Start,Finish and Main Event HQ located at:
7897 South Eagle Valley Road, Port Matilda, PA.
Tel: 814.554.0024, near State College.
This will be a four‐day GPS guided tour of the PA Wilds area using eight state forests and parks.
Here’s the link to the Registration Page.
The route will be mostly dirt and gravel roads and some jeep trails in the forests, and they will be connected by back country roads and some highways. You should be able to travel 100 miles between gas stops. And be able to fix a flat tire if necessary. Knobby Tires and off‐road riding boots are highly recommended. The routes are big bike and beginner friendly, and there will also be a few Expert sections.
The event will use a “Roaming Rally” format. This means that the route will start and end each day at a different location. We will setup new HQ at each location, you must “Check In” at the end of your ride each day, and if you are not staying at the HQ location, you must return each morning to the Start, and “Check Out” each morning at the HQ / Start. This is so we can keep track of the riders each day. There will be a mandatory riders meeting at 9 AM, so you have the latest info on the route and weather, after the meeting, you can start the days route.
There will be support vehicles that will transport a “Tote” box for each rider to the different Hotels and Campgrounds each day. This allows the riders to “Travel Light”, by not having to ride with spare gear or camping equipment.
We will have the GPS track available by email and direct downloading at the HQ each day. We also recommend using a “SPOT Tracker” or some other device so that we can locate you if necessary. Even Google location sharing at a minimum. We will have support vehicles and sweep riders on the routes equipped with tools and Satellite communication devices in case of emergency. An emergency response plan will be filed with the DCNR and local EMS stations.
Riders should arrive Wednesday afternoon Oct 14th. There will be a riders meeting that evening after dinner (7 PM) and the next morning, at 9 AM, riders are encouraged to attend both. A GPS Session will be held at 8 PM. You can leave you vehicle at the start. It will be secure. We will also be loading GPS’s at the HQ after 4 PM Wednesday. The entry only includes the ride and the logistics and support that go with it, GPS tracks and the training sessions. Lodging and meals are not included. Included in this update are a list of the Hotels we will use as PAWA HQ each night and other hotels and motels nearby, and the recommended campgrounds. As we get closer, we will provide suggestions for meals.