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post #1 of 19 Old 07-02-2010, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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The family and I are headed to Erie to visit the in-laws the last week of July. Trailering the Strom up and was wondering if there were any other Strommers in the area that could give me tips on good places to ride. Unfortunately I'll be a week too late to make the "Roar on the Shore" bike fest. Thanks in advance....
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I'm from the eastern side of PA and ride to the central part a few times each year, but never go west of it much.
There's a lot of good riding to the east of Erie. The sunsets from the beach on Presque Isle State Park are said to be some of the best in the world ("Second best place to see the sunset in the USA")- something to do with the either the atmosphere and being on a penninsula, or with PA people who like to brag. The short ride through the park, (which is in Erie) is really nice. Here in PA, we don't charge an addmission fee for our parks.
I just visited the Allegany National Forest, and Tionesta area last month. Rt. 666 is a nice road, and most others through the National Forest are scenic. The northern end of 62, Rt.s 27 and 36 were good too.
The northern, middle third of PA is one of the most undeveloped areas here in the North east. (look at the PA Map)
In Cooksburg, PA you can take the road that goes through the Cooks Forest State Park along the river, and keep following the road, staying allongside and north of the river till you get to Ridgeway. (It might be slow going through the park in-season, particularly on a weekend day, but early in the morning and during the week last month I had the road all to myself). From Ridgeway, Rt. 120, 255, and 555 are not to far, which are good places to see the PA Elk herd. Maybe a days ride out and back. The Benzette/Medix Run area is a good place to see the Elk, along 555. There are maps available online I think. The Medix Run hotel is popular for food and beer stops.
Anywhere you go out there, there are state parks with distinct natural feature to stop and see.
Rt. 6 is not a decent road for scenery, which takes you to Wellsboro and the PA Grand Canyon. The "Grand Canyon of the East" in New York is not too far from Erie either (Mount Morris, NY). I think either one is a days ride out and back, and maybe a loop of both would be a long days ride.

Rt.s 872, 44, 144 run north/south between 120 and 6 and all are pretty scenic.
The road through Hyner Run state park, 1014, (as well as the view itself) is pretty distinct. Takes you from Rt. 120 to Rt. 44.
Niagara Falls are pretty close but no good road to get there maybe except interstate.

A scenic, long day loop would be to take and east road 19-8-36-949 (or the river road through cooks foerest) to Ridgeway-120E-255S-555-120E (OR just stay on 120 if you didn't want to see elk) to 872N (or 44N through Hyner Run if you have time)-6west-948s-666w-62-erie
I didn't have time to edit my post as I just got called away.

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eegah - You say 666 is a nice road now. Last time I was on it was like being on a washboard back road. Terrible holes all over the road and whatnot. So I'm hoping they've resurfaced it! What say you??

I'd pick it up where it begins at 62 (or ends at 62 if coming from the east like yourself).

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eegah - You say 666 is a nice road now. Last time I was on it was like being on a washboard back road. Terrible holes all over the road and whatnot.
I'd pick it up where it begins at 62 (or ends at 62 if coming from the east like yourself).

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Well,welcome to PA. That describes almost all the PA roads in the northern half of the state.
I rode it east to west, from Rt. 948 to Rt. 62.
Actually, they must have done work on 666, as I don't remember it being bad at all. The northern end was the roughest, but only for a few miles/minutes. The southern end was good, but none was really bad. (Last month was my first time on the road).

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Cool, thanks for the heads-up. Will probably ride it Sunday morning.

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Thanks for the input. Very helpful. I do recall going to Cooks Forest during a visit years ago and am familiar with Presque Isle. I'll have to pull out the map and look at the other routes you mentioned. The first time I went up to Erie with my wife she had warned me about the potholes. She happened to be driving when we crossed into PA and immediately hit a crater that woke me from my nap. She just laughed and said welcome to PA!
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I'm from the eastern side of PA and ride to the central part a few times each year, but never go west of it much.
There's a lot of good riding to the east of Erie. The sunsets from the beach on Presque Isle State Park are said to be some of the best in the world ("Second best place to see the sunset in the USA")- something to do with the either the atmosphere and being on a penninsula, or with PA people who like to brag. The short ride through the park, (which is in Erie) is really nice. Here in PA, we don't charge an addmission fee for our parks.
I just visited the Allegany National Forest, and Tionesta area last month. Rt. 666 is a nice road, and most others through the National Forest are scenic. The northern end of 62, Rt.s 27 and 36 were good too.
The northern, middle third of PA is one of the most undeveloped areas here in the North east. (look at the PA Map)
In Cooksburg, PA you can take the road that goes through the Cooks Forest State Park along the river, and keep following the road, staying allongside and north of the river till you get to Ridgeway. (It might be slow going through the park in-season, particularly on a weekend day, but early in the morning and during the week last month I had the road all to myself). From Ridgeway, Rt. 120, 255, and 555 are not to far, which are good places to see the PA Elk herd. Maybe a days ride out and back. The Benzette/Medix Run area is a good place to see the Elk, along 555. There are maps available online I think. The Medix Run hotel is popular for food and beer stops.
Anywhere you go out there, there are state parks with distinct natural feature to stop and see.
Rt. 6 is not a decent road for scenery, which takes you to Wellsboro and the PA Grand Canyon. The "Grand Canyon of the East" in New York is not too far from Erie either (Mount Morris, NY). I think either one is a days ride out and back, and maybe a loop of both would be a long days ride.

Rt.s 872, 44, 144 run north/south between 120 and 6 and all are pretty scenic.
The road through Hyner Run state park, 1014, (as well as the view itself) is pretty distinct. Takes you from Rt. 120 to Rt. 44.
Niagara Falls are pretty close but no good road to get there maybe except interstate.

A scenic, long day loop would be to take and east road 19-8-36-949 (or the river road through cooks foerest) to Ridgeway-120E-255S-555-120E (OR just stay on 120 if you didn't want to see elk) to 872N (or 44N through Hyner Run if you have time)-6west-948s-666w-62-erie
I didn't have time to edit my post as I just got called away.
Don't forget Wykof Run between 120 and 879 if you'd like 13 miles of third gear peg scrapping and passing RV's on blind corners don't sceer ya.

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I've never noticed that Wycoft Run Rd, but I'm going to try it next time out there now, thanks.
If anyone is going to the Alleghany National Forest this week, beware, it is the annual Rainbow Festival/Convention. Sometimes there area like 15,000 to 30,000 of them camped out there. They party a lot, so I imagine the roads would be full of stoned/drunk people.

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I've never noticed that Wycoft Run Rd, but I'm going to try it next time out there now, thanks.
If anyone is going to the Alleghany National Forest this week, beware, it is the annual Rainbow Festival/Convention. Sometimes there area like 15,000 to 30,000 of them camped out there. They party a lot, so I imagine the roads would be full of stoned/drunk people.
That's why our little posse stayed north of the border and went on a circumnavigation of Chatauqua Lake instead of our usual trek down into PA.

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eegah - You say 666 is a nice road now. Last time I was on it was like being on a washboard back road. Terrible holes all over the road and whatnot. So I'm hoping they've resurfaced it! What say you??

I'd pick it up where it begins at 62 (or ends at 62 if coming from the east like yourself).

Thanks.
Last time I was on 666 myself and two friends on sportbikes were coming home from AMA Vintage Days at Mid-Ohio. We were caught on the trailing edge of the storm that dropped a tornado on Allegany, NY in the dark and a torential downpour of biblical proportions. The north end was all torn up but the Strom took it all in stride. My friends and their sportbikes were not amused and were so involved in avoiding porholes and loose rocks they didn't even see that 8-point buck that ran across the road in front of us. When we stopped for a pee break I quiped, "This road is kind of challenging, eh?" My friend's reply was, "If I'd wanted to go on a dirt bike ride I'd have left the SV at home." No sense of adventure, those guys, sheeesh!

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