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Showing posts with label Tuscarora State Forest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tuscarora State Forest. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ADVICE FROM A BICYCLE

The earliest picture I have of me on a bicycle was taken when I was one year old.  It's of my father holding me steady on a ten speed bike.  I think it's safe to say that neither my mom, nor my dad, would have ever thought I would one day grow up to be an adult who would derive so much joy and inspiration from riding a bike.

As always...thank you to YOUR TRUE NATURE for the super cool bookmarks and magnets.  Your gifts and work continue to inspire me.

Hanging on the refrigerator in my kitchen is a magnet that the good people at Your True Nature sent me a few months ago.  It reads:  ADVICE FROM A BICYCLE.  Just one of a few gifts that they sent me after reading my post, OBSERVATIONS FROM OHIOPYLE.  The folks at YOUR TRUE NATURE also inspired me to write ADVICE FROM A SQUIRREL and, one of my favorite posts, ADVICE FROM A MOUNTAIN.  Decades of bike riding have taught me a lot of lessons. Some of those lessons were taught to me (thank you, Mark)...and some I had to figure out on my own.  Interestingly, many of them can be summed up in the seven phrases printed on the magnet hanging in my kitchen. Again, many thanks to YOUR TRUE NATURE for inspiring me with these your pieces of advice from a bicycle.  I hope you don't mind...but I added one more (and in my opinion...the best) piece of advice to the end of the list.  Enjoy!


STAY ON TRACK

To me, the key to biking...and to life...is staying on track.  Figure out what you want to do, where you want to go, who you want to be...and go there.  The trails won't always be marked, paths will often diverge, and sometimes you'll have to make your own way.  Just keep your eyes on the trail ahead of you.

Just like mountain biking, in life there are often plenty of signs to help keep you on track.  Taken while mountain biking near the Bedford Springs Hotel -- January 13,  2018

Those signs can be easily missed if you aren't paying attention....sort of like the sign that diverted Baughman Trail (in Ohiopyle State Park) off to the right and away from the mud and muck that I ended up riding in.  --  June 15,  2017

No matter how hard you try to stay on track...ultimately, you'll come to a fork in the road.  Thankfully, All Trails Go Somewhere!  Mark Lentz in Michaux State Forest. -- July 21, 2017

To Glenn's chagrin...staying on track sometimes means inventing a new way forward....like enduring a cold stream crossing and an unauthorized trek through a construction site.  Glenn Medice riding at the Lakes. -- May 2, 2017


LEAN INTO LIFE'S CURVES

Trails, like life, don't always lead you where you want to go...but they always go somewhere...and that somewhere is often really beautiful!

I love this trail in Michaux State Forest.  It winds and curves through a freshly logged area of the mountain. -- October 30, 2016

This curve descends down a particularly beautiful area in Michaux State Forest that...for some reason...I've always called Bear Knob.  I think I saw the name on an old ATV map. --  August 1, 2017

STAY BALANCED

My boss calls it, "Keeping Your Triangle Balanced."  Family, Work, Leisure.  We all can be guilty of focusing too much on one of those three things and neglecting the others.  Life, like riding a bicycle, is a balancing act.  Leaning too far in any one direction will knock you too the ground.

Making my way down Trail 7 at Rocky Ridge County Park.  In my opinion, one of the most fun and probably the most difficult trail in the park.  There is a rock garden about 2/3 of the way down the trail that I've never been able to make it through.  Way to go, Mikey Nardelli!  You're the only person I've ever seen ride it! -- November 3, 2017

This stupid log in Swatara State Park throws me off all the time.  The single log is damp enough for me to constantly slip off of it and the two perpendicular logs are annoyingly spaced just right to stop my momentum.  Tim, for some reason, has no issue with it.  Tim Sindlinger and Matt Linnane. -- June 6, 2017

The best rock at Rocky Ridge County Park!  Staying balanced on it is much easier than you would first expect. -- September 15, 2017

Matt Linnane dodging downed trees and staying balanced as he rides above Mountain Creek in Michaux State Forest. -- August 15, 2017


KNOW WHEN TO PUT THE BRAKES ON

There are times in life, just as on a bike, that we need to put the brakes on and slow down.  Maybe we need to get our bearings...maybe we need to watch out for danger...or maybe we just need to stop and take in the moment.  It's okay to put the brakes on every once in a while.  Don't worry about your STRAVA.

Kristian and I putting the brakes on to admire the beauty of the Patapsco River in Patapsco Valley State Park, MD. -- October 15, 2016

Yeah...I'm that guy.  If the sign says "Walk Your Bike Across The Bridge" that's what I do.  Patapsco Valley State Park. -- July 1, 2016

This is one of Glenn's favorite pictures.  Glenn, Matt, and I took a break  on a well placed bench in Michaux State Forest. -- July 25, 2017


Yes....I will put the brakes on for snakes.  I hate snakes.  Thanks, Mark, for pointing it out.  Michaux State Forest. -- October 30, 2016

I will definitely put the brakes on for a black bear! Michaux State Forest. -- July 31, 2017

COAST WHEN YOU NEED TO

Someone once mentioned to me how surprised they were when they realized that I didn't just mountain bike "downhill."  Life is full of uphill climbs.  Actually, you'll spend exponentially more time and energy climbing up than you will riding down.  When you do get to ride down...go ahead and coast.
You deserve it.

Mark Lentz and  I coasting down a super slick single track that winds underneath the power lines in Michaux State Forest. -- October 10, 2016



Glenn Medice and I coasting down a trail in Michaux State Forest. -- August 15, 2017

Mark and Kristian coasting and chatting on a fire road in Michaux State Forest. -- October 30, 2016

DON'T LET THE TOUGH SPOTS DERAIL YOU

Inevitably, things get tough.  Be the person who looks for solutions...not the person who just sees problems.  S**t happens...don't let it derail you.  There's always a way around, through, or over anything in your way.

Tim navigates this tree build-up in Michaux State Forest with greatest of easy. -- June 28, 2016



This tough spot at on the Parkway Trails in Harrisburg, PA didn't derail Chris and I...it just made us backtrack a little bit. -- March 3,  2018

Love, love, love this picture of Glenn navigating Grave Ridge in Michaux State Forest. -- July 25, 2017

GET IN GEAR

The saying goes..."We all have gears we don't use."  Use them.  They'll help you get out of the valleys.

I took this amazing pic of Mark as he started his climb up Trail 8 at Rocky Ridge County Park.  Climbs like this are the reason bikes have so many gears. -- January 26, 2018

RIDING IS ALWAYS MORE FUN WITH FRIENDS

My contribution to the list.  I don't think I would enjoy mountain biking even a fraction of the amount that I do if it wasn't for the friends that I share these experiences with.  Just over the past two years, I've had the honor of spending time (doing the things I love) with these people.  They are ALL so special to me and mean the world to me.  Thank you, all!

Mark Lentz and Dave Raymond on an epic ride in Tuscarora State Forest. -- July 6, 2017

Dave Raymond and Chris Keller on one of our many afternoon rides at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- July 13, 2017

Back row:  Tim Sindlinger, Glenn Medice, and Matt Linnane.  We took this pic at the end of Grave Ridge Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- August 15, 2017

Mike Alicea, Brent Shirk, and Dave Raymond on the Park Way Trails in Harrisburg, PA. -- December 28, 2017

Riding Patapsco Valley State Park with Kristian Hains. -- October 15, 2016

Dave Raymond and Mike Alessandroni riding near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. -- August 3, 2016

Taking an Easter Sunday ride with my son, Alex.  -- April 16, 2017

Riding with my very best friend of all...Robin!  -- April 9, 2017

Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- March 21, 2018


I was one year old when this picture of my father and I was taken outside of my parent's apartment in Fishertown, Pennsylvania. -- 1974

Here are the GARMIN maps and data from a few of the rides featured in this post.   Happy riding!










Interested in biking or hiking some of the trails featured in this post?  Check out the TRAIL MAPS and TRAIL HEADS tabs on the ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM website.   

All of my posts are available at ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM and, if you get the chance, be sure to visit YOURTRUENATURE.COM!

"WRITE SOMETHING WORTH READING OR DO SOMETHING WORTH WRITING..." Ben Franklin

Saturday, December 30, 2017

BACKTRACKING 2017

This past week really has been "like Christmas" for me.  Mark and I both have the week off for Christmas vacation and, even though the wind chills have been in the single digits, we've managed to get out on our mountain bikes for a couple of very cold, but equally amazing, rides...both of which were in locations I had never ridden before.  Two super cool, and unexpected, presents.

The intersection of Old Farm Trail and Ridge Trail at Gifford Pinchot State Park. -- December 27, 2017 

That's been a theme for me in 2017.  Since April, when I was cleared by my doctor to begin riding my bike again, I've mountain biked in six new places:  Codorus State Park, Stony Valley RR Trail, The Parkway Trails in Harrisburg, Tuscarora State Forest, Gifford Pinchot State Park, and even in the City of York.  Over the past eight months I've also revisted trails that I haven't ridden for almost a decade...like the York County Heritage Rail Trail and Ohiopyle State Park.  When you add in one trip each to the Allegrippis Trails near Raystown Lake and Swatara State Park...six trips to Michaux State Forest...twenty nine combined local rides at Rocky Ridge County Park and the Lakes...and thirty plus rides on my road bike...2017 was full of memorable rides.  Most importantly, throughout this past year, I've continued to be blessed with an amazing group of friends to share these trails and rides with...Mark Lentz, Glenn Medice, Timmy Sindlinger, Matt Linnane, Chris Keller, Brent Shirk, Mike Alicea, and yep, Mikey Nardelli...all of whom helped make every ride memorable.

So...with the year quickly coming to an end (and with much anticipation of all the rides and trails coming our way in 2018) I thought it would be fun to backtrack over 2017 and take a look at my ten favorite rides of the past year.  Enjoy!

#10.  TWO SUPER COLD WEATHER RIDES

(Riding York City and Gifford Pinchot State Park with Mark Lentz)  --  DECEMBER 26/27, 2017


Two rides...not one...are combined for the tenth spot on my list.  With the air temps hovering around 20 degrees, Mark and I set out on two rides that were completely new to me.  The first was a ten mile urban ride in the city of York, PA that consisted of about 60 percent pavement and 40 percent off road.  The second ride was in Gillford Pinchot State Park.  I've always been told that the riding there was minimal...but Mark and I spend a very cold hour riding single track that was incredibly cool.  

My Stumpjumper leaning on one of the many murals that line the streets of York, Pennsylvania. -- December 26, 2017

My first ride in Gifford Pinchot State Park.  Mark and I paused to check out the ruins of an old farm that is visible from Old Farm Trail. -- December 27, 2017


#9.  SINGLE TRACK HEAVEN

(Michaux State Forest with Mark Lentz)  --AUGUST 18, 2017


Mark was super stoked to show me the miles and miles of continuous single track in the Big Flat area of Michaux State Forest.  It was a day of just continuous riding on some of the best trails that Michaux has to offer.

Astronomy Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- August 18, 2017

Mark and I are all smiles after our last summer ride in Michaux. -- August 18, 2017


#8.  MOUNTAIN BIKING OHIOPYLE -- JUNE 15, 2017


I rode the extremely challenging trails of Ohiopyle State Park for the first time since 2009.  Heading out solo, I tackled the Sugarloaf Trails and Baughman Trail (which descends 800 feet in nearly two miles).  As an added bonus, I spend some leisurely time on the Great Allegheny Passage and just soaked in the amazing scenery of Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands.

The last 100 yards of Baughman Trail.  A wild and crazy trail that descends nearly 800 feet in two miles! -- June 15, 2017



My son, Alex, took this shot of me on the Great Allegheny Passage with his drone.  -- June 15, 2017



#7.  THE ROCKIEST RIDE OF THE YEAR

(Michaux State Forest with Glenn Medice, Tim Sindlinger, and Matt Linnane) -- AUGUST 1, 2017


The Rockiest Ride of the Year makes my top ten list simply because it was extremely fun to revisit (for the first time in nearly ten years) one of the most challenging trails near Piney Mountain Ridge in Michaux State Forest...Fender Trail.  It also led us towards one of the more picturesque trails in the area...Bear Knob.  It was just really fun ride.

Tim Sindlinger, Matt Linnane, Dave Raymond, and Glenn Medice taking a break on Bear Knob in Michaux State Forest. -- August 1, 2017

Descending Bear Knob in Michaux State Forest. -- August 1, 2017

#6.  URBAN MOUNTAIN BIKING

(The Parkway Trails with Mark Lentz and Glenn Medice) -- JULY 26, 2017


The Parkway Trails in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have proved to be one of the coolest "local" trail systems around.  I've been there three times this past year...but the second of the three rides (with Mark and Glenn) was super amazing.  We had a blast zipping in and out of the mountain bike friendly single track put in place by SAMBA.  Urban mountain biking at it's best!

My Stumpjumper leaning on the South Harrisburg Wall Project.  One of the super cool things you will see while riding the Parkway Trails. -- July 26, 2017

Mark and Glenn crossing over the rail road tracks while riding the Parkway Trails. -- July 26, 2017

All smiles after a twisty single track on the Paxtang side of the Parkway Trails. -- July 26, 2017

Mark Lentz, Dave Raymond, and Glenn Medice wrapping up our ride on the Parkway Trails. -- July 26, 2017


#5. OVER THE MOUNTAIN

(Michaux State Forest with Mark Lentz) -- July 31, 2017


Mark and I really did ride over the mountain in Michaux on the last day of July.  Not purposefully.  We were looking for a section of single track near Ridge Road.  What we got was a ride we will never forget.  After accidentally dropping down into King's Gap State Park, Mark and I did an impromptu road ride and then climbed fire road back up the mountain to Ridge Trail.  Along the way we encountered a black bear and ultimately found some really awesome single track (none of which was the trail we were originally looking for). 

Ridge Trail in Michaux State Forest is made up of super technical single track. -- July 31, 2017

Dave Raymond and Mark Lentz on Ridge Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- July 31, 2017

Looking west from the top of the mountain in Michaux State Forest just before accidentally dropping down into King's Gap State Park.  -- July 31, 2017

With the mountain  range off to our left, Mark and I had to ride about 6 miles of road to eventually get back over the mountain. -- July 31, 2017

Nothing like sharing the trail with a black bear. -- July 31, 2017


#4.  STONY VALLEY RAIL TRAIL

(With Mark Lentz) -- JUNE 5, 2017


The Stony Valley Rail Trail turned out to be the perfect ride for Mark and I the first week of summer vacation.  With a steady rain coming down for the enter 28 mile journey, Mark and I experienced, what I consider to be, the most visually stimulating ride of the summer.  Along the way we explored limestone diversion wells and the ruins of Cold Spring, a 19th Century resort town.

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






Mark Lentz riding the Stony Valley Rail Trail. -- June 5, 2017


#3.  FUN IN MICHAUX

(Michaux state Forest with Glenn Medice and Matt Linnane) -- JULY 25, 2017


This ordinary "Tuesday in Michaux" ride really turned into something out of the ordinary.  The July humidity disappeared and the temperatures were low.  Glenn, Matt, and I explored "new to us" trails south of Woodrow Road and then headed towards Grave Ridge.  Riding south to north on Grave Ridge was one of more memorable rides of the summer.  It was a great Tuesday in Michaux.

Dave Raymond, Glenn Medice, and Matt Linnane taking a break on Gargamel's Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- July 25, 2017

Glenn Medice riding Gargamel's Trail in Michaux State Forest. -- July 25, 2017

Dave Raymond riding Gargamel's Trail in Michaux State Forest.  -- July 25, 2017

Matt Linnane taking on Grave Ridge in Michaux State Forest. -- July 25, 2017


#2.  WHAT A DAY WE ARE HAVING!

(Tuscarora State Forest with Mark Lentz) -- JULY 6, 2017


Mark and I made a spur of moment decision to turn right towards Tuscarora State Forest instead of left towards Michaux.  The result was an epic, tropical, twenty nine mile ride that included a rattle snake sighting, an old CCC Camp, Doubling Gap Overlook, the grave of CCC worker who perished while creating the mountain roads on which we were riding, and nearly 4,000 feet of climbing!  Yeah...what a day we had!

Mark Lentz and Dave Raymond at the tail end of an epic, muddy, and tropical ride in Tuscarora State Forest. -- July 6, 2017

Mark Lentz riding in Tuscarora State Forest. -- July 6, 2017


#1.  FIRST BIKE RIDE AFTER SURGERY

(Manchester, Pennsylvania with Robin) -- APRIL 9, 2017


When I was given the green light to ride my back after my second back surgery within a year, I couldn't think of a better person to share my joy with than my wife, Robin.  I agree to take it easy.  We dropped my truck off at Northeastern High School for my son...and then Robin and I rode three glorious miles home!  It was the best three miles ever.

I have a look of excitement and my wife has a look of cautious happiness as we begin my first ride after back surgery. -- April 9, 2017

I couldn't hide my smile as I was about to embark on my first ride five months! -- April 9, 2017

This new year, I'm thankful for my family, my friends, and my health.  2018 presents me with the opportunity to ride all twelve months of the year for the first time since 2015.  Physically, I feel better than I have in a long time....in no small part to my surgeon (who fixed my back) and to my wife (who rightfully encourages me to slow down a little bit).  I already have a few ideas in mind for 2018.  Along with exploring new trails, I'd like to revisit places I haven't been to in a long time...places like Blue Marsh, Fair Hill, Rattling Creek, and French Creek.  I'm sure my friends will buy into that...and I'm sure, that by the end of the year, I'll have plenty of rides to backtrack on.
Happy New Year!

I can't leave out the road rides I had this summer with my son, Alex.  I'm so happy he enjoys his bike and loves to use it to explore the Pittsburgh area when he is away at school. -- August 20, 2017


Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- December 30, 2017
What was your favorite ride or hike of 2017?  Feel free to post your comments below.  Happy New Year!

And...my vote for favorite ice-cream stop of 2017 is the Glen Dairy Bar in Watkin's Glen, New York! -- July 20, 2017


Here are the GARMIN maps and data from the rides featured in this post...























Interested in biking or hiking some of the trails featured in this post?  Check out the TRAIL MAPS and TRAIL HEADS tabs on the ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM website.   

All of my posts are available at ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM and, if you get the chance, be sure to visit HIGHPEAKSHIKING.COM and

"WRITE SOMETHING WORTH READING OR DO SOMETHING WORTH WRITING..." Ben Franklin