Bald Eagle State Forest, PA

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by NJDRT-RDR, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. NurseBill

    NurseBill Been here awhile

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    We all split off around 3. I trekked over to the Sand Mountain Lot as there were a few roads I wanted to check out and check out the road below Penn's View. That's where I found the tunnel at Coburn. I didn't know it was there!
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    My rear tire has had it.
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  2. dstutz

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    Had a good time yesterday. Quiet on the "work days" as we like it. We start/end at the western lot, when we got there and were unloading there was a guy on a 2 stroke sitting just inside the gate, he took off before we were ready, never spoke to him and we never saw another bike in the park the rest of the day. Had one minor issue with buddy's WR250R, he split his radiator hose just above the clamp but it was pretty easy to loosen the clamp, cut the hose, push it down and reclamp it. We headed back on easier gravel and took some of the easier trails once we were close to truck.

    The lower end of Horseshoe bend and that connector trail that goes northeast up to Middle Ridge Trail off Hunter Rd gave us the most trouble. The latter is where the radiator hose damage occurred. I didn't lay the bike down this time on either of those spots but I also didn't make up clean without stopping, lol.

    Also earlier on I had increased my clickers on the forks a little but that turned out to be the wrong idea and I backed them off a lot after getting up Little Poe Rd (I think it's named, not marked on map) and things were much better on the rocks, wasn't getting deflected nearly as bad.

    As is customary after the first time completely avoided High Top trail and the not-exactly-fun downhill at the end of it and just took Swift Run Rd instead. We're not sadists...
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  3. NurseBill

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    The older I get the less I like the rougher stuff. Most of the time I'm alone so... not a good idea to do anyhow. If you ever hear about a guy getting eaten by a bear over there, it'll be me.
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  4. NurseBill

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    I'll be over Sunday for the day.
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  5. Dr. Beat

    Dr. Beat Rock steady

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    I think we rode together this morning!
  6. NurseBill

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    Yes we did!!! You missed me falling off in a parking lot and on Pine Ridge/Krebs Gap! that trail is in bad shape.


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  7. mosey.levy

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    So are any trails open Oct 11th weekend?
    Looks like 7 mountain is closed already.
    What about Shade Mountain Trail?
    I think i read its open all year. Is that any fun?
  8. NurseBill

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    It's rough
  9. kawianna

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    Hey everyone,

    I've enjoyed riding the dual sport trails, gravel and twisty paved roads in and around Bald Eagle SF the last couple years on both a Suzuki DR200 and a BMW G310GS. In the past I was with some other folks, one of whom handled all the navigation and I just needed to follow and enjoy. This time I am navigating for some other friends of mine. So to avoid having to look at the map a million times, I am trying (in the next couple days before we leave on Friday - yikes) to get myself prepped with GPS files and a system!

    I use GPS navigation on a Garmin bicycle computer when I'm mountain biking and road biking but I have not used GPS for the moto (besides Google Maps on paved roads). Looking for some assistance in getting together a good system together. I have found a lot of info online including on this message board but things change over time and I wanted some fresh opinions.

    1. What app are people using on their phone to navigate the GPS tracks while they're out there? Or if not the phone, then what are you using? (I can use either my phone or my Garmin cycling computer - both on my handlebars).

    2. On that app/device, if you are following a GPX route and find something that can’t be completed (e.g. too technical or gated), can you reroute within the app? Or are you basically starting from zero at that point?

    3. I've downloaded some of the tracks from this message board and uploaded to Ride With GPS where I want to edit them to make my loop. Since we will be on the big bikes (I'm on the 310, my buddies are on KTM 1200s), I want to avoid the most techy singletrack. I have seen some folks on this thread discuss a couple difficult trails that are red on the “base map” or “base layer”– but when I’m working with their GPX files or in Ride With GPS I’m not sure what the “base map” is or how to reference it? Or are they referring to the State Forests’s PDF of the dual sport trails? What I am trying to avoid doing is going back and forth between the PDF and the GPX track to reference…

    4. Who’s got the best GPX file for the Bald Eagle dual sport trails at this point? :)

    Thank you so much for your input!

    Anna
  10. NurseBill

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    I use OsmAnd on an old phone. I don't go off of tracks, mostly from memory but it does have all the roads on there and most of the single track and hiking trails.
  11. Sonny S.

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    I'm doing something similar. I use an Android phone with Locus Maps pro. I do use tracks mostly because of lack of memory .

    Have used Locus on several trips works great. No cell service needed. GPX tracks or I manually create a track.
    I'm using a Kyocera Duraforce Pro phone. Waterproof and rugged.
    There is a thread in ADVrider about them. I don't have the link . Search will find it.
  12. NurseBill

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    +1 on the Duraforce phone. Mines the giant sized XD one but if I were to do it again... I'd go smaller.
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  14. kawianna

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