valley + Brola, which we tried on another ride. ]

  • straight onto Pine Grove

  • straight onto Shoddy Hollow (southwest)

  • R on State St / Rt 211 up hill

  • L on State St / Rt 211 south into Otisville, with several food options

  • Highland Av south, then where Highland curves left . . .

  • sharp R on Seybolt Av / Rt 73, starts west, curves southwest and goes a long ways just below the crest of the Shawangunk ridge, with views out across Orange county.

  • becomes Mountain Rd / Rt 35 and continues southwest, then underneath Interstate 84, with a food store just before reaching Greenville.

We also tried a some alternate roads further east, which included . . .

(B2) between Rt 76 (alongside Rt 17) thru Howells to New Hope

some of the roads included:

  • Derby Rd

  • Tally Ho Rd / Rt 60

  • Guymard Tpk / Rt 24

We connected between Guymard Tpk and Greenville on Rt 94 + Greenville Tpk, which worked OK.

(C1) Greenville NY south into New Jersey to Rt 23

These roads were hiller than the more obvious routes, but gave us a sense of remoteness with some pretty scenes.

  • southwest on Mountain Rd / Orange county Rt 55

  • L on Minisink Tpk

  • R on Logtown Rd (south)

  • L on Carpenter Rd

  • R on Clark Rd (south), enters New Jersey, becomes Gemmer Rd.

  • R on Mt Salem Rd (west up steep hill)

  • L on Mudtown Rd south to Rt 23

We also tried this more obvious route . . .

(C2) Greenville NY south into New Jersey to Rt 23

  • southwest on Mountain Rd / Orange county Rt 55

  • Rt 23 south

Worked fine for us. Rt 23 get lots of high-speed traffic, but mostly has pretty wide pavement. Just not as scenic and interesting as (C1).

(D1) from Rt 23 to Beemerville in New Jersey

This was rather pretty and pleasant, especially south of Rt 650.

  • start on Rt 23

  • Rt 519 south, at least one major turn required

  • into Beemerville NJ, where we got some food at Space Farms

We're thinking of trying to include at least the section from Rt 650 to Beemerville into our riding which we sometime do one-way from Poughkeepsie NY to Bethlehem PA -- see reports below.

some alternate roads we tried near there:

  • Rt 649 just north of Beemerville was nice, and I might prefer it over Rt 519 if going in the North-bound direction. For South-bound I liked 519 a lot.

  • File Rd: I'd only do this North-bound (because South-bound finishes with a long descent into a stop sign). Interesting, but I didn't find it as pretty and pleasant as Rt 519.


KenR, May 2006:

Sharon and I rode on our tandem bicycle from New York to Pennsylvania by way of northern New Jersey. We think the route is rather good overall and hope to do it again. The sections thru Ulster and Orange counties in New York are wonderful for us, and New Jersey and Pennsylvania have some very good sections too. 

Our main route this year would have been around 136 miles from the Mid-Hudson Bridge to downtown Bethlehem PA. The route we used was overall similar to last summer and the time before, but we tried several new things: some lower-traffic roads in New Jersey and in Pennslyvania.

The route we took had the lowest total distance on high-traffic-volume roads we've ever attempted on this route.

Some of the lower-traffic roads had some long hills or steep hills -- so next time we're thinking we might go back to some higher-traffic roads. First candidate for eliminating low-traffic hills would be the first couple of miles just south of Sussex boro, NJ. Second candidate might be in Pennslvania southwest from Pen Argyl Rd. Third might be additional miles south from Sussex boro, NJ.

Below are some of the roads we took from Poughkeepsie NY to Bethlehem PA.  Note that

  • In the sequence of roads below, the direction of each road is roughly Southwest or South, unless otherwise specified.

  • We rode it on the weekend -- of course some traffic patterns and volumes are usually different on mid-week days.

Maps -- the details of roads below likely have some mistakes, and won't be very useful without a detailed maps. We used the Hagstrom county road maps for Ulster and Orange counties New York and for Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey.

New York

We took the official bicycle route from Poughkeepsie west across the Mid-Hudson Bridge. When the bicycle access route reached the traffic light at Route 9W, we followed these roads:

  • L on Rt 9W South

  • R on Chapel Hill Rd

  • L on Perkinsville Rd

  • bear R on Gabriety Rd to its end.

  • R on Mahoney Rd

  • bear L on Peach Rd  (Mahoney turns R) to its end.

  • R on Milton Turnpike (Ulster county Rt 10) -- climb up and long down

  • L on Barclay Rd  (turn comes in midst of downhill, after left turn for Rabbit Run Rd)

Then we joined this route:

Farms around New Paltz South -- at mile 6.7

and followed that into the village of . . .

Wallkill NY

The village of Wallkill NY is in the valley of the Wallkill River, which flows into the Hudson River at Kingston NY.  There are several ways to connect to Wallkill from New Paltz and Kingston or Poughkeepsie -- see New Paltz - Wallkill Valley routes.

From Wallkill in Ulster county, we rode into Orange county . . .

  • 208 South (alongside the Wallkill River) into Walden NY.

  • Straight across onto 52 West (and after a couple of blocks we stopped at a nice bakery on the right which said it's open every day).  Then just after crossing the Wallkill River ...

  • L on S Montgomery St - becomes River Rd - Orange county 29 (beautiful) to its end.

  • L on 17K East into Montgomery NY, just after crossing Wallkill River,

  • bear Right onto Bridge St

  • L on Clinton St (food)

  • R on Union St (Rt 211 South)

  • L on Boyd St, which later became Goodwill Rd

  • R on Beaver Dam Rd, later cross Rt 99 onto Neelytown Rd to its end.

  • L on 207 a short ways East (high-speed high-traffic) (food) (near Campbell Hall train station)

  • R on Hamptonburgh Rd (up hill) to its end.

  • R on Sarah Wells Trail (beautiful, some hills) to its end.

  • L on Main St - 207 into Goshen NY (nice food stop)

distance: Wallkill to Goshen is about 20 miles, with around +950 - 1050 vertical feet of climbing.

  • Straight across main traffic light on West Main St,

  • bear Right onto entrance ramp for ...

  • Rt 6 / 17M (high speed traffic but wide shoulders) going West,

  • L on Maple Av (there's an earlier L turn onto Police Dr which is a little shorter and gets off the high-traffic road sooner, but that road one-way northeast-bound).

  • R to continue on Maple Ave -- becomes Orange county 37, gets beautiful, turns west

  • L on Onion Ave, curves west with steep climb up to big view east-ward

  • short ways on Rt 12, then second left onto

  • L on Pierce Circle (beautiful past the onion farms), leading to a mile of dirt-gravel on Lyman Ave, then back to pavement with horse farm. (? perhaps the gravel could be avoided by earlier more on Rt 12, then a different Left turn down to the horse farm ?). We rode over Breeze Hill south to end of road, then

  • R on Turtle Bay going West to its end. (Actually this time we first turned L and make a loop around the Turtle Bay road, which was also nice)

  • L on Rt 12

  • R (west) on Gardnerville Rd

  • L on Carter Rd

  • R on Wm Lain Rd, which leads to a very steep climb

(climb could have been avoided, with more traffic on Rt 12 and Rt 1, but it was definitely worth going at least to the base of this climb to see the beautiful farm which was once a rest stop on the popular Country Roads bicycle tour. We just got off and walked our tandem bike up the climb, then enjoyed the pretty descent and quiet roads beyond.)

  • Straight across Orange county Rt 1 onto Lower Rd, and continue straight across State Line Rd into New Jersey, down a steepish hill with a sharp curve -- to its end.

New Jersey

  • L on 284 South (some high-speed traffic, but decently wide traffic lane plus some shoulder)

  • R on Unionville into Sussex boro NJ

distance: Goshen NY to Sussex NJ is about 24 miles, with around 1350-1500 vertical feet of climbing.

  • R on Church St, down a rather steep hill.

  • L on Main St, where we re-fueled decadently at the Just Desserts shop. Then we found

  • Newton Av, took that south down hill, and then continued on it across high-traffic-volume Rt 23.

  • climbed a substantial hill on Newman Rd, and down to its end.

This didn't seem worth the work, so next time just after crossing Rt 23 we would instead turn east near the school, and go about a block east, then turn R onto Rt 639 South (Loomis Av?)

  • R on Newman Rd, which climbed substantial hill, and also had a significant volume of motor vehicle traffic, to its end.

This combination of labor and traffic didn't seem worth it, so next time we would instead go further south on Rt 639, and perhaps try turning right on Rt 628 West to climb to the same place. (or continue further south on Rt 565 to Rt 206)

  • R on Rt 628 West

The other major option here which might try next time would be to continue south on Rt 565 to Rt 206, then get on some quieter roads near Paulinskill Lake or the Paulinskill Rail Trail -- see ideas from last year's report.

  • L on Rt 635 South, which later merges into

  • Rt 629 South, which later merges into

  • Rt 519 South, which goes into the village of Branchville, NJ.

  • continue south on Rt 519, across Rt 206

  • bear R onto Rt 627 South (while Rt 519 turns left)

  • bear R on Rt 626 West

  • L on Rt 521 South, which goes a long ways, passes by Swartswood Lake, through Stillwater, to its end in Blairstown (food)

from Blairstown, NJ

  • L on 94 North a short ways up hill. The labor of this climb is rewarded by pleasant riding and fine views out across the valley.

  • R on Cedar Lake Rd / Rt 616 southwest, then in the midst of steep hill,

  • R on Sand Hill Rd

  • cross (with left and quick right) onto Polkville Rd, at four-way intersection

  • straight onto Kill Rd (where main road curves left and starts climbing)

  • bear Right to join Station Rd, down under a high railroad viaduct to its and at Rt 94.

  • L on Rt 94 South up a hill.

  • R on Hainesburg River Rd. Starts with a steep-ish climb -- which is reward by fun riding on a pretty and quiet road -- we'll be glad to ride it again.  It ends with a downhill into a stop sign just before hitting Interstate Route 80.

  • L on Rt 657 (several food options)

  • R to cross bridge going southwest over Interstate Route 80.

  • L to southeast into the village of Columbia.

  • find Green St and take southwest to its end, which leads . . .

  • across the Delaware River on pedestrian bridge into Portland PA.

Pennsylvania

This year we chose lots of local roads to try to spend very little time on high-traffic roads. The problem is that some of these quieter roads have some steeper and longer hills.

  • south from pedestrian bridge in Portland PA a little ways to traffic light

  • Right on State St for 0.4 mile

  • Right just before crossing creek onto Jacoby Creek Rd (by Hummel's Dam, before reaching Rt 611) and go about 0.5 mile

  • Left on (unsigned) Middle Village Rd on concrete bridge #37 across creek.

  • immediate Right onto Jacoby Creek Rd, which later passes by Railroad Ave, becomes Million Dollar Highway and crosses a one-lane bridge, for a total of 1.4 miles.

For many years previous we would have next turned left onto Heiden Rd, but we knew the bridge on Heiden Rd was closed, to this time we instead turned earlier . . .

  • Left on Sand Pit Rd.

  • Right on Ye Olde Highway to its end.

  • Right on Rt 512 West (with high-speed high-volume traffic, but with mostly reasonable lane+shoulder width.)

  • just before traffic light, we took quieter road parallel to Rt 512 on its right side.

  • at traffic light, we took a half-Left (not full left) -- on Five Points - Richmond Rd, south about 2 miles, with a long downhill.

  • Right onto (unsigned) Locke Heights Rd (opposite Sunset), curve Right to go North, then soon turn

  • Left onto (unsigned?) Richmond Av

  • bear Left onto Springfield Rd, which ends with a steep downhill into a T-intersection.

  • Left on Lower South Main St (Rt 712) (later becomes Martins Creek Highway), going South about 1.5 miles. Then after going under a railroad bridge ...

  • Right on Factoryville Rd half a mile

  • Right on Ackermanville Rd and

  • quick Left to continue west on Factoryville Rd about a mile to its end.

  • Right on (unsigned) Franklin Hill Rd, going north a quarter mile to its end

  • Left on Rt 191 South, starts with substantial climb, but this is reward by a long downhill with nice views. Rt 191 gets some high-speed traffic, but has a wide traffic lane, plus usually some sort of paved shoulder.

  • R on Pen Argyl Rd

In previous years we simply took Rt 191 south and west thru Belfast and Stockertown and Nazareth to finish in Bethlehem. But Rt 191 gets some high-speed traffic, sometimes high-volume, so this time we tried some quieter roads we know well. But these roads have some steep hills and some long hills.

It would not be smart to attempt to follow these roads without an accurate detailed map of Northampton county, PA.

  • quick L on Benders Church Rd (west) (later pass by Heimer Rd)

  • R on Rasleytown Rd (later pass by Books Hill Rd)

  • L on Getz Rd (long climb)

  • R on high-speed high-traffic Sullivan Trail, only a short ways until

  • L on State Park Rd to its end

  • L on Jacobsburg Rd, then soon

  • R on Jacobsburg Rd (or is it Henry Rd?) up a steep hill

  • R on Fehr Rd

  • R on Douglasville Rd (up hill)

  • L on Bowers Rd, curves right, becomes Aluta Mill Rd

  • straight cross Bushkill Center Rd (not good visibility), continue on Aluta Mill Rd to its end

  • R on Cherry Hill Rd, and soon

  • L on High St, and soon

  • R on Gower Rd to its end

  • L on Knauss Rd to its end

  • L on Rt 946, Daniels Rd (high-speed traffic), and soon

  • R on Penn Allen Rd (up hill, then down) to its end.

  • L on Rt 248 (high-speed traffic), and soon

  • R on Gun Club Rd, shortly before its end

  • R on some road (? Blossom Hill Rd ?) to its end

  • R on Newburgh Rd (high-speed traffic), and soon

  • L on Silver Crest Rd. At four-way intersection,

  • L on Township Line Rd, at least one steep hill-climb, and some crossings of high-speed or higher-traffic-volume roads.

  • bear Right onto Altonah Rd, climb

then when it reaches Johnston Dr we would turn L or R and take that to other streets that lead into the city of Bethlehem, PA.


KenR, June 2005:

Sharon and I rode on our tandem bicycle from New York to Pennsylvania by way of northern New Jersey. Our route was similar to last summer, but we tried a couple of new things.

The section in New York thru Orange county was pretty and interesting. The roads we took thru New Jersey and Pennsylvania were not quite as pretty, but worked fine for us.

Below are some of the roads we took from Wallkill NY to Bethlehem PA.  Note that

  • In the sequence of roads below, the direction of each road is roughly Southwest or South, unless otherwise specified.
  • We rode it on the weekend -- of course some traffic patterns and volumes are usually different on mid-week days.

Maps -- the details of roads below likely have some mistakes, and won't be very useful without a detailed maps. We used the Hagstrom county road maps for Orange county NY and for Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey.

New York

The village of Wallkill NY is in the valley of the Wallkill River, which flows into the Hudson River at Kingston NY.  There are several ways to connect to Wallkill from New Paltz and Kingston or Poughkeepsie -- see New Paltz - Wallkill Valley routes.

From Wallkill in Ulster county, we rode into Orange county . . .

  • 208 South (alongside the Wallkill River) into Walden NY.

  • Straight across onto 52 West (and after a couple of blocks we noticed a bakery on the right), then just after crossing the Wallkill River ...

  • L on S Montgomery St - Orange county 29 (beautiful) to its end.

  • L on 17K East into Montgomery NY,

  • R on 211 South (past coffee shop at corner of 17K + 211)

  • L on Boyd St, which later became Goodwill Rd

  • R on Beaver Dam Rd, later cross Rt 99 onto Neelytown Rd to its end.

  • L on 207 a short ways East (high-speed high-traffic)

  • R on Hamptonburgh Rd (up hill) to its end.

  • R on Sarah Wells Trail (beautiful, some hills) to its end.

  • L on Main St - 207 into Goshen NY (nice food stop)

  • Straight across main traffic light on West Main St, which merges into (? Matthews St ?) and the entrance ramp for ...

  • Rt 6 / 17M (high speed traffic but wide shoulders) a short ways West,

  • then Left onto Police Dr (but it's one-way northeast-bound) or Maple Ave

  • L on Maple Ave -- becomes Orange county 37, gets beautiful, turns west

  • L on Onion Ave, curves west with steep climb up to big view east-ward

  • short ways on Rt 12, then second left onto

  • L on Pierce Circle (beautiful past the onion farms), leading to a mile of dirt-gravel on Lyman Ave, then back to pavement with horse farm. (? perhaps the gravel could be avoided by earlier more on Rt 12, then a different Left turn down to the horse farm ?). We rode to its end, then

  • R on Turtle Bay to go West to its end back to

  • L on Rt 12

  • R (west) on 62 a short ways, first

  • L on Wm Lain Rd, which leads to a very steep climb (could have been avoided, with more traffic on Rt 12 and Rt 1, but it was definitely worth going at least to the base of this climb to see the beautiful farm which was once a rest stop on the popular Country Roads bicycle tour. We just got off and walked our tandem bike up the climb, then enjoyed the pretty descent and quiet roads beyond).

  • Straight across Orange county Rt 1 onto Lower Rd, and continue straight across State Line Rd into New Jersey, to its end.

New Jersey

  • L on 284 South (high-speed high-traffic, but decently wide traffic lane plus some shoulder)

  • R on Unionville into Sussex boro NJ

  • R on Church St, down a rather steep hill. (last year we avoided this by staying on 284 longer, but this would have gotten into more traffic and a climb to our food stop on the main street of Sussex boro).

  • L on Main St, where we re-fueled decadently at the Just Desserts shop.

  • R on Rt 23 into a tricky traffic pattern, since immediately Rt 23 turns Right, but we got off it to continue straight south on

  • Rt 639 toward Newton, which then became 565 South (high-traffic, but mostly wide lanes with reasonable shoulders), all the way to where it becomes

  • 206 South (high-speed high-traffic, but wide lanes with wide shoulder). Then soon after passing by 626 we carefully found off the road on the Right side ...

  • Paulinskill Valley Trail going west here, an off-road dirt path at first running parallel to Rt 626. This first section was bumpy and difficult, and we would not ride this section of the path again. Then the path crossed the Rt 519 road.

Next time we would avoid this section of the trail by instead from Rt 206 turning R (west) onto Rt 626, L on Rt 519, quick L to get on the off-road Paulinskill Valley Trail -- or else continue further west on 626 before turning south on some other road.

  • Paulinskill Valley Trail after crossing Rt 519 curves more south, soon has a bumpy section thru a rock cut.

This section of the trail does cut down on hill climbing, but I doubt it saves time overall. Next time I'd try to avoid it, perhaps by trying some parallel road further west. Not sure what kind (? dirt ?) or how good the surface is on Spirol Rd, or perhaps try Parsons Rd. Then like last year we would Junction Rd next time to the crossing of 622, rather than the parallel section of the Trail.

  • Paulins Kill Valley Trail (dirt-cinder) south from crossing of 622 (beautiful above the narrow lake).

We would ride this section of the trail again, also for its connection to pleasant riding on Kohlbocker and 610. (last year we reached this section of trail from Rt 206 by way of Park Rd and Plotts Rd and Junction Rd).

  • South Shore Dr -- when we saw it down below the Trail, we walked our bike down a steep hill to South Shore Dr and continue along the lake.

  • across onto Kohlbocker Rd (cross Rt 614).

  • R on 610, then bear Left to pass by 619 and continue on 610 to its end in
    Stillwater NJ, where we saw a food shop.

  • L on 521 (Maple Ave - Stillwater Rd) (? perhaps it later becomes 601 at its south end ?) all the way to its end in Blairstown NJ.

  • L on 94 North a short ways up hill.

Last year we instead went the other way on Rt 94 which is a quicker way to get to Pennsylvania, but we found that the quieter roads to the south side of it were more pretty and interesting, so we'll likely use them again, then return to 94 at Station Rd.

  • R on Cedar Lake Rd (? Rt 616 ?) southwest, then in the midst of steep hill,

  • R on Sand Hill Rd

  • cross (with left and quick right) onto Polkville Rd

  • straight onto ? Kill Rd ? where main road curves left.

  • bear Right onto Station Rd, down under a high railroad viaduct to its and at Rt 94.

Next time we would do that, but avoid the next section by just turning Left on Rt 94 South (starts up a hill).

But this time we made the mistake of turning around and going back up Station Rd, and tried going south at the next junction, which turned into a big steep hill, so we're not trying that again. Instead we went back down to ...

  • Paulins Kill Valley Trail and tried going southwest on that. It had several messy sections, some with downed or obstructing trees, where we had to get off and walk, also some mud and some difficult fresh gravel. Then left on Brugler, right on Warrington to 94.

Next time we would avoid all that and just take Station Rd down to its north end, then L on 94 South.

  • L on 94 South (high traffic but mostly wide shoulders) all the way to junction with Interstate 80 (a few years ago we rode on prettier and quieter alternate
    roads south of and parallel to 94)

  • tricky traffic lane crossings (wouldn't want to do it in heavy traffic),
    look for exit for "Columbia"

  • northwest into Columbia NJ

  • left on Green St

  • across the Delaware River on pedestrian bridge into Portland PA.

Pennsylvania

This was hillier than New Jersey. We took some more complicated local roads because we dislike riding on this section of 611. The good news was that the section of Rt 512 we used was beautifully repaved. The bad news was that a bridge was out on Heiden Rd. The surprise was that so many nice food opportunities in Portland PA have closed during the last year (but we still saw two remainging).

We ride this next section a couple of times a year in the opposite direction, which is why we're not sure what the signs and road names will look like, since we rode sorta "by feel". But I think it's OK to miss a turn and end up on different roads, as long as we head generally west, do not hit 611, and eventually find 512. It might help to look for painted white arrows with "GG".

  • south from pedestrian bridge in Portland PA a little ways to traffic light

  • Right on State St for 0.4 mile

  • Right just before crossing creek onto Jacoby Creek Rd (by Hummel's Dam, before reaching Rt 611) and go about 0.5 mile

  • Left on (unsigned) Middle Village Rd on concrete bridge #37 across creek.

  • immediate Right onto Jacoby Creek Rd, which later passes by Railroad Ave, becomes Million Dollar Highway and crosses a one-lane bridge, for a total of 1.4 miles.

  • Left on Heiden Rd (opposite Audubon Rd) for 1.8 miles to its end at Lillian Lane near Rt 512.

There was a bridge out on Heiden Rd this time. With some care this time we were able to get our tandem bicycle across the creek and up and down its steep banks. In high water it might not have been possible. (? Perhaps an alternative might have been earlier turn off Million Dollar Highway on Sand Hill Rd or something ?)

  • Right on Rt 512 West about half a mile (with high-speed high-volume traffic, but with mostly reasonable lane+shoulder width.)

  • At traffic light, go half-Left (not full left) on Five Points - Richmond Rd, south about 2 miles, with a long downhill.

  • Right onto (unsigned) Locke Heights Rd (opposite Sunset), curve Right to go North, then soon turn

  • Left onto (unsigned?) Richmond Av

  • bear Left onto Springfield Rd, which ends with a steep downhill into a T-intersection.

  • Left on Martins Creek Highway, going South about 1.5 miles. Then after going under a railroad bridge ...

  • Right on Factoryville Rd half a mile

  • Right on Ackermanville Rd and

  • quick Left to continue west on Factoryville Rd about a mile to its end.

  • Right on (unsigned) Franklin Hill Rd, going north a quarter mile to its end

  • Left on Rt 191 South, starts with substantial climb, but this is reward by a long downhill with nice views. Rt 191 gets some high-speed traffic, but has a wide traffic lane, plus usually some sort of paved shoulder.

We know some prettier and quieter alternative (more complicated) roads to the west of 191 from a little before the top of that first climb up from Franklin Hill Rd.  But once we'd done most of the climb, it would have been a shame not to enjoy the descent. Then once we were almost to Belfast, it's not easy to get to those quieter roads, so ...

  • We simply took Rt 191 south and west thru Belfast and Stockertown and Nazareth to finish in Bethlehem.


KenR, July 2004:

Sharon and I did a tour from New York to Pennsylvania by way of northern New Jersey. We found it pretty and pleasant on the roads we took thru New York and New Jersey. Our experience was that the toughest section was in Pennsylvania.

I suspect our experience was positive because we mostly stayed off major roads, and followed the major valleys north-south instead of trying to go east-west and "fight" the geology of the region. Along the way we saw many pretty farms (some being worked as we past, like baling hay) and animals, including lots of horses, a few cows, two wild turkeys, no camels, and one elephant.

Below are some of the roads we took from Wallkill NY to Bethlehem PA.  Note that

  • In the sequence of roads below, the direction of each road is roughly Southwest or South, unless otherwise specified.
  • We rode it on the weekend -- of course some traffic patterns and volumes are usually different on mid-week days.

New York

The village of Wallkill NY is in the valley of the Wallkill River, which flows into the Hudson River at Kingston NY.  There are several ways to connect to Wallkill from New Paltz and Kingston or Poughkeepsie -- see New Paltz - Wallkill Valley routes.

From Wallkill in Ulster county, we rode into Orange county . . .

  • 208 (alongside the Wallkill River) into Walden NY in Orange county.
  • 52 West to S Montgomery St - Orange county 29 (beautiful)
  • 17K East into Montgomery NY, some local streets to
  • east on Goodwill Rd to Beaver Dam Rd to Neelytown Rd
  • 207 a short ways East (high-speed high-traffic)
  • Hamptonburgh Rd
  • Sarah Wells Trail (beautiful)
  • Main St - 207 into Goshen NY (nice food stop)
  • West Main St, then Rt 6 / 17M (high speed traffic but wide shoulders) a short ways West to Police Dr (but it's one-way northeast-bound) or Maple Ave
  • Maple Ave (Orange county 31 + 37?) gets beautiful, turns west
  • Onion Ave (past non-onion farms), curves west with steep climb up to big view east-ward
  • short ways on Rt 12, then second left onto
  • Pierce Circle (beautiful past the actual onion farms), leading to a mile of dirt-gravel on Lyman Ave
  • T at Turtle Bay; turn West back to
  • Rt 12
  • west on 62 a short ways, first left onto
  • ? Lain Rd ? very steep climb (could have been avoided, with more traffic on Rt 12 and Rt 1, but it was definitely worth going at least to the base of this climb to see the beautiful farm which was once a rest stop on the popular Country Roads bicycle tour. We just got off and walked our tandem bike up the climb, then enjoyed the pretty descent).
  • Lower Rd, and continue straight across State Line Rd into New Jersey

New Jersey

  • 284 South (high-speed high-traffic, but decently wide traffic lane plus some shoulder) into Sussex boro NJ (we re-fueled decadently in a "just desserts" shop we found off the main road)
  • 639 and 565 South (high-traffic, but mostly wide lanes with reasonable shoulders), all the way to
  • 206 South (high-speed high-traffic, but wide lanes with wide shoulder) into big shopping area just north of Newton NJ (? perhaps much of this and the next hill-climb could have been avoided by turning west just south of 626 onto the dirt-cinder Paulins Kill Valley rail trail ?)
  • west on Park Rd (turn comes by Shop-Rite supermarket near Home Depot) up hill, then straight across onto
  • Plotts Rd continuing west; then at bottom of descent just before railroad underpass turn left onto
  • Junction Rd (parallel to rail trail), straight across Rt 622 onto
  • Paulins Kill Valley rail trail (dirt-cinder) (beautiful above the narrow
    lake)
  • walk bike down steep hill to South Shore Dr and continue along the lake
    (we had a pleasant picnic with dessert food leftover from our stop in Sussex
    boro)
  • Kohlbocker Rd
  • right onto 610, then bear left to pass by 619 and continue on 610 into
    Stillwater NJ (where we re-fueled)
  • 521 (Maple Ave - Stillwater Rd) all the way into Blairstown NJ
  • 94 (high traffic but mostly wide shoulders) all the way to junction with
    Interstate 80 (a few years ago we rode on prettier and quieter alternate
    roads south of and parallel to 94)
  • tricky traffic lane crossings (wouldn't want to do it in heavy traffic),
    look for exit for "Columbia"
  • northwest into Columbia NJ
  • left on Green St
  • across the Delaware River on pedestrian bridge into Portland PA

Pennsylvania

Here it gets tricky and hillier. I hope some local rider with much more experience will suggest some improvements for this part. We don't much enjoy 512 to Bangor, and we really really dislike riding on this section of 611. So we took a route which is more complicated.

We ride this next section a couple of times a year in the opposite direction, which is why we're not sure what the signs and road names will look like, since we rode sorta "by feel". But I think it's OK to miss a turn and end up on different roads, as long as we head generally west, do not hit 611, and eventually find 512. It might help to look for painted white arrows with "GG".

  • south from pedestrian bridge in Portland PA a little ways to traffic light
  • Right on State St for 0.4 mile
  • Right just before crossing creek onto Jacoby Creek Rd (by Hummel's Dam, before reaching Rt 611) and go about 0.5 mile
  • Left on (unsigned) Middle Village Rd on concrete bridge #37 across creek.
  • immediate Right onto Jacoby Creek Rd, which later passes by Railroad Ave, becomes Million Dollar Highway and crosses a one-lane bridge, for a total of 1.4 miles.
  • Left on Heiden Rd (opposite Audubon Rd) for 1.8 miles to its end at Lillian Lane near Rt 512.
  • Right on Rt 512 West about half a mile (with high-speed high-volume traffic)

Note that the shoulder on south side of road was much wider and smoother.  And after a ways can avoid traffic bearing right onto Lohman Dr which runs parallel to 512 a short ways to meet Johnsonville Rd next to the Five Points intersection).

  • at traffic light, go Left on Five Points - Richmond Rd south about 2 miles
  • Right onto (unsigned) Locke Heights Rd, curve Right to go North, then soon turn
  • Left onto (unsigned?) Richmond Av
  • bear Left onto Springfield Rd, which ends with a steep-ish downhill into a T-intersection.
  • Left on Martins Creek Highway (going South)

After this we turned Right onto Flicksville Rd to go west to Rt 191.

A couple of weeks later we came back and found a nice way to avoid two of the hill climbs:

  • continue south on Martins Creek Highway about 1.5 miles
  • Right on Factoryville Rd half a mile
  • Right on Ackermanville Rd and
  • quick Left to continue west on Factoryville Rd about a mile to its end.
  • Right on (unsigned?) Franklin Hill Rd, going north a quarter mile to its end
  • Left on Rt 191 South

Rt 191 gets some high-speed traffic, but has a wide traffic lane, plus usually some sort of shoulder. We know some prettier and quieter alternative (more complicated) roads to the west of 191, but we were tired by then. So we took 191 thru Stockertown and Nazareth to finish in Bethlehem.

Another idea for connecting with Portland PA is to stay close to the Delaware River. We've enjoyed riding south on the Pennsylvania side as far as Riverton - Belvidere. After that we've found it's generally better to avoid Pennsylvania and continue south along the Delaware on the New Jersey side.


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