Headed to PA/ suggestions from the locals

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by btretired, May 18, 2009.

  1. btretired

    btretired anal retentive

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    Ok folks-- it's time for the spousal unit and I to take a well deserved little road trip. :ricky I threw out the idea of going up into PA to Amish country and taking time to putt around and see the sights. She is a south GA girl and led a sheltered life before meeting me. 5 days has turned to 9 to be home in. I passed through a couple of years ago on a friends retirement ride. Liked what I saw and want to go back with the wifey and see some more.

    Want to stay at least one night in Intercourse just to say we did.:D Let her see some folks in buggies, covered bridges etc and ride some good roads. Maybe pop up into NY as well. We are up for suggestions on things to see
    and do.. Also places to avoid (big cities because I hate them) & any wierd liquor laws or dry counties :freaky .. We like to make our trips pretty spontaneous and without a lot of timelines and extra planning. I generally throw out the maps and pick backroads to stick to unless time becomes a constraint.

    So let these southerners hear from you!! :ear

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    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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  3. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    If you MUST stay in Intercourse, go ahead.
    BUT, if you want to see Amish without all the tourist crap, stay west of the Susquehanna. Up thru Carlisle, north thru Juniata, Mifflin, Union, Centre, Clinton counties gets you real Amish working farms and local produce.
    PLUS, you'll be riding up and over the different ridges of the mountains, meaning lots of curves up/down the mountains.
    When you get north of I-80, take 144, 120, 287, 87 north to Rt. 6, go east/west, then drop back south.
    Need more specifics, let me know!
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  4. deerslayR

    deerslayR Spodely Adventurer

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    What he said, plus a ride on PA 125 from Pine Grove to Shamokin (north bound), is not to be missed.
    We flatlanders head for PA to practice for WV. :D
    When you're out on RT6 West of Wyalusing, stop at The Marie Antionette
    Scenic Overlook. Have a beer, or other liquid refreshment at Pats Pub which is at the overlook. Tell 'em a Deadhorse sent ya.......................
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  5. KnightofNi

    KnightofNi teh 1337 5uxx0r

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    buddy's off of 125 is a decent eatery. we have rides that start from there and a good number of people in my group actually live closer to philly.


    and if you're coming to PA get ready for strange liquor laws. it's just the way we do things here. 6 packs are sold in bars only, no more than 2 per person. distributors only sell by the case. PA state stores for liquor and wine. (i've lived here since before i turned 21 and can't quite figure out their hours.)

    otherwise, it's rather purty out that way. stay north and a bit west of the lancaster area unless you want to see the touristy things.
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  6. BatteryMan

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    I live about 15 miles from Intercourse.
    No doubt you can hit alot of tourist crap in the area but if you travel off the beaten path you'll find some great rides and fantastic country views.

    +1 on all other rides recommended here.

    BTW: standard procedure when you visit this area:
    1st night you stay in Blue Ball
    2nd Night in Intercourse & if that doesn't go the way you planned..
    3rd night you move to Bird-in- Hand.
    All real towns in the area.

    If you like to eat try Shady Maple Buffet just off Rt23 near Blue Ball.

    Have a great trip.
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  7. btretired

    btretired anal retentive

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    Hey folks -- thanks for all the info-- I'll be pulling out the maps to check things over. The night in Intercourse is just to say we did it.:D We really like the low key out of the way places.

    We like Mom & Pop local stuff, odd ball shit too. -- quiet accomidations with good views or people --Good roads-- even considering jumping up into NY. We are really still open to suggestions.

    Is the drive through strip joint still around?:eek1

    The only thing I really want to do is spend that one night in Intercourse-- but just where is Blue Balls?? :huh

    SO-- Keep up the suggestions!! :clap
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    scootac Just a Traveler

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    That's where you end up if you miss Intercourse!!!!:D :D :D

    I'm sorry, that was just TOO good to pass up!
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  9. KnightofNi

    KnightofNi teh 1337 5uxx0r

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    the people on the shady maple billboards scare me. they look evil. esp the little girl on the on on the tpk headed west. i won't eat there just because of that picture.:eek1
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  10. not2fast

    not2fast Been here awhile

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    I'm in Lititz, or LaTiTs as its sometimes called. Lititz is a nice small town with shops on the Main Street that sell stuff women like to see/buy. Be advised not much is open on Sundays if you want to entertain the SO with the shops. Food isn't too bad at the General Sutter Inn.

    For riding, I like to go on RT501 N to Pine Grove (Buddy's Log Cabin restaurant as mentioned earlier). Good roads are Rt 924 to Indiantown Gap Millitary Base, Rt 443 west from there toward Dauphin, PA 147 north toward Sunbury, PA 54 for coal country. You can also tour the oldest brewery in the US , the Yuenling Brewery in Pottsville (but not on Sundays) just off Rt 209.

    Send me a PM if you want more details.

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  11. Mark_O

    Mark_O Drain Bamaged Supporter

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    When are you going to be in Pa and NY? I'm sure there are plenty of folks throughout the area that wouldn't mind giving you a guided tour.....:dunno.

    I plan my trips with a map and highlighter. My favorite roads are:
    144 from Rte 6 south to Rte 879, 879 to Clearfield, Denny's Beer Barrel Pub:clap

    Rte 74 between rte 30 and 75/322
    Rte 287 frrom Wellsboro, (Wellsboro Diner) to 973
    Rte 44 from Coudersport to Jersey Shore
    Rte 120 between Emporium and Lock Haven (Sportsman's Restaurant in Renovo)

    Just look for the roads that follow the rivers and creeks:deal
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  12. RPD1

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    If you are going to Intercouse and Blue Ball you may as well swing by Virginville.

    If you have never been to Gettysburg it is worth the trip. The road that was suggested from Pine Grove to Shamokin is a great ride and will take you through PA farm country and drop you off in the heart of the coal region.

    The PA grand canyon is up by Wellsboro and is a very nice state park with lots of dirt roads and scenic overlooks. Wellsboro is a nice little town and you could spend days riding some very nice roads between there and Catskill state park.
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  13. btretired

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    :clap OK folks I really appreciate all the info. I may be PM'ing a couple of you. We probably won't get to PA until Monday-- I would like to do Gettysburg as mentioned. I'm digging the inputs for eating spots. On the road we usually go light during the day-- evening get cleaned up and get some local foods to include veggies.. Gotta stay regular you know.

    When I say we have no itenerary-- I mean it.. How about some out of the way locales to stay-- any of them on roads you mentioned? :ear

    Places to avoid? :2guns :fight

    I use maps and a GPS for assist and if you use a GPS you know sometimes it can take you through some shady places if it thinks its faster.. :eek1
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    rdsmith3 Long timer

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  15. LstMnStndng

    LstMnStndng Shot at and missed . . .

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    Steer clear of downtown York when in the Lancaster area. Lots of folks who color coordinate their bandana's if you get my drift.

    I'm from Centre County and there is some good backwoods (maintained dirt) riding in the Rothrock forest. Most roads should show up if you're using up to date GPS maps. Check out a place called Allen Seeger natural area, nice woods trail in some of PA's only virgin forest.

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Forestry/oldgrowth/alanseeger.aspx

    Enjoy the trip, drop a line if you make it up our way!
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  16. btretired

    btretired anal retentive

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    Funny about your York comment. 2 buds and I did a retirement run a couple years back, We were going to stay near Red Lion with ones relatives. GPS ran us through some not so nice areas of York,:eek1

    We are getting prepped:deal Got a printout of suggestions sent so far.
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    Map has been unfurled-- Green line was from the trip 2 years ago.. We went up through PA-to NY to Buffalo and Niagara-- from there up to Maine. 3 retired AF dudes putting around.
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    I have Intercourse highlighted in purple..:D
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    Keep those suggestions coming. We don't travel with a laptop but do have cells. DO you folks do any midweek dinner meets or anything?
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  17. BatteryMan

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    A good place to eat near Gettysburg: http://crazyhorsesteakhouse.net/

    Also if you go about 14 miles west of Gettysburg on Rt30 you'll be in the Michaux State forest. Lots of great rides on both paved and gravel forest roads.

    If you get to Pine Grove, Pa: 9 miles east on Rt443 is GoldMine Road. North on Gold Mine takes you over the mountain on a great road with switchbacks & fantastic views both up and down. On the other side take Rt325 North to Tower City & Rt 209.
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  18. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    One site that is worthwhile side trip is the Millersville Ferry


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    Fun crossing - little 3hp diesel motor turns the paddle wheel - $5.00 toll for me the SO and the bike.
    Ride some of the fun roads in the east - 125, 895, 443, Gold Mine Road cross the river on the ferry and get to the wonderful roads on the west 120, 144, way too many to list check out the Denny Burger Run thread
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431073
    for good eats and lots of great rides in that area.

    Fun crossing - little 3hp diesel motor turns the wheel.
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  19. mfiles

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    OK - if it was me and I had to start w/ Intercourse (too easy) - I'd follow it up w/ a trip to Mount Joy for dinner and drinks in the Catacombs with the wenches at Bube's (pronounced Boobies or Byoubies - take your pick) Brewery. Seriously, can't make this stuff up. Good food better atmosphere and brews (http://www.bubesbrewery.com/).

    I'ld go west along the lower part of the state winding along and up and over the Lincoln Highway (Route 30 West) maybe stop at the Bedford Inn on the way to either the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville (http://www.pahighways.com/features/shanksville.html) or if railroads are more your style - you gotta see the Horseshoe Curve (http://www.northeast.railfan.net/horseshoe.html) and Altoona / Juniata rail shops. Good riding up towards Prince Galitzin State Park (51), Cresson (36), Loretto, Portage, Patton, Johnstown (the Incline) all kinds of awesome back woods roads and places - some hidden jewels too (don't ask locals where to go - ask where THEY would go for whatever it is you're trying to find).

    Of course ther's always Falling Water (http://www.fallingwater.org/) and (if you want to either see or give some white water a try) check out Ohiopyle and the Yough (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youghiogheny_River).

    No trip to Western PA is complete without a Primanti Brothers #2 best seller almost famous steak sandwich (http://www.primantibrothers.com/), wash it down with an Iron while taking in a sporting event in the 'burgh - Go Pens ! (and Stillers & even the Bucos - PNC Park is a great place to see a game & is one of the best deals in MLB http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=pit).

    Go north and check out "Pymatooming" (where the ducks walk on fish http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/19/us/19carp.html?_r=1) maybe take in a beach concert on Presque Isle in Erie or chill on Sunset Beach (http://www.goerie.com/presqueisle).

    Now Head East (Never Been Any Reason)....along 6 to the Allegheny Resevoir (http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/rec/lakes/kinzuala.htm) & the National Forest - before it gets completely drilled (http://media.www.theduquesneduke.com/media/storage/paper1278/news/2009/04/16/Opinions/Drillers.Hit.Bottom.In.Allegheny.National.Forest-3712523.shtml) - a side trip to Kinzua Bridge is well worth the trip (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/kinzuabridge.aspx) or Oil City (near Titusville, the first oil well in US http://www.oilcity.org/). Almost forgot to mention Bradford (home of Zippo Lighters)

    Agree with the suggestion to do the original Grand Canyon (Appalachia is way older), then take some back roads down 61 through coal-cracker country - how about a Lager (http://www.yuengling.com/index.htm) stop in Pottsville for a sample (or 10) at America's Oldest Brewery or heat it up with a stop in Centralia (http://www.offroaders.com/album/centralia/centralia.htm).

    Follow it all up with a stop in capital city (http://www.harrisburgpa.gov/) and the ABC brewery (http://www.abcbrew.com/index_flash.htm). If you have big bucks (go to the park) and a sweet tooth (MMMMM chocolate) - stop in Hershey (Sweetest Place on Earth) where the town does really smell like chocolate, has Kisses for street lights and chocolate spas (Hotel Hershey and a few others). Try the Park Side's (pseudo biker bar) house wings, Mr. Sorrento's Pizza (best 'za - but no beer) or Finicci's 50-cent meatballs & upside down pizza. If you want to treat yourself to some fine dining before heading back, try Alfred's Victorian in Middletown (yes - the home of TMI just down scenic 441 and the Susquehanna River) for Steak Diane or if you prefer family style eats - the Brownstone's crab soup is really good and it's just down Union Street.

    Lots more ideas - but helps to know what you're in to.....

    Do ya want biker bars, brew pubs, 5-star dining / camping, motel, hotel, B&B / sites, roads, events, off the "Chinese Wall" stuff (http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/153706/boxcar-rocks-chinese-wall.html) ??

    Tried to give you a sample of each.....didn't even mention Raystown (Huntingdon), Cabella's (Lehigh River), DelGrosso's (Bellwood), Poconos, Appalachian Trail, Chickees Rocks, Blue Knob (oops - back on that theme), Buckhorn, Skyline Drive, Wopsononic Lookout & Devel's Elbow - oh and there's some casinos, a horse track or three, a bunch of pretty decent wineries (http://www.pennsylvaniawine.com/ - unless you have a French palette - then they're vineyards ya sooty %$&k).

    Hope this helps - I usually don't even bother with a map any more, just start riding and occassionally stop to ask some locals - most of the best places I ever found were one's that were suggested by people I just started BS'ing with about my bike or their bike / car / kayak....
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  20. btretired

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    Folks-- really appreciate the most excellent responses I've gotten. Sounds like you like to brag about your area and the great riding and with good reason. I've perused some of the suggested ride reports and threads.. Can someone tell me where to find this spot? Hyner Overlook?
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    Looks like the Mrs and I will have no problem finding places to bolt on the feed bag and have a adult beverages.. :freaky

    If your out and about next week and see a 2up blue and white loaded GS with GA Plates-- wave..:fyyff We'll know your some of the good ones..


    PS-- Where is the best area to see true Amish culture? :ear
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