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    Guided Rides In Jim Thorpe start this weekend!

    "Join Jim Thorpe residents and National Champion cyclists Liz & Lath Carlson, for a guided mountain bike ride under a colorful canopy of trees! All levels of off-road cyclists are welcome.

    Liz will be leading the kinder, gentler of the two adventures. Her ride is for anyone who can ride a bike and is familiar with rail-to-trail travel. Join her as she takes in the fall colors on the scenic Switchback trail.

    Lath will be leading more advanced riders on the technical Jim Thorpe classic, Twin Peaks. His ride is for cyclists who have experience navigating rocky singletrack terrain.

    If you’d like to experience Jim Thorpe’s autumn magic by bike on the trails Jim Thorpe is famous for, meet Liz & Lath in front of the train station at 2pm, both Saturday and Sunday during Fall Foliage Weekends. Please bring enough water and food for your ride. Each adventure will take between 2-3 hours. (Heavy rain cancels.)

    Where: Beginner/Intermediate ride covers the Switchback trail
    Intermediate/Expert ride covers Twin Peaks
    (Mauch Chunk Ridge and Mt. Pisgah)

    When: Rides leave @ 2pm from the Train Station,
    October 11-12 (no advanced ride the 12th- off racing), 18-19 (no advanced ride the 19th), 25-26 "

    Rides are free, sponsored by the JT Chamber of Commerce, and bike rentals are available from area shops.

    http://www.jimthorpe.org/bikerides.htm

    Questions? Email: jttrails@hotmail.com
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    Good job!

    Nice!


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    sundays expert ride is on

    I'm going to bail on Iron Cross, so tomorrow's advanced ride is a go.
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    Cool, will this continue in November? My Oct weekends are pretty much booked.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Good job!

    Lath:


    I'm good for the second week of November and will bring friends if you so chose to ride more!

    Thanks for doing what you do, nice!

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    More thank you's for the guided rides ! I ride Blue Marsh alot and was wondering how these rides compare -- harder ? easier ? alot of rocky drop-offs ?? I know my wife who doesn't ride all that much,but is in good shape, would be asking me this question if I say "hey let's try this Jim Thorpe ride I found on MTBR"

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    Tough call, the advanced ride we are doing has a couple sections of baby head rocks and a couple technical downhills, but most of it is similar to around the lake at Blue Marsh. If she is ok riding rocky stuff she should be fine, she might want to just go a bit slower on the downhills which is fine. The other, beginner ride, would most likely be too slow for her. The advanced ride does have about 4 bail out points too. next weekend the trees should be great, but as of now there is just a saturday advanced ride, I've got a work thing sunday.
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    I'll have to check schedules, I think Liz wants to go see family that weekend.
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    Great ride today Lath - thanks!

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    Expert ride still on this Saturday? I plan to come down. I suppose I could do it by myself if needed. How is it on a SS? I think I've done the ride in parts before, and most of the climbing is on fireroads, correct?

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    How beginner is the beginner ride?

    How beginner is the beginner ride going to be? Is it all rails-to-trails?

    And, is there a bail-out point somewhere's around 10-12 miles or so?


    The reason I ask is that I'd love to take my daughter on a Jim Thorpe ride during fall foliage. I was planning on just riding down from White Haven to Rockport, the 11 or so miles one weekend ourselves, but she LOVES riding with a group. We did the Tour de Scranton short-short-short course this spring and she's still talking about it.

    So, I guess to sum up my question is.... would it be possible to ride the beginner switchback trail ride, cutting it down to about 75-90 minutes, and on a Trail-a-bike? I've never been on the switchback trail, so I have no idea what the terrain would be like, and I don't think she can sit on a bicycle seat more than an hour and a half or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thorpe Trails
    Tough call, the advanced ride we are doing has a couple sections of baby head rocks and a couple technical downhills, but most of it is similar to around the lake at Blue Marsh. If she is ok riding rocky stuff she should be fine, she might want to just go a bit slower on the downhills which is fine. The other, beginner ride, would most likely be too slow for her. The advanced ride does have about 4 bail out points too. next weekend the trees should be great, but as of now there is just a saturday advanced ride, I've got a work thing sunday.

    My wife and I can come Sunday.Any chance I can get you to drop the work thing on Sunday and take us on the advanced ride.??... or maybe, if I may be so bold --- your wife would like to show us the advanced ride ??? One other question ,,, I take it ,that there is only one train station where you meet ? I've never explored Jim Thorpe,only driven through it years ago.

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    This is the expert ride:
    http://jttrails.files.wordpress.com/...twin-peaks.pdf
    If you have a bike computer and remember to reset it at the beginning, it's fairly easy to follow. Now that I took a second look at the ride, I think i've done the majority of it before, except that I alway took the Wagon road down into JT. The descent on this ride sounds better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiddy
    This is the expert ride:
    http://jttrails.files.wordpress.com/...twin-peaks.pdf
    If you have a bike computer and remember to reset it at the beginning, it's fairly easy to follow. Now that I took a second look at the ride, I think i've done the majority of it before, except that I alway took the Wagon road down into JT. The descent on this ride sounds better.
    I was studying that map for the past 45 minutes. How far is the parking lot from the right turn onto Hill Road? I was using Google Earth and it looked like the parking lot was a block or two from the turn onto Hill Road. Is Lentz Trail Road marked? because it wasn't on my version of Google Earth or MapQuest. Thanks.

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    question on the last leg of the map - last weekend i ended up going all the way down the inclined plane - aaaahhh! how far down is the cutoff left to the Indian trail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 73cuda
    My wife and I can come Sunday.Any chance I can get you to drop the work thing on Sunday and take us on the advanced ride.??... or maybe, if I may be so bold --- your wife would like to show us the advanced ride ??? One other question ,,, I take it ,that there is only one train station where you meet ? I've never explored Jim Thorpe,only driven through it years ago.
    Sorry, I have to speak at a conference on Sunday. If Liz gets no beginners then she might take you. Otherwise she will have maps to give out. The train station is on the square right downtown, can't miss it.
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    saturday ride is on

    Quote Originally Posted by kdiddy
    Expert ride still on this Saturday? I plan to come down. I suppose I could do it by myself if needed. How is it on a SS? I think I've done the ride in parts before, and most of the climbing is on fireroads, correct?
    Yes, just no sunday expert ride. I'll be riding SS, so I guess I'd say it's fine. The major climb is paved. I run a 34x19 on a 29'er.
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    [QUOTE=nozoxon]How beginner is the beginner ride going to be? Is it all rails-to-trails?

    beginner, but more dirt trail then smooth RtoR style. It is an out and back so there are many options for cutting it short. I think you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 73cuda
    I was studying that map for the past 45 minutes. How far is the parking lot from the right turn onto Hill Road? I was using Google Earth and it looked like the parking lot was a block or two from the turn onto Hill Road. Is Lentz Trail Road marked? because it wasn't on my version of Google Earth or MapQuest. Thanks.
    A couple blocks up a very steep hill. Lentz Trail Road changes names many times, it starts at Broadway in downtown and goes out past the lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbike
    question on the last leg of the map - last weekend i ended up going all the way down the inclined plane - aaaahhh! how far down is the cutoff left to the Indian trail?
    About 100 feet on the left there is a steep drop in where the trail starts, I marked the whole trail with orange ribbons last week.

    Just to clarify: download the "Twin Peaks" map from our site linked below. Follow the map until you get to the part where "Indian Path" starts, from there follow the orange ribbons tied to trees. That is the part of this ride that gets really hard to see when the leaves come down. The rest should be pretty easy to follow. Enjoy! The leaves are peaking this week.
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    ribbons are missing... last weekend for guided rides

    Some genius took it upon themselves to take down most of the orange ribbons on the Indian Path. Next time I'll use tree paint. This is the last weekend for the guided rides, 2pm on sat and sun at the train station. It should be peak leaf peeping time. Plan for heavy traffic into JT and full parking lots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thorpe Trails
    Some genius took it upon themselves to take down most of the orange ribbons on the Indian Path. Next time I'll use tree paint. This is the last weekend for the guided rides, 2pm on sat and sun at the train station. It should be peak leaf peeping time. Plan for heavy traffic into JT and full parking lots.
    yea ! my thanks also to that genius.Sure would have been nice to have them last Sunday when us-- first timers on the Twin Peaks ride -- were on the trail and rode right by the Indian trail.

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    Todays rides are cancelled

    It looks like it will keep raining here today, so we are cancelling today's rides. Tomorrow looks like perfect fall weather so come on up for our final day of guided rides.
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    Man I have always wanted to ride up in JT and I just saw this thread
    Any chance there might be one next Saturday?.

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