Here’s Day 2 of the Pennsylvania tour, including many of the routes from this story.
There’s lots to see here; much of the route runs through state forests and state parks, so you know the scenery is going to be good. You can also nip up Rt. 872 and see the Austin Dam if you want a diversion.
The roads themselves are also a treat, with twisties winding through the hills. St. Marys, the town the DYR is based out of, is a great town itself. The area around the town is known as the Valley of the Susquehanna, and the curvy routes through the woods are especially a treat when the fall foliage is in full colour.
The area is home to a large elk herd in Elk State Park; you’ll ride through this, and also the Quehanna Wild Area, where the Curtiss-Wright Corporation once tried to figure out how to build atomic-powered airplanes. The Wykroff Run in this area is also a particularly spectacular road – check YouTube for some examples of extra-legal speed runs done on this serpentine road.
While in St. Marys, CMG has stayed at both the Towne House Inn and Gunners Restaurant (well, technically the hotel at Gunners Restaurant).
You’ll note there’s a main route, and a few alternate routes. If you want, you can take two days, and piece those alternate routes into a second day’s ride. We’d recommend doing that, if possible, as there’s just so much to see here, and so many fantastic roads. You can always shave some time off the return journey by hot-footing it directly up Rt. 219 …
You can read about a few of CMG’s previous expeditions to Pennsylvania here, here and here. Some of them cover the eastern section of the state, not the western section we deal with here, but they show the area’s attraction to motorcyclists!
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