PA Bike Route… Bats? Fish? Mushrooms?

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that guy
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I see these signs a lot near the other lettered PA Bike Routes, but there is no mention of them online or anywhere else I can find. I’m guessing they are detours or side routes, as they are always near a lettered route.

Anyone know more about them? I’ve seen at least four different ones.


myddrin
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I know nothing…but some of them seem really oddly placed. I’d be interested in knowing who is making the decisions…..


Swalfoort
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@guy – I am not certain I understand the question you are asking. To which signs “near the other lettered PA Bike Routes” are you referring?


StuInMcCandless
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Missing photo? Missing link? The list of posted bike routes is showing, but nothing else.


stefb
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I saw the mushrooms around somerset. I thought I was hallucinating.


reddan
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Bike Route TheresAFungusAmongUs signs have proven a common distraction to delirious crushers of commonwealths.

I’ve never found any references to them online. I recall seeing a mushroom, someone in a canoe (Bike Route Deliverance, I presume), and a cornucopia. All of these signs seem to be in the west-central part of the state.


that guy
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The signs look just like the other PA Bike Route signs but instead of a letter there is a picture of a fish, mushroom, bats, cornicopia, etc. They are always near or crossing the letter routes.


that guy
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@stu. Nowhere online does it say what they are and there is no photo, that’s why I’m asking.


steevo
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yeah, there was an ill fated attempt at

having tourism around the laurel highlands

and somerset, for bike tourism.

I cant remember the name of the program for

the life of me. Cycling the alleghenies or

something.


steevo
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Ohiojeff
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There used to be something called Cycle the Southern Alleghenies that had some rides out that way. I’ve done one a couple of times that started in Somerset and was called something like Magic Mystery Mountain Tour or something like that. Their website is defunct. I can’t for the life of me remember what the signs looked like but they did cross PA bike routes and might have had symbols on them instead of letters. I think they also may have said CycleSA on them.

The wayback machine had this, but you can’t go further..

http://web.archive.org/web/20070627002048/http://www.cyclesa.com/biking.aspx


steevo
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Jeff, another race I have won.


Ohiojeff
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Chapeau!


Swalfoort
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Now I am really curious. Anyone have a photo of one?


Swalfoort
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Ohiojeff tripped the memory switch for me.

Found the link and the photo.

They appear to represent tours from the Cycle the Alleghenies tourism group.

Here’s the mushroom:

http://www.thealleghenies.com/activity.aspx?type=cycling&id=51


Ohiojeff
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That’s the sign! I never equated the magic mountain with what might be the magic mushroom on the sign. This is a nice, if hilly ride. You get to ride past what was once an Elk ranch but is now the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Elephant Conservatory somwhere along the way.


steevo
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I was out riding in the Laurel Highlands yesterday and these signs ARE STILL UP! Its funny cause the signs were probably crazy expensive, and the website would be free to host at this point. ugh


pearmask
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Bicycle Route Apple Basket (or maybe this is the same as what Dan calls Cornucopia?) led me on some cool bonus miles outside of Breezewood on CTC this year.

I’ve also seen the infamous Bicycle Route Hallucinogenic Mushroom, and I feel like I’m forgetting at least one more that the CTC route encounters


stefb
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Route G crosses paths with and goes along with route S near Bedford. I thought there was a president’s head along the way and a cave (probably bat cave) somewhere in that part of the state.


Drewbacca
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Found a couple in Cambria County today… the miner was in Patton and Charles Schwab’s castle-turned-water-tower in Loretto. I never noticed these signs before, so presumably, they are new.


Drewbacca
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The Alleghenies tip was spot-on… I’ll stop by their office to see if I can get any more info.

I found this on the web:
Cycle The Alleghenies! 21 self-guided on-road routes and 14 off-road routes ideal for an afternoon getaway or multi-day cycling vacation. The tours take cyclists through Cambria County and five adjacent counties in The Alleghenies. Cambria County on-road routes include the Bituminous Blast Tour, Castle Tower Tour, and Marina Mania Tour. Off-road trails include the Killbuck Run Trails at Prince Gallitzin State Park. Visit the website for route descriptions, cue sheets, maps and services. The Alleghenies Tourism Council, 541 58th Stree, Altoona, PA 16602, 1-800-458-3433 http://www.TheAlleghenies.com
source: http://visitjohnstownpa.com/things-to-see-do/outdoor-recreation/bicycles-motorcycles-atvs/

*edit* I found the castle route
http://www.thealleghenies.com/activity.aspx?type=cycling&id=45

Another post with additional links in a minute…


Drewbacca
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61 Whiskey Rebellion Tour
60 Tuscarora Mountain Challenge Tour
59 The Fisherman’s Tour
58 The Diamond Loop Tour
57 Time Travelers Path
56 Spelunker Tour
55 Rivers and Bridges Scenic Tour
54 Raging Rapids Adventure Tour
53 Nine Mile Historic Town Tour
52 Mann’s Choice Challenge Tour
51 Magic Mountain Mystery Tour
50 Horse and Buggy Tour
49 Happy Valley – Magic Mountain
48 Fort Roberdeau Revolutionary Tour
47 Covered Bridge Scenic Tour
46 Circleville Loop
45 Castle Tower Tour
44 Bituminous Blast Tour
43 Bald Eagle Mountain Ridge Ride

38 Apple Barrel Orchard Tour
71 Marina Mania Tour
294/213 Bedford Springs Easy/Moderate
300 Canal in the Mountains Tour
301 Fallen Heroes Tour
302 Jack’s Creek Tour
303 Monument Square Tour
304 Swings & Things Tour

http://www.thealleghenies.com/Land/cycling.aspx
then “choose a tour”

Looks like they have 28 tours at the moment, the only ones with signs (I’m guessing) are posted above.


Benzo
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Those state maps are SO EASY to read, you only have to click on 28 sections to view the route details! I don’t know why we don’t use them all the time *end sarcasm*


StuInMcCandless
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Wow, those are as easy to distinguish as PA’s specialty license plates. [/snark]


Drewbacca
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Seriously… Swalfoort had already solved the mystery above and I didn’t even realize it because that tourism website is just that not-user friendly.

… and I still ended up missing a sign.


stefb
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I want to ride all of these routes.


Drewbacca
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@stef, I think you need to fill an entire wheel with bike-route spoke cards.

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