2014 Dual Sport & Adventure Ride

The 20th Annual PATRA Dual Sport and Adventure Ride is scheduled for Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd, 2014. This is an ALL NEW 2 day event starting at the Union County West End Fairgrounds near Laurelton, Pa.

Take Rt. 235 one mile south off Rt. 45 to Fairgrounds, GPS Coord: 40.880216 & -77.199125.
Google/Bing Map: 1111 State Route 235, Laurelton, PA 17835
* Free primitive camping, lots of free parking, bike wash stations Fri/Sat/Sun.
* 20 RV hookups with water/power low cost fee for entire weekend Fri thru Sun.
* On site indoor food service. Indoor flush toilet facilities for men and women.
* Free rider Continental Breakfast Saturday morning and Free Rider Dinner Saturday night.
* Gas and Groceries available at Laurelton Market 1/4 mile from fairgrounds.
* Motorcycle dealer displays, accessories/items for sale … BETA demo rides.
* Free T-Shirt for each rider 300 rider limit, Pre-entry strongly encouraged.
* Local Motels in Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, State College. Bed & Breakfasts by web search.

NEW LOOPS, NEW TRAILS, LESS COST, 100+ MILES EACH DAY
* Two day Dual Sport Ride with Options and Two day Adventure Ride with Options.
* New single track DS sections both days.
* Saturday Dual Sport is the really cool IRON MAN LOOP with a 17 mile long single track trail & new private land trails.
* Gas Truck with noon Free Snacks/Drinks & Recovery Trucks both Dual Sport Loops.
* Adventure Routes separate from DS routes both days, gas/food available en-route.
* Very little paved road for Adventure Routes. All new Sunday Forest Trekker Loop.
* Dual Sport and Adventure riders get Route Sheets only, no maps this year.
* Options posted and major turns arrowed. Two break down recovery trucks.
* Route sheet holder suggested. All Heavy Adventure Bikes welcome on both days.
* Very scenic tour for Adventure Bikes. Optional Sections are well marked on Loops.

The entry form for the 2014 ride is available here.

TECHNICAL STUFF:
* Completed Entry/Participant Certification must be received by June 18 or handed in at sign-up with late fee.
* Last Rider Out Saturday 10 am, Last Rider Out Sunday 10 am.
* Rider Meetings 9 am both days. DCNR Rangers & local police will be patrolling roads.
* ALL PA VEHICLE/OPERATOR CODES AND LOCAL/STATE SPEED LIMITS APPLY.
* PaTRA membership included in entry fee. Additional $7/Day for Post Entry Riders.
* DS and Adventure Riders can switch Loops either day. Passengers ride free.
* DS riders bring your own gas can.
* Website www.patrailriders.org
* For more information contact: tzaccaria60@gmail.com
* Mail entry to: PaTRA, PO Box 817, Boalsburg, PA 16827

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Dual Sport trial Closure and Marking

The Dual Sport and ATV Trails are closed as of the end of the last full weekend in September (Closed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013).

Winter Riding Season:
The trails will be reopened, “the day following the last day of the regular or extended anterlerless deer season (Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013) as established by the Game Commission through the following April 1.”

Summer Riding Season:
“The trails will be reopened the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September.”

We started marking the dual sport system purple and the eastern sections will be finished this week. The system will be re-blazed and signed before the trails open for winter riding. The new 8 mile section of trail on Sand Mnt. and Old Burn Trail may not be opened by then though because the contractor has an extension on the project. We will post the new section open when it is complete.

Please pass the word on to all members and enthusiasts.
Thanks for all the help and work this summer.

David Felix
Forester
Bald Eagle State Forest
(570) 922-3376

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The Future of Off Highway Motorcycle Riding in the Bald Eagle State Forest

On February 23rd, 2013, PaTRA met with the DCNR to discuss the 2013 dual sport trail maintenance plans and to see if our “Ride with Respect” campaign helped reduce the number of complaints between user groups in the Bald Eagle State Forest. The result of the meeting with respect to riding in both the Seven Mountains and Shade Mountains was not favorable to us. They have adopted the same riding schedule as ATVs.

The Off-Highway Motorcycle Trails (OHM) on Seven Mountains and Shade Mountain are open to motorcycles from Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September, conditions permitting (Summer Riding Season). The OHM trails are open to motorcycles from the day following the last day of the regular or extended antlerless deer season as established by the game commission through April 1st, conditions permitting (Winter Riding Season).

DCNR’s local district forester is authorized to regulate all trail usage and can close the trail during the riding season if necessary.

See the full Trail Riding Regulations HERE.

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Trail Closures

Those of you who ride the western end of the Seven Mountains Dual Sport system will see temporary trail closures resulting from the construction of the new multi-use trail.

The “Old Burn Trail” is temporarily closed at this time. Some of you know this trail for its off-camber switchbacks that end or start at Mountain Church Road depending on which direction you ride it. A portion of this trail will be closed permanently and re- routed onto the new multi-use trail.

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