I live and work in this section of PA. The Johnstown area. I think we're only known for our floods, and maybe for the steel mills that used to be pretty big. North and south are hilly for as far as I care to go. I have to travel an hour or more to the east or west to hit flat ground. All the roads around here are twisty with elevation change. It's a terrible place to drive big trucks, but pretty OK for motorcycles! I decided to start this thread to put up some pictures of the areas I ride. I don't often make it more than a few hours away from the house, but luckily due to the topography I live in, there's no need to. I went out today to run my Sportstour out of gas. I recently got the bike together and had an issue with the petcock settings, so I strapped on a spare jug of gas and went out to see how far a tank would get me. I headed up and over Babcock ridge on rt56 east in a thick fog with enough drizzle to soak through my boots. At the bottom of the hill I headed south on PA96 and stopped at Shawnee state park to unload some coffee. I continued on 96s and crossed over to Maryland near Ellerslie. PA96 turns into MD35 and I followed that to MD36, and on down to US40 near La Vale. I took a bad picture of the cool old iron RR bridge that's right at that junction. I actually didn't at first, but I backtracked a bit and stopped at a convenient spot to take the poor pic. Heading west through the sprawl of La Vale made me hungry, so when I got to Frostburg I stopped for a quick bite. I talked to a nice fellow on a Goldwing from Ohio here, he was traveling south and said he was about done for the day. Here's my healthy lunch! US40 is a nice historical road. A lot of it was first cut by the British when they were fighting the French over control of the western frontier at Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh). I think George Washington was a British Colonal then. They have some markers up that you can actually safely stop and read! Shame the weather wasn't helping my photography. It was pretty grey out and there wasn't much for vistas. My next stop was the Casselman's bridge park. The bridge was neat, but I really appreciated this right then! Back out on US40 there's more history signs. And I'm soon enough back in PA. Notice there's virtually no berm on the road, and a decent sized gully by the signs. This is why I usually just speed bye them. I took PA 523 towards Confluence, then 281 towards Somerset. I saw a sign for a covered bridge that I'd not noticed before so I went to investigate. Happily it was one I could still cross....so I did a back and forth with a quick stop for this photo-op. No I didn't do a smokey burnout on the wood floor, but it looked like all the local kids must. Made it all the way to Somerset before I ran out of gas, then up through Jennerstown on PA601 & PA985. I took this shot at the Mountain Playhouse. I swung back around to a gas station on US30 and bought a snack, stood outside and ate it. It started raining just as I was finishing the gob, so I took US30 over to US219 and slabbed it back home. Hopefully next time out I can get some more and better scenery shots. I took a shot of my drive tire when I got back in the barn. How's that look for a "sporting" pace?