The weather for the first Saturday of November 2005 was absolutely perfect for a ride. So, I ventured out after breakfast to explore the roads to the west of the Susquehanna River. From Lebanon, PA the first road on my list was PA 443 from Indiantown Gap towards the river.
443 is a very scenic road which parallels I-81 to the north. Gentle curves lead you along the foothills of the Second Mountain of the PA Blue Mountains. The Village of Fishing Creek boarders 443 as you travel west. I was greeted with sunny skies and brilliant colors of the season.
To travel to my next back road, I had to endure a few miles on US 322 north until I crossed the river. At the bridge, you must get into the left lane to make a left turn onto PA 849 west to Ickesburg (yes, that's a real town!). 849 rambles through the countryside, with many sweeping turns. Miss a road sign and you won't be on 849 for long!
From 849, I followed 74/75 north to US 322, intending to ride through the narrows towards Bald Eagle State Park. This would have worked save for one small detail: Penn State game day! After just one exit, I turned on to 35 north to pick up 235 north from McAlisterville. The detour gave wonderful results! PA 235 travels through Bald Eagle Forest, with many scenic views and multiple curves.
From 235, I turned west on 45 to Old Fort, then took 144 through Milesburg to US 220. Turning north, I entered Bald Eagle State Park. Half way through the park, I turned south going across the lake, through the town of Howard and picked up PA 26 which looped back to US 220.
Now it was time to find the town of Bald Eagle. Following 220 south, I was glad that the traffic for the Penn State game was northbound. Soon I found the town of Bald Eagle, which is nothing more than the intersection of 220 and PA 350. Needing something for a picture, I settled for the Bald Eagle Fire Company.
As the day was getting on, I looked for a route to loop back to 322. Following 350 south, I took PA 45 north to PA 26 south and traveled across a mountain. At the summit was a small roadside stop with a panoramic view of the Nittany Valley. Continuing on 26, I turned off and went through Greenwood Furnace State Park to Belleville, then rode 655 north to US 332. With fading daylight, I followed 332 through the Narrows back to PA 443 to return home. As the daylight faded and the night began, I was on familiar roads again.
It doesn't get any better to have a 70 degree fall day to see autumn's beauty. I took a few pictures along the way.
|State Forest along PA 235||The Eagle along the side|
|The view from an outlook||Traveling along PA 235|
|I resemble this sign!||Bald Eagle State Park|
|Along US 220 South towards Bald Eagle||Bald Eagle Fire Company|
|Bald Eagle: Int. of US 220 & PA 350||I'd pay attention to this sign!|
|The view of Nittany Valley||The reds were vibrant!|