Photos from Michaux SF Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by JaxObsessed, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    Super cool Lupin 3rd! Several others and myself are working on a project that will show all of the unpaved roads located in southcentral PA. I'm currently riding through all 15 townships in Franklin County in search of the few remaining non-state forest roads that haven't been paved over in the last couple decades, there aren't many left. We'll then attempt to link them to the unpaved roads in our three state forests; Michaux, Tuscarora and Buchanan. If anyone else would like to help us locate the last remaining unpaved non-state forest roads remainng in southcentral PA, please chime in!

    About to head out the door to check the road conditions in Michaux and do some dirt road searching in the southeastern portion of Franklin County on my DR.:D

    JC
  2. Lupin 3rd

    Lupin 3rd Raygun Gothic

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    Thanks, but I can't take credit for the Nova maps, I just used the force ... :wink:

    South PA is a bit of a hike for me but let me know if you feel like exploring around Frederick, there's some nice roads around there: here's a few I found.
  3. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Sounds like a plan! I'm concentrating on Cumberland County, and working in Basecamp.

    Fred
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  4. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Are you an advanced users and know how to add image files into basecamp with stuff like mapsettoolkit?
  5. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    It would sure be great if there were hi-lighted maps showing all of the dirt roads in PA, like the ones Lupin 3rd posted links to in VA and MD. Still it's been a blast looking for the last remaining unpaved non-forest roads in Franklin County while the mountain roads are frozen over, by spring I should have ridden on every township road in the county and I'll know where the last remaining dirt roads are first hand!:evil

    JC
  6. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    The only unpaved forest roads I found this afternoon entering Michaux that weren't solid ice, were Irishtown Road and part of Kettle Springs Road off of PA Rt. 997 South, due to the dump trucks that haul sand in and out from Mount Cydonia and a short section of Rattlesnake Run Road running north off of Mentzer Gap Road. Perhaps exploring some dirt roads in MD, VA or WV on Saturday would be a better bet Jack!

    JC
  7. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    Hmmmmm sounds familiar......:lol3

    Back when Rattlesnake had a sign. :deal Looked just great just off Mentzer Gap......

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    All fun and games til you can't stop on the slightest grade.

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  8. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Sorry if this is too off topic, but how do you create maps like these?

    I would love to make maps of all the dirt roads in western MD and southern PA. I have a lot of them mapped out the old school way... paper map and highlighter, but I would love to make them digital and share them on the forum... so, how do you do it in google maps? Thanks!
  9. Dynamick

    Dynamick Flying Monkey

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  10. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    And what's the method to convert the Google maps to a Basecamp database, so that local dirt roads are always a couple clicks away in the Zumo?

    I ask because I'm lazy. :D

    Fred
  11. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Are you suggesting that you don't carry a bucket of sand and a shovel?!

    Fred
  12. Dynamick

    Dynamick Flying Monkey

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    Garmin-Pros and Garmin-Niti-Witts, like myself :huh(i can navigate home) should get together for a tech-day. I write this only because I have everything to gain :thumb

    I say this because I am lazy... That and I learn nothing from those little "help" boxes.
  13. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    I sure hope we can find a computer geek that rides, it would be great to have all of the unpaved roads in the entire state, not to mention the entire country available via GPS, etc, but I'm old school enough to be happy having a paper map, either township or county map, that I can plan rides with and then take it along with me!

    I'd had previouly done searches for up to date versions of the PA State Type 10 maps like the 1991 paper ones I have, but I could never find a website or source, until a few minutes ago. This site has the Type 10 and Type 5 Boro And Township maps I've been using, along with 15 other types, here ya go;

    http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/Bureaus/pdPlanRes.nsf/infoBPRCartoMapsinPDFand DJVU

    FredRydr If I still felt the need to continue riding on the ice covered forest roads, I have three quart jars full of ice screws from when I did just that back in the 70's and 80's, I installed them in knobbies by hand with a nut driver and super glue, they worked great on the ice, but they didn't work as well on the paved roads commuting to work, if you got a little throttle happy, they would throw off sparks and it wasn't unual to leave a few screws laying in the road behind you.:lol3

    JC
  14. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    The Type 10 maps are county maps by the way! JC
  15. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    :wave

    I have maps of most of PA stone roads, not including anything owned by state forest people.
    I have it in Basecamp, Delorme Topo and as an overlay on both my Montana and PN40.

    But I did it over 1 year ago, and can't really recall how I did it :(.
  16. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Are you willing to share? I'll compare it to what I've got to date. I've PMed you with my email address.

    No use reinventing the wheel, as fun as that might be.

    Fred
  17. LoneStrom

    LoneStrom Been here awhile

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    I have a bunch of tracks for Md and Va as well. Working on the routes that SoPaRider put together for Michaux. I agree that it would be nice to get a master map of the region together.

    dualsportmaps.com is really good for these kinds of things. Easy to export to basecamp, google earth, etc.
  18. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    When you say "working on SoPaRiders routes", are you trying to convert them from paper to GPS?
    you will find several of them already done in the zip file below (and as a bonus, you get all 5 days of the Trans PA Trail) :D

    w3wjr.rosenberry.us/tpat.zip
  19. LoneStrom

    LoneStrom Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that! I had started off with his routes, drawing them in on the computer just like you mention. Having done one, I think the better approach is to just go out and ride them and lay down a track!

    Mike
  20. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    but nothing will duplicate the meticulous effort Jeff has put into his paper maps. Stuff like the Points of Intrest showing restraunts, bike shops, gas stations can't be duplicated very easy when converting it to electronic.