Bicycling Magazine West Chester, PA: Dog Daze Century 

Pedal through southeastern Pennsylvania's blissfully quiet rural roads on this century beginning near historic Embreeville.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 20 Jan 2010 6:41:16 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Pennsylvania (PA)
Distance: 100.76 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3839 ft
Total Loss: 3861 ft
Net Change: -22 ft
Difficulty: 9 / 10
Tags: Coatesville, PA, Embreeville, PA, Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Located less than an hour west of Philadelphia, this century ride through southeastern Pennsylvania's quaint countryside serves up miles of rural riding on lightly-traveled, cyclist-friendly roads. From the Center for Alternative Secondary Education near Embreeville, head south through Embreeville County Park to begin your ride. Within the first several miles, you'll hit several short climbs (most are less than two miles). Though devoid of any major ascents, the ride includes 3,000 feet of climbing and is peppered with quick hills.

After cresting one of these hills, fly down Frog Hollow Road en route to Speakman Bridge, a covered bridge built in 1881. Then, glide through 14 miles of farmland and forest as you near Chatham, a tiny community with less than 600 residents. After winding back toward Embreeville, the route snakes to the south, passing through the small towns of Hamorton and Rosedale before crossing into Delaware.

Heading north back into Pennsylvania, you'll pedal through lusciously thick woodlands that trace the rambling Red Clay Creek. Continue slicing through dense forest while heading north on Chandler Mill Road and then looping back to the south on Sharp Road. During the ride's southwest portion, you'll spin through more countryside, passing the occasional town, before returning to Chatham. From here, backtrack to Embreeville County Park to complete the ride.

-Mapped by Viktor Ohnjec

TO TRAILHEAD: This ride starts at the Center for Alternative Secondary Education. From US 322 W, turn left at Sugars Bridge Rd. and follow for 0.9 mile. Continue onto Telegraph Rd. Turn right at Strasburg Rd. in 1.1 miles. School is on left in 1.6 miles.

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West Chester, PA: Dog Daze Century

Distance: 100.76 mi Points: 1434
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Then go 0.06 mi
2 0.06 mi Turn left at PA-162 E/Telegraph Rd Then go 0.07 mi
3 0.13 mi Turn right at Brandywine Dr Then go 1.51 mi
4 1.64 mi Turn left at Warpath Rd Then go 0.84 mi
5 2.48 mi Turn left at Broad Run Rd Then go 0.75 mi
6 3.23 mi Turn right at Clayton Rd Then go 1.11 mi
7 4.33 mi Continue onto Northbrook Rd Then go 0.07 mi
8 4.40 mi Continue onto PA-162 E/W Strasburg Rd Then go 1.44 mi
9 5.84 mi Turn left at Telegraph Rd Then go 2.44 mi
10 8.28 mi Slight right at W Strasburg Rd Then go 0.40 mi
11 8.68 mi Turn right at Broadrun Rd Then go 1.29 mi
12 9.98 mi Turn right to stay on Broadrun Rd Then go 1.49 mi
13 11.47 mi Turn left at Chestnut Ln Then go 0.28 mi
14 11.75 mi Slight right to stay on Chestnut Ln Then go 1.04 mi
15 12.79 mi Continue onto Oaklyn Rd Then go 0.67 mi
16 13.46 mi Turn left at S Caln Rd Then go 0.99 mi
17 14.45 mi Slight left at Misty Patch Rd Then go 0.12 mi
18 14.57 mi Turn right at Mortonville Rd Then go 1.38 mi
19 15.94 mi Turn left at Union St Then go 0.13 mi
20 16.07 mi Turn left at S Brandywine Ave Then go 0.03 mi
21 16.10 mi Turn right at Hephzibah Hill Rd Then go 0.83 mi
22 16.94 mi Turn right at Strasburg Rd Then go 0.04 mi
23 16.98 mi Turn left at Frog Hollow Rd Then go 1.82 mi
24 18.80 mi Turn right at Covered Bridge Rd Then go 0.28 mi
25 19.08 mi Turn right at Doe Run Rd/PA-82 N Then go 0.17 mi
26 19.25 mi Turn left at Rokeby Rd Then go 0.69 mi
27 19.94 mi Turn right at Springdell Rd Then go 0.58 mi
28 20.52 mi Turn left at Buck Run Rd Then go 0.35 mi
29 20.87 mi Turn right at Beaver Dam Rd Then go 1.63 mi
30 22.49 mi Turn right at 5 Points Rd Then go 0.27 mi
31 22.76 mi Turn left at W Glenrose Rd Then go 0.77 mi
32 23.53 mi Turn right at Old Stottsville Rd Then go 0.89 mi
33 24.43 mi Turn left at E Highland Rd Then go 0.73 mi
34 25.16 mi Slight left at Station Rd Then go 0.29 mi
35 25.45 mi Turn left at Martin Rd Then go 1.41 mi
36 26.85 mi Turn left at E Friendship Church Rd Then go 0.04 mi
37 26.90 mi Turn right at Friends Meeting House Rd Then go 1.72 mi
38 28.61 mi Slight right at Fernwood Rd Then go 1.44 mi
39 30.05 mi Sharp left at Jackson Rd Then go 0.91 mi
40 30.96 mi Turn right at White Horse Rd Then go 1.50 mi
41 32.46 mi Turn left at PA-926 E/Street Rd Then go 1.86 mi
42 34.32 mi Turn right at Coatesville Rd/PA-841 S Then go 0.20 mi
43 34.51 mi Turn left Then go 0.10 mi
44 34.61 mi Turn left at Coatesville Rd/PA-841 S Then go 0.88 mi
45 35.49 mi Turn left at London Grove Rd Then go 1.85 mi
46 37.35 mi Continue onto McCue Rd Then go 1.01 mi
47 38.36 mi Turn left at Church Rd Then go 0.19 mi
48 38.54 mi Turn right to stay on Church Rd Then go 0.26 mi
49 38.81 mi Turn left at Newark Rd Then go 0.12 mi
50 38.93 mi Turn right at Bartram Rd Then go 0.87 mi
51 39.80 mi Turn right at Byrd Rd Then go 0.60 mi
52 40.40 mi Turn left at Line Rd Then go 1.25 mi
53 41.65 mi Turn left at N Mill Rd Then go 1.43 mi
54 43.09 mi Turn right at W St Rd/PA-926 E Then go 0.45 mi
55 43.54 mi Turn left at Wollaston Rd Then go 1.72 mi
56 45.26 mi Turn right at W Doe Run Rd/PA-82 S/PA-842 E Then go 0.07 mi
57 45.33 mi Turn left at PA-842 E/Unionville Wawaset Rd/Wawaset Rd Then go 2.82 mi
58 48.16 mi Turn right toward Red Lion Rd Then go 0.27 mi
59 48.42 mi Turn left toward Red Lion Rd Then go 0.01 mi
60 48.43 mi Turn right at Red Lion Rd Then go 1.38 mi
61 49.81 mi Continue onto Northbrook Rd Then go 0.99 mi
62 50.80 mi Turn left at E Doe Run Rd Then go 0.39 mi
63 51.19 mi Continue onto Conservatory Rd Then go 0.62 mi
64 51.81 mi Turn left at Longwood Rd Then go 0.54 mi
65 52.35 mi Turn right at Greenwood Rd Then go 0.20 mi
66 52.54 mi Turn right to stay on Greenwood Rd Then go 1.10 mi
67 53.65 mi Turn right at E Hillendale Rd Then go 1.18 mi
68 54.82 mi Turn left at Woodward Rd Then go 0.59 mi
69 55.41 mi Turn right at Norway Rd Then go 0.10 mi
70 55.51 mi Slight left at Spring Mill Rd Then go 0.68 mi
71 56.19 mi Turn left at S Fairville Rd Then go 0.21 mi
72 56.40 mi Turn left at Montana Dr Then go 0.07 mi
73 56.47 mi Turn left at S Fairville Rd Then go 0.64 mi
74 57.11 mi Sharp right at Center Mill Rd Then go 2.22 mi
75 59.33 mi Turn left at Snuff Mill Rd Then go 0.17 mi
76 59.50 mi Turn left at Center Mill Rd Then go 0.25 mi
77 59.75 mi Turn right at Ashland Clinton School Rd Then go 0.98 mi
78 60.72 mi Turn right at Creek Rd Then go 0.01 mi
79 60.74 mi Turn right to stay on Creek Rd Then go 1.32 mi
80 62.06 mi Turn right at Creek Mill Rd Then go 0.15 mi
81 62.20 mi Continue onto Barley Mill Rd Entering Pennsylvania Then go 0.39 mi
82 62.60 mi Barley Mill Rd turns slightly left and becomes Creek Rd/PA-82 N Then go 0.58 mi
83 63.18 mi Turn left at Marshall Bridge Rd Then go 0.94 mi
84 64.12 mi Continue onto Kaolin Rd Then go 0.26 mi
85 64.37 mi Turn right at Chandler Mill Rd Then go 0.27 mi
86 64.64 mi Turn right to stay on Chandler Mill Rd Then go 2.05 mi
87 66.69 mi Turn left at W South St Then go 0.28 mi
88 66.98 mi Turn left at Scarlet Rd Then go 0.47 mi
89 67.45 mi Turn right at Hillendale Rd Then go 0.45 mi
90 67.90 mi Turn right at Sharp Rd Then go 0.95 mi
91 68.85 mi Turn right at Buck Toe Rd Then go 1.34 mi
92 70.19 mi Turn left at Newark Rd Then go 1.12 mi
93 71.31 mi Turn right at Egypt Run Rd Then go 1.20 mi
94 72.51 mi Continue onto Penn Green Rd Then go 0.73 mi
95 73.24 mi Turn left at Laurel Woods Rd Then go 0.01 mi
96 73.25 mi Turn left at Penn Green Rd Then go 0.39 mi
97 73.64 mi Turn right toward Chesterville Rd Then go 0.01 mi
98 73.65 mi Turn right at Chesterville Rd Then go 0.69 mi
99 74.34 mi Turn right at Northbank Rd Then go 0.59 mi
100 74.93 mi Turn right at Auburn Rd Then go 0.08 mi
101 75.00 mi Turn left at N Clay Creek Rd Then go 1.15 mi
102 76.15 mi Turn right at Garden Station Rd/New Garden Station Rd Then go 0.02 mi
103 76.17 mi Turn left at Clay Creek Rd Then go 0.71 mi
104 76.88 mi Turn right to stay on Clay Creek Rd Then go 0.43 mi
105 77.31 mi Turn left at E Avondale Rd Then go 1.55 mi
106 78.86 mi Turn right at Schoolhouse Rd Then go 1.20 mi
107 80.06 mi Turn left at State Rd Then go 0.99 mi
108 81.05 mi Turn right at S Guernsey Rd Then go 2.18 mi
109 83.23 mi Turn right at Lloyd Rd Then go 0.96 mi
110 84.19 mi Turn left at Chatham Rd/PA-841 N Then go 0.30 mi
111 84.48 mi Turn right at London Grove Rd/PA-841 N Continue to follow London Grove R Then go 2.04 mi
112 86.52 mi Continue onto McCue Rd Then go 1.01 mi
113 87.53 mi Turn left at Church Rd Then go 0.19 mi
114 87.72 mi Turn right to stay on Church Rd Then go 0.26 mi
115 87.98 mi Turn left at Newark Rd Then go 0.12 mi
116 88.11 mi Turn right at Bartram Rd Then go 0.87 mi
117 88.98 mi Turn right at Byrd Rd Then go 0.60 mi
118 89.58 mi Turn left at Line Rd Then go 1.25 mi
119 90.83 mi Turn left at N Mill Rd Then go 1.43 mi
120 92.26 mi Turn right at W St Rd/PA-926 E Then go 0.45 mi
121 92.72 mi Turn left at Wollaston Rd Then go 1.72 mi
122 94.43 mi Turn right at W Doe Run Rd/PA-82 S/PA-842 E Then go 0.07 mi
123 94.51 mi Turn left at PA-842 E/Unionville Wawaset Rd/Wawaset Rd Then go 1.86 mi
124 96.36 mi Turn left at Glen Hall Rd Then go 0.64 mi
125 97.00 mi Turn right at Beagle Rd/Beagle Club Rd Then go 0.98 mi
126 97.98 mi Turn left at Northbrook Rd Then go 0.13 mi
127 98.11 mi Turn left to stay on Northbrook Rd Then go 0.19 mi
128 98.30 mi Turn left at Brandywine Dr Then go 2.33 mi
129 100.63 mi Turn left at PA-162 W/Telegraph Rd Then go 0.07 mi
130 100.70 mi Turn right at Ryan Blvd Then go 0.06 mi
131 100.76 mi Stop -

Points of Interest

Center For Alternative Secondary Education

Location: 39.940405, -75.720879
Park your car in the lot off Ryan Boulevard and head south toward Telegraph Road.

Broad Run Road

Location: 39.932841, -75.689406
The ride is peppered with quick climbs, like this 2.3-miler that gains just under 200 feet on Broad Run Road. © Viktor Ohnjec

Strasburg Road

Location: 39.952122, -75.670223
The fairly busy Strasburg Road has minuscule shoulders. Proceed with caution. © Viktor Ohnjec

Hephzibah Hill Road

Location: 39.959853, -75.801716
Head south on Hephzibah Hill Road (in Hebrew, Hephzibah means "she is my desire" or "my delight is in her") to take on one of the ride's steeper climbs. This short and steep 0.7-miler averages a 6.6-percent grade.

Top of Hephzibah Hill Climb

Location: 39.950806, -75.808046
The Hephzibah Hill climb culminates at the intersection of Strasburg Road. While catching your breath, check out the old cemetery (some gravestones date back to the 1700s) on the northwest corner of Strasburg Road and Hephzibah Hill Road. When you're ready to continue, enjoy the fast and smooth descent down the recently re-paved Frog Hollow Road.

Speakman Bridge

Location: 39.929567, -75.822460
Cross Speakman Bridge while heading south on Frog Hollow Road. Built in 1881, this covered bridge can be somewhat tricky to cross due to its parallel planks and possible oncoming traffic. © Viktor Ohnjec

Beaver Dam Road

Location: 39.922191, -75.850843
Turn right onto Beaver Dam Road and begin climbing. Over the next 4 miles, you'll gain about 350 feet. Be prepared: the undulating ascent features pitches with grades up to 10 percent.

Gas Station

Location: 39.854180, -75.821972
Refuel on food and drink at this fueling station in Chatham, a tiny town home to roughly 500 residents.

Farmland

Location: 39.853390, -75.752766
Pedal past farmland as you near Line Road, a narrow, low-traffic country byway. © Viktor Ohnjec

Wawaset Road

Location: 39.897555, -75.730562
There are minuscule shoulders on Wawaset Road, a fairly-busy thoroughfare shooting past houses and woods.

Red Lion Road

Location: 39.908090, -75.682358
Glide past housing developments and thick woods on the incredibly narrow Red Lion Road.

Traffic Light

Location: 39.868115, -75.671597
Hit one of the few intersections with traffic lights while heading south through Hamorton. © Viktor Ohnjec

Super Fresh Grocery Store

Location: 39.862976, -75.679922
Resupply in Hamorton at Super Fresh Grocery Store. Traffic is heavier on Baltimore Pike, so proceed cautiously.

Delaware State Line

Location: 39.826336, -75.649238
Cross briefly into Delaware while heading southwest on Center Mill Road.

Pennsylvania State Line

Location: 39.813827, -75.681081
Cross back into Pennsylvania while cutting through gorgeously thick forest and tracing the Red Clay Creek to the west.

Chandler Mill Road

Location: 39.815657, -75.714834
Enjoy the blissful solitude on Chandler Mill Road as you cut through more lush woodlands.

Sunoco Station

Location: 39.815376, -75.751934
Stock up on food and drink at this gas station convenience store in New Garden.

Penn Green Road

Location: 39.783794, -75.774947
Begin a 1.1-mile climb averaging a 3.7-percent grade while heading south on Penn Green Road.

Nearing Chatham

Location: 39.852072, -75.824182
From Chatham, you'll ride over 11.5-miles of road that you've already traveled en route to Glen Hall Road, which brings you back toward your car on Ryan Boulevard.

Glen Hall Road

Location: 39.908913, -75.703987
Head north on Glen Hall Road before coasting through the Embreeville County Park and returning to your car on Ryan Boulevard. The end of the ride is slightly more than 4 miles away.

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