The Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
2 in Delaware Delaware27 Miles
on December 1, 2008
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The start and finish to the Loop is basically at the intersection of route 100 and route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. Start heading south on 100 (south Creek Rd.) alongside the cedar roofed shopping center where sometimes riders gather on weekend days. Follow 100 south for a few miles. When you come up along Wilmington Country club to your right, make a right and head west on route 82(Kirk Rd). You will ride on 82 west for some time, so keep and eye for route signs that lead along the way. After you pass through Kennet Square, a few miles up you will come to route 926. Make a right onto 926 and head east. Pay attention for route 100 South signs again and follow 100 back to Hank'.
The loop is a favorite of local sport bikers and riders who want some challenge. Many riders usually gather in the shopping center parking lot next to the post office. Unfortunately, the Wawa is no longer there. The scenery through the Brandywine Valley is lush during summer months and colorful in the fall. Route 100 runs along the Brandywine river and route 82 crosses over the Hoopes Reservoir. Along the ride you will seamlessly cross over the PA/DE border not once, but twice. The roads twist and wind through the valleys and trees offer a cover. If you want to slow down and take things in, you can stop and take a break at an old abandoned factory.
Conditions are fair along the Loop. Sometimes on 82 there might be a branch or stick laying on the road surface. Route 100 can get very narrow in some sections after it crosses the Brandywine river and when it heads back to the finish. The rider feels very intimate with the roads and there isn't much room between the shoulder and the yellow line.
Start your morning right with breakfast at Hank's Place, located at the intersection of 100 and 1. The food is homey and delicious, as evidenced by the people waiting outside for a table inside. Many a biker eat here and you'll see them lined up in the parking lot. Just north up the road on route 1 is the Brandywine Battlefield. And practically across the highway from Hanks is the Brandywine River museum hosting many of Andrew Wyeths paintings. The town of Kennet Square is a quaint and cozy place to stop and shop or refuel your java tank. Be there when the mushroom fest happens as the streets are closed and people fill them to eat anything and everything mushroom. That's why Kennet Square is called the mushroom capital of the world.
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