Event Date: 2014-03-22
Distance: 200 km
Starts at: Homestead, PA, at 07:00
A kinder, gentler 200k, loosely based on a popular century route we devised in 2012 to explore some roads to the west of Pittsburgh.
We’ll warm up along the shore of the Mon River and explore Pittsburgh’s riverside trail system, then strike west through Carnegie to parallel US 22 all the way to Weirton. Retrace the route as far as Florence, then enjoy the long descent on 18 through Burgettstown, where we’ll pick up some country roads on our way through Hickory to Houston, PA. A brief jaunt on busy 519 will see us clear to Mingo Creek State Park and the shores of the Mon, after which we’ll head upriver through New Eagle, Monongahela, and Donora, before heading back along quiet Bunola River Rd to Elizabeth, Glassport, and McKeesport. Finally, we’ll pick up the trail in McKeesport, and complete our loop back to Homestead.
One notable feature of this route is that, after mile 83 or so, it’s almost entirely downhill or flat the whole way to the finish.
Note: On the segment from Burgettstown to Houston, expect some gravelly patches of road (due to well drilling and heavy vehicles).
Start location: Parking lot near Starbucks, Homestead, PA
Schedule: Registration begins: 6:15 AM; Rider meeting: 6:50 AM; Ride start: 7:00 AM (13:30 time limit)
Map (pending 2014 revision)
Cue sheet (updated 07/28/2013, pending 2014 revision)