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    I Ride, Therefore I Am BigUgly's Avatar
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    Played Hooky on Friday and went riding(pix)

    I decided to take the afternoon off on Friday so I could go for a long casual paced ride. The weather in Central PA was supposed to be sunny and 60. It was niether but definitely better then Saturday and Sunday which was raining. I decided to take pictures on this ride so I can share. I wanted to push for 50 miles even though I have only gone the longest 35 miles this season so far. The last 10 my quads were burning. I road from Pine Grove Mills, PA to Spruce Creek, PA and back.


    There are several corn fields in the valley that have these big old oak trees in the middle. I am not sure why the farmers keep them there. This one is one of the larger ones and it seems like a pretty old tree and they always make for a god picture.


    A closer pic of the same tree


    My destination is the end of the mountains(some folks out west may call these hills) way off to the right.


    Rt 45 West as it gets closer to Spruce Creek, PA.


    The views of the mountains and gaps are a huge stress release not only while riding(no stress really) but from the work week as well.


    The village of Spruce Creek, PA my final destination. It was mostly down hill with some rollers thrown in.


    Spruce Creek. This is a world class fly fishing stream. World leaders have come to fly fish here. Jimmy Carter, and I think Gorbachev have fished here along with some others (so I hear).


    Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church built 1892


    The ride back home meanders through the center of the valley further away from the mountains and there weren't many photo opps with the overcast skies. Lots of cows with tags in their ears that will be coming to a table near you. This is a photo of Huntingdon Furnace. There are many of these through out the valley. These were used in the 1800s to melt down ore and turn it into iron.


    The last one I snapped on the ride. Nice quiet, relaxing, desolate, back country road. It would be nice to find an endless one of these somewhere.

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    Nice. Beautiful country. Thanks.

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    I love the picture of the furnace, it would make a great conversion into the ultimate backyard pizza oven.
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    Looks like some good riding. Wouldve been better if you posted a pic of you and your bike.
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    Gorgeous, thanks for posting! Makes me want to ride, too bad it's friggin' SNOWING here in Indiana today.

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    Thanks for sharing. Nice photos and history lesson.

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    Thanks for the photos. I miss central PA. I should get up there sometime.

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    Farmers like nice scenery too! Prolly why they leave the trees. Nice pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1bluetrek View Post
    Farmers like nice scenery too! Prolly why they leave the trees. Nice pics!
    I think I know why the trees, it's 1850, it's the middle of summer and you and your team of horses are working in the fields, you take a break for lunch, that tree becomes a nice shady spot to stop and take a break. It's a long walk back to the homestead, and full enclosed cab air conditioned tractors have not been invented yet.

    Fast forward to modern times, the tree in the middle of a field, is now tradition, so the practise remains. What is sad now is that in many places the farmer sells the field to a developer to build McMansions, and the first thing the developer does is remove all the top soil, and the tree goes with it. After the homes are built they put back about 6" of top soil, just enough to grow grass, even if a seed from that tree managed to find it's way back there, it wouldn't grow much anyway, because there is no soil to grow in.

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    Pennsylvania is among the most scenic of states. That said, the hills there would kill me if I tried to bike it. Nice pics, thanks for posting.
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    I'm originally from south western Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful state in many places. What I'll never forget is how absolutely horrible the roads are - potholed, cracked, and just generally in an all 'round state of disrepair. Worst of all though, is that there are virtually no berms on any of the rural roads. They're too cheap to make the roads 6' wider and then too cheap to keep these narrow f***ing roads maintained.

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    Not sure if it's the practice here in PA or not, but the farmers back in Oregon would leave trees to act as a marker for where their land ends and another farmers begins. It's cheaper than building a fence.

    Nice pics by the way! I didn't know they had furnaces like that around here. I'll have to take a trip up there to see them.

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    nice pictures, always great too see where others ride with the scenery and routes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alokesh View Post
    I'm originally from south western Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful state in many places. What I'll never forget is how absolutely horrible the roads are - potholed, cracked, and just generally in an all 'round state of disrepair. Worst of all though, is that there are virtually no berms on any of the rural roads. They're too cheap to make the roads 6' wider and then too cheap to keep these narrow f***ing roads maintained.
    Around here, Centre County, the roads are not that bad and are pretty well maintained. Rt 45 has some nice wide berms on the highly traveled part and I feel very safe on it even though the cars are doing 50-60 mph. They have been building in bike lanes in a majority of the resurfacing projects. I am originally from the Philly area and I am thinking road maintenance had something to do with population density. I don't remember the roads down there being as well kept as they are up here. In the township I live in they are pushing through an 8 mile long road widening with bike lanes on one of the main cycling roads in the township.

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