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    200 km of gravel goodness in Central Pennsylvania

    riding this route tomorrow for the first time since it was an approved RUSA permanent 200k with about 1/3 of it on some really nice gravel roads. Hopefully we finish in time Desolation 200 alternate - A bike ride in Boalsburg, PA
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    So we finished in 13 hours out of the 13:24 allotted. Steamer took a roofing nail to his rear tire with about 7 miles to go, so we were a little concerned about time. The fact that it was a nail made changing it a little easier since we knew the cause of the flat was gone and there was no need to search around for it like happens with a sliver of steel or glass.

    I always was curious about one of the roads we took, turns out we should have trusted the Purple Lizard map that showed it as a jeep trail. It was about 15 miles of doubletrack with big rocks and huge mud puddles, compounding the fact that it was almost all uphill. Fortunately, the road surface on the descent was much better, although it's not sustainable and there were huge ditches made by runoff crossing the road. Ya, you can ride it on a CX bike, but it's a lot slower than if you are riding a MTB. I suspect that if I was riding the 30mm tires I was using last year that I would have gotten at least one pinch flat
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    Nice!
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    Looks like fun.
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    it's a really nice ride, I have to admit that Steamer designed it for the most part. It's relaxing to ride that far and see so few cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    it's a really nice ride, I have to admit that Steamer designed it for the most part. It's relaxing to ride that far and see so few cars.
    thats a big day! Gravel = few cars =

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    Nice route.

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    Beautiful route! Keep it up sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    So we finished in 13 hours out of the 13:24 allotted. Steamer took a roofing nail to his rear tire with about 7 miles to go, so we were a little concerned about time. The fact that it was a nail made changing it a little easier since we knew the cause of the flat was gone and there was no need to search around for it like happens with a sliver of steel or glass.

    I always was curious about one of the roads we took, turns out we should have trusted the Purple Lizard map that showed it as a jeep trail. It was about 15 miles of doubletrack with big rocks and huge mud puddles, compounding the fact that it was almost all uphill. Fortunately, the road surface on the descent was much better, although it's not sustainable and there were huge ditches made by runoff crossing the road. Ya, you can ride it on a CX bike, but it's a lot slower than if you are riding a MTB. I suspect that if I was riding the 30mm tires I was using last year that I would have gotten at least one pinch flat
    Question: with the exception of the jeep roads, is the rest of the route suitable for cross bike with 32mm tires? I ask because next spring I'm planning on riding down from Ontario for a mini cycling vacation. This year I went to Harrisonburg VA. About 8 hour drive from home and I would do it again (loved the roads there). But this area on your map is closer and the roads and scenery look pretty nice, so I will add it to my list of possible destinations.

    unterhausen - if you're from the area I might PM you at some point with questions about lodging, local bike shops, routes, etc...if that's ok with you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    Question: with the exception of the jeep roads, is the rest of the route suitable for cross bike with 32mm tires?
    Yes, if you keep your speed down on the decents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    unterhausen - if you're from the area I might PM you at some point with questions about lodging, local bike shops, routes, etc...if that's ok with you
    sure, PM any time. If you look on my ride with gps page, unless it says, "shortest route" then those are pretty decent roads to ride on. If you want gravel, you could spend a week just riding in Bald Eagle and Rothrock state forests without getting bored

    Last year I rode 30mm cross tires without serious issues. I got a couple of pinch flats, but I have been known to descend fairly fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    sure, PM any time. If you look on my ride with gps page, unless it says, "shortest route" then those are pretty decent roads to ride on. If you want gravel, you could spend a week just riding in Bald Eagle and Rothrock state forests without getting bored

    Last year I rode 30mm cross tires without serious issues. I got a couple of pinch flats, but I have been known to descend fairly fast.
    Thanks. I have two bikes I could use...one with 32mm tires and rim brakes, the other with 40mm tires and disk brakes. The latter I use mainly on dirt/gravel paths, with lots of climbs and twisty turns (wider bars). My trip isn't until next year, but the planning is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    Thanks. I have two bikes I could use...one with 32mm tires and rim brakes, the other with 40mm tires and disk brakes. The latter I use mainly on dirt/gravel paths, with lots of climbs and twisty turns (wider bars). My trip isn't until next year, but the planning is fun.
    Sounds like either bike would work fine.

    If/when you make it up this way, I suggest that you let Unter and I know. We can offer additional ride advice and such. And perhaps join you if you are looking for company.

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    We rode it again yesterday. Kicked my butt pretty good even though we rode a slightly shorter and easier version of it. But it was a good day nonetheless, and we had almost perfect weather. I extended my streak to 5 in pursuit of a RUSA R-12.

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    That looks amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobE30 View Post
    That looks amazing!
    +1 The gravel riding I've been doing lately has been really enjoyable. It is great to get away from motor vehicle traffic.
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