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The temps are in C - 33= 91 and 7 = 44. Quite a range in 5 hours of riding. This was written for the GTAM riders who know the area which is 4 hours south of Buffalo

Time/temperature line.

Left about 6 am - I was up at 3 as I'm still on Aus time.
Layered up - was 13 indicated which is usually fine but as I neared Lake Ontario it dropped to as low as 9 indicated which is about 7 actual....a bit low for my mesh set up but then after St. Catherines it just started climbing tho the Niagara River looked strange....there was ice in it and a low lying fog bank.
No place to stop for a pic.
Nexus made the border crossing a pleasure.

As I swung away from the Lake it got into the 20s and some small hints of green tho not much as I hit the Timmies on the way south. Lost a layer and switched to lighter gloves. You can see the trees still pretty bare.



Nother hour south tho and yowser ...that's what we want.



By this time it's mid 20s ( mid 70s )
Boogied towards Renovo and GPS mucked up again ...same place as last time ...some glitch so backtracked a bit and then was getting low on fuel - not a good thing in rural PA but hit a major T junction so no problem.

Coming into Coudersport it was nudging 30 and I lost another layer and was still hot.
First part of 144 was rough as usual but they patched it in a weird way....take it easy.
Once I hit CHerry Springs the road improved and it climbs so the greenery went away again



144 from Cherry Springs to Renovo is just a total delight. Go for it. Smooth, perfect cambers and lots of elevation changes. Much fun.

Turning right on 120 it was an oven....south rock face on one side, railway line on the other and the wind was blowing...not so much fun that.....really oppressive heat. 33 indicated ( 91 F )

Was happy to see the Wykoff bridge...a couple making the best of a hot day



Wasn't sure which I was happier to see....the bush in full bloom or the Wykoff twists sign.




aside from fantastic riding the Wykoff run is beautiful as well.



Burgman was dwarfed by the cliff on the other side.



The day grew overcast after that and not very pleasant - muggy and smelly which is too bad as some of the trees with white and purple blossoms and new minted green would have been stunning in sunlight
Still nice to see but not photogenic.

Ran rush hour over to Harrisburg - 120 km from State College - annoying at times and I was tired.

But a big old maple in full leaf outside the motel door was welcome.



serious green here....it's really mid spring and some of the corridors of bring green new growth were a total treat.
Mostly slab tho so no photo ops.

I chose Harrisburg as a quick jump home if needed - it's got slabs running out in all directions.

Considering Front Royal and the Skyline but don't know about weather.

Long and interesting and mostly satisfying day... Burgman 650 was flawless 450 miles on a spring day
 

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Woot - what a treat - clouds mostly gone - one of the prettiest morning rides ever and it's only started. Low fog and patches of sun make for some lovely vistas.

I recommend those heading through pick up this loop.

http://www.motorcycleroads.com/75/488/Pennsylvania/South-Central-PA-Countryside-Loop.html

Was the kick off for the loop above



and then climbed the hill on the sun side....









Then back down into lovely winding roads - lots of Amish about. Just a beautiful spring morning after a dismal looking start.

 

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From the link above - 233 is hilarious - go airborne !!! - whoops in pavement that is smooth with short twists and quick elevation changes.

A sportier lighter bike would have a ball - you could ride up and down that mountain all day.
There is even a single lane bridge that you could get serious air.

Now part of the 233 in the loop is excellent but the other side of the mountain is in repair and lots of treachery.

There are 3 serious hairpins marked at 10 mph - two of them are smooth and fun - the third watch out.

Once the patching is done this stands to be one of the most fun roads around.

A wonderful mix .....worth doing.

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Well the weather sort of chased me home.....1615 km in two days...gonna feel that tomorrow but some of the twists and country roads today were just wonderful.
I'm hooked on Southern PA now.


Good meal at Letchworth - looked at the sun.....hmm just fine.

Of course when I hit 400 I figured I was clear of deer and one jumps down into the ditch heading my way but he stayed off the road.

Nice weather even coming home except for a short stretch south of Lake Erie.....brrrrrrr down to 12 again.

Was lollygagging along the QEW behind some vehicles doing 110 or so.....bit quieter ride and a couple of sports bikes blew by so of course I had to wind it out - hit 160 ( 100 mph indicated ) for a bit - the tires were hot so the bike felt good.

Much fun, good pics and some terrific roads.....gotta love Winding Roads....some my face hurt I was grinning so hard.
 

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Great pics!
 

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Thanks - this is what I was after



My postcard shot southern PA at 6am heading into a wonderful ride...had to be the best springtime ride ever for me.



Now it's nice back home tho still a little chilly - pure blue sky and sun so trees are starting to blossom
Hands are sore but will get a short ride in once I get the bike cleaned up a bit.

You are near enough to trek over to S PA...
What have you got that I want to visit in Ohio?
 

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And the fun

and there are two of these on 233 - with a spotter on the other side one could get serious air






It's hard to get a sense of how deep these pavement whoops were - there were miles and miles of hilarity - twists and elevation changes as well as the smooth pavement whoops.



No question at speed you would be airborne and sometimes in trouble as you can see the sharp turn at the top and there were 3 hairpins...a motard set up would handle well...sports bike maybe too tight for any speed....
I was laughing the whole section with the whoops - was just fun and got the Burgman airborne on one ....that was quite enough thank you. It set down with an ungraceful thump but the bike is always stable.

It would really need a few runs to figure out what speed etc.
 
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