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Old 04-12-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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BEST Roads in Pennsylvania

Everybody has their idea of 'The Best' roads here in PA.
These posts will cover the BEST roads in PA.... BEST standing for the state forests of Bald Eagle, Elk, Sproul, Susquehannock, Tiadaghton and Tioga. Forests that are in the north-central part of the state, forests that contain the 'PA Wilds', forests that have a rich history of mining and logging, and the small working class towns and people that lived there. All total, these forests contain 1,270,303 acres. That's more than 1 1/2 times the whole STATE of Rhode Island.
It's BIG!!!
Last year, I posted some pics of a few rides thru Sproul SF, and they seemed to be well received. So, this year, I won't limit my rides to Sproul, but will try to cover them all. I'll be doing these rides on a DR 650, a Honda ST1300, and will dust off the old BMW R100RT now and then. So, the roads will be everything from 4 lanes to cover ground quickly, to the 2 lanes running up/down/over the mountains and valleys to the gravel forest roads and even a few driveable trails.
Well, enough talk, here's pics from today's ride.
Let's call the starting point Lock Haven, and today was mainly in Sproul and a few miles in Tiadaghton.





Overlooking Pine Creek from the Lebo Vista overlook....





In last year's ride, I turned around at the bottom of this road, er 'Driveable Trail'. Today, I ventured down it a bit, then turned around again. First ride of the season and bad knees will do that to ya. Maybe someday I'll ride the whole way?



I found these two camps, side by side. Looks they have been there quite awhile! I would say there's been a lot of history and memories made here.





Obligatory pic from Hyner View.
The one thing that was nice today... and will soon be gone... is the lack of any leaf cover. With a view like this, you could see all the contours of the mountains and valleys, the logging roads, and trails that will soon be covered. You could see much further into the woods as you rode along, deeper into the valleys, and higher on the hillsides. Nice to be able to see the streams 100 yards below you!



Then there was this, Spring may be here, but still reminders of the past.



And it's free-standing!







Then there was this... best thing I found all day.
Riding along watching off the road and downhill to my right, I caught a quick glimpse of this. Stopped and rolled back to get a better look.
Would love to know the story behind 'Yock'... and his buddies that thought so much of him to put up this little memorial.





And I almost started off again... when I noticed this hanging on the small tree.





My 120 miles today pales in many riders eyes.... but those 120 miles were on the BEST Roads in PA.
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:31 PM   #2
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scootac...loved your pics. Please keep em coming...Dave
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Dave, glad you enjoyed them!
I have every intention to keep adding to them!
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:03 AM   #4
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Born and raised in PA and I don't get back as often as I'd like. Folks are still in Forkston, PA so I do get back occasionally on the KLR650.

Your BEST area is indeed an awesome section of PA to ride/camp. Look forward to seeing more from your travels.


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Old 04-13-2015, 08:55 AM   #5
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This looks to be the start of an awsome thread !!!
Pennsylvania has so much wonderful terrain and riding opportunities.
Have rode and camped some of it myself including Hyner View, Elk Country, Grand Canyon and Cross Fork just to name a few. Some of the biggest Black Bears in PA too. Great start, keep it comin !!!
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:42 PM   #6
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I finally made it to ride some north central forests last fall. Hoping to make it that way again a few times this year. But I have the south central forests to get me by on a regular basis. Great thread
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:21 PM   #7
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Thanks for taking the time to do this thread. Some of the best moments of my cross-country rides in years past were had in PA, which makes me all that more interested.
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:32 PM   #8
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Some killer pics man!
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:10 PM   #9
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THANK YOU for the kind words!

And to hold you over till I get out again, here's the thread I started last year.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=993799

It featured Sproul SF, which isn't too shabby by itself! But I wanted to expand my area this year, thus the new thread.

Yesterday was forest road riding. Future rides might include small towns, farm fields, maybe even a person or too! I'm not much for big group events or rides, but don't mind meeting up with other riders when there's food involved!
And when I'm out on these rides, I'm not adverse to trying out little restaurants, so will be some pics of those places too!
Anyway, take a look at last year's pics if you want.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:59 PM   #10
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Great pics! Looking fwd to more.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:04 PM   #11
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I rode Big Springs road in Saturday located in Tiadaghton. You can find Bull Run Vista and Ramsey Vista plus a lot of natural gas wells.

I'm loving the DR650 which I picked up in December.


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Old 04-13-2015, 08:05 PM   #12
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Scootac I get up to Ole Bull SP every year to visit my parents who are camp hosts at the park and love riding up there. I will have to look you up this year and do some riding and try one of those little restaurants, my treat of course in exchange for your knowledge of the area.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:10 AM   #13
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:01 PM   #14
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Sugar Camp is a bit rocky but passable. Good times!
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:42 PM   #15
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Scootac, Almost brought the bike up last weekend and was going to shoot you a PM about riding. When I get time to get the bike up I will let you know and meet you somewhere to do some exploring.
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