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Southwestern PAPaulCL
Sep 16, 2003 12:23 PM
My wife and I are taking a long weekend the first full week of October to Farmington, Pa in southwestern Pennsylvania. We will be staying at the Nemacolin resort. While my dear wife is getting prodded, rubbed, oiled, squished, painted and coiffed at the spa - I am planning to ride my bike (whaddasurprise!!!).

Anyone live in the area?? I need routes. Is it a good area to ride in?? Any LBS to contact?? I'll be there Oct. 8-11th. Here's a map:

Thanks. Paul

Note: I know this should be posted on the Rides and Clubs board, but nobody ever looks at that board.
Might try Western PA WheelmanLone Gunman
Sep 16, 2003 4:35 PM
Club is based in Pittsburgh however it seems that the club has a larger following in the Greensburg area, closer to where you will be. Ohiopyle State Park is nearby as is Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water Home. Look on a Rand McNally map and see the routes lined as scenic with red dots. Bring your climbing gears, you are in the start of the Appalachian Mtns. Laurel Caverns nearby, Fort Necessity Battlefield, Confluence is part of a rails to trails track that runs from Pittsburgh area to Wash DC. Youghigheny (sp?) Lake. their map pack (nm)stephenb
Sep 16, 2003 5:30 PM
two optionsslow-ron
Sep 16, 2003 5:54 PM
I grew up a bit north and west of that area and it's a great area to cycle. Hills, hills hills. If you leave the Nemacolin Resort (very nice place BTW, try the pool room for a beer and cigar) you'll be on Rt 40. Trucks and cars drive too fast of this road to enjoy. You need to go west on 40 until you hit 711N and go towards a ski resort named seven springs. This leads towards forbes state forrest with miles and miles of beautiful country roads (easy to get lost, however). 711 intersects with 31 and you can make a loop on 31 to laurel ridge state park and then turn back to seven springs, then 711 and back to rt 40.

The other option is to ride east on 40 and then go south to Falling Water/ Ohiopyle. Also many turn offs that are easy to get lost on but amazing farm country.

Sorry I don't know the names of the roads any better but when you grow up near a place you just kind of know your way around without thinking.

As for shops there's a place in ohiopyle called Spoked Wheels (try an internet search and call them for ride ideas/directions) The other closest shop is at the Seven Springs ski resort. Both shops are more oriented to MTB riders.

Don't even think of going to this place without your bike.
thank you, thank youPaulCL
Sep 16, 2003 6:47 PM
For all of the info. Its' a business trip with meetings Thursday and Friday AM, but the afternoons are for riding. Thanks. Paul