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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2014, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Pennsylvania Ride Tuesday/Wednesday

edit - changed the dates! leaving Canada Day and returning next evening.
If anyone wants to come, I'm heading to PA for a 2 day ride leaving from (Mississauga) around 5:30am on Canada Day and coming back Wednesday night. I hope to cross the border by 7am, so there's lots of time to explore. I've only passed through the area on previous trips to Deals Gap, but would like to start riding the area more often.

Note: this is not a ride for new riders or riders who need to take a break every hour

Pace will be funfun in the corners, responsible in the straights and respectful in small towns. I like to ride sunrise til dinner, to make the most out of the trip and ride as many twisty roads as I can fit in! I don't get too many days off in the summer! I'm guessing 800-1000km/day with a nice scenic stop for lunch somewhere each day - something like Hyner Park on Day 1 and Kinzua Dam on Day 2.

Not sure where I'm staying yet, but thinking about Super 8 in Willamsport, which I can use as a destination.

Route: The roads I'm planning on riding are the 44/144, 872, 666, 949, 120, the eastern side of the 414, Wycoff Run, Kettle Creek Rd, Hyner View Rd and more... I'm also open to doing twisty gravel roads if anyone else is willing. The routes below include all the roads I wanted to hit up, but can be changed depending on how the days go.

Day 1:http://goo.gl/maps/W900m
Day 2:http://goo.gl/maps/oiC9G

Any suggestions on great twisty roads are also welcome - paved or gravel.

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We are leaving tomorrow morning till Sunday night! Allegheny is very nice, and lantz corners getaway on 219 is cheap and clean...

This time we are staying in ridgway though

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How'd it go?

So how were the rides?
I'm planning to ride a few days in Pennsylvania next week.
Are there any roads or areas you particularly enjoyed?
Any .gpx files you could share?

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So how were the rides?
I'm planning to ride a few days in Pennsylvania next week.
Are there any roads or areas you particularly enjoyed?
Any .gpx files you could share?
All thru allegheny park, 948/666 (but was closed 2 weeks ago, we still ran it tho just went around construction), 321.... All the roads are good, just watch for deer!

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The 2nd (of 3) washed out section on PA666 was closed when I got there. There were crews working on it so that portion of it was impassable. If they weren't there I would have been able to pass - so maybe on the weekends it would still be good. The detour was a gravel and dirt forest road called Marbury rd or something, which I couldn't find on Google Maps. It travels north about 9km to Hearts Content Rd and then to get back to the 666, the road to take is called Ministry Road which is paved. If it was totally dry out, I would say that the forest road is fine, but due to the dense shade cover in the forest and recent rains, the dirt was really soft and slippery. My back tire is almost done, so it had zero grip in the mud- I had to travel the 9km in 1st gear pretty much the whole way and most of the time at less than 20km/hr. Otherwise the 666 is pretty nice road - maybe a bit bumpy and hilly for some, but still nice.

I ended up doing Wycoff Run Road about 8 times over the 2 days. Heading south, about 1/3 of the way in, there is a right turn that hugs the rock wall. There was a good amount of rocks and gravel in that curve in the middle of the lane - one of the rocks was easily bigger than my foot and lots of them were fist sized. I removed them all and the next day when I was on it, there were more rocks that had fallen. I would recommend that you do a slower scouting run first before going all out. Still a nice road -short but sweet.

Also, if you like forest roads, there was a really nice dirt and gravel road called Jerry's Run Road which intersects Wycoff Run Road at the north end. It was a really fun road and made for a good loop with Wycoff. The whole loop takes 30 about minutes, which adds a lot to Wycoff which takes less than 10. The forest road gets pretty bumpy at times, because there are rocks embedded in the dirt. Definitely not for sportbikes, but great for upright bikes.

I also did the Hyner View Road a bunch of times, going up and down. On my 2nd day there, I was on the road around 6am, hoping to see some wildlife out on the road. While going up Hyner at around 7am I saw bears and deer. I was hoping to see elk, but didn't, even though there is a big feeding patch at the south end of Wycoff.

A few other good roads - the 414, just west of Canton. It's rolling farm country, so during the week there were a bunch of slow moving logging and farm trucks, but I would think it should be good fun if you are there on a weekend. Watch out for a few blind corners that pop up after you crest different twisty hills.

I also liked the 321/280 combo, which is north of Allegheny - a nice route home instead of the 219. The 321 is a desolate road that has huge sweepers with decent pavement. The 280 reminded me of some sections of the TransCanada along Lake Superior - really nice views of the water and very quiet.

I also stopped in at Kinzua Bridge - go check it out if you have the time. It's right off the 219 and a good scenic place to take a rest.

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