I can't remember the last time I spent an entire summer mountain biking in so many new places...on so many "new to me" trails...and on trails I hadn't been on in nearly a decade. Over the past few months, I've done just that. The biggest perk I get from my job (if you want to call it that...I get to teach history to kids) is time. Time is the one resource that you can NEVER get back. So, this summer...along with Mark, Glenn, Tim, Chris, and Matt...I've used my time mountain biking to explore, and re-explore, a variety of different places and trails. I truly am blessed to have such great state and local parks and forests...populated with miles and miles of trails...just waiting to be ridden. I'm equally blessed to have friends who share the same passion. So (without any further rambling), here's some of the places that I, my friends, and my Stumpjumper have explored the past two and a half months. Enjoy!
STONY VALLEY RAIL TRAIL
Mark told me that he would ride Stony Valley anyday of the week. Even though it is "rail trail," it was one of the most visually stimulating rides of the summer. While riding almost thirty miles on a rainy Monday, we explored the ruins of Cold Spring (a 19th century resort) and got to see Rausch Creek being diverted into limestone wells in order to purify the water.
|While riding the Stony Valley Rail Trail, Mark and I took a short detour to explore the ruins of Cold Spring, a 19th century resort town, which is located in State Game Lands No. 221. -- June 5, 2017|
The remains of Cold Spring Resort -- June 5, 2017
|Rausch Creek being diverted into limestone wells to remove the acid in thewater caused by nearby abandoned coal mines. -- June 5, 2017|
SWATARA STATE PARK
|For our first Tuesday ride of the summer, Tim and I met Matt at Swatara State Park. The ten miles we rode that day doesn't sound like a lot...but my legs always seem to know after I've ridden there!|
|Riding on loop D at Swatara State Park. -- June 6, 2017|
|Dave Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, Matt Linnane. -- June 6, 2017|
OHIOPYLE STATE PARK
I spent a week camping in Ohiopyle State Park with my son Alex this summer. I had a blast riding the Sugarloaf trail system, Baughman Trail, and some super scenic sections of the Great Allegheny Passage. Alex brought his GoPro and new drone along on the trip...so I managed to get some amazing footage. The descent down Baughman Trail dropped approximately 800 feet in just under two miles!
|Taking a break at Baughman Overlook in Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 13, 2017|
|Riding Baughman Trail at Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 15, 2017|
|Crossing over the Youghiogheny River on the Great Allegheny Passage. -- June 15, 2017|
|Riding the Great Allegheny Passage in Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 13, 2017|
|About a mile from my campsite, I paused to take in the view of the Laurel Highlands around Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 15, 2017|
I only made two trips to the Lakes this summer. The first, with Mikey, Glenn, and Mark, was a fun mid-day ride with the guys. My second ride at the lakes was a stop on my way home from Baltimore to turn my pedals and squeeze in five quick miles.
|Fun ride at the Lakes with Mikey, Glenn, and Mark. -- June 22, 2017|
|With just a short window to ride, I stopped for a quick five mile loop around Lake Williams. -- August 14, 2017|
ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK
My good friend Chris Keller started his own business this past year. His new company is located just about a mile from my house. Whenever his schedule allows, we head up to Rocky Ridge County Park and mountain bike a few miles.
|Ridin Fresh and Twisty at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- June 9, 2017|
|A super humid ride with Chris Keller at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- July 13, 2017|
HARRISBURG GREEN BELT
Okay...this one surprised the heck out of me. When Mark told me there were trails in Harrisburg, I didn't know what to expect. I surely didn't think I'd be riding 15+ miles of singletrack located right in, and around, the city. Urban mountain biking at its best! Thanks, SAMBA!
|Harrisburg Green Belt -- July 26, 2017|
|Riding the trails along the Green Belt in Harrisburg, PA. -- June 27, 2017|
|Mark Lentz, Dave Raymond, and Glenn Medice on the Harrisburg Green Belt. -- July 26, 2017|
TUSCARORA STATE FOREST
What a day Mark and I had in Tuscarora State Forest! We mountain biked 29 miles and climbed 4,000 feet through what seemed like a surreal tropical forest.
|Love this picture of Mark riding in Tuscarora State Forest. -- July 6, 2017|
|My Stumpjumper along a fire road in Tuscarora State Forest. -- July 6, 2017|
|What a day Mark and I had in Tuscarora State Forest. -- July 6, 2017|
Tim's maiden voyage to ride the Allegrippis Trails! I did my best to piece together a fun loop for the three of us. Personally, Hydro Loop was my favorite. It's the one trail that gets you super close to the water of Raystown Lake...and, like water, the trail just flows. Loved it!
|Dave Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, and Glenn Medice on Hydro Loop. -- July 11, 2017|
|Riding the Allegrippis Trail System. -- July 11, 2017|
MICHAUX STATE FOREST
You'd think by now I would have the trails in Michaux State Forest memorized like the back of my hand...but not the case. Along with Mark, this summer I rode more "new to me" trails in Michaux than I had since he and I first started riding there. Ridgeline trail was amazing...but today the combination of Triple Pine and Astronomy Trails completely blew me a way.
It wasn't all about "new" trails in Michaux this summer. On our Tuesday rides, I did my best to revisit some of the trails that Glenn and I had ridden together almost ten years ago. Three weeks ago, during our "Rockiest Tuesday of the Year," we ended on Bear Knob...which is super fun to ride. I was stoked that everyone else seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.
|My Stumpjumper on Ridgeline Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- July 31, 2017|
|Dave Raymond and Mark Lentz on Ridgeline Trail. -- July 31, 2017|
|The rockiest ride of the year. Riding Bear Knob in Michaux State Forest. -- August 1, 2017|
My bike on Bear Knob in Michaux State Forest. -- August 1, 2017
|Last Tuesday ride of the summer. Tim Sindlinger, Dave Raymond, Glenn Medice, Matt Linnane. -- August 15, 2017|
|Mark Lentz riding Campground Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- August 18, 2017|
|Mark Lentz and Dave Raymond. Wrapping up the last of the summer. -- August 18, 2017|
I can't remember the last time my mountain biking miles exceded my road cycling miles...but this summer that surely was the case. As much as I like my road bike, mountain biking has always been my passion. The past few months on my Stumpjumper with my friends have been nothing short of amazing. Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean the riding ends...there's so many trails that need to be ridden.
|I ate so many post-ride (hike) ice-cream cones this summer...but my favorite, by far, was the Glen Dairy Bar in Watkins Glen, New York. -- July 20, 2017|
Life is a journey...not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- August 18, 2017
|Yes...that is a black bear about 30 yards in front of Mark and I in Michaux State Forest! -- July 31, 2017|
Here's the GARMIN maps and data from the rides featured in this post...
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