Pennsylvania: the parts that don't suck. Random day rides on a KLR..

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by ddavidv, May 27, 2012.

  1. GP MX Fan

    GP MX Fan Adventurer

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    Great pics and storytelliing. Takes me back to the two years I spent in New Cumberland courtesy of the Army, combined with more than my share of backroads chasing vintage MX bikes and playing tourist.
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  2. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    I was out riding today sans GoPro. Frankly, it was too hot/humid to do a lot of picture taking, and the ones I did take frankly sucked. But, while riding up through Millville, in town what runs across the road in front of me? Weirder than weird, I turn off onto a side street and attempt to intercept. First time I spot it is really close, but I can't get the damn camera out of my pocket. I ride ahead of it's trajectory, and eventually get this shot that I know will be as disappointing as it is:
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    A figure his next point of appearance, and do much better:
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    This happens in pretty much the center of town a 11:30am. People are out mowing their lawns, washing their cars, walking home with the kids after church...it was just a surreal wildlife sighting. But, it makes up for not getting a photo of the big-ass wild turkey I saw later.

    So that's my latest lame update to convince you to Ride PA. Come on over; we have wildlife aplenty and it's pretty much everywhere! :D
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  3. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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    Cool pic's, especially the bear. I live just north of Sullivan Co in a very rural part of PA. I ride a KTM 690 in some of the areas you've posted. Maybe one of these days I'll bump into you out there.
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  4. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    If you read back to my old threads, my folks used to have a place just north of Shunk on 154. That's the area I used to illegally ride Dad's CT90 for hours, and learned my gravel riding skills. I have lots of fond memories from there, and still remember where a good portion of the roads actually go.

    I'd love to spend a weekend riding my old stomping grounds, but free time is so elusive. I'd love to come up and pick huckleberries in the game lands just north of there. We did that quite a few times.

    My original idea when I left yesterday morning was to head to Forksville and World's End S.P. but left too late to make that happen so just wandered aimlessly not much further north than Millville.
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  5. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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    My wife and I just went camping not too far from Shunk two weeks ago. I can't wait to get back there on my bike. There were some awesome "roads" through the the Loyalsock state forest around Bear Wallow Pond. Because my wife and German Shepherd were with me, we took my truck instead of my bike, but it was still an adventure.

    After traveling several miles to what turned into Dry Run Rd, I was starting to wonder why it looked like these roads hadn't been driven on in years. I found out when we came to a bridge that must have been washed out during tropical storm Lee in 2011. I thought it was the end of the road until we realized that someone had created a trail through the creek nearby. It was 28" deep at the deepest where we crossed, but it had just rained heavily some I'd imagine it's shallower now. After we made it through the creek, the road went for another 2-3 miles and got pretty rough until we came to another washed out bridge which there was no way around (much more severe washout than the first bridge). Because my truck is really wide, there were a few narrow washed out road sections with pretty high pucker factor.

    I know it's not a typical ADV ride, but since it's your old neighborhood and I took some pic's, I figured I'd post them below:
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    I had to fold both mirrors in through this stretch, even still I only had a few inches clearance between the cliff and the creek.
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    Finally, back to the campsite:
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  6. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    Hmmm...I know I've ridden that road, but the bridges aren't turning up in my memory. Heck, it's only been 15 years. :lol3 Most of my riding was to the north of Shunk as there were few, or no, paved roads I encountered after leaving our place. I'll file this info away should I ever get back there.
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