North Central PA Day Trip
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    Junior Member destroyingangl's Avatar
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    Spring Mills, PA
    About two weeks ago, I took a day trip around North Central PA on my 03 TW. I grew up in Pennsylvania but lived in Central Utah for nearly the past 10 years. I moved back over a year ago and this was my real first long ride. The plan was to ride from my house in Spring Mills, PA to just over the NY border north of Galeton and then turn around. It was an ambitious plan which was changed a little past noon that day, but the ride was still awesome for me and I had a great time seeing the country I love to be in. I tried to stick to back/dirt roads where possible which proved to be more challenging than I expected. I almost missed some of the roads in Utah which I always thought were rough. Anyway, here are a few pics I snapped. Enjoy

    A shot of the lake at Bald Eagle State Park.

    The bike sitting at the start of the Salt Lick Trail near Monument. This trail proved to be rather rough and full of wildlife and great scenery. Probably one of the best parts of the ride. It was a "drivable trail" per DCNR.

    A good shot of Salt Lick Trail. The leaves are covering the rocks and ruts.

    It rained the night before, so this is what I spent a lot of time riding through. Wet feet on a cold day.

    Eventually made it to Monument, PA and took this old RR bridge across Beech Creek. The roads became private so I had to come back. Note the warning sign. I figured if the guy could make it over with his F250, the bike wouldn't break the bridge.

    The start of the Beech Creek road, a gravel road that is well maintained.

    The town of Renovo, as viewed from above. I made it about 20 miles north of here before turning back for the day.

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    Junior Member destroyingangl's Avatar
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    Apr 2011
    Spring Mills, PA
    Some more pics:

    Fanny, the bike, sitting in front of a bright orange tree in Renovo.

    River Road, south of Renovo, started out as a nice gravel road. It didn't end that way. At the end of the road, there was a handwritten sign that said "this road sucks". 20 miles of bouncing along and I never saw another soul the whole time.

    Sitting on a bridge on River Road. The road, which is hard to make out in the picture, starts in the upper left part and curves around to the bridge. I crossed several streams on this part of the trip.

    A view of the west branch of the Susquehanna from the ride.

    After about 1.5 hours of riding, I finally emerged off of River Road and found myself in Lock Haven. From here, the ride took asphalt all the way home.

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    Senior Member Gerry's Avatar
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    Paradise, Calif.
    Looks like there's a change in the weather. When I think, 'back East' I imagine big cities. Seems in your neck-of-the-woods it is small hamlets and lots of trees. Did not seem to be a great day for wet feet, but if you kept the bike upright in that mud, you did A-OK....... Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Gerry
    Take care my Friend.........

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    Senior Member admiral's Avatar
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    Was thinking along the same lines as Mrgizmow, cold, damp, but looked fun. Fun looking what's beyond the bridge and around the next bend isn't it? Sometimes signs are an invitation to investigate. Other times they really mean stay out! Giggle. Thanks for sharing
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    Senior Member B-dub's Avatar
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    Southwest Utah
    I enjoyed your ride. Thanks for the shots of the beautiful fall colors! I also liked seeing the fun little roads, although I'm not a big fan of mud. The pics of the Susquehanna River are also beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!
    My handle is B-dub, I ride a T-dub, and drive a V-dub.

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