Almost more of an epic than was planned

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  1. wpbarlow

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    A crew of 4 hooked uo at the Washington Diner
    Steve- DRZ400
    Chris- DRZ400
    Terry- KTM950
    Walter- TransAlp

    The inspiration (as if I need one) for this ride was to string something together and hope to find Buttermilk Falls. DNFjoe had posted finding said falls last weekend and included some road names and general directions. The odd thing is that I'd ridden all the roads he menitoned many times and never ran across the falls. Even stranger, when I checked my DeLorme on line mapping program, it showed a Buttermilk Falls about 5-10 miles (and in Pa.) away from where DNFjoe said. Really curious now, I put together 2 routes- one in NJ and one to go to Pa..

    I hadn't done much of this ride/roads in quite some time (probably 1.5 years). But I remember it being pretty good with a lot of dirt once we hit the parks; and tons of twisties for the whole route.

    Anyway, we left the diner and meandered our way up to the general area. I was thinking of going to the Pa. location first but there was a lot of traffic going over the bridge to Pa. so I decided to try NJ first. We started at the beginning of Old Mine Road (starts at Rt. 80) and did some tooling around. I really didn't think we'd find the falls and we didn't. So I decided to head north and do the extra dirty part of the ride. As we're hustling up Old Mine Road we pass a waterfall that I must have passed a dozen times before, but never stopped at. We were due for a rest stop, so I u-turned back to it. Lo and behold...

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    Just making sure...

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    Pretty pastoral setting

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    There was a looooonnnngggg staircase to allow you to go up the falls. The young'ens decided to go up whilst the more mature (Steve and I) commiserated down below. Some pics from the top

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    again...

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    I guess this is why it go it's name: but why not regular milk falls?

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    getting ready to depart the Falls- heading for the dirty stuff

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    Gotta break for a bit- this is the end of a rock garden type of road we just came down and is actually part of the Applachian Trail.

    More to come

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    Having never been there, I figured I'd go to the highest point I could find.. somehow I missed the falls, but seems thats not unusual.. next time

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    some meandering

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    some more- this road basically dead ends- this is the ride out

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    Chris coming back

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    Now Steve

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    The "walking only part of the Applachian Trail

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    I said "walking only"

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    Told ya

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    Ok, after this we did a lot more two track up and back again a few times. I avoided the temptation of doing a number of side trails because there was a new "way" I wanted to try. To be honest, I've had this new way on routes several times before, but I always got distracted by doing these side trails and basically running out of time. I was impressed by my trail avoidence discipline.

    We eventually get to the new part. I'm excited because this will be several miles of trail I've never done. The names are peomising- starts as Thunder Mountain Rd. and becomes Ridge Road. My experience has been that "Ridge Roads" are usually high fun.

    This is; getting progressively more difficult but still not too bad. We start hitting mud and can tell we're in an area that in olden days would have a big "there be monsters here" in bold type on the map. But we're making progress. Then we come down a hill and see this

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    Hmmmm. Did anyone bring a chainsaw? Nope.

    We stop and scout both sides of the woods to see if we can go around it. No way we're going left, but right looks possible. There's a several foot high muddy hill to get up; but get up and make a hard right and there's passable terrain to beyond the tree.

    Terry does a great imitation of a human backhoe and starts heaving huge rocks away off the "path" we want to use and pulls two strands of barbed wire away. This is what it looks like after his excavation work.

    It's blurry because I probably was shaking in advance thinking about going up it.

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    Terry's anxious to get his 950 up there, but we talk Steve into trying it first. Not only does he have a lighter bike (DRZ), he also has the only bike with knobbies. If Steve makes it, then we'll have Chris on the other DRZ, then Terry, then me.


    Go Steve!!!!

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    Ok- he got stuck- we missed a barbed wire string and it wrapped around his rear wheel. After unwrapping it, he's good to go, and does.

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