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post #1 of 12 Old 05-10-2010, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Must See places in PA?

Me and a buddy are starting in Vermont and taking a ride down to PA,WV,VA, TN,etc. I want to see the Amish communities in the Lancaster area as part of the trip on the way down to WV. What other sites are a must see? We are camping.

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When I lived in Pittsburgh, my ultimate ride was 250 to Hundred, WV. Seriously. Check it out if you can. Here's the loop we used to do:

Ultimate Twisties

Beware of a lot of loose gravel this time of year yet. I went down there once on my first bike. Many blind curves, but a hell of a good ride.

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When I lived in Pittsburgh, my ultimate ride was 250 to Hundred, WV. Seriously. Check it out if you can. Here's the loop we used to do:

Ultimate Twisties

Beware of a lot of loose gravel this time of year yet. I went down there once on my first bike. Many blind curves, but a hell of a good ride.
Thanks RedBean25, That looks awesome! Well I know that 536 in southeastern Ohio is great cuz I rode it last Sept. with BadTrainDriver! He took a group of us on the best technical ride I've ever done

Any other must see places in WV, PA, VA, or TN?

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The eastern part of PA is unfortunately heavily popluated and trafficked.

Ricketts Glen State Park in PA (along Rt. 487- see below)- 21 waterfalls in a 3 mile hike, and there is camping.
Just 32 miles south of the park on Rt. 487, in Bloomsburg on Rt. 11, is Bills Custom Cycles, with a neat motorcycle museum of sorts (Bills Old Bike Barn), and it's on the way to Lancaster. Routes 339 or 125 are both the best north of the Lancaster area.

Depending on where you enter PA from the north, the best north to south ride in the eastern part of the state:
Rt. 154 from Canton, south to Rt. 220, (154 is one of the better bike roads in PA) In Forksville, turn R. over the covered bridge to eat at a restaurant set in the middle of a country store (not a tourist trap but an actual local place), Rt. 220 S. to Rt. 42s, Rt. 42S to Rt. 487S, to Rt. 61 east into Shamokin (passing coal mines and coal mining towns (think Molley McQuires as you look at the tiny houses in tight rows which used to be coal miners houses), to Rt. 125 S (R at the Dunkin Doughnuts in Shamokin). If you take 125 (the best road around there), go straight at Good Spring toward Joliet instead of staying on 125, and then go straight accross Rt. 209 toward Ravine, which will bring you back to Rt. 125, but traveling on twistier roads. Go straight at the light, through Pine Grove, turn L onto Rt 645S, to Rt. 422. Turn left and go 1/4 mile to Rt. 501 S, to Rt 897S, to Rt. 30. (Rt. 501 also goes from Pine Grove to Rt. 422, but is heavily trafficked, and not as twisty) You will be passing horses and buggies from 645 on. You can turn west on Rts 23 or 340 to get to Lancaster instead of going all the way to 30. The Strasburg Railroad museum is not bad. Gettysburg is interesting, ((south west of Lancaster) although I haven't actually been there since the early 80s.
Another great north to south route, almost in the direct center of PA, is 144 south, starting from Galeton on Rt. 6, to 26 south, into Maryland and then WV.
Along Rt. 125, turn R onto Rt. 25 and go a few miles to the Midway grocery and gas station- they have the best fried chicken plus other food and you can sit on the back porch and eat looking at good scenery.
The Shady Maple Buffett, on Rt. 897 by the Rt. 23 intersection is locally famous for it's PA Dutch style food.
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What about OHIO???? You better be stopping through here to see me, and we have the largest Amish population in the country. You already know we have some fun roads here too.

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What about OHIO???? You better be stopping through here to see me, and we have the largest Amish population in the country. You already know we have some fun roads here too.
Right on!

I found a fine campground near Winesburg OH.
http://www.amishcountrycampsites.com/

This is in Holmes County, which has a large Amish population. You can get a map of Ohio that marks the "scenic" roads with green, and most of the roads in Holmes County are thus marked.

Associated with the campground is a furniture business, which specializes in hardwood furniture. A byproduct is hunks of hardwood too small for furniture. This campground provides free hardwood for firewood, which makes ideal fires for cooking and watching.

I have seen some grubby campgrounds, but this is not one of them.
The entire site is carefully run and meticulously clean.

It's awfully hard to find a bootlegger or a pimp there,
but this place has about everything else you might need. :mrgreen:

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With regards to Eegah's post, I know rte 125 fairly well and depending on when/if you are there, I'd come out and ride it with you. When you get into Pine Grove you may want to detour onto rte 895 which will run you back out to rte 61 where, if you are hungry at the time, you could go to the Port Clinton Hotel for a bite to eat. Not a fancy place but I've never had a bad meal there. 895 is a fun stretch of road. I believe from Pine Grove to Port Clinton it's about a 12 mile stretch so it won't set you back much. There is also a Triumph/BMW dealership a few doors down from the Hotel. One of the guys in there is big into ADV Touring I believe. I forget his name but he's a cool guy and if you need anything for your bikes, they'd help you out I'm sure. Then head back 895 and pick up Eegah's suggestion of 645.

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With regards to Eegah's post, I know rte 125 fairly well and depending on when/if you are there, I'd come out and ride it with you. When you get into Pine Grove you may want to detour onto rte 895 which will run you back out to rte 61 where, if you are hungry at the time, you could go to the Port Clinton Hotel for a bite to eat. Not a fancy place but I've never had a bad meal there. 895 is a fun stretch of road. I believe from Pine Grove to Port Clinton it's about a 12 mile stretch so it won't set you back much. There is also a Triumph/BMW dealership a few doors down from the Hotel. One of the guys in there is big into ADV Touring I believe. I forget his name but he's a cool guy and if you need anything for your bikes, they'd help you out I'm sure. Then head back 895 and pick up Eegah's suggestion of 645.

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And when you are done eating at the Port Clinton Hotel, you can get a bag of peanuts for the road!!! We always used to stop and get peanuts before continuing on our hikes along the Appalachian trail. Also right up the road from Port Clinton is the county seat of Schuylkill County, Pottsville, PA. Home of the Yuengling brewery. I still go there when I get back to Pennsylvania to visit my parents.

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