The AltRider Giant Loop Adventure Ride – Pennsylvania Style
What better way to spend a Wednesday than behind the bars of your motorcycle? On the eve of the BMWMOA event in Bloomsburg, Pa. – AltRider hosted it’s 2nd Annual Giant Loop Adventure Ride through the wilds of the Seven Mountains area. Ben, Kenny and I hauled ourselves out to Pennsylvania to check it out.
Tapping the local knowledge of the Seven Mountains Conservation Corp., riders were treated to a great 75 mile mix of gravel and unmaintained roads as well as 4 optional trails that were lots of fun. The area is quite rocky and the options made good use of that terrain.
The optional sections were so fun in fact, that I really didn’t stop to take any pictures while we were on them. I only stopped to take a quick drink now and then or to welcome bees into the mesh of my pressure suit and be stung.
I strongly advise against trying the latter. It does nothing for your riding.
The temperature soared well into the 90s. It was stifling if you dared to stop. But, even the oppressive heat couldn’t put a damper on everyone’s spirits. The vibe going around was friendly, upbeat and enthusiastic.
Though anyone was welcome to join, because the ride kicked off from the 2011 BMW Rally it was a sea of big GSs. Kenny, Ben and I were like a squad of interlopers on our “little” DRZs. I came away with much admiration for how some of the riders were able to handle those giant bikes so adeptly.
While climbing a rocky section of one of the optional routes behind a guy on a GSA12 with big, blocky, aluminum panniers I couldn’t help but think – “Jeez that thing is HUGE. There is no way I would attempt that!”
But, he just kept chugging along, climbing up the rocks – making it look easier than I ever could have imagined. And he wasn’t the only one. There were many guys just like him. I guess it just further solidifies what I’ve suspected all along. I’m a wimp. ::shrugs::
The gang from SMCC flipped burgers and dogs, and gave us all of the water and Gatorade we could handle at the halfway mark. It was great to get a chance to meet and talk with some really nice people from all over. I even got to put a couple of my Twitter buddy’s names to faces like; @RideAdv and @GiantLoopMoto!
Its nice to see companies get out and rub elbows with the people who buy their products. I was happy to discover that the people behind the products really are enthusiasts of the sport. They’re real people, real riders and they “get it”.
When you come home feeling good about the ride and manage to make a few friends along the way – I believe that’s what you’d call a great ride. That’s just what we had.
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