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Route Help Needed To Tour With Coworkers

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JaySherman5000

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Jun 7 2013 at 12:50pm #

So, I’m trying to put together a Populaire-type ride for some of my coworkers. I think they are impressionable open to the idea of touring, and this is a “fun” 100 km route I’ve come up with:

http://goo.gl/6mbzW

it stops at every company site in town, but I have some concerns about the North Hills/Harmar portion of the route. What’s the least suicidal route through that area that will get us to Springdale?

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!


reddan

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Jun 7 2013 at 12:59pm #

Heh. If you’re descending on Powers Run to Freeport Rd, make sure everyone has brakes in good working order. I’ve seen people on the verge of shooting straight through the light at the bottom into traffic on Freeport.

Personally, I’d probably either take Guys Run to Freeport and deal with the traffic, or do something like Guys Run->Locust Hill->Indianola->Gulf Lab->Pearl->Freeport, to skip most of the mess near the turnpike.


Mick

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Jun 7 2013 at 1:12pm #

If thes folks haven’t trained on a bike or haven’t done much in the way of distance, you might want a shorter ride.

At once poing, after I’d been doing about 25 miles per week of utility riding, I did a 15 mile tour of river trails (+2 miles to and from the official ride). It wiped me right out.


JaySherman5000

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Jun 7 2013 at 1:17pm #

My first route iteration was using Guys Run to Freeport Rd, but one of my coworkers described it thusly:

“I have ridden Harts Run and Guys Run Roads before (I rode from Monroeville to Allison Park and back one Sunday morning) and found that even on a Sunday there were sections that were near suicidal (due to impatient/very fast drivers).”

so that sparked my concern. I’m hoping to do a bit of scouting this weekend or next and see it for myself. I do like the idea of taking Locust Hill to Indianola. It looks like it’ll streamline the routing and give a nice, long downhill section where even if there’s traffic, we should be moving at a pretty good clip along with it.


Boazo

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Jun 7 2013 at 1:19pm #

+1 on Guys Run instead of Powers Run, its a much more fun downhill tooo .


reddan

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Jun 7 2013 at 1:21pm #

I’m hoping to do a bit of scouting this weekend or next and see it for myself. I do like the idea of taking Locust Hill to Indianola. It looks like it’ll streamline the routing and give a nice, long downhill section where even if there’s traffic, we should be moving at a pretty good clip along with it.

Drop me an email when you plan your scout, if you’d like some company.


JaySherman5000

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Jun 7 2013 at 1:21pm #

@Mick: I think the employees I’m preying on expecting to show up are the ones that already do a fair amount of long-distance riding. My intention is to issue as many warnings about this not being for the “faint of heart” as possible. We already have a “Cycling Enthusiasts” group at work. There are a few roadies, tourists, and the like that I think would appreciate this ride, but we’ll see.


Mick

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Jun 7 2013 at 4:24pm #

Yeah,
I was less concerned when you quoted one of them as riding from Monroeville to Allison Park – and back – one day.


helen s

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Jun 7 2013 at 4:29pm #

“At once poing, after I’d been doing about 25 miles per week of utility riding, I did a 15 mile tour of river trails (+2 miles to and from the official ride). It wiped me right out. ”

But didn’t you describe yourself as an elder recently?


steevo

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Jun 7 2013 at 4:54pm #

A lot of these roads are ugly.
I would go out of my wayto avoid mt royal.
I would just ride out to middle and go left on harts run.
Maybe head north to mcculley back over middle to church to
dorseyville to guys run to locust over 910 to jacoby.. deer creek.


Mick

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Jun 7 2013 at 5:02pm #

helen s wrote:“At once point, after I’d been doing about 25 miles per week of utility riding, I did a 15 mile tour of river trails (+2 miles to and from the official ride). It wiped me right out. ”

But didn’t you describe yourself as an elder recently?

Yeah, but the ride I was talking about was last century. I was just a young whippersnapper of a middle-aged man back then.

Looks like JaySherman’s co-workers might be able to deal with this anyhow.


paulheckbert

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Jun 7 2013 at 11:25pm #

To avoid both Powers Run Rd and Guys Run Rd, use Campbells Run Rd. It gets no through car traffic because it’s closed to cars in a couple places (huge rocks blocking the road down near the bottom, and a gate a block from Fox Chapel Rd, as I recall) but this ghost road is bikable and WAY safer than those other two alternatives. I’ve biked it.

What you’ll find: some crumbling asphalt, gravel in places, a sign saying “Consolidation Coal Company [old name for Consol Energy] Harmar Mine AMD plant impoundment”, a reservoir with a strange color (AMD = acid mine drainage), no cars on the road, steep, dog-walkers, perhaps. And if they haven’t fixed it although I reported it, a little bit of sewage leaking out of a manhole cover in the road — yeah, lovely!

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