Hello fellow riders!
I want to post a travel advisory for anyone riding in or through the north-central PA region any time in the near future. If you were not aware, this area of PA is currently being mined for its natural gas supply many miles below the earth's surface. The result of all of this drilling is yet to be determined (environmentally). All politics aside, if you are traveling State Routes 120, 144, 44, 287, 87, 872, 414 or US Routes 6 and 15, please travel with caution.
These are the main roads that the hydrofracking trucks and all of the gas well construction workers are traveling. They are traveling at high rates of speed and take up the whole road. Most of the workers are from Texas and I guess are not used to the windy mountain roads that they are driving on. It is not uncommon to come around a turn and a semi is well over the yellow line barreling directly for you! Also, the weight of the trucks is tearing up the roads. Many sections of the above listed roads are ripped up, even down to dirt in some places. Many roads have lots of loose stone/gravel on the road as a result of the gas trucks pulling onto them from well sites.
Please do not let this post deter you from riding these roads. They are awesome to ride and scenically beautiful (especially in the autumn). I just wanted to give everyone a heads up so that they are prepared for what they might encounter when traveling these roads.