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    rkj__'s 2013 Pennsylvania Vacation

    I only get 10 precious vacation days every year, and 5 must be taken consecutively. Last year I went camping in Killarney. This year I took my truck and my bike to Pensylvania.

    It is a fairly scenic drive through NY and PA.



    I arrived in Jonestown PA, and set up camp.



    I did two MTB rides. The first was a fairly easy / short ride at Swatara State Park, on the same day I drove down. The trail was very well maintained, and flowed well. It is a system of stacked loops, so navigation is not a problem. I just made a right turn at every intersection. Though it was smooth, it was not uninteresting. There were a few fun little features. It was a perfect way to stretch the legs after a 6 hour drive.











    Then back to camp for a beer by the creek and a fire.






    The next day, I had a longer ride planned, the Rattling Creek IMBA Epic. This trail system was much more backwoods, and more typical of the riding in the area. Lots of rocks! There is a very good map of the trail system that I followed very carefully. I did accidentally miss a turn, which put me in a deep hollow. I did not see a sign post as I was descending. I then had a monster climb to get out of it. Doh! The trails were marked quite well though.

    Some sections were a little overgrown by some people's standards, but not terribly so. Did I mention there were lots of rocks? Although challenging, there was always a good line to take you through. Never was there a section that I felt was impossible. Though I did not ride everything cleanly, it certainly seemed doable. I walked a few sections because I was either tired, or playing it safe, since I was all alone in the woods, quite far from home.

    There were lots of Cicadas. Their song was incredibly loud all throughout the woods.



    Dropping in...



    There were some smooth sections, thankfully.



    And rocky sections.



    I may or may not have intentionally laid my bike down here...



    Not a leaf.









    I will admit, I bailed on two of the trail sections. I'm not in amazing shape right now, and I was just beat. No need to work too hard on vacation.



    The next part of the trip is less relevant to this forum, but I took my truck on some rocky trails too, and met up with another online community.











    I had a great trip. Thanks for looking.
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    Looks like some good riding and the trucks look great!
    One thing i never got into was slamming trucks on bags, but I think thats the practical side of me...
    Is yours stock height on bigger tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boarder4life View Post
    Looks like some good riding and the trucks look great!

    Is yours stock height on bigger tires?
    Thanks. My truck is now lifted almost 4".

    Stock
    (With OEM off road package, which adds larger tires and fender flares to the base 4x4.)


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    Re: rkj__'s 2013 Pennsylvania Vacation

    Looks like a fun trip.

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    Nice trip Ryan! I was going to do the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake last year, camping like you did. But it was just so friggin hot all summer long I never went. Maybe try again this year because their trails look like total fun! But not having much luck so far this year either!! I was just in Calgary this past week for work, was 4 hrs away from picking up my rental car to drive to Canmore for a few days of riding when all hell broke loose with the flooding of Cougar Creek. Within a few hrs one couldn't get in or out of Canmore. So cancelled everything, just managed to get a flight out of Calgary Thursday night and we all know what Calgary looked like Friday morning!!!

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    Thanks for sharing. Very cool!
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    Nice trip report and glad PA. treated you well!

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    Cool trip! Nice looking trails.
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    Great trip RKJ!!!

    Looks like fun. Those rocks bring back memories of riding in PA. I think I described it as like being repeatedly getting punched in the kidney's.

    And the truck is looking sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    Great trip RKJ!!!

    Looks like fun. Those rocks bring back memories of riding in PA. I think I described it as like being repeatedly getting punched in the kidney's.

    And the truck is looking sweet!
    Thanks.

    It was really nice to go and ride somewhere different. Other than doing the FallFest race one year in NY, I don't think I've ever ridden outside of Ontario.
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    Dem rocks lookn like 29'r trails ;-)

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    cool looking bugs
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    rkj__'s 2013 Pennsylvania Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Dem rocks lookn like 29'r trails ;-)
    My bike lags several years behind the latest trends.
    I just went to tubeless technology.
    29" wheels are likely several years away, unless 650b takes over.
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    Good move on the tubeless setup .
    Their grip is tenacious on rocks and roots .

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