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    On the road at 0800. Over to Getteysburg, to Hanover to Littlestown to Thurmont ,Past Camp David to Wayneyboro to the barn. Wonderful not to be melted into a puddle of sweat. Used to work at a place where the IT guy and his old lady would temp. tatoo and leather up every weekend and ride their bagger . Ran into them at a gas station once ,couldn't help but laugh and the guy never spoke to me again. Born to be mild. Around here the action for a certain 2 wheel set,and there is a bunch of them, is to ride from town up to the bar on top of the mountain overlooking McConnelsburg have a few beers and ride back to C-burg. Wow.
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    When coming up the back side I lean her to the left at the top and about half way through the turn, nail the throttle as hard as I have the nerve to and let em know who's your daddy. Like to scrape underside bits on the sweepers. It was on those sweepers on the Ft Loudon side I learned about trailing brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PineGreen View Post
    When coming up the back side I lean her to the left at the top and about half way through the turn, nail the throttle as hard as I have the nerve to and let em know who's your daddy. Like to scrape underside bits on the sweepers. It was on those sweepers on the Ft Loudon side I learned about trailing brake.
    Why not do the little road thru Cowans Gap? Wouldn't that be more fun?
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    Travel that road often. Lookout for campers
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    Quote Originally Posted by PineGreen View Post
    Around here the action for a certain 2 wheel set,and there is a bunch of them, is to ride from town up to the bar on top of the mountain overlooking McConnelsburg have a few beers and ride back to C-burg. Wow.
    I stop at the Mountain House (or whatever it's called) from time to time. Usually the only non Harley in the parking lot, is whatever I am riding. The place is good for the view, and a cold one. Mid day, mid week, there is usually nobody there but me and the bar tender, one or two of whom are quite comely (if not somewhat vapid). Also, the ride to the top from either direction doesn't suck too bad. Nor do any of the roads I may take to get there from here. I ride down that little road past Cowan's Gap SP too, down to PA 75- but the views coming down US 30 are better.

    Further West, where US 30 meets PA 31, is the Jean Bonnet Tavern- MUCH more to my liking, and also a popular weekend MC stop. HIGHLY recommended to all. They feature PA microbrews on tap (or used to- haven't been there in a while), and have a nice selection of menu items.

    http://www.jeanbonnettavern.com/

    Cheers. This time next week, I'll be in Germany, on my way north. The International BSA [vintage motorcycle] Rally in Norway is my final destination. We'll stop at a major European hot rod rally (A-Bombers Old Style Rally) along the way.
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    My German friend knows the organisers. Also will visit a mutual buddy in Gothenburg. Hopefully ride some local Gothenburg roads while there?
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    Mo'sicklin' the Fjord Country? Sure.
    Camping along a rushing Norwegian River? Youbetcha.
    Sunset at midnite, sunrise at 0330? Apparently.
    Northern Lights? Hopefully.

    Tripod for camera? Probably.

    Here's a video of one of the planned rides. Trollstigen AKA The Troll Path- top> down. yee haw.
    Turn off the audio for this one- it's all wind noise!

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    Look for a write up sometime in mid august. Can't call it a ride report cuz we'll be traveling by truck. (drive report?) Pix + story will be posted however- with plenty of MC content.

    YO Pinegreen. Ever check out C-burg's Roy Pitz Brewery?
    DARN good ales, theirs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    Outstanding fish sandwich or fish and chips which is my benchmark for road food places. (Best is Elk Creek Cafe in Millheim but Flannery's in Mercersburg is pretty good as well). The microbrews don't do me any good since I never get on the bike after even one drink.

    Elk Creek Cafe in Milheim has wonderful, locally grown/sourced food. You should go camp out in their back yard because their craft brewed ales are totally off the chain. Among the best I've had, in fact.
    It's one of the best places I know of for food, and really nice ales. Never been to Flannery's.
    Will check them out, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I'm amazed both stay in business given that they're sort of upscale in tiny little places. I assume that the customer base for Flannery's is based on the faculty from Mercersburg Academy. Here's my blog entry on some of my favorite road food places.
    It's not uncommon to see folks waiting "out the door" for a seat on an Sunday afternoon at the Elk Creek Cafe. But, I'm like Rockbottom, and don't drink when I ride and I'm rarely in Millheim later than noon when driving a car/truck.

    Sadly, I'm not far away, but I've never been in the place. However, I've only heard good things about the food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    It's not uncommon to see folks waiting "out the door" for a seat on an Sunday afternoon at the Elk Creek Cafe. But, I'm like Rockbottom, and don't drink when I ride and I'm rarely in Millheim later than noon when driving a car/truck.

    Sadly, I'm not far away, but I've never been in the place. However, I've only heard good things about the food.
    Penn's Valley has grown up dramtically in the past few years. I have friends in the area- friends who have lived most of their lives there- who lament the changes. There is a bustling community there, along with the "old hands" who have enjoyed a quiet lifestyle there for decades. There is a really progressive farming thing going on there- it is THE epicenter of Pennsylvania organic farming, in fact.

    http://www.pasafarming.org/events/pa...anic-farm-fest

    http://www.paorganic.org/



    The locals support each other aggressively, and Elk Creek Cafe is right alongside everyone in their support of local farming. You can go most anywhere in Penn's Valley, and buy directly from farmers- meat, poultry, dairy products, bread, and vegetables. There are many local craftspeople as well- woodworkers, metalsmiths, ferriers, artists etc.- these are the folks who have always lived there, who have made it possible for Elk Creek to exist in the first place... The Valley is a model of local people supporting each other, putting into, pulling from, and giving back to, their community.They've been doing it all along- but now it's "in vogue".

    More than ever before, there is a bunch of "money" in Penn's Valley- "money" from outside the area has moved in, and the "money" from State College has moved out. So never wonder "how" a place such as Elk Creek stays in business. They are a direct representation of what Penn's Valley has become. The food is good, their ales are GREAT! They ARE what [the new] "local" people want. Elk Creek Cafe was, in the beginning, and still are today, in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    Penn's Valley has grown up dramtically in the past few years. I have friends in the area- friends who have lived most of their lives there- who lament the changes. There is a bustling community there, along with the "old hands" who have enjoyed a quiet lifestyle there for decades. There is a really progressive farming thing going on there- it is THE epicenter of Pennsylvania organic farming, in fact.

    http://www.pasafarming.org/events/pa...anic-farm-fest

    http://www.paorganic.org/



    The locals support each other aggressively, and Elk Creek Cafe is right alongside everyone in their support of local farming. You can go most anywhere in Penn's Valley, and buy directly from farmers- meat, poultry, dairy products, bread, and vegetables. There are many local craftspeople as well- woodworkers, metalsmiths, ferriers, artists etc.- these are the folks who have always lived there, who have made it possible for Elk Creek to exist in the first place... The Valley is a model of local people supporting each other, putting into, pulling from, and giving back to, their community.They've been doing it all along- but now it's "in vogue".

    More than ever before, there is a bunch of "money" in Penn's Valley- "money" from outside the area has moved in, and the "money" from State College has moved out. So never wonder "how" a place such as Elk Creek stays in business. They are a direct representation of what Penn's Valley has become. The food is good, their ales are GREAT! They ARE what [the new] "local" people want. Elk Creek Cafe was, in the beginning, and still are today, in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
    A bit smitten are we......

    Elk Creek is successful because the owner has a deep commitment to his community and works awfully hard at his business.
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    You are correct an both counts, sir!
    Yep, I'm smitten! I'll admit it.
    I have deep ties to the area, and am not only a "foodie" of sorts, but also a microbrew aficionado.
    What's not to like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    You are correct an both counts, sir!
    Yep, I'm smitten! I'll admit it.
    I have deep ties to the area, and am not only a "foodie" of sorts, but also a microbrew aficionado.
    What's not to like?
    Deep ties to Millheim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Deep ties to Millheim?
    More specifically, out closer to Aaronsburg and Woodward. I have a handful of really good friends, whom I've known for many years, all of whom have lived in the area for decades- most if not all of their adult lives. I don't hang out up there a whole lot, like I used to- but do try to get up that way every so often.

    I used to love to go to Guy Zerby's old Triumph/BSA shop in Spring Mills (on PA rte 45). He had some pretty darn cool old bikes in there, that he had when his dealership closed down. BSAs and Triumphs among others, some of which had less than 100 miles on them- they were sitting on his showroom floor when he closed doors, and sat there for many many years afterwards, right up to his death AFAIK. I actually bought some parts off him a couple times, both for my own 79 T140E, and for a friend's BSA. Mr Zerby was a great old guy with a lot to talk about, and a couple buildings of new old stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    I used to love to go to Guy Zerby's old Triumph/BSA shop in Spring Mills (on PA rte 45). He had some pretty darn cool old bikes in there, that he had when his dealership closed down. BSAs and Triumphs among others, some of which had less than 100 miles on them- they were sitting on his showroom floor when he closed doors, and sat there for many many years afterwards, right up to his death AFAIK. I actually bought some parts off him a couple times, both for my own 79 T140E, and for a friend's BSA. Mr Zerby was a great old guy with a lot to talk about, and a couple buildings of new old stock.
    I believe a grandson is operating the place. I swear I recently saw the OPEN sign illuminated during a Saturday morning return trip from Millheim. Local lore has it that Lyle Lovett tried to buy one of Mr. Zerby's bikes, but he wouldn't sell......

    I "think", based on what I've heard, he was originally a BSA and Matchless dealer. He was affiliated with the original Mr. Hermy (Port Clinton, PA BMW shop) and sold Moto Morini's for a few years.
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    Yeah I think you may be right about the grandson, I had heard that as well, and I know for sure the GS was working there in the coupe years prior to Mr Z's death. I'd always thought that all of those bikes were "for sale"- IF you afford the price. I heard thru the grapevine that someone bought them all after Mr Z passed away. (admittedly, this may be BS-as it is hearsay)

    Never knew he had been affiliated with Hermy's. I pass thru Port Clinton every now and again, mostly on my way to Oley for the Antique meet in the spring. Port Clinton Hotel is a fave stop.

    Rock bottom, your ride route 74/75/35/235/45/144/120/477/192/3007/104/11/850/34 includes some my local favorites. It's a wonder we never passed each other out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I always wondered about that place when I rode past on one of my favorite routes--from Carlisle, 74/75/35/235/45/144/120/477/192/3007/104/11/850/34
    Try this

    74/75/35/235/45/445/64W/1010Centre/26/1001Centre/1002Centre/4007Centre/144/120/1014Clinton/44/880/2002Clinton/477/192/3007/104/11/850/34
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