Road to Fermentation - Jobless and on the move

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mr. Ray, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    I have started a blog http://www.roadtofermentation.blogspot.com

    I am going to be riding around the US trying to do free labor for breweries and writing about it. I guess we'll see where this leads.

    I will be posting my riding and travel pictures in this ride report. The trip should be about 6 weeks long (give or take). I am in Central, PA now. I am going riding today. There will be pictures coming soon.

    Stay tuned.....
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  2. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    Sounds like fun! Was just sitting here wishing I had some time for an adventure (not this week!) so I'll lock into yours and that crazy kid riding across the U.S. on a Honda 70
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  3. Archimedes

    Archimedes Adventure Researcher

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    Totally awesome! Whats your technical profession, Brewmaster?:1drink
    I'm in...:lurk
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  4. Scoutman

    Scoutman To The Far Blue Mountains

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    Sweet! Looking forward to this one. Seems many of us enjoy brewing and bikes.:beer
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  5. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    I have been a brewer for about 10 years. It has been my profession for 7 of those years. I will be a brewer for the remainder of my life.

    Today was great! I went for a nice 150 mile ride around the Pine Creek Valley,wound up in Mansfield at a Brewery I have never heard of, and I met some new friends.

    Here's where it started.
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    that's my Mom's house. Notice the dueling cocks and the christmas lights! Classy. In my topcase you will see my dry bag. I brought that so I could fit any overflow in there and put it on the pillion. I am trying to keep it super small though.
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    another shot of the view from the front yard. These mountains are etched in my memory and I always feel very peaceful when I finally see them from the front porch of my house.

    From here I blast down the river road to see if the Green "Silver Bridge" has been replaced.

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    It's back! The construction workers assured me I could once again launch off the far end @70mph on or about the 1st of November. That is fantastic news. This bridge has been down since 2008. The bridge was taken apart to be reconditioned or duplicated :huh I'm not sure which. It was supposed to be back together in 09'. That didn't happen because parts were lost! Not sure of the validity of this story as a local person told me what I am relaying here. It seems logical.
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  6. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    From here I went on this ride

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    I am not sure if that shows the ride. I ended up having a nice time though. I headed into Tiadaghton State Forest via route 44 and 414.
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    I checked out the new headquarters. It is pretty amazing and has a nice vies from the deck
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    [​IMG] On the way back out again. Nice job on adding the wide, race track style twisties PAfish&game!
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  7. Mr. Ray

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    I turned left out of the above road back onto Route 44N where I saw some bridge outage signs. You're supposed to go around those right? :wink:

    I wanted to investigate and I thought it would be ok.

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    I didn't want to be any more disrespectful than was absolutely necessary so i stayed out of the way. It looks like the bridges in the area are being upgraded to allow the Truck traffic created by the fracture drilling and the gas pipeline trucks (that run heavy and fast) to continue safe use of the PA road system.

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    Some debris from the bridge work as I ride past. Below you will see a moving shot of the Bridge Out sign.

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    From here I headed up 414 through Jersey Mills and Cammal. Then onto picturesque Slate Run to the Manor Hotel or Hotel Manor. It burned to the ground in 04' but it is back and better than ever.

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    and down Slate Run.
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    It turns out that of the 200 or so times I have been here I never realized it was on an historic site.

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    Inside is beautiful and it proved a little too much for me to capture.

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    I am going to try to do two additional things on this trip.

    a.) eat more salads and less road garbage.
    b.) have a motorcycle trip that does not involve 12 or more cigarettes a day. For some reason I can avoid smoking heavily in most situations but riding lends itself to smoking, or is it the other way around. Whatever it is they go well together.

    I had a terrific lunch.

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    It was a little more than I would have liked to spend but the bonus was meeting J. The server there who seemed to be steeped in knowledge on the PA and Southern Tier of NY. She is a gem and if you ever find yourself here at the Hotel Manor you need to talk to her. I didn't want to ask her for a picture. Sorry.
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  8. Mr. Ray

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    As I was eating my lunch J. gave me a list of places I should check out. One place she was adamant about was Yorkholo Brewing Company in Mansfield, PA.

    I decided when I left I would head there somewhat directly.

    There was a pretty doe on the way

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    She actually allowed me to dismount my bike, grab my camera from my top case and snap off several photos of her before she escaped 200 yards down the road and in front of me as I was riding :eek1.

    Thanks lady.

    A touch of ghostriding for the day
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    Next stop Yorkholo

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    This place was started 6.5 months ago! They make nice clean beer and there will be more details tomorrow after I get back from working there for the day.

    I finished the day at my Mom's house with these

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    Tomorrow let's learn where this goes........

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  9. acejones

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    Come on down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and check out Lazy Magnolia Brewery.
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  10. OaklandLion

    OaklandLion Been here awhile

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    I love beer!

    I'm in!
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  11. Skinny Moose

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    Hope it works out for you. I too am a brewer (about eight years now) but I just brew in my garage. Doing it professionally would be awesome though.:evil
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  12. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    Check the blog link for a beer related update.

    I do have some pics to add here.


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    One creepy sign on my ride.

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  13. Mr. Ray

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    I promised you all a follow up to that and before bed I will post some of what I learned today.

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    It leads downstairs to the cellar of the brewery. That's Jarrod next to the 120 gallon capacity hot water heater. He uses it to make the magic happen in is 3Bbl brewhouse.

    Notice the LOW ceilings.

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    Also take note of the tall brewer. That makes for some challenges for sure.
    Such as the need to remove the vessel tops for cleaning.

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    Oh look how pretty the beer is honey!

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    Jarrod is trying to get a little wild with some home grown elderberries and apples. The idea is to eventually cultivate something from the wild yeasts at work here.

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    In order to fill a Brite Beer Tank you must first clean and then sanitize that tank. Jarrod shows us a part of that process.

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    I had to eat a local grass-fed burger or my sanity would have been called into question. Right? I paired it with a nice Yorkholo Summer brew that used coriander and lemongrass as a late boil addition.

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    It turns out the advent of electricity is a celebrated thing here. Actually, jokes aside there is an 1890's fest in Mansfield each year to celebrate the first ever football game to be played under lights! I think that's a worthy cause for a festival.

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    this plaque was across the road from the brewery.

    I am posting from this little monster I recieved in the mail last night.
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    It is pretty cool but a touch slow. I think I will upgrade the memory and be all set on that front. It is an ASUS Eee series 1015 I think. If anyone has any info they need to share on it pm me and make my day.

    More tomorrow.
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  14. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto

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    Awesome! I love the theme. (Hack homebrewer myself)

    :freaky

    I'm gonna enjoy this RR, and promise to enjoy a Stone IPA while reading next time.

    Subscribed.
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  15. 21zulu

    21zulu not all there

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    Ray, you suck!!!! I'm jealous man! You deserve every bit of this ride, so enjoy man. Looking forward to daily check-in's here. :1drink
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  16. rhicks

    rhicks Been here awhile

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    1015PN, it's a tad slow but overall great machine. Really easy to put another 1gb stick in and does make a difference. It's about $25. Hard drive... don't bother trying to upgrade unless you have a lot of patience. Stick with external USB hard drives. You can also use it as a heater when your left leg gets cold.
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  17. Mr. Ray

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    Today (aug 24th) I hit the Elk Creek Cafe and Ale Works in Millheim, PA. It is located along Route 45 just outside State College, PA (Penn State).

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    Not only the location and the atmosphere, but the brewer: Tim Yarrington, was a kindred spirit. Tim is a real jack of all trades and master of many. He is a man striving for balance and his amazing beers showcase his ideals in a way few people are ever able to achieve.

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    Above is Tim enjoying weighing out hops and ranting to me about the glory of a tenuous situation. His points were very timely for me and I am sure he was actively trying to assure me that everything was going to work out. He's a real class act. If you find yourself in his vicinity make an effort to seek him out.
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    Above is one more runoff in a series of runoffs. No matter how much a good brewer makes you always want more. That's why this is happening every day across the globe. Give thanks for life giving Wort. Give thanks for hungry yeast who consume the sugars created after this process (and boil/knock out/cooling and aeration :lol3).

    This is the finished product.

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    On a small scale. I'm on a fully loaded bike and I don't want to ride fully loaded. Tim's theory is based balance and calling back to the human animal synapses with his beer. Always keeping in mind that balance is for man, he strives to create "craft beers for the common man." I tasted in each of these the essence of what he is trying to convey with his art form.

    Cheers to Tim Yarrington and Eli of Elk Creek Cafe and Ale House.

    Now let's hit some roads.
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  18. Mr. Ray

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    After Tim's place (where I was in the way) I had a few hours to kill in my favorite section of my home state (the 144,120 Susquehanna valley area) so I rode out on 45. I noticed this chill Mural on Elk Creek as I was leaving.

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    It is a result of a local artists local knowledge. It is also there because the owners and investors of Elk Creek want to support local artists (and all things local). This is something PA, and all of rural America need more of, instead of constantly giving their hard earned money to wal mart, cisco, and other conglomerates......rant off.


    From there I made a bee line for route 144 N. But first I stopped and saw Centre Cycle Works in Bellefonte.

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    The guy who owns this place is trying to run a performance bike shop. He is a real racing enthusiast and a die hard clublevel racer. It turns out most of what he does is cruiser servicing and that's BS! Sure I know it pays the bills but please, if you're a like minded rider in the area, take your bike to him. You will meet a friend and he will take care of you. He told me his name, but I am terrible with those things so I forgot.

    From CCW I went to PA 144N. I have been trying to steer people on this site asking for CPA roads of interest to this road since becoming a member (whenever?) and no one ever commments on how great it is. This leads me to believe that a.) I am fucked in the head. or b.) youall are :D

    My pics don't really do it justice but thers is a titty bar up there somewheres so if that doesn't get you there motorcycles are every bit as ghey as I think they are.

    First some of CCw's bikes.

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    Sick honda rs250.
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    another view. I was trying something that didn't work as well as I wanted it to.


    A nice Superhawk/Duc/CBR cafecombo.

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    Get Wings!
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    After that I head off for 144.

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    Which wilds would you head for? I know my path.

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    this club is on top of a mountain. It is at lease 25 miles from what most would call a town. I is also 100 yards behind the picture of my bike. Amateur night is Thu. I didn't wait that long.....

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    [​IMG]I had to stop and try to see something along the way. Usually I just get wrapped up in the rush and skip it all. Unfortunately the view was obscured by summer foliage. I got some butterflies as a consolation prize.

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    after that the next lookout appealed to me so I turned around to see it.

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    The best lookout over the Susquehanna in Lock Haven is the Stadium at the university. The next best one comes 10 miles outside of town.

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    And when they say falling rock they mean it!

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    The LHU field view.

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  19. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    I'm so glad you are doing a ride report of this Ray. Doing great so far.

    I love those Superhawks. :thumb Here's a tip on photos for those close up shots: Turn digital zoom off. Then zoom in as far as it will go. Then frame your shot and take it. I think the camera is too close in some of those for the auto focus to work.

    When my job goes away I'm going to do the same thing, cross country trip. Have fun. :webers
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  20. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    Also to add, check out this website, may help in planning the next destination. Maybe there's even a way to promote your blog through this site?

    http://beermapping.com/
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