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    Crique Franšaise: x-post from Passion

    Posted this over in Passion and thought other folks from PA might enjoy it as well.
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    That's French Creek, as in Southeastern PA. Had off from work today. Weather was lovely, trails were fast. Spent a little over four hours on the trails and didn't see another soul. Perfect.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2361926761/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2361926761_28699bc64c_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    Got there just as the sun was breaching over the horizon.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2362759138/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3114/2362759138_be1725ff8f_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    This is one of the faster stretches along the outside of the park. Most of the trails are wall-to-wall rocks. Here, at least, there's enough room between the rocks to actually spot a nice line between them.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2362760274/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/2362760274_2cc7fd75b6_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    A fast downhill brings you to a couple of little creek crossings. The first one has a bridge...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2362764874/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3056/2362764874_27305b1159_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    ... You get wet at the second.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2361935313/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2344/2361935313_c16ef5d96d_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    Then it's back uphill. Now this is more typical of French Creek. There're a few pretty rideable lines in there somewhere.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2362768008/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2381/2362768008_6382168a23_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    The barrel. This is a pretty well-known landmark along the Buzzard Trail. If you zoom in, you'll also see the No Bikes sign hanging in the background. Don't pass the barrel!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12604400@N00/2361938479/" title="French Creek MTB by schamis, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2361938479_dd77c04434_b.jpg" width="600" alt="French Creek MTB" /></a>
    All told, a great day in French Creek. The sun was shining and the trails were fast.

    Thanks for riding along.
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