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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JaxObsessed, Oct 29, 2010.
Saw mention of waynesboro @ 10:00, that works. So would Blue Ridge Summit?
If I can get my PA licensing sorted in time, I would try to do the 10/27 ride. I just moved from Maryland to like two miles from Caledonia and ride Michaux all the time.
Rode from East Berlin PA. today through Michaux via rt 233. I only saw one Duel Sports bike, that was a red one with a pillon rider, don't know what kind it was. Temp. was 51 degrees and sunny, nice day to ride. Hope to be there tomorrow.
It don't look like this weekend will be the colorful one. I am on the ridge 20 miles North of Michaux and there is some color, but mostly green. My neighbors said Friday night they had a freeze so the leaves might turn quick.
Tomorrow we head out towards Raystown Lake, maybe some better color over that way.
Get well Soon Denny
I'd suggested meeting at the McDonalds in Waynsboro and riding north. Ride out at 10:00. Though I'm open to other places, as McDonalds isn't the epitome of good food.
There was a suggestion for meeting somewhere midway up Michaux instead. I asked why that would be better, as it seems to me we would be doubling back on ourselves. Got no answer or reply to the question.
As it stands now, I'll be at the McDondalds in Waynsboro some time after 9:00 on both days. I'll be on a red Honda XL500s. I'll either ride it there, or truck it if I have to. I'll try to have the route loaded into my DeLorme GPS, and have it on the bike. But I'll confess, I don't know several of the 5 recommended stops, so if someone else knows the route, take the lead.
Here's a possible route I put together. Note: since google maps gets funky with driving direcions, these are for bicycling. The actual ROUND trip is about 100 miles so it should take about 4-5 hours max.
This is assuming we meet at Waynesboro, head north to Mt Holly Springs, and return South to Waynesboro. I'm cool with nearly any variation of this.
Views @ Waypoints:
- B : Dark Hollow
- C : Hammond's Rocks
- E : Spruce Run
- F : Buzzard's Rocks
- G : Snowy Mountain
- H : Valley View
First two on the way up, remaining four on the way down. Figured this would give the best views with sunlight, of course if the weather is crap, we could just stop once and use the same photo for all views...
...for sharing the TPAT files. Did a few chunks of it this weekend up from Northern VA. Swung by Carlisle to find my old house where this happened over 30 years ago!
Some more random shots, thanks again for sharing!
I wish more people would ride it.
Included in that zip file was SoPaRiders best of Michaux routes 12, 13 and 15.
I never got the bike out today. Weather forecast showed It was raining down at Michaux (and I got an almost bald tire). I had some other things that needed to get done, so I did them.
Great post! Love the ol KX and that you are sporting Puma Clyde's. Excellent pix of Michaux!
NICE! Wish I lived closer.
I as well aim hoping to make it on 10/20 with the 10/27 as a back up
If I can get this upgraded stator in the bike I should be good to go on sat
Looks like i will also be back on the 20th, but riding 2 up with my Wife, so I will probably forgo the group ride because I got to keep it "slow and steady" with the wife on back (hay, she kind of new to riding). But if you see a bright green/orange jacket on a White F800, waive and I will try to stop and meet you guys.
I may be riding alone too as I am pretty new to dirt and not comfortable on the gravel at higher speeds. I was considering riding to Michaux but they are calling for some rain in my area on Saturday. If the weather is questionable I will trailer my bike and look for some parking there.
Kathik and TowPro, please do consider coming anyhow. The dirt roads of Michaux are almost groomed, they are so easy to ride. I drove a lowered Miata through it all from Mt Holly Springs to Waynesborro on Ridge Rd. The north end is rougher, but hey, I drove a Miata through it!
As for speed, I'm going for a ride to look at pretty colors and such, not a race. The speed limits are pretty low in the park anyhow, and I don't feel like collecting tickets. If some speed demons take off and leave me (us) in a cloud of dust, so be it.
The idea is a scenic ride, not a race. With some destinations along the route that folk have said are worth stopping at to admire.
+1 to everything foxtrapper said!
I'll just add that there's really only one spot that had deep gravel in the southern half of Michaux, and that's around Snowy Mountain Rd.
From my experience with group rides on the street, EVERYONE RIDES THEIR OWN PACE. Then wait for everyone to regroup at each intersection (and/or view in this case) and ride on.
All right Lupin, I'm following you. My paper map of Michaux show one set of roads, my DeLorme mapping software a different set of roads, Google maps yet another bunch or roads, and my Tomtom doesn't think there are any roads. I'm giving up trying to put a route into a GPS.
I'll bring my GPS and my paper map of the park, just for giggles. I hope you know where the scenic stops are, I pretty much don't.
I like your loop ride plan. That works much better for folk who truck their bike in. I might have to do that myself. Besides, I've got to be home before dark on the 20th, for my sons Halloween party.
Here is a link to a Zip file that has some some GPX files in it. This is the complete Trans PA Trail, but you will also find 3 files named Route 12, 13 and 15 in there. They are SoPaRiders "best of Michaux" routes.
I was looking at 12 13 15 yesterday. Thanks for putting them into a gps file, Will!!!!! Jeff is THE MAN, and his attention to detail is incredible.
Maybe JaxWife and I will be up leaf peeping on Sunday. We will be sticking to the road mostly. Depends on several things falling into place.
I rode nearly all of the unpaved roads that run through Michaux S.F. in both directions on the Wednesday the 10th, Thursday the 11th and Tuesday the 16th of October, 558.5 miles worth, including the paved connector roads! Other than fresh limestone that was being put down as I was flagged by the dump trucks and grader on Woodrow Road between Ridge Road and PA Route 233 (Pine Grove Road) on the 11th, which by the way wasn't alot of fun going down hill (east), but wasn't nearly as bad going up hill (west), sort of like riding in deep snow, the rest of the roads (other than a mile long section of Biesecker Gap Road that is!) are in the best condition I've ever seem them in, just why this is remains to be seen? I ran into a few hunters North of U.S. 30 on the 10th and 11th, even saw a few deer and dozens of turkeys, squirrels and chipmunks, but that wasn't the case south of U.S. 30, as there were dozens of hunters and their vehicles on every unpaved road in the forest, what was interesting was that I didn't see any animals, of any type, south of U.S. Route 30!? What I did see and got were alot of bad looks from several of the hunters and even a verbal blast from one of them as he drove by me in his maroon, super clean jeep, that probably doesn't see dirt roads much on Rattlesnake Run Road. Keep in mind that the number of hunters and their vehicles will increase to the hundreds on Saturday and you can expect to run up on them on a regular basis, most will wave you past, others who don't think you have the right to be there, will do there best keep you behind them, plus you'll need to pay extra attention to oncoming vehicles as well, seeing as the roads aren't that wide and many vehicles I passed didn't mind taking their fair share of the road and more in some cases. If you google the PA Game Commission website and click on the 2012-13 Seasons & Bag Limits page, you'll find there will be open hunting seasons of one type or another through Saturday February 23rd, take note that Piney Mountain Ridge Road will be gated soon after the last day of antlered deer season on Sunday December 8th and won't reopened until Friday May 24th, 2013. Also note that the Pine Grove Furnace State Park Fall Festival (www.pinegrovefriends.org) will take place on Saturday the 20th (11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.) and Sunday the 21st (Noon-5:00 P.M.) of October and the 10th Annual Michaux Team Challenge (MTeC), run, bike and paddle, will take place on Sunday October 28th, in and around Long Pine Run Reservoir on Milesburn Road. I plan to limit my rides through Michaux to Sunday's until after December 8th, I ride in Michaux to get away from the day to day rat race and normally I can ride there any day of the week and rarely see anyone else, that all changes in the fall once hunting season opens.
Rode from E. Berlin to Michaux today but my routes are limited to paved roads, but that's OK, there are some really nice riding in and Around the Forest. I did ride up to the old Michaux POW camp and saw the remains of the old barn, didn't walk around much, everything is pretty overgrown. Is the Bendersville road gravel or paved? Anyone know?
I don't get preachy, but I'll make this exception.
Hunters are exactly the folks who have the largest lobby in the state .... :huh Pretty depressing actually. They really think we don't belong there period, because we scare the wildlife...... Which... I'll give them, but more than marginally less than fucking shooting at them. It's probably best to avoid them altogether, as Jeff suggests. I do. Another reason to avoid them is that they are in there stomping around shooting and spooking the crap out of the deer which makes them act differently than normal... ie being on the move during the light of day, crossing roads and running for their lives in broad daylight.
Another point of caution is the horsey crowd.
PLEASE respect the space of horses!! They are skidish and hate motorized vehicles, especially little loud ones. Approach very slowly, as far away from them as you can be safe, making as little sound and movement as you can. These folks also have a huge lobby and many think we don't belong there either.
Both of these groups have been successful in banning bikes in other areas, so lets be good stewards of the riding we have left.