1. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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  2. CannonsvilleRider

    CannonsvilleRider Been here awhile

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    from 3 different days, I will pull them out and try to write down what I remember.
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  3. riderIN

    riderIN Been here awhile

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  4. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    Thanks for taking the time and reporting on your ride! If more people would try it and report, maybe they will finally include the TPAT in the Trans Eastern Trail :D. Did you find anything (on the trail as mapped) that was a problem for any motorcycle?

    And thanks for riding the TPAT :1drink
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  5. riderIN

    riderIN Been here awhile

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    I rode everything on the file,except the Michaux forest files,and Quiet Oaks optional day ride.There were a couple of road closure due construction/always went thru to the actual construction site,many times was still passable,or construction guys let me through.Some place there was a closed gate,which I think seasonal,because other gates were open.Detour was always easy to find.
    The roads are pretty easy for a big bike,even passed rough sections with no problem on loaded KLR./I'm an average rider/.The muddy part/see RR/ was hard,but that was after 2 days rain.
    Gas stations are everywhere,cell phone service was a problem a few times./call family at lunchtime,breaktime,while in bigger town/,camping had no signal.
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  6. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    Glad you had fun. I love it up at Quiet Oaks, talk about being able to see stars (but that was when it was raining on you). I think that section you had mud on the road is a township road During the morning after you left Quiet Oaks. Never seen the state forest roads like that.
    When I rode that section my buddy dumped his R100S. (but that's a sport tour bike complete with street tires on it)
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  7. WoodsTripper

    WoodsTripper 1 Track Mind

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    I rode the portion from Benezette down to where it crosses the Tpike, where I jumped off to return home. I did it in 2 days, staying over in State College. Although I've ridden much of the northern portions of this before I even heard of the TPAT, the rest of the track to the south is a very impressive ride. Big bike friendly but enough dirt and scenery to keep anyone happy. Very doable 2-up for those of us with a seasoned pillion. Only thing I would have changed on setup is that I would have switched to my extra wheelset with TKCs since there's a lot more dirt/gravel than I expected - a good thing. Much of the woods along the track S and SE of State College (Penn Roosevelt, for example) contains some super big timber and old pine forest. The overall scenery and serenity (I saw almost no one on most of these gravel roads) is Grade A.

    I only had 2 issues with the Track - 1) On the Day 3 Track, south of Caledonia, after you cross the W Branch Susquehanna, there is a gate at the road to take you down along the river. Looks permanent. Easy go around if you stay on Deer Creek Rd and take the next left on Big Run Rd. 2) The Day 5 Track optional loop onto Licking Creek to Spruce Gap to Pine Ridge may as well be deleted since Pine Ridge is permanently gated and only open during buck season. Too bad, it's beautiful up in that section.

    Otherwise, the Track is accurate and a wonderful ride. There are some sections where you don't touch pavement for hours. Thanks to TowPro and others who've contributted to this route. Super nice way to adv enjoy our state. Mrs. WoodsTripper and I already had a trip planned to Wellsboro in mid-Oct so those tracks will come in handy. Looking forward to see what the eastern section is like.
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  8. TowPro

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    the first day's route starting at Trans NJ trail has the most road, but it also has some of the best "non blacktop" in the tower road section :deal
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