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Xpost....help a brother out.
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Ok kids, a buddy of mine needs to drive to PA to pick up some stuff after his grandma passed.

He wants to go from Austin to PA and ride along the way. (I'll get the city and update later)

We need some help.
Who wants to be Julie the cruise director?


I think we're going to take about 5-7 days off to do the whole trip sometime in June.
We can drive straight and get there in 20+ hours.
But wheres the fun in that?

Where are some good spots to stop and ride?

We'd prefer places with maps if possible. Recommendations on trails and shops, etc would be greatly appreciated!! :thumbsup:

I did request a stop in Cinicinnati to see a friend in my hometown and one in Columbus to pick up some Ohio State stuff, since I haven't been back in 12 years. :D

So where should we go? :confused:
What should we ride? What are the trails like along the way?

I'm on a Titus Super Moto XL and he's on a Yeti 575, so I don't think there is anything we couldn't try or at least walk ;)

feel free to wax poetic and PM me.

Thanks in advance.
Erik
 

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ArmySlowRdr said:
ok--bar H, then hit Nu Draper in OKC, then take it on up through I-44 and MO and hit d Berryman, In St. Louis west metro do Castleman State Park.

Or Alternatively go through Arkansas and hit up Ouchita/Womble or up north Sylamo.

For points east of St Louis area someone else is gunna have to answer.
Skip Draper unless you're on a rigid SS 'cause otherwise it's bland. Go east to Tulsa and hit Turkey for all the technical trails you can handle.
 

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dankilling said:
what part of PA?
still trying to figure that out.
waiting on Jim for that info

Would love to hit it but last time I checked I didn't think Whistler is anywhere near PA :eek: :nono:

I'm from the midwest, so still a tourist to this area of the country.

Love Austin, TX!
 

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In Ohio...

You might consider hitting Vultures Knob, in Wooster, Ohio. Wooster is about 1 hour south of Cleveland or about 2 hours north of Columbus. Vultures Knob has the best riding in the state, in my opinion. It's a race course, about 5 miles long. It's VERY technical. It has log crossings, drops, plank bridges, platforms...you name it. This trail can get VERY muddy if there has been a significant rain within 4 or 5 days.

I moved from Wooster to Arizona for world-class riding, but I still miss vultures knob.

www.vulturesknob.com

PM me if you want more info...
 

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Oil City, PA

So cool, from Austin to there, thru Little rock, then memphis, nashville, Louisville, Cinci, Columbus towards Youngstown.

Wooster is totally on the Way.

So is Cinci, and Columbus and some stuff in TN!!

Woot woot!!!

Could do the Kanasas, Tulsa thing on the way back or head south and hit stuff in WV, Carolinas, Atlanta,

anything worthwhile in Kentucky?

thanks for the suggestions, keep em comin! :thumbsup:
 

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drumbum said:
When you get to planning the Western PA stage, hit us up on www.porcmtbclub.org. You could probably go riding with the Dirt Rag guys in their home park!
Thanks for all the suggestions. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thought I'd share.
Finally got the trip nailed down and have some links of where we're going…

We're leaving Fri July 6th from Austin, TX:
We're going to Burns, TN to ride here
Then to Cinci to visit my friends and get a yummy steak here (best steak of your life)

Then to Ohio State so I can stock up on OSU gear :^))

Then to Wooster, OH to ride here cool pics and write up here

Then to PA for 2 days (riding some "unpublished" stuff and kennerdell

Then to Davis, WV to ride here

Then to Murray, KY to ride Land between the Lakes
I hooked up with the VP of KY IMBA and he's going to hook us up with a guide there.

Then heading home.

Should be back Friday the 13th. (I'll be sure not to ride that day ;^))

Should be fun, but I gotta get in shape!!! :madman:
 

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eokerholm said:
Then to Murray, KY to ride Land between the Lakes
I hooked up with the VP of KY IMBA and he's going to hook us up with a guide there.QUOTE]

How was Land between the lakes? I've been thinking about a weekend trip there.
 

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cruzthepug said:
eokerholm said:
Then to Murray, KY to ride Land between the Lakes
I hooked up with the VP of KY IMBA and he's going to hook us up with a guide there.QUOTE]

How was Land between the lakes? I've been thinking about a weekend trip there.
It was awesome!
I'm working on a write up. I guess I'll do a post per place we stopped.

Check out the pics attached!

LBL was great!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Absolutlely no guide needed. Get a map at the North Welcome Center.
Take the Canal loop. Super great trail!!!
here are some links
Trail information
Maps

18+ miles of fun, flowing, fast and scenic single track. (we linked up some of the canal loop with the N/S trail (which is paved) and got in 18 miles about 15 on dirt.
Hardpack and roots, that's it, no drops or anything of challenge, but still fun as hell!

Only 120 foot elevation change, so you don't die anywhere. Some fun obstacles and jumps throughout the course. Fun dropped tree and jumps!

Great place to came. super cheap $8-$11/night. Super clean facilities.
Wood N Wave is nearby for any biking or part needs.

Great family desitination.

There is a 700 acre bison and elk prarie on site.
60 miles of paved trail
Water galore. Great for mid and post ride swims!!!

It's a 12.5 hour drive from austin, but I'll be going back. That place was fun.

go, you won't be sorry!
 

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Vulture's Knob in Wooster, OH

Out in the middle of nowhere, but still a fun place.
You have to have some special gnads to jump off the ramps, :eek: (see pics) but some of the other stuff was really fun!

Short, only 6 miles. Part of it was closed off because of a recent storm, but still a great place to visit.

A great review with pics at SpokeJunkies
Check out the video here! Sweet stuff!

Here are some pics.
 

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Kennerdell, PA

Great review at Spoke junkies

Fun place. Horse and ATV Trail. Some sections, bike only.
Loved riding under the canopy of the trees. Keeps everything cool!
20+ miles of trail. Out in Kennerdell, PA.
Big fun DOWNHILLS!
TONS of trees down, you'll get lots of practice going over or around them.
very well marked trail when you stay on it.
We have to back track some spots and venture UPHILL.
Climbed for an hour uphill to get back to a trail.

550 ft of elevation change, some straight down. Super fast and fun.
some good rocky areas on the ridge trail that reminded me of home, otherwise everything is hardpack and roots. nothing technical.
Pretty good flow. I liked the place.
The downs were fun, but getting back up was not. Gotta pay for all the fun on the way down, I guess.

Find a map. We got ours from some local campers.
There is no trail head and no maps anywhere to be found. We were lucky.

Didn't see any bears, we were looking. Especially after trekkin up the mountain!

I'd go back.
Finally me in some pictures. :)
 

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Montgomery Bell State Park, TN

AWESOME!

Great flowy track.
really had a good time here. We were under a time crunch to get in a ride and then drive to Cincinnati, OH by 7pm, so we didn't get to play as much as we would have liked.

Fun stuff. Well maintained track. The pine straw kept it dry. Some good drops (rolling) nothing too technical except some steep switchbacks but mostly fast and flowing trail.
My legs were killin me in the yellow section. Lots of climbing and with 3 months of rain in austin, not much time to train to get ready.

Great camping nearby (3 miles) . Kroger down the street (2 miles).

Well marked trail. Print the map before going.

Reds/Whites were a good warm up, but we wanted more and headed to the green/yellow stuff!

Wanted to do the blue area, but didn't have time.

A great destination for a weekender! it's 12.5 miles from Austin, but I'd go back here too!
Trying to get a group from austin up for a road trip/bike trip up to here or LBL.

I really liked this trail. Camping facilities were nice, plentiful and clean.

LBL and This were my 2 favorite "public" trails.

My favorite was a non-public trail in Oil City, on my buddies farm.
I'll post up pics on that one!
 

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Oil City, PA

This was my favorite place.
Lots of variety and wonderful scenery.
it was 1 mile down, but 3.5 miles up. Climbing was a workout for sure!

Here are a bunch of pics!
 

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