Yeah, planing and going out and doing a +100mile ride to say I did it. haha. And I am trying to figure out a semi-interesting mostly flat route (that isn’t all yough river trail). Any ideas? Roads along the river would be good too.
*I have a couple 80mile rides under my belt and 2 dirty dozens. So I can handle hills…in moderation.
Here’s my suggestion: ride the new trail from the Waterfront to McKeesport, then stay on the road through Glassport and keep heading up the Mon river until you reach Fayette county/Route 201. From that point take some back roads over to the Yough River valley and ride the road and/or trail through the valley back to the Waterfront. You can break up the monotony of the trial by hitting a few nice road sections, e.g., West Newton to Sutersville.
@reddan If my memory served me correctly PMTCC was slightly modified — we went 50->18->168 and it was about 96 miles (and about mile 63 my rear tire exploded but it was only 5 miles away from a bike shop where I’ve got two new tires ).
^That’s a great ride, and a great way to do 100 miles. You can find plenty of little food stores along the way. Bunola River Road between Elizabeth and Monongahela is one of the nicest roads in the region for bikes. Also, if you want some nice country road riding, get on Banning Road out of Dawson and take it back to Smithton. It’s a good mix of farmland and a mining town or two that time has forgotten.
Perhaps this would be a cool century for a group to do at a modest pace?
@andrew: I just rode this route on Sunday with a few people. It’s a pretty good one…all of the climbing is front-loaded into the first 60 miles, so you can enjoy a nice mellow (mostly) flat ride back to town for the latter 40-ish miles. Nothing stupid-steep, just a few extended climbs.