Sunday, March 6, 2022

Designing a MTB bikepacking route in central PA

I think there's something unexplainably peaceful and enlightening about traveling by bike into the wilderness and being completely self-reliant. You wake up in a tent with nothing to do all day except ride your bike, and you go to sleep that night in a tent again. That's pretty special. Even if you have the most stressful job in the "real world", for the time that you're on your bike out in the woods, none of that really matters. It's such a powerful cleansing feeling.

As I became more obsessed with bikepacking, I kept getting the feeling that the central Pennsylvania area was the perfect place for a mountain bike route. The problem is, no such bikepacking route exists. So, I decided to take it upon myself to start curating a massive singletrack-heavy route that explores all corners of Rothrock, Bald Eagle, and the surrounding area. 

Left to right: Snake Pit on Bald Knob, top of Thickhead Mountain, Bald Knob Ridge Trail