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    Grand Canyon (Pennsylvania's) and Back

    I wanted to see PennsylvaniaÔÇÖs Northern Tier and visit the Grand Canyon of PA. I waited for SaturdayÔÇÖs 5 inch rainfall to end and left Sunday. I took the R1100S since it has heated grips and an outlet for my heated jacket so I put on the saddlebags, loaded up and took off Sunday morning.



    Day 1.
    I left about 8am and took I476 north and I81 to get north quickly. A little north of here is the Lehigh Tunnel that goes through a tall ridge. The weather is often cooler, foggier, snowier etc on the other side of the tunnel.



    I came out the other end to windier, cooler weather and stopped at the first rest stop to hook up the electrics. I took I81 to the Lakeside exit and headed west on PA706. It got cloudier as I went north and I hit showers around Scranton and heavier showers in Montrose.



    PA706 ends in Wyalusing where I picked up PA6 and headed west.



    I went through lots of small towns that had a lot of nice old Victorian homes. I liked Towanda, Mansfield and Wellsboro among several. PA6 is a scenic road and a good way to make time across northern PA. Traffic was pretty light so I made good time.

    In Wellsboro I turned south for the Grand Canyon.



    Although itÔÇÖs not THE Grand Canyon, itÔÇÖs pretty spectacular. Most of the leaves are down but it was still worth the trip.





    I decided to head for Lyman Run SP south of Galeton for the evening.



    It was a scenic ride to the SP and I was the only camper. As I pulled in an icy rain started to fall so I set up quickly and soon the rain stopped. The forecast was a low of 25 and I was hoping for no snow. I actually had a nice evening with a warm fire watching nighttime fall.





    Terence
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    Nice pictures Terence! I was out to the grand canyon (PA) last summer. It was a little warmer than 25 degrees. Glad you enjoyed the ride. Route 6 is a great ride.
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    Day 2

    The overnight forecast was a low of 25 with a heavy frost. I think the forecast was accurate. Ice in your water bottle in your tent is never a good sign.









    It took me a while to get started due to the cold but I hit the road around 10:30 and headed back to PA6.





    There's a nice stretch west of Coudersport.





    I went as far west as East Smethport and headed south on PA46. ThatÔÇÖs a fun road and as I went south there was more color and leaves left on the trees.



    In Emporium I picked up my favorite road of this trip ÔÇô PA120, the Bucktail Trail. It follows Sinnemahoning Cr for mile after mile. I had read of this road on the ADVrider site for great river roads. It snakes along as it changes elevation and was a blast to ride.



    In Hyner, I took the winding road up to Hyner View ÔÇô well worth the trip.



    The view is very nice.





    I wouldÔÇÖve liked to have stayed around and watched these guys take off...



    ...down this ramp...



    ...but I took off instead to finish riding the road into Loch Haven.

    I turned south in Loch Haven and headed for Black Moshannon SP for the evening.

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    Day 3

    Black Moshannon was very crowdedtwo other campers. I was up early to the sound of geese and broke camp.





    I hope my map makes it one more day.



    With the sun up I left around 8:30.



    Toured the SP a little and then headed off on PA504 down to the valley.





    I took PA144 south through Bellafonte. Thats a pretty town that Id like to spend some time in. PA45 took me east



    where I picked up my second favorite road of the trip, PA235 and headed south. The ridges in this part of the state run SW to NE, so any road that goes N/S tends to run over a series of ups and downs as you go over each ridge. This was no exception.



    I took a rest stop and checked the oil level. Even with 12K miles, I still have to add oil regularly.



    The road ended at the Susquehanna and I had planned on taking the Millersburg ferry. You swing the gate to call the ferry and then wait.





    And wait...



    Unfortunately, I found out the ferry wasnÔÇÖt in service.

    Pretty sobering to see the high water marks.



    I headed south to a more modern crossing on PA22/322 to get on the home side of the river.



    Along PA895...



    Up and over Hawk Mtn.









    I was home by 3:30 and had done 800 miles over the three days. No high mileage days, but I think I saw a lot. I certainly enjoyed myself and would love to go back and ride the Millersburg ferry, PA235 and PA120 again.



    More pics http://terham.smugmug.com/gallery/3743059#215140423
    Terence
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    Great report. I've spent a couple of days just NW of Smethport in the Bradford area last year.. Wonderful riding.. Hope to go back next year..

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    Never knew there was such a canyon.
    Thanks for a great report and pictures.
    Bravo - you are a hardy camper my friend.
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    terham... Wonderful report. Beautiful pics.

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    Grand Canyon

    Thanks Terence. Wonderful. Time to dig out my eastern maps.

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    Bravo

    Thouroughly enjoyed the views!!!! I grew up in Lancaster, you really did the area right with your pictures. Great job Oh, nice bike!!!

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    What a neat ride report. And great pictures, too. Did you pack any cook gear, or were your meals mostly in restaurants? What a neat area to visit. I used to fish at Black Moshanon SP, and also visited Pine Creek at least once a year. Nice to see those areas again! Thanks.
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    Hey Terrance,

    Great ride report.. I've never been to the Canyon but I think it's a destination us NY boys need to explore soon.

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    Awesome ride and report! I'm envious. You hit some nice areas of the state. And I'm envious of your cool (cold) weather camping grit, too. Nice job and great pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan View Post
    What a neat ride report. And great pictures, too. Did you pack any cook gear, or were your meals mostly in restaurants? What a neat area to visit. I used to fish at Black Moshanon SP, and also visited Pine Creek at least once a year. Nice to see those areas again! Thanks.
    I backpack a bit so I take a lot of my backpacking equipment. I carry a whisper lite stove and a fuel bottle that's small and works well. I approached this as a backpacking trip on a motorcycle. I'd rather ride than stop for meals so I carry cheese, nuts and snacks and eat a little throughout the day. Oh, and poptarts for breakfast. For simplicity I did freeze dried this trip. I can highly recommend the chili mac.

    Terence
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoone View Post
    Hey Terrance,

    Great ride report.. I've never been to the Canyon but I think it's a destination us NY boys need to explore soon.
    Absolutely, it's well worth the trip. PA6 is a nice mix of rural with cool towns to stop in. The scenery's great with lots of interesting side roads.
    Terence
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