Itinerary Day #2
- - or - -
The Original Reason For This Trip
Things to Bring
If you have not already, I would get the bikes "tuned
up"; make sure the tires, etc. are in good
shape (look for dry rot); lube chain (wax-type) &
cables; check/tighten spokes, check brakes.
- - - Start riding. . get in "bike" shape
Head light - GOOD one for each bike + at least one back-up light source
Water (at least 2 water bottles per. . . )
"Power/granola bars", fruit to eat in case we are out all day.
First aid kit
I am thinking of "modifying a "Lantern-Style light"
Blinking bicycle taillight
Tires inflated to their maximum psi
Small bicycle tool kit
Tire repair kit, including tools to remove tire from rim.
Carrier to haul everything. (back pack???)
Example racks/bags - http://www.headlandbike.com/products.htm
bee sting stuff ????
snake bite kit
Rain gear ( I am going rain or shine)
Directions to Sideling Hill Tunnel / Cove Valley Service
Many thanks to Rush Wickes
Bedford via Breezewood to Shorty's Place (rt. 915) - est. - 22 miles
+ 4 -6 miles more
US 30 east from Breezewood - go up the mountain and cross over the modern
Turnpike on an overpass.
Continue up the hill and watch for PA 915 North, which will join up
with US 30 briefly and then turn off to your left.
Make a left onto PA 915 North at this point and follow it across another
overpass over the modern Turnpike. Then, you will see an intersection
(a fork, I believe), with a road to your right.
Take this road (Pa -LR 29023) to your right and follow it down the mountain
-- soon you will be paralleling the modern turnpike on the northern side.
At the base of the descent -- you will come to a 4 way intersection
with the worker entrance to the existing PA Turnpike service plaza ahead
of you and a road passing underneath the existing turnpike to your right.
Make a right here and proceed under the turnpike -- headed South.
About a mile later, the road will come to a four way intersection --
with the primary direction of travel turning off to the left -- you want
to continue straight - going onto 'Pumping Station Road'.
Follow this road for about 1.5 miles until you come down a small hill
and see an overpass - this is the old Turnpike.
Make a right on what appears to be a small driveway just before reaching
the underpass -- this was the access road to the old Cove Valley Service
Area. Continue up the driveway until you reach a Jersey Barrier
that has 'no vehicles' stenciled in orange day-glo paint on the top.
Park here and take your bikes around the barriers and continue up for
about a 1/2 mile or so. You will come into the old service
area - which later served as a firing range for the State Police (don't
worry, it has long been inactive, despite the warnings still posted).
The Sideling Hill Tunnel about 2 miles north of Cove Valley on a very
gentle, if roughly paved incline.