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Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania
by William Simpson (The Globe Pequot Press)
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The first half of this ride is wonderful - we saw dozens of Amish buggies and beautiful farms, and the riding was great. However, the second half took us into more developed areas and heavy traffic that we were not expecting. This starts after Terre Hill, when you catch sight of a huge food distribution center near an entrance to the PA Turnpike - it looked newly constructed. It continues through Adamstown, with townhouse developments, shopping centers, and those depressing 1950's PA-style ranch houses everywhere. Also, if you're going to ride in PA Dutch country, we learned you have to love the smell of manure - it's everywhere! Finally, a couple streets have name changes: Cocalico is now Stroutberg? and Martindale is now Blue Rock?
nice long ride,not the most scenic.Alittle too much traffic than I would like to see on a Sunday.
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