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3.46 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.46
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The Loop

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By Anonymous (2 McR Points) on Dec 01, 2008

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May 26, 2014
Rode this yesterday. The road condition is fine…
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June 22, 2009
This route is an OK ride for the SE PA area.. Rt…
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Written Directions

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'.

Scenery

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.

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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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May 26, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Standard
Rode this yesterday. The road condition is fine for spirited riding, just don't push it anymore than that or you will lowside or run wide. It's a small road, width wise I'd say it's atleast 15 feet wide at most on route 82. You will need to leave some room through the blind corners or a vehicle will accidentally hit you. The scenery is lovely but the road condition leave something more to be desired. The chip seal roads are compacted already so there isn't that much loose gravel but if the roads were asphalt I would rated it a 4/5
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June 22, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
This route is an OK ride for the SE PA area.. Rt. 82's road quality isn't great, but overall, Rt. 100 is solid and 976, although mainly straight, is a good finishing stretch of road. The scenery and some of the houses on 100 and 82 are amazing. Gave it a 7 because of the road quality on 82. NOTE: This is NOT the road to ride if it rained recently. There was definitely spots of gravel and washout on the road, nothing unavoidable, and one part of the road had some flooding on it still.
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Bart
July 16, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
In then past I have heard this road called the "Pennsylvania Dragon", or the "Chester County Dragon"... Any comparison to US 129 will be highly overrated. I have ridden this "Loop" many times over the past 15 or so years. Over that time the road way itself is getting bad. Rt 82 has a lot of "stone and chip" Pennsylvania paving, the right sides of the lanes are falling off onto the shoulder and into the Brandywine leaving large cracks in the middle of the lanes, this leaves approximately four feet in the center of either direction of smooth road. I just rode it today, Sunday July 15th 2012, while a nice rid and 100% open, there are better roads to explore. This isn't a ride I'd go out of my way to ride. Although, for a local ride not bad! Keep an eye out for the mushroom delivery trucks! They break for no one! Not to mention the small of horse poo for the shrooms! LOL!

Agreed, too bad the old Wawa isn't there anymore.
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