Chriffer and I had a bit of a long ride on Sunday, mixed trail and road. Major endurance keep-the-pedals-turning kind of thing.
The ride was inspired by the Enchilada Buffet ride in Austin (which I have done a couple years running, and Chriffer did last year).
The spirit of the ride is to go until you're done, with "done" being individually defined. In Austin they have the glorious setup that the ride links pretty much all the publicly available trail networks within ten miles of the center of Austin (hmm, five, maybe six, trail networks) and I believe actually has more trail mileage than road mileage connecting them. Considering the EB is basically a 90 mile ride this is a pretty huge undertaking.
We've got some great trail networks over here near the Wyoming valley, and in the long run I want this thing to actually connect most of them on the Wilkes-Barre side of the valley (vs Scranton-side), but it's going to be an undertaking of brobdingnagian proportions to complete that ride - things are just so spread out!
The basics of the loop Chriffer had put together was a clock-wise loop with the start/finish at Kirby Park in Kingston (Edwardsville?). The ride kicks you in the teeth to start with by heading up Giant's Despair (e.g. Northampton going south out of W-B) and then connects to rail/trail/bed and singletrack. Returns down to traverse some road to connect to more public land, as it works the way down towards Shickshinny - where we stopped for lunch. The route intent from there was to rail-trail a bit then connect up some powerline and come into Moon Lake park and wind our way down towards Plymouth (for the CDH trail) and then back into Kirby.
By the time we got to Shickshinny we had been riding for seven hours, so after a lunch of (too much) greasy pizza we declared ourselves too cooked to hit that route and "shortened" the ride by taking the back way up and over mountain road into Edwardsville and back to Kirby.
We finished the ride at about 6pm-ish, with about 9 hrs 15 rolling time and total mileage of about 56 miles. Overall, a really good pace for this ride!
Now, some pixels...
Safely crossed under IH81, but don't do it in a "wet" year. Outflow trail kind-of rough!
Follow The White Blazes, uh, *what* white blazes?
Fall arriving in NE PA, not so bad really.
Ah yes, the pretty sights of NE PA. Meh.
Looking back up the valley towards Nanticoke while Chriffer makes sure we're near the right track. As in, still in PA.
Interesting trail obstacles around here. I'd take it at face value. Seriously.
There will be no ORV's getting past THIS bridge! Are we sure it's the right bridge?
Hard to see, but fall coming to the Penopscot ridge is kind-of pretty (even if I'm not ready for fall yet).
Velociraptor Cages in Mocanaqua? That could explain some things about this valley.
Ugh, let's *not* go straight up the hill behind W.Nanticoke, mmm-kay?
Bike-GPS Nerd Data
Ride length: 9:15 moving time, 11-ish hours overall time, 56-ish miles, over 6600 ft of climbing, max descending grade CRAZY, max ascending grade WTF WERE YOU THINKING CRIFFER.
Cool Google Maps Linky-link that you can explore
GPS tracklog in GPX format
Google Earth KMZ tracklog format
Looking at the gps track of the ride, there's a couple things I'd like to work on to make it "better" for next time - as in more off-road, possibly more-punishing ...
a) work in more singletrack
b) figure out a better way to go along the ridgeline behind Glen Lyon and stay off the road there
c) try to find a way out of Shickshinny to give an alternative off-road ride up towards the Hunlock Creek post office - maybe ride up to the fire-tower, across the ridgeline and down in Game Lands 224?
d) can we go up the hill from Hunlock Creek to work out way over toe W.Nanticoke and then up the forst to Moon Lake Park?
e) get up to Moon Lake Park
f) figure out the powerline connection to sneak into CDH, if Crash had shown up as implied-promise, we would have!
g) possibly not go all the way down CDH but some of it and loop over towards Francis Slocum park.
h) can we get 7 Tubbs into the mix?
No guarantees on any of this, of course.
ps. Crash, you know I'm kidding, right?
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