2016 TOUR OF SOMERSET, September 3-13
This unsupported bicycle tour will take us to Somerset, PA so that we can visit the
nearby new Memorial to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 that perished when
the plane crashed at the site on September 11, 2001. On a couple of earlier tours we have
visited the temporary memorial (pictured below). The tour will start at 10 am at the
Spready Oak Family Restaurant on US 1 north of Conowingo, MD with overnights in
Shrewsbury, Gettysburg, Thurmont, Frostburg, Somerset, Schellsburg, Breezewood,
Shippensburg, and York. Although there will be several mountains to climb, the daily
distances will be less than in previous tours.
Day 1 (9/3): After breakfast at Spready Oak east of Conowingo, MD we will
cross over the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River and ride 37 miles to our
overnight in Shrewsbury, PA.
Day 2 (9/4): Ride 49 miles to historic Gettysburg, PA.
Day 3 (9/5): After breakfast we will enjoy a bicycle tour (about 16 miles) through
the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield. Following the tour we ride 17 miles to Thurmont,
MD at the foot of South Mountain.
Day 4 (9/6): We climb over South Mountain and enjoy the spectacular views of
the broad valley from Crystal Falls Drive on the other side of the mountain. The final 11
miles of the day’s 59 miles (optional alternate: 57 miles) to Hancock, MD is on the paved
Western Maryland Rail Trail.
Day 5 (9/7): We cross a few mountains to arrive in Cumberland, MD where we
begin to ride the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail trail to our overnight in Frostburg,
MD after 55 miles.
Day 6 (9/8): We get back onto the GAP trail and continue for 29 miles to
Rockwood where we exit the trail and ride 10 more miles to our overnight in Somerset,
Day 7 (9/9): After breakfast we head to the Flight 93 National Memorial. After
visiting the Memorial we continue to the small town of Schellsburg, PA after a total of
about 38 miles.
Day 8 (9/10): After breakfast we ride through Shawnee State Park and continue
through Bedford to take BicyclePA Route S to our overnight in Breezewood, PA after 34
miles. There will be plenty of time to ride on the abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike
riding through the tunnels beneath Sidling Hill and Rays Hill (headlights required in
order to see). The abandoned stretch of highway is known as the Bike Pike.
Day 9 (9/11): We climb a few mountains on our 54-mile ride to Shippensburg, PA
at the foot of South Mountain. An optional alternative route takes us over the abandoned
turnpike and under – instead of over – two of the mountains.
Day 10 (9/12): Instead of climbing South Mountain we ride through a gap in the
mountain and pass through Boiling Springs on our way to an overnight in York, PA after
59 miles. A shorter option climbs South Mountain on steep Shippensburg Road (47
Day 11 (9/13): We cross the Susquehanna River on the famous Wrightsville
Bridge and finish in Gap, PA after 47 miles. For those wishing to stay overnight in Gap
before riding home, a small motel is available.
Flight 93 Temporary Memorial
Video Link
GPS Route Files