Adventures of a NOOB in the forests of PA

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by dmaxmike, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    we made it into the big town of Austin (which in case you don't know was just about wiped off the map 100 years ago this year... Story) we gassed up, at a pump that turned on without pre paying ( i love small towns!) and asked the old guy at the gas station where the best food was.

    which led us here... which did have very good food that we ordered very to much of.
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    after lunch we made it to the dam. when you think about it its really hard to imagine water that high rushing through that little valley into town and just whipping everything out. its also hard to believe when you look at what’s left how it lasted and held water as long as it did. its worth the trip its a very interesting site to see, drop a dollar in the collection box there trying hard to keep it nice.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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    after wondering around the ruins for a little while we made our plan for home, wrote down R's and L's and road names on Skinny’s flexx bar pad and headed out. made it to the third dirt road from the dam and his headlight is out. so instead of being on a unknown dirt road in fading light in the cold, we slab it home 60 some miles. till next time.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Man I have not posted here in a while. Did not ride as much as I should have this winter since this winter was so mild but oh well. Here is a little trip we took down an old set of tracks and crossed a creek to find some food.


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  3. tah1800

    tah1800 Been here awhile

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    Glad you got that dirt nap out of the way. Future pictures are mandatory or you must suffer the sever penalty! You got that part down about "it's much steeper that it looks in the picture" so extra points there.
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  4. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    AH summer time! That means its rally time! One of the things we always talked about was riding to the rally race in Wellsboro. For one there are so many great roads to get up there. But the main reason is so you can park at the front of the line at the forest stages and not have to walk miles to spectator points! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    So like little kids the night before Christmas we decided we couldn&#8217;t sleep so we headed out Thursday evening around 8pm. We figured that we would slab it to Hyner state park, wake up see the views and then dirt road it to Wellsboro. Long story short...we saw the views and that&#8217;s about it. <o:p></o:p>
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    real adventuer bikes have kick stands...

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    supercross bikes with plates do not... to top it off the dam thing has a rekluse in it so you can't just lean it anywhere.

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    So after taking in the sites at the Hyner overlook we headed down a dirt road that went in the general direction of where we were headed and we were off&#8230; breaking the first two rules of riding. Did not get fuel or food before we started our day. So when that road came to a hard road we pointed north and figured we would stop at the next town get gas and some breakfast and hit the dirt again. Well the next burgh we came to only had 87 so that leaves the KTM&#8217;s out of the fuel stop and they had nothing open for food. So we carried on almost the whole way to Wellsboro before we found high-test and food. By then it was raining so we just slabed it across 6 to the campground. <o:p></o:p>
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  5. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    once we got to Leonard Harrison state park and set up camp, our other 2 companions showed up in there truck from Philly. so we got everything unpacked and set up and then it was time to ride. Daryl from here on ADV rider (changed his screen name and i can't remember it now) offered up his local knowledge of the area and served as our tour guide for the entire weekend.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    we took off to see the roads that connect the forest stages so that we would be better prepared to rip between spectator points the next day. that

    worked real well till it started raining sideways. so it was off to one of the sweet old hotel/bar/restaurant combos so prevalent north of I-80 in the old timber towns.
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    wish i would have got more pics of this place it was really cool. the bar was brought in via wagon train over a 100 years ago.

    after we ate we slabed it back to the campground in the rain and spent the rest of the night under a tarp in the back of a short box Tacoma, needless to say everyone called it a night early. <o:p></o:p>
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  6. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    i don't have any pics of the rally race as i just took video and have no idea how to post those. but our plan of riding between the stages kind of did not work out as we planned. we got out of the first stage very easy thanks to being on bikes but by the time we got to the second spectator stage the last car we watched at the first stage was just coming through the second. this routine would be repeated several more times. When we got as far away from Wellsboro as the race went we decided to just wait till the fast cars came back through again for the second loop rather than try and chase them down again. This led to plenty of time for... ADV napping! :clap
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    after our power naps we were rewarded with the fast cars coming right at us with a front row view. we watched till our old friend the rx7 came through (the same car we kept catching at every stage) then we headed back towards Wellsboro for the super special stage at the fairgrounds. but first we checked in with ollie williams and the blackuweather forecast to make sure that it would not get rained out like it did Friday night and sure enough...
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    so we rode back towards the campsite in the sideways rain. when we got close it stopped raining and looked to be getting nice so we decided to press on and test our luck. we could get no wetter and if it stayed nice the wind would dry us out. got to pizza hut in town and piged out while the sky turned black again. so we decided to just grab some firewood and head back to camp.
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    one handle on the 500xc-w, 2 handles on the 690r and 3 on the mighty xt225 bitches! had a nice fire and BS'ed the night away.
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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    woke up to more rain on Sunday, thankfully it was falling straight down and coming at us sideways. It still makes for a shity time of packing up camp. but we suited up and got ready to ride, dirt the whole way home was the plan.
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    Stopped right outside the camp site to take in the PA grand canyon. not as cool as the real thing but beautiful none the less.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    now we are doing it right. food and fuel right outside of town. yes it was as good as it looked.
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    nice new overlook thanks to Big Gas.
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    sweet old bridge.
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    And the first test of the Wolfman saddle bags. They passed with flying colors! Just your stranded high side while coming to a stop at a Y intersection. No harm no foul and I never even hit the ground I walked it out. <o:p></o:p>
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    We made it the rest of the way home without incident and without getting rained on anymore. I would say it was a great trip and im ready for the next one with only minor adjustments to my kit namely real waterproof pants. Over 500 miles for the weekend.
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  8. parannoyed

    parannoyed hey look...chickens

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    Great pics and good story-tellin man. I should have taken you upstairs of the Germania hotel, you can almost feel how old it is by the way it's designed.

    Glad you guys got to see the fast cars....finally.lol
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  9. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    forgot about this thread more coming soon!
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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    100 miles 50 or so of which involved riding in snow with my bum clenched. :rofl this is the only photographic proof.

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    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    STPR is part of the rally America pro stage rally championship. its a great race, in a beautiful setting. however it has become totally non bike friendly, and I will not be spectating at their free event any longer. :lol3

    I really like having no plan for getting somewhere, and generally just head in the general direction of where I want to go. PA is great for this especially above I-80 but you have to take the good with the bad as there is a lot of this if your like me and do no Google recon.
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    but once i made it Wellsboro and made camp and headed to the fairgrounds for the opening super special stages all was right with the world, because how can anything be wrong when you can smell race gas and hear anti-lag up close?!

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    this thing was cool it caught the wind and made the camera follow the drifts very neat idea.
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    diesel power!!!!
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    last year when we came it poured the whole time so we did not get very good shots of the PA grand canyon this year it was beautiful and we got to see it on the way from one stage to another on the second day.

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    we checked out the service after getting some food.

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    we decided to head back to camp after that because we were tired of being told to turn around at the start of every stage parking area even though we knew we could ride to the front and park anywhere. "its not fair to those who have to walk" as one park ranger said. whatever dude its a free country and they are free to learn how to ride a bike.

    found a sweet piece of pavement on my way back home, sorry i have no idea what the route number was but it was twisty as could be and very fun. bonus, it had these waterfalls on it.

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  12. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    when I was in high school I 4wd'ed a lot as in every weekend. we went everywhere and had a PA gazetteer marked with all kinds of trails we found and places we camped. alas it was lost somewhere along the way and ten years out of high school I was determined to find my favorite camping spot from back in the day.

    I knew that it lied somewhere along the caledonia pike and that it was towards the eastern end on the left heading east. so with a brief Google earth search I was off.

    just after leaving the house I spotted the Goodyear blimp heading back to OH I assume.
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    after some turn a round's and dead ends I finally found the spot! its down a very long steep hill and requires your upmost attention to descend and ascend. as far as i can tell from topo maps you descend around 500ft in less then 3000ft. its rights at the convergence of two little creeks and it is a very peaceful spot. glad i found it, now i just need to come back here and camp again!

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