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

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

  1. GP MX Fan

    GP MX Fan Been here awhile

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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

    Edit 8/16: sorry for the broken picture links. Not sure where they went. What I saw was a black bear running right through the middle of town!
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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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  7. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    He's baaaaaack.
    Okay, so it is no longer trips on a KLR. Now its a Triumph Tiger but that won't change the fact that I'm still in PA and doing my best to like it. :lol3
    I just got the Tiger two weeks ago and wanted to spend a good solid day on it to see if it really is the all-day, gravel capable, long trip bike I thought I bought.
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    Used, 26k miles and fully farkled!
    I wanted to find some dirt. I know where to find some close by but I wanted new dirt that I had not been on before. Bald Eagle State Forest is actually several individual plots of land. Generally, anything with 'state' and 'forest' or 'game lands' is a good indicator there will be dirt roads. My first task was to get out of suburbia where I live and head north. I rode up 22/322 to just north of Lewistown and got off at Milroy. I followed some signs for Reeds Gap State Park. Well, that wasn't brilliant. I forget that state parks mean camping, families, conveniences and aren't really a place to ride motorcycle. I passed it and finally came upon a dirt road, Red Ridge Road. This climbed the mountain and was easy enough any bike could do it. Obligatory overlook photo:
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    Not being challenged, I was happy to come across this sign announcing something hopefully more technical to see how the big ol' Tiger did on rougher stuff.
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    Though not terrible it did require some bolder dodging here and there and was obviously not used much. I stopped partway through when a doe stood stoically in the road maybe six yards in front of me. I remained motionless (hence no photo) and we had a staring contest for a good 30 seconds before she elected to bound off into the woods. Having previously ridden a KLR I assume she was mesmerized by the studly beauty of my Triumph Tiger. :evil
    A short distance away I come across that device which makes motorcyclists everywhere curse with rage inside their helmets:
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    Why the fuck can't they post a sign at the entrance to the road that says it is a dead end? There were 'No Trespassing' signs everywhere around it so the land is obviously privately owned. Grrrrr.
    Anyhow, this is what the 'Driveable Trail' looked like; pretty sweet:
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    I left this portion of the BESF and ambled aimlessly, mostly on paved roads. I was surprised there weren't more dirt roads where I traveled but maybe I was just unlucky? Still, not a bad day.
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    Eventually I did find another chunk of the BESF and another gravel road. Found another overlook, this one named for some dude.
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    That is all I took for photos today but I spent probably seven hours astride the Triumph and am pleased with how it works. Much happier with it than my Wee Strom that replaced the fun but tiring KLR. More to come!
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  8. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Looks like a farm in Penns Valley east of Aaronsburg?
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  9. Bbbent

    Bbbent Been here awhile

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    Two notes on your excellent RR.

    First, you got what you might have wanted. Now you can buy beer in the grocery store.

    Second, if you ever pass this spot you'll be at my childhood home. Not that it means anything, and I haven't lived there since I graduated from Mansfield in '87. But it makes many of the spots I see in your RR more personal for me, so thanks for that.
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  10. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    @scootac though I have frequently ridden to Millheim I don't believe I was that close to Aaronsburg yesterday. Though I could be wrong; I was flying sans GPS and just taking roads that looked interesting.

    @Bbbent it would not surprise me if I have ridden? rode? past your home at some point, though I kinda doubt it. I haven't spent much time up in that area yet. South of there and west, yes.

    I'm at the point where every time I think I'm scouring new areas I wind up riding through or into some place I've already been. I need to travel further afield and having a bike that is comfortable enough to do that should help the endeavor. I also have not chronicled much of my usual rides (often just 3-4 hours) that are closer to home.
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  11. Nurse Ratched

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    I enjoyed "catching up" via your thread since I am relatively new to ADVworld. And I am still committed to a lowly KLR I bought this past winter.

    You've inspired me to perhaps post some of what most would consider sad and mundane day trips, in which I get up the nerve to ride the KLR to a unique and rustic place like an out of town Arby's.

    Since I usually sleep in most days, and can't seem to manage to hit the road before noon, my lunchtime is often around 3:00pm or so. The gastrointestinal consequences of dining on left-overs from the "normal" lunch hour should provide sufficient entertainment.

    I'm in and inspired.
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  12. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    @Nurse Ratched I've always believed KLR owners have the best sense of humor. We have to or riding on that hard plank of a seat for more than an hour would drive us insane.

    I also suffer from the "best intentions of leaving early but actually depart several hours later" trait. However, I have found that some of the most enjoyable riding can be had between sunup and 8-9am. So little traffic and cooler temps in the summer make it worth the effort. I take a nice nap when I get home.

    Most of my trips are not pre-planned mostly because DeLorme's mapping program for my GPS sucks ass. I'll stare at a map the night before, pick a region that looks like it may be promising and just go there and meander. Some days I strike paydirt and other days its just okay but rarely do I have a 'bad' day of exploring.

    ETA: There is nice stuff in PA but damn...I'd happily swap places with you in NC!
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  13. chudzikb

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    My friend and I would love to pick your brain for routes over a beer? One of those new places in Etown, mooduck or Funcks? I'll even buy.
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  14. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    Was just at MooDuck on Saturday. :) Shoot me a PM and we can do that.
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  15. chudzikb

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    On it..
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  16. Nurse Ratched

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    "ETA: There is nice stuff in PA but damn...I'd happily swap places with you in NC!"

    It's been a sweltering summer here in NC. Too damn hot to ride. If you were to have swapped places with me, you would have had the opportunity to "winterize" your bike this summer.
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