Renovo, PA pre-ride to the pre-ride: Roger & I took a leisurely ride over PA back roads this (2007) Labor Day weekend to Renovo, PA. First, we found some terrific roads to get there after turning off of US 11/15 north. For those of you coming from the south, you may want to check this route which includes PA 104 north from US 11/15, to PA 45 at Mifflinburg. Tricky part: East at PA 45 and look to turn left on Buffalo Street - about 1 mile - towards Forrest Hill. Miss the turn, keep looking for a left to Forrest Hill, then left on PA 192 west. This road goes through a beautiful wooded valley and by a state park. Right on to PA 477, and you are in for some twisty turns! Carefully follow PA 477 - there are left & right turns to stay on it - going under I-80 until you get to PA 220 towards Lock Haven - 2nd exit once on 220. Then pick up PA 120, going along the river, to Renovo. The Sportsman Restaurant & Motel is on the east side of Renovo.
We stopped at the Sportsman and did some reconnaissance. They have 20 rooms on site, with an additional 50 rooms a few miles west in Renovo. There are two gas stations in town. Naturally, we had lunch, and the food was very good. Yuengling is on draft - excellent!
Following lunch, we checked out PA 120 along the river, PA 144 north to PA 44, then headed back taking PA 44 south to US 11/15. I thought I was back in Colorado again, as we did 400 miles under sunny skies with temps between 65 & 75 (F) - it doesn't get any better than this! I did not have my camera mounted to the Wing, but had I taken video, some might have gotten dizzy watching me go through the twisties. All I can say is that the roads go through very scenic areas, and that our mountains fit in the frame of the picture. PA 44 has a sign that reads: Allegheny Mountains Elevation 2179 feet. May not seem like much, but the roads are nice.
I did take a few pictures:
Looking west on PA 120
Angie took our lunch order
One of the rooms in the restaurant (larger one on left - not shown)
Ample room at the Hideaway Bar
Cha'ron (top), Tammy (aka Giggles, left) or Angie (right) are there to serve us
Looking south on PA 144 from 144/44 junction
Continue to the official pre-ride.