PA’s Best Kept Secret—and we’ll keep it that way…

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This year’s trip started on rocky terrain—a delay getting started, realizing that a four bike rack off the back is not going to be that great and then finding our first campground….Hidden Valley Camping Resort  “Central Pennsylvania’s Best Kept Secret”.  Next time we stop at a store, I’m looking for some throw away flip flops for those times when the showers are a bit dicey looking….well this is one of those places.  The office was closed, we didn’t want to drive any further, so some guy told us to just pick a site and pay in the morning.  There is electricity, and most of the sites are occupied by semi-permanent RVs, mostly with a golf cart parked out front.  The place is mostly deserted except for a few kids riding on either golf carts or bikes; we’re guessing their permanent residents.   Tomorrow’s plan is to ride in Lewisburg, with the trail access just down the road.

Well, it rained pretty hard last night and was raining a bit this morning in Lewisburg so we headed west on back roads around the Bald Eagle State Forest, where we had planned to ride.  She took us through some beautiful farmland, complete with several Amish farms working with horses and drying tobacco in their barns.

By noon, we found our next bike ride—Vulture’s Knob near Wooster OH.  What a sweet little place-it was an old farm but now makes compost and they’ve created to only privately owned mtn bike park in Ohio.  It’s down a gravel road, past corn fields and a few oil wells, but there’s a club house, parking, a playground for kids and a really fun mountain bike trail circuit.  It’s set up amazingly well, using the woods that surround the perimeter of his property with plenty of fun bridges (one suspension, one xylophone, one you go under and later in the ride go over..) and rolling terrain.  Very fun and a great ride for the first time on the bikes in a month.  We’re camping at the Lazy B campground and will head to Brown County tomorrow.

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