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Bike tested by the Poconos

Friday 7/24 & Saturday 7/25/2015

Happy face having avoided the bears and snakes!
Happy face having avoided the bears and snakes!

Apparently the size of the climbs and steep pitches of the Pocono Mountains went unnoticed while researching “best routes” for our final 150+ miles. A few other details also went unnoticed.   Such as we are in “black bear country”, and the area is well known for timber rattlesnakes.   And, the roads are narrow, apparently no budget for bike able shoulders and abundance of 90 degree blind turns.   We had a decision to make.

We could ride the back woods bike trails along the Delaware River and take our chances with the black bear and rattlesnakes, or opt for the open roads with no shoulders.   I am not fond of black bear, and equally not fond of rattlesnakes, but the super skinny switchbacks on the open roads left us with no choice.   We would bike along the trails in the wilderness along the Delaware River. Continue reading Bike tested by the Poconos