Michaux State Forest (PA.) Ride

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by FAW3, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    I want to make an initial easy run up to Michaux State Forest (PA) and since several <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:stockticker>NOVA</st1:stockticker> area inmates have mentioned checking out Michaux…so here is a date, a plan...come on along… <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Date: May 4-5. Rain Date: TBD<o:p></o:p>
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    Saturday, May 4<SUP>th</SUP>, we can meet and start from the initial meet point in Leesburg:<o:p></o:p>
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    Meet Up: Chick-fil-A; 1002 Edwards Ferry Rd NE/Rt773, <st1:place><st1:City>Leesburg</st1:City>, <st1:State>VA.</st1:State></st1:place> This is right off Rt15 at <st1:place><st1:placeName>Battlefield</st1:placeName><st1:placeType>Shopping Center</st1:placeType></st1:place>. Depart at 0900.<o:p></o:p>
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    Departing Leesburg proceed North on Rt 15 to:<o:p></o:p>
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    Potential “quick stop” at <st1:place><st1:City>Fredrick</st1:City>, <st1:State>MD</st1:State></st1:place> (to be used as needed – for any MD and DC riders. If you want the Leesburg folks to stop here…post your “IN” and say you’ll link up at Fredrick). Location: Sheetz; 1600 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD, at RT15 - Exit 14 Rosemont Ave, take ramp at end of exit ramp go right to Sheetz on left 500m. Depart at 0945.<o:p></o:p>
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    Continuing on to <st1:place><st1:City>Thurmont</st1:City>, <st1:State>MD</st1:State></st1:place>, then using Rt.550 to the South end of the MSF, entering at <st1:Street><st1:address>Rattlesnake Run Road</st1:address></st1:Street>. Ride the roads/trails open to MC’s starting at the south end and mosey north for the main part of the day. Rather than hunting for lunch, I think “bring your own” as far as a snack/field lunch/water. <o:p></o:p>
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    In the late afternoon exit the MSF and head to Artillery Ridge Campground at <st1:City><st1:place>Gettysburg</st1:place></st1:City> (about 17 miles) via <st1:Street><st1:address>Rt30/Lincoln Highway</st1:address></st1:Street>. Grab tent or cabin(s) as desired, and hit the town as hard and fast as General Lee did for a good dinner and amusements. Campground FYI: http://www.artilleryridge.com/index.htm<o:p></o:p>
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    I’ll note that there is camping at/in MSF for the primitive folks who wish to skip G/Burg.<o:p></o:p>
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    Sunday AM folks can decide individually what to do and when to do it… return and play the gravel at MSF, tour the Battlefield, check out the town of Gettysburg, or just run for home…<o:p></o:p>

    FYI links:

    ADV thread discussion and photos of Michaux: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632871

    Michaux Map: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/michaux/maps/index.htm

    PA. DNR Site: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/michaux/
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  2. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    Y'all are 10 miles closer to Michaux than me:lol3

    Enjoy.
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  3. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Pending kitchen pass, of course!)

    Good for my share of cabin rental.
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  4. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    Hi Jax!, FAW3 and anyone else interested in all things concerning Michaux State Forest:

    We live six miles from Michaux S.F., this is my 40th year riding there, if we can be of service in any way let us know! Check out Cannonshot's Tent Space Sign-Up Thread/Page 45/Post #668 under Riding/Trip Planning for info on our "Motorcyclist Manor", our half acre of suburbia, it's not the deep woods, but the price is right; IT'S FREE!

    "The Rides Never Long Enough!"

    Jeff (SoPaRider) & Karen (SoPaGuider)

    Trans PA Trailers Of Michaux (TPATOM's)

    '09 DR650SE
    '07 DL650AK7 (wee-strom)
    '96 DR350/441SET
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  5. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Sounds like a hoot!
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    Last time I was there.....20yrs.....ago or so I remember seeing a Totem Pole, a large pink elephant and a round barn !!!!!!! :D
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  8. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    FYI...weather for this weekend (as of Monday 4/29):
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

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  9. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Was just up in G-burg this weekend. They are ramping up for this summer to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War of Northern Agression.

    You guys be safe and have fun!

    VAC
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  10. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Is this ride still on for May 4-5?

    For anyone cming from the south, this is a GREAT way to get to Michaux. Its is very scenic and has some nice dirt bits:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Hawbottom+Rd&daddr=39.4874461,-77.507703+to:39.5536681,-77.4819624+to:39.6135839,-77.5004277+to:Rattlesnake+Run+Road,+Blue+Ridge+Summit,+PA&hl=en&sll=39.479334,-77.491636&sspn=0.059491,0.084887&geocode=FUNUWgId5FJh-w%3BFdaHWgIdiVNh-ymzijCfI8PJiTEkWrQ9aAgXbA%3BFYSKWwIdFrhh-ynLiKSBUMHJiTEJt5B5Inarcw%3BFY90XAId9W9h-yl9QTOClsDJiTHnMcXG_g_8MA%3BFUDoXgIdNcVh-ykjUhSKl7zJiTE9AKqyzRKNyA&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=14&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=14

    Or, here is a very scenic route from the Sheetz Station on Rosemont that you mentioned, pretty much the same, but it goes from the Sheetz:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...KNyA&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=12

    (I'm not trying to thread hijack or change your ride route... just sharing some info since im a local)

    Anyway, whats the paln, I want in?! I havent seen anyone post that they ae IN... so I'm just wondering if this ride is still on?
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  11. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Yes, the ride is on and the weather looks great!

    I have heard too much good stuff about this area...I want to explore it now before I make more extensive riding plans for Summer. The focus for me is just an initial exploration/orientation to MSF...sticking to the gravel forest roads and any maintained trails open to MC's...not trying to make the KLR into a billygoat or an an oil stain on a big rock. All in all...a fairly easy ride for anyone...and if it stays dry as forcasted...most DS bikes/V-Strom would be capable even with moderate street tires.

    We have 2 KLR'ers for sure, and one more on the fence still sort of thinking about it...starting from the Cracker Barrel restaurant located at RT234 near Rt66 at 08:30...then we shoot up Rt15.

    No "IN" posters at this time to pick up at Leesburg or Fredrick...if anyone wants to join up...great...please let us know so we don't pass you by.

    Two more riders will be joining us at the MSF south end on Rattlesnake Road at Menzer Gap Road (they live near MSF) around 10:30'ish. If anyone wants to meet at MSF...this would be the best spot as we already have folks doing that. Meetings like this can be affected by a range of factors. If you wish to meet at MSF...I suggest a PM to exchange cell phone numbers - in case of delays/or issues arise. Otherwise...post IN and we will do the Leesburg and/or Fredrick stops as needed.

    As to your route...that looks great...might try it on the way back to vary the scene! On the way up...I just want to haul it direct/quick.

    Frank
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  12. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    Frank:

    Modern medicine has saved the day for me yet again, seems I'm cured of whatever it was I had. I'll be working around the house today (Saturday), but I'm planning on heading to Michaux early Sunday morning, if you or any of your riding crew are up for another day of riding in and or around Michaux on Sunday contact me (Frank has my contact info), otherwise PM me here.

    Have a great day in Michaux,

    Jeff (SoPaRider)

    '96 DR350/441SET (It's mostly white with a purple frame, you can't miss it!):lol3
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  13. WayneJ

    WayneJ Get Off My Lawn

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    SoPaRider.
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  14. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting the picture Wayne, that was one of my all time favorite rides!

    Jeff (SoPaRider)
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  15. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    We (FAW3 & XDragRacer) had a nice ride up and explored the Michaux/Gettysburg area as planned.

    Mike (an newer ADV'er) and his son met us and the 4 of us had a great tour of MSF...a similar gravel forest road experience as in Shenandoah/GWNF - but with more interior cut offs and route choices. All roads open to MC's would be fine for semi-adventure bikes...this is easy/light moderate riding. Heading North past/at Thurmont there are several roadways coming off RT15 that offer great pavement riding...hills, curves and great views on the way to/from MSF.

    In brief I would say that the attraction to the general MSF area are the great forest roads, great camping (in MSF and several parks nearby), as well as having G/Burg is so nearby with it's sights/restaurants/hotels/battlefield/campgrounds.

    Good food mention: Lincoln Diner in G/burg & Leesburg Restaurant (center of old town on 15B). No campstoves for us!

    Jim was the photo guy this run and I'll let him post up his photos and any interesting tales from his perspective!

    Thanks for the company Jim & thanks to Mike and Ryan for our tour of MSF!

    SoPaRider, sorry we could'nt meet up for Sunday...thanks for the information you provided!!! We will be back!
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  16. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Special thanks to FAW3 for setting up the ride, and for local guides Mike and Ryan.

    Michaux State Forest is HUGE; and, as mentioned, has TONS of well-maintained dirt and gravel roads, like the one shown here as Team KLR launches into the forest:

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    Lunch break at a reservoir (From left, Ryan, Frank, Mike):

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    Frank at the Pennsylvania Memorial on Gettysburg National Battlefield; Union soldier re-enactors' campsite in background:

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    Frank stands 1600 feet away from the high water mark of the Confederacy, the limits of Pickett's Charge.

    Delightful weather, gorgeous scenery, excellent trails, and . . . splendid accommodations at Artillery Ridge Campground.

    Oh, grateful for the opportunity to report personally on a minor incident: Returning, heading south on Route 15 at speed limit past Oatlands, a deer decided to become intimately acquainted with my KLR250.

    While I'll need to replace an item or two of clothing, I'm unhurt, not even road rash (thanks to ATGATT). The bike will need a replacement part or two, but was rideable home.

    I'd caution, "Mind the deer!" but, all witnesses (including myself) agree; nothing I could have done would have prevented the collision. Hate to send an animal off like that, but . . . one less excess deer from the Loudoun County herd.

    An early concern, "What will I tell my wife (she's concerned about my safety, motorcycling)?"

    Since we had spent the night among the horses of the equine set frequenting Artillery Ridge, Frank suggested: "Tell her a HORSE ate your jacket!"

    Honesty prevailed, and--I look forward to returning to Michaux.

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    Must add, wish I could thank personally the "good Samaritans" who stopped to give aid and assistance, as well as the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department and Fire & Rescue first-responders; highly proficient and professional in their support.
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