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.